Introduction: LEGO Organizer

Even though I have a 'spot' for my keys and wallet I still end up misplacing them. The LEGO organizer is a fun and convenient place to store all your everyday carry things. A standard LEGO base plate is stuck to a wall, bricks and plates attached to everyday items make them all attachable to the mat. Now all my goodies are safely and visibly secured to the wall by the door - never to go missing again.

This fun and colourful project is a great way to keep things organized, and show your love for LEGO.
LEGO purists beware: I had to modify the pieces to work with my idea!

Let's make!

Step 1: Tools + Materials

I wanted to have a variety in my LEGO organizer, so chose a few different bricks for the items I wanted to hang:

LEGO pieces:
tools + materials:
  • rotary tool with cutting wheel
  • sandpaper - 100 grit
  • 2-part epoxy
  • drill and small bits ( 2mm [5/64"] )
  • 2-sided tape (or other heavy duty dual adhesion)

Step 2: Key Fob


Using a 2mm (5/64") bit, openings were drilled through the side and top of each 2x bricks. Once initial openings were made, the drill was directed to a 45 degree angle and the openings were reamed to connect the two openings. This opening was large enough for my key loops, ream with a larger bit if you need more room.
Any plastic burrs from drilling were removed with a sharp hobby knife.

Key loops were then threaded though each brick opening and keys added. 

Step 3: Base Plate and Labeling

Instead of labeling the keys, I chose to have them colour-coded with a corresponding nameplate. I liked this method as it allows the bricks and keys to be changed easily, then all you need is a new name plate.

Scribble what your keys open onto masking tape and place on the corresponding colour brick.

Step 4: Wallet and Phone Backing

For the phone and wallet I chose a 4x6 plate. The pip crowns on the topside of the plate don't serve a purpose when attaching them to a flat surface and add to the thickness, so I used a rotary tool with a flat cutting wheel to remove them. The plate was then sanded smooth with 100 grit sandpaper.

2-part epoxy was mixed and smeared over the sanded top of the LEGO plates. The plates were then attached to the phone and wallet, then clamped in place and left to set overnight. 

pro tip: with most 2-part epoxies, less is more. Too much epoxy applied may leak into openings created when removing the plate crowns and prevent the bottom of the plate from connecting with the mat. If you accidentally use too much glue the spillover can be removed with a sharp hobby knife, as dried epoxy is brittle and can be chipped off once set.

Step 5: Adhesive Back

I used strong double-sided tape to adhere my base plate to the wall. If you're planning to load up your base plate with lots of items then you might need a stronger solution to stick your base plate to the wall. Consider mechanical fasteners.

After applying the tape, the backing was removed and the base plate was pushed against the wall to ensure a strong bond.

Step 6: Mount and Organize

All that's left now is to populate your base plate with your everyday carry items, like your wallet, phone and keys. I had extra room on my base plate, so I can expand with more key fobs or larger objects as the need arises.


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Comments

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maddie1124 (author)2016-12-27

It was fun to make. I never misplace anything

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PandaGirlX922 (author)2015-12-30

Really cool

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יהנדל made it! (author)2015-08-10

nicely done!

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Ladyfish500 (author)2015-05-13

I'm going to be repairing my room and moving it around this year so I might be able To use some of my many many many (I have two totes of Legos) Legos for this I may have to uh you know *cough cough* clean my room first -.-

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mikeasaurus (author)Ladyfish5002015-05-13

Ha! Do it, this LEGO organizer will help keep all your important things in one place.

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mdmmsu made it! (author)2015-05-08

Thanks for the excellent idea!

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mikeasaurus (author)mdmmsu2015-05-09

Looking good! It's so handy to have all your everyday carry things so close to the door.

Thanks for sharing, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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littlemissmaker123 (author)2015-05-02

great idea! am so using it

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johnstat000 (author)2014-05-29

Made it with Legos my grandma gave me. I made an addition with a tape dispenser. Thanks for the Instructable!

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mikeasaurus (author)johnstat0002014-05-29

Looks great. I like the idea of adding more to it like your tape dispenser. Pretty clever using the removable pin + block combination for the keys, too!

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johnstat000 (author)mikeasaurus2014-05-29

I was actually using my swiss army knifes. The creativity never ends!

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hammasam (author)2014-03-16

How many memberships left ?

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3366carlos (author)2013-10-30

very nice.

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3366carlos (author)2013-10-30

very nice.

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poofrabbit (author)2013-08-10

So very clever! Voted for ya, good luck!

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suayres (author)2013-08-06

This is brilliant! Do you think it might be possible to make a charger base for an iPhone or the like? I doubt if it would work for, say, a nook or an iPad, because of the weight--though, if the orientation were horizontal rather than wall-mounted....hmmmm. I'll have to give it some thought.

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mikeasaurus (author)suayres2013-08-06

I found the LEGO connections to be very tight, especially when new. Once it's up on the wall, the LEGO pips hanging on to each other have an even stronger sheer force.

I think the failing point would likely be the base plate from the wall. A mechanical fastener would suffice.

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Lewis121212 (author)2013-07-05

Nice design, I modded mine to have platforms cause my phone vibrates with the alarm. You have a very good, neat and minimalist in design.

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mikeasaurus (author)Lewis1212122013-07-08

Thanks! Do you have a picture of your LEGO organizer to share?

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optimist123 (author)2013-07-04

Cool, simple, and useful! Made a mini one in a few minutes for my family (you can guess which set of keys are mine :P )

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mikeasaurus (author)optimist1232013-07-05

Nice and simple; awesome!
Thanks for sharing, enjoy the patch and Membership!

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depotdevoid (author)2013-07-03

You have a hovercar AND a sealab!? Jealous!

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SHIFT! (author)2013-07-02

An organizer you can REALLY [Insert Creative LEGO Pun Here]!

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mikeasaurus (author)SHIFT!2013-07-02

..build on?

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SHIFT! (author)mikeasaurus2013-07-02

I was going to say "Stick To" but that works just as constructively!

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edrwest (author)2013-07-02

this blew my mind at how incredibly simple and ingenious it is! cheers mate!

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Branbuscus (author)2013-07-01

Nice, but I don't know if I would like to have a Lego piece stuck to my phone. Other than that, I would totally use this.

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SHIFT! (author)Branbuscus2013-07-02

You can buy LEGO themed phone cases.

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jpabraham (author)2013-07-02

I'll make one ! just for keys ! ! cool !

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JonnyBGood (author)2013-07-02

Very Nice! I'm considering making one, just without the modded pieces.

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-07-01

I think I am going to buy a LEGO set soon :). Thank Mike for the inspiration. You are awesome.

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TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-07-01

Also voted

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TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-07-01

Thx AWSOME now I have a working LEGO phone

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sherrycayheyhey (author)2013-07-01

"LEGO purists beware: I had to modify the pieces to work with my idea!"

Thank you for this special nod to myself and other LEGO purists :)

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TheDiyFan (author)2013-07-01

Brilliant!

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-07-01

Cool! You're missing your key for the Sealab!

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Where do you think I wrote this Instructable from?

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What is a sealab? A lab by the sea or a dog that lives in the sea?

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It would be awesome if dogs were key operated. Until then, this is Sealab

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M.C. Langer (author)2013-07-01

Awesome job, Mike!

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mikeasaurus (author)M.C. Langer2013-07-01

Thanks, Mario!

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nerfrocketeer (author)2013-07-01

Cool idea!

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