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As the owner of YOU gNeek - unique items for the geek and gadget enthusiast in YOU, we package and ship many of our small jewelry items in small pillbox tins.  These tin boxes are the size of the Mini Altoids Tins and we love the fact that they are reusable and can be recycled.  We can't force our customers or owners of these tin boxes to recycle but we can offer fresh DIY projects to turn their tins into cool gifts and toys and, yes, gadgets in our upcoming instructables. 

Presenting:  The Pocket Travel Mini Lego Playset Tin


one small tin
at least 3 flat Lego pieces 2 x 8 or any configuration
permanent adhesive (we recommend E6000)
a variety of small Lego pieces (sold in small quantities at the Lego store or from your stash)
hammer (optional)

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Step 1: Prepare your tin

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Step 1

Remove any stickers or labels from the tin.

Step 2: Hammer the top flat

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Step 2

If the top of the tin is not flat, open the tin and place the top on a small block and lightly hammer it flat.

Go slow and gentle and you may want to use a washcloth or thick shirt to keep the hammer from marring the top.

Step 3: Glue flat lego pieces on

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Step 3

Glue 3 pieces of 2x8 flat Lego pieces (any color) to the top of the tin.

If you want you can get creative and make a design or pattern out of different colored flat pieces of various sizes.

You may also choose to glue some to the inside of the tin instead of gluing the top or in addition to gluing the top. Hint: you will fit more legos if you do not glue pieces to the inside.

Step 4: Fill with legos

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Step 4

Fill with small Lego pieces. You may also include a minifig but it takes up a lot of space.

If you can't fit all the Legos you want INSIDE the box, connect them to the top of your box and they should not come loose!

scoochmaroo3 years ago
Omg, that is fantastic! I so want one for my desk.
morgomouse7 months ago

Would it work if I 3d-printed lego?

morgomouse7 months ago

Nice work!!! I'm always wanting something to fiddle with and this would be the perfect thing!

I would recommend using micro figures like in lego games. I made one and I could fit 3

I have made one of those yesterday! Thank you!
You are an awesome lego builder! I hope you make more cool lego stuff. By the way, I have many altoids tins and they could be very usefull for trips! Thank you for making this awesome tin!
The Rambler2 years ago
That's awesome.

If you wanted to include a minifig without taking up room, you could use one of the key chain minifigs or turn a regular one into a keychain. Then punch or drill two small holes into the box and thread the key ring through. You could also glue the bottoms of two containers together and then they would open on oposite sides or you could glue more flat pieces on the bottom and make the tins stackable. Though that would obviously make it slighty less pocketable.
Jay 4 EVAH!
TVTAS3 years ago
Dan1953 years ago
it seems to me that there are more bricks in most of the buildings than would fit in the container.:P
YOUgNeek (author)  Dan1953 years ago
yes but you can connect some of the pieces to the top legos!
This is absolutely wonderful and perfect for my 6 yr old son who brings a number of Legos everywhere we go! I can't wait to find the tins and start making these! Thanks!!! :D
waterlubber3 years ago
What a cute kit!
What if you yous a Alford box?
YOUgNeek (author)  legofreak01103 years ago
then you can put even MORE legos inside and more flat pieces on the outside!
its crazy i got a new lego magazine today and am watching the dvd the magazine right now!!!
monsterlego3 years ago
Cool, like the ninja hideout.
YOUgNeek (author)  monsterlego3 years ago
the ninja was from a ninjago but it works!
Yah, i know.
Awesome it is!
YOUgNeek (author) 3 years ago
that's a great way to solve the "moving" brick problem when you place the pieces down in the glue. Good idea!
Muniosi3 years ago
When I glued the plates on, I used flat pieces to connect them before gluing them. After the glue dried, I took off the top layer of bricks. This way, the bricks are close enough together that there shouldn't be any problem of the plates not touching.
AoOs Muniosi3 years ago
Good idea.
micraman3 years ago
Awesome! I love portable things! Beautiful design ;)