7 Ridiculously Fun LEGO Projects for Adults

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Since its inception in 1949, Danish toy brand LEGO has produced more than 600 billion interlocking pieces, and is currently selling play-sets at the rate of seven every second. 

The vast majority of these will, of course, fall into the hands of eager kids – but why let them have all the fun? There's an online army of adult LEGO enthusiasts who 'hack' play-sets to create ingenious objects as useful as they are quirky. 

Here are eight of our favourite LEGO projects for kid-at-heart grown-ups...
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1. LEGO Clock


The beauty of this wall clock is that it remains fully customisable – you can completely remix it whenever the mood takes you. 

All you need is a square LEGO baseplate, a can of spray paint (if you want to change the baseplate's colour), a clock kit, and a drill to make the hole for the clock mechanism to pass through.

Once everything's in place, decorate with whatever Lego pieces take your fancy – or leave it blank for a minimal look. 

Shopping List:
- LEGO baseplates  
- Clock kits 
- Spray paints 
- Power drills 
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2. LEGO Coasters

Because they're made of a high-end plastic called acylonitrile butadiene styrene – ABS for short – LEGO bricks are flawlessly smooth and incredibly hard-wearing, which makes them ideal material for drinks coasters

The coasters here have been built from long, thin Lego pieces – giving them a sturdy construction that won't snap in your hand.

If you want to use the larger, more iconic LEGO bricks you can super-glue them in to place to bolster your coasters' 'structural integrity'. 

Shopping List:  
LEGO bricks 
Super glue 
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3. LEGO Rings

The beauty of LEGO rings is that they can be as simple or as OTT as you like.

Fashioning one is easy-peasy: take a standard-issue LEGO brick, super-glue it to a ring base, and boom, you're done.
 
Next you can graduate to a double-finger ring, a ring with LEGO flowers on, or a ring featuring  a LEGO Batman . The possibilities are endless...

Shopping List:
LEGO bricks
Base rings 
Super glue 
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4. LEGO Key Holder

A truly ingenious use for the little LEGO piece known as 3176, this simple design keeps your keys to hand and looks thoroughly ace while doing so. 

You'll need one of the aforementioned 3176 pieces, plus a 6 x 8 baseplate, a split key-ring, a LEGO Minifigure and, of course, a key.

As ever, feel free to put your own unique spin on this basic design.

Shopping List: 
LEGO 3176 pieces 
LEGO 6 x 8 baseplates 
LEGO Minifigures 
- Split key-rings 
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5. LEGO Planter

Liven up your window ledge with one of these  bright, breezy and flower-friendly planters .
The construction method is fairly self-explanatory: take a LEGO baseplate – the example shown here uses a 8 x 16 plate – and build up layers in a standard brick-laying formation. 

The design – and scale – of the planter is limited only by the size of your LEGO collection. 

Shopping List: 
LEGO bricks
LEGO 8 x 16 baseplates 
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6. LEGO Necklace

As playful as it is cool, this easy-to-make gold LEGO necklace is guaranteed to have countless people asking you where you got it.  

You'll need a LEGO brick, some gold spray paint, a jump ring, a box closer, a jewellery-making chain and a pair of beading pliers.

Spray the LEGO brick gold and let it dry; super-glue the box loser to its back; use the pliers to close the jump ring around the box closer; feed the chain through the jump ring – and you're done. 

Shopping List: 
- LEGO bricks 
- Jewellery-making chains 
- Gold spray-paint 
- Box closers 
- Jump rings 
- Super glue 
- Beading pliers 

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7. LEGO Kitchen Island

One for the true LEGO devotees, this.

The loopy brainchild of designers Phillippe Simon and Pillard Roesst, this awesome breakfast spot was created by covering an Ikea kitchen island in 20,000 LEGO bricks. 

You could, in theory, cover anything and everything in your house in LEGO: your dining table, your sofa, your bed, the bath... 

Shopping List: 
- LEGO bricks 
- Ikea kitchen islands 

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