Over the years, I feel like I have finished over two hundred Lego projects by myself and with my children. You probably have a collection of finished projects around your house.
The question is, what are you going to do with your Legos now that you have finished your project?
Lego is known for adding extra pieces to every set, so it is not uncommon to have pieces left over after a project has been completed. I feel like I have a separate collection of extra Lego pieces, which means I need to figure out what to do with those pieces as well.
— danny (@danny_______) December 23, 2021
As you read through my guide, you are going to learn…
- What to do with Legos after they are built.
- How to get rid of the Legos you no longer wish to keep.
- How to make the most of the Legos you are planning to keep.
- Thoughts and videos from other Lego fans.
I have finished so many Lego projects over the years, my home was turning into a personal Legoland. My place became the home of bricks in various shapes and colors.
It was time to do a little research to find the best use for my Legos after I was finished with my projects. I wanted to share that information with other Lego fans by putting together a guide on what to do with Lego sets after they have been built.
- 1. What To Do With Legos After They Are Built: 5 Ideas For Your Finished Lego Sets →
- 1.1. Display Your Finished Projects →
- 1.2. Store Your Legos For Later →
- 1.3. Sell The Disassembled Lego Sets →
- 1.4. Donate The Lego Sets To Others →
- 1.5. Repurpose The Extra Lego Pieces →
- 2. How To Store The Lego Sets That Are Built →
- 2.1. Invest In Lego Containers →
- 2.2. Use Ordinary Plastic Containers →
- 2.3. Organize With Labeled Ziplocs →
- 3. How To Organize The Lego Sets That Have Been Disassembled →
- 3.1. Organize Legos By Set →
- 3.2. Organize Legos By Color →
- 3.3. Organize Legos By Piece →
- 4. Useful Resources →
What To Do With Legos After They Are Built: 5 Ideas For Your Finished Lego Sets
If you are still reading this guide, you are trying to decide on what to do with your Legos after you are finished with them. With the following ideas for finished Lego sets, you are sure to find a solution that works for you.
1. Display Your Finished Projects
Of course, the first solution that comes to mind is to display your finished projects. I understand because I wanted to display all my finished Lego projects as well.
Unfortunately, space does become a problem after a while. You may not be able to display every finished Lego set, but you can display a few favorite sets around the house.
It is not always easy to move built Lego sets to another location, especially if you want to keep the design. One fan shows the world how he moved his finished Lego projects.
The obvious idea is to display your sets on shelves and bookcases in your bedroom, living room or family room. It is the easiest idea because you can buy wall-mounted shelves at reasonable prices, but it may not be ideal if you have a cat that likes to jump on high surfaces.
Luckily, you can find display cases designed for Legos. The cases protect your pieces while creating a fun way to showcase your finished project.
2. Store Your Legos For Later
There are several reasons you may decide to keep and store your Lego pieces instead of getting rid of them.
- You may want to re-build the design at another time.
- Your child may come around to playing with Legos again.
- You may be holding on to them for children who often visit, such as grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
- You may not need to get rid of your Lego pieces at the moment.
I am in the process of downsizing my Lego sets, but I am not getting rid of every Lego set in my house. Therefore, I needed to find the best way to store the Legos I am keeping.
According to BoardGamesTips, there are certain ways to store Lego sets to avoid damage to the pieces. The following advice is from this popular blog:
Instruction booklets put into larger ziplock bags, and store with the sets. The worst thing for LEGO is heat and humidity. Heat will warp the pieces, and humidity will destroy boxes, instructions, stickers and electric parts. Don’t risk losing your collection over this.
I have taken this advice seriously because the last thing I want to do is destroy my Lego collection, even if I am not planning on keeping every set. I cannot do anything with the sets if they are damaged, and I love Legos too much to risk damaging my collection.
Of course, I need to keep the extra pieces safe as well. Have you ever wondered why Lego sets have extra pieces? You can find the answer to this Lego mystery in this article.
3. Sell The Disassembled Lego Sets
If you have a few Lego sets you have not touched in years, you could always sell them to other Lego fans. This way, you know the sets are going to someone who is going to take care of them.
There are several ways to sell your sets in-person and online, and we are going to start with ideas for selling your Legos in person.
This video is ideal for anyone who needs to restore their old Lego sets. You can learn how to restore sets that include missing and sun-damaged pieces.
Holding a yard sale is the easiest solution because you do not need to commute or rent space. You can even make a post in your neighborhood Facebook group, as long as it is not against the guidelines.
Another idea is to look into toy, game and hobby stores that buy used Lego kits. There is no guarantee they are going to pay a high price, but you may be helping a small business to succeed.
You can also sell your Legos at a flea market over the weekend, but you need to pay to rent a table at a flea market. This is risky because customers may not stop by your table, but it is another option if you want to try selling your Legos.
— The Holly Jolly Drive-in 🎄 (@HauntedDriveIn) August 24, 2021
Nowadays, many people are selling their Legos online. You can sell your Legos through platforms such as eBay, Amazon, LetGo, Etsy, Facebook Market and Craigslist.
4. Donate The Lego Sets To Others
Are you the type of person who tries to help those in need? Maybe you like to surprise loved ones with a fun item. These are reasons why I prefer to donate my Legos.
#ad Just build a star with @LEGO_Group bricks and share it with the hashtag #BuildToGive and the LEGO Group will donate up to 1.5 million LEGO sets to children in need for each star shared! It’s super fun as a family and it blesses other children with the joy of LEGO sets! pic.twitter.com/KQ416u2GIl
— J House Vlogs (@jhousevlogs) December 19, 2021
The first thing I do is check with my family, friends and neighbors to see if anyone is looking for unopened or used Lego sets. People are always grateful to receive a gift, especially if they are not in the position to buy that item.
I have also donated my used Legos to thrift stores that resell them at a reasonable price, and I have looked into schools, daycare centers and pediatrician offices that need toy donations.
It is always fun to build something new with Legos. If you are looking for a new project, this video shows you how to turn your leftover Legos into a secret magnetized safe.
If you are like me, you have bought Lego sets on impulse with no plans of putting them together. It is also possible you bought a Lego set you forgot you owned, and now you need to figure out what to do with the second set.
Wired has shared a way to donate your unused Legos. To quote this website:
Now Lego has an answer: You can box up your unused Lego bricks, slap on a prepaid label, and ship them away. The mass redistribution is being facilitated by Give Back Box, a logistics company started in an effort to reuse discarded shipping materials.
5. Repurpose The Extra Lego Pieces
Another idea is to repurpose the Lego pieces you have lying around the house. I think this is especially helpful if you have lost a few pieces to a set or have too many extra pieces.
With a little creativity and an extra project, you can turn your Legos into coasters, key hooks, cable organizers, desk organizers, jewelry, wall art and even gift boxes. The possibilities are endless when you have Lego pieces to spare.
How To Store The Lego Sets That Are Built
When deciding what to do with Legos after they are built, you may decide it is best to keep your Legos for now.
— Soko Toys (@SokoToys) November 17, 2021
1. Invest In Lego Containers
Did you know you can find containers designed for Legos? Lego offers solutions from storage boxes to display cases. What better way to store your pieces than with the organizers and containers from the brand itself?
2. Use Ordinary Plastic Containers
If you cannot order a storage container from the Lego brand, ordinary plastic containers work just as well as brand-name solutions. You can even find plastic containers with multiple compartments for organizing your pieces.
3. Organize With Labeled Ziplocs
Another option is to organize the pieces into multiple Ziploc bags, which should be labeled by set. Keep the bags in one spot by placing them into a large, labeled container or bin.
Did you know that Nanoblock also offers themed sets? In this article, you can find the best Nanoblock Pokémon sets.
How To Organize The Lego Sets That Have Been Disassembled
Once you build and disassemble your Lego sets, you may be looking for the best way to organize your pieces. I have put together a small list of ideas for organizing your Legos.
1. Organize Legos By Set
If you are planning to rebuild a certain design, you may want to organize your Legos by set. This allows you to pull out the entire set at once, and you can ensure you have all the pieces in that set.
2. Organize Legos By Color
3. Organize Legos By Piece
Finally, you may decide to organize your Legos by piece. This is one of my favorite ways to organize because it works for original, tweaked and new designs.
We needed a brain break but I also had the urge to organize something, so we disassembled some small LEGO sets we did recently and now I’m slowly finding a way to store the extremely small, extremely specialized pieces. Of which there are MANY. pic.twitter.com/tvY37SsedX
— Krystal VW Bergman (@technecat) May 1, 2020
You can organize by Minifigures, wheels, square bricks, flat bricks and other shapes and designs. It is easier to find the exact piece you need because you are not digging through various containers and bags for it.
The organization method you choose depends on your personal preference, but I find organizing by piece to be the easiest solution for me. This way, I can find the piece I need in just a few minutes.
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Choose What To Do With Your Lego Pieces After They Are Built
Now, you have several ideas on what to do with Legos after they are built. Are you planning to donate or sell them? Maybe you want to display a few designs or build something new. One thing I have learned is, the sky is the limit when it comes to Legos.