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Most of us think of LEGO as toys, but there are actually a lot of practical ways you can use these plastic bricks in your everyday life.

LEGO produced their first plastic brick in 1947, but their limitless construction capabilities inspire people to come up with new projects to this day. For example, one clever teacher even uses LEGO to teach math. Bored Panda has selected some of the most functional ones and compiled this list to give you some ideas on how to improve your surroundings with LEGOs. From photo frames to key keepers, these projects can be done by everyone, even those who don't have an engineering degree. Scroll down to view the designs and don't forget to vote for your favorite ones.

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Use LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

Use LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

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Lego Gift Box

Lego Gift Box

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Lego Train Bookends

Lego Train Bookends

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Lego Heart Necklace Set

Lego Heart Necklace Set

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Lego Kitchen Decor

Lego Kitchen Decor

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Lego Guitar

Lego Guitar

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Pam Tafarella
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not only is this a Lego Guitar, its a Lego Millennium Falcon Guitar. This is like geekery overload at its finest

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Lego Cool Coasters

Lego Cool Coasters

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Lego Tissue Box Cover

Lego Tissue Box Cover

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Ruth Meszaros
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now THIS is a great idea--colorful, heavy enough to keep the tissue box down while the tissues are pulled out, and without too many exposed bumps to collect dust.

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Lego Stairs

Lego Stairs

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Lego Holiday Ornaments

Lego Holiday Ornaments

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Hatsune Chiku
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so cool! Now I know how I'm decorating my Christmas tree this year

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Small Lego Earrings

Small Lego Earrings

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Lego Utensil Holder

Lego Utensil Holder

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Hatsune Chiku
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The kitchen utensils on the right look like they're scared of the lady on the left

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Lego Marble Run

Lego Marble Run

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Ruth Meszaros
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a great project for kids, I think. They could make it as complex as they want, or was simple.

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Lego Typewriter

Lego Typewriter

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After Learning From D Doctor That I Need Something More Stable Than A Coffee Stirrer, I Used #lego

After Learning From D Doctor That I Need Something More Stable Than A Coffee Stirrer, I Used #lego

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Lego Rat Cave

Lego Rat Cave

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Cassie
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Certain plastics will splinter when chewed and cause hemorrhaging and death in rodents. Sadly, I discovered this through experience. Please do not put plastics in with rodents that are not designed for them! This is really cute, but could be dangerous. :(

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Lego Monthly Calendar

Lego Monthly Calendar

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Stille20
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that would make me crazy, pulling it apart and rebuilding. More tedious than fun.

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Lego Nerf Targets

Lego Nerf Targets

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Lego Lamp Shade

Lego Lamp Shade

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Lego Planner

Lego Planner

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Lego Rings

Lego Rings

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Lego Guitar

Lego Guitar

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Markus McCloud
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I can't really play heavy metal on this... but I CAN play some sick heavy plastic!"

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Lego Friendship Bracelets

Lego Friendship Bracelets

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Hatsune Chiku
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! Lego is just like your best friends: fun to play with, but can also hurt you quite a lot if they want to :)

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Lego Magnets

Lego Magnets

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Lego Computer Case

Lego Computer Case

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