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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#1

Lego Cable Organizer

Lego Cable Organizer

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Cody Eriksen
Community Member
4 years ago

Forehead slap

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#2

Lego Fish Tank

Lego Fish Tank

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

This fish tank is amazing! Where can I buy it?

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#3

Use LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

Use LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

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Angela Campbell
Community Member
4 years ago

epic!

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#4

Lego Quidditch Aquarium

Lego Quidditch Aquarium

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Lorraine
Community Member
4 years ago

OMG this is amazinggg

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#5

Lego Gift Box

Lego Gift Box

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Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy the box more than the gift this time! :)

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#6

Lego Chess

Lego Chess

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Núria Rp
Community Member
4 years ago

Cool!!

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#7

Lego Train Bookends

Lego Train Bookends

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

I love how it looks like the train is coming through the books

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#8

Lego Heart Necklace Set

Lego Heart Necklace Set

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Cathy Shift
Community Member
4 years ago

so cool. this needs more up votes.

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#9

Lego Bird Feeder

Lego Bird Feeder

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DuheVon Hill
Community Member
4 years ago

This ex-seeds my expectations of legos!

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#10

Lego Lampshade

Lego Lampshade

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

Mom: "turn off the light and leGO to sleep already!"

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#11

Lego Key Keeper

Lego Key Keeper

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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the little figurines :D

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#12

Lego Lanterns

Lego Lanterns

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Heather Keedy Bateman
Community Member
4 years ago

LOVE these!!

OTTERZ4LIFE
Community Member
4 years ago

LOVE IT, but clear legos????

COOL BOY GAMING
Community Member
2 months ago

look real cool

Hassan Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

siriuslyafangirl
Community Member
4 years ago

This is gorgeous!

Michael Cornish
Community Member
4 years ago

This is AWESOME!

Kim Maltas
Community Member
4 years ago

Would love to try out some of these but legos are way too expensive now :(

Matthew Dobeck
Community Member
4 years ago

Reminds me of Lite Brite

Isabel Chuter
Community Member
4 years ago

Beautiful!

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh these are SO pretty...

Bethany
Community Member
4 years ago

AWESOME

Jason H.
Community Member
4 years ago

Are these actual LEGO brand? Never saw translucent style before.

Sophia Wessling
Community Member
4 years ago

Are there instructions for this or something??

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#13

Lego Kitchen Decor

Lego Kitchen Decor

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Benny Lava
Community Member
4 years ago

Very nice but that yellow staircase(?) is really bothering my senses.

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#14

Lego Guitar

Lego Guitar

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Lauren Kaufmann
Community Member
4 years ago

perfection

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#15

Lego Desk Organizer

Lego Desk Organizer

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Bethany
Community Member
4 years ago

lol hes painting it thats cool

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#16

Vase

Vase

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tiagoobin
Community Member
4 years ago

Love that coloring ❤

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#17

Lego Wall

Lego Wall

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Priscilla
Community Member
4 years ago

I hav a feeling these people like Mario XD

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#18

Lego Cool Coasters

Lego Cool Coasters

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Lorraine
Community Member
4 years ago

Love this idea!

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#19

Device Docking Rig

Device Docking Rig

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Satoshi Ketsuban
Community Member
4 years ago

OMG... so cool!

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#20

Lego Tissue Box Cover

Lego Tissue Box Cover

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Oooh! Need.

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#21

Lego Stairs

Lego Stairs

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Tallulah
Community Member
4 years ago

What if they fall down? Cool invention though

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#22

Lego Business Card Holder

Lego Business Card Holder

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LauRa Morgan
Community Member
4 years ago

Super neat!

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#23

Lego Table

Lego Table

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varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

A rather lumpy top-surface. A wine glass is more easily tipped over if not careful.

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#24

Lego Holiday Ornaments

Lego Holiday Ornaments

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#25

Minifigure Display Art

Minifigure Display Art

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Carla Douberly
Community Member
4 years ago

For Kael...

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#26

Lego Battleship Game

Lego Battleship Game

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Satoshi Ketsuban
Community Member
4 years ago

Perfection...

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#27

Small Lego Earrings

Small Lego Earrings

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Crystllee
Community Member
4 years ago

Now THESE I would really hate to step on!!

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#28

Lego Clock

Lego Clock

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Love it!

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#29

Lego Utensil Holder

Lego Utensil Holder

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#30

Lego Computer Case

Lego Computer Case

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JELollis
Community Member
4 years ago

Blueprints please! Along with where to buy non-static Lego blocks from...

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#31

Bowtie

Bowtie

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TheRubyFalcon
Community Member
4 years ago

Bowties. Are. COOL!

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#32

Lego Marble Run

Lego Marble Run

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Tracey Eyre
Community Member
4 years ago

Mind bending!

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#33

Lego Bookshelf

Lego Bookshelf

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Devil Kitty
Community Member
4 years ago

Can't wait until an earthquake

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#34

Knife Block

Knife Block

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The Alchemist
Community Member
4 years ago

Did anyone else try to read the comic in the background?

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#35

Lego Bowl

Lego Bowl

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bread
Community Member
4 years ago

Who eats that many raisens?

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#36

Lego Magnets

Lego Magnets

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Satoshi Ketsuban
Community Member
4 years ago

You can buy gold Legos, he/she/ze needn't have wasted gold paint.

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#37

Lego Flower Pot

Lego Flower Pot

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Emily Jelassi
Community Member
4 years ago

cool

#38

Lego Typewriter

Lego Typewriter

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Satoshi Ketsuban
Community Member
4 years ago

I like functional things made of Legos.

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#39

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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varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago

Aren't you putting a bunch of indents on your thumb? Comfortable?

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#40

Lego Storage Container Made From Legos

Lego Storage Container Made From Legos

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Cathy Shift
Community Member
4 years ago

so you store legos in legos?

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#41

Lego Napkin Holder

Lego Napkin Holder

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Bo Bednar
Community Member
4 years ago

How do you make it????

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#42

Lego Rat Cave

Lego Rat Cave

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Suzanne Lee Rouland
Community Member
4 years ago

My rats would have loved this.

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#43

Lego Play House

Lego Play House

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Abigail Wolfle
Community Member
4 years ago

Woa, I want that

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#44

Lego Monthly Calendar

Lego Monthly Calendar

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Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#45

Lego Nerf Targets

Lego Nerf Targets

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Squiddosnazz
Community Member
4 years ago

fun for boys? As a girl speaking here this looks awesome!

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#46

Lego Lamp Shade

Lego Lamp Shade

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Lilly Mey
Community Member
4 years ago

The little figuine in the doorway! <3

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#47

Lego Planner

Lego Planner

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Stephanie Ellis
Community Member
4 years ago

Someone tell me how to use this please. I love the look of it.

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#48

Lego Cufflinks

Lego Cufflinks

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

Can also be used as a great weapon :)

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#49

Lego Soap Dispenser

Lego Soap Dispenser

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Stille20
Community Member
4 years ago

..but why

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#50

Lego Handbags

Lego Handbags

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StrayCat
Community Member
4 years ago

Where can I buy these?

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#51

Lego Rings

Lego Rings

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Georgia Zanzibar
Community Member
4 years ago

I read that as "Lord of the Rings". I was thoroughly confused.

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#52

Lego Guitar

Lego Guitar

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Markus McCloud
Community Member
4 years ago

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

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#53

Lego Dining Table

Lego Dining Table

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Martijn de Jong
Community Member
4 years ago

That looks like easy cleaning.

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#54

Lego Tape Dispenser

Lego Tape Dispenser

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Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
4 years ago

No tape cutter?

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#55

Game Controller Organizer

Game Controller Organizer

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grenuke 17
Community Member
4 years ago

I want this!

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#56

Lego Camera

Lego Camera

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Darek Olszewski
Community Member
4 years ago

Working? :D

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#57

Lego Tie Bar

Lego Tie Bar

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Tallulah
Community Member
4 years ago

That's a BIG tie bar!!!

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#58

Lego Friendship Bracelets

Lego Friendship Bracelets

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Hatsune Chiku
Community Member
4 years ago

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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#59

Lego Mirror

Lego Mirror

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Katharina Scherf
Community Member
4 years ago

that would drive me crazy O.o It is so untidy.

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#60

Soap Display

Soap Display

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Catherine Cochrane
Community Member
4 years ago

Because soap needs to be put on display?! Lol

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#61

Lego Magnets

Lego Magnets

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#62

Lego Bowtie

Lego Bowtie

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Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

Pretty! I did not know u get random shaped Lego though!

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#63

Lego Computer Case

Lego Computer Case

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The Bee Kwami
Community Member
4 years ago

what if it over heats?

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#64

Lego Necklaces

Lego Necklaces

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Caroline Chaney
Community Member
4 years ago

Why don't people like this one?

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