Monday, June 21, 2010

It's art if I say it's art

What a busy week we had here last week! I did a lot of hurrying and scurrying as I prepared to host a bridal shower on Saturday afternoon and a birthday party for my middle son on Saturday evening. I'm happy and grateful to report that a very kind air conditioning technician was able to fix our A/C unit in about 10 minutes. He had to replace a "capacitor." That sounds to me like something from Star Wars, but who cares? When cool air started coming out of those vents, I had to restrain myself from giving him a big old hug.

In addition to party preparation, we've been spending a lot of time on Lego maintenance. Did you know there is a LegoLand North Carolina? Oh, yes, there is. It's in my house.

My husband decided that the boxes and bins of Legos that lurk in every corner of our home must be tamed. To get started, he dumped some of them (not all of them, mind you) into a pile in the middle of the guest room floor.




This is an actual unretouched photo. And that's not all of our Legos. Our boys started receiving Lego sets as gifts about 15 years ago, and our collection has grown and grown and grown. Our youngest son is now a Lego entrepreneur. Really. He reviews Lego sets. He started out with a Lego blog; now he works mainly with youtube. If you ever need the inside scoop on a Lego set, you can check out LegoLee329 on youtube. He's serious about it.

So how do you decorate the room of a 13-year-old boy with a passion for Legos? Well, I made him a Lego wall hanging by decoupaging a Lego logo onto a wall plaque.




And this week we discovered another way to up the Lego decor factor:





Those are empty Lego boxes hanging on the wall. I simply taped the boxes shut and hot-glued a sawtooth hanger on the back of each one. (I measured the width of each box and carefully hot-glued a hanger right in the middle of the top edge on the back of the box.)



You could do the same thing with any kind of box. Instant, free art!

18 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow, that's a lot of Legos! I like how you decorated his room The little logo is really cute!

Nancy

Dawn said...

perfect lego art! we have saved some of the cooler boxes and they are on cam's shelves! we will soon be dumping our boxes, too... and i think we are going to part with a few cherished bricks! but i think cam will love sharing them on our trip...

Kathy@ Gone North said...

What a great decorating idea! & Oh How I KNOW... 3 boys & EVERY gift was a set of Lego's... I think that they had every set that came out when they were collecting, Grandma even knew which set they had & didn't have. They are grown & out of the house now, but I still have them all, holding them for grandchildren some day : )

southerninspiration said...

We had a similar amount of Legos and I passed them on to some boys in our church. I wish I had saved SOME of them...and the Lego boxes as art? INGENIOUS! You are one cool mom!

Suzanne

Megan said...

My 6 year old is just discovering Legos. With two boys, I am sure we have many bricks in our future! We'll have to check out his youtube channel for sure. And wasn't the "flux capacitor" the part Michael J Fox needed to fix his time machine in Back to the Future?

togetherforgood said...

Holy cow. I am very carefully and diligently NOT showing that picture of all the Legos to my boys. Ha! :)

Bonita said...

Richella, what a fantastic idea for wall art! I wish I'd thought of it when my son was younger. His Legos are now in a plastic bin or two or three in the basement.

Hey, what is the color on the walls of your son's room? I'd like to do my son's room in blue, but can't decide a color. Thanks.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I. love. it. I bet your boy could really turn his Lego-love into something profitable for the future. I really do hope God sends me a little boy someday b/c I love Legos too. ;) They bring me happy memories of my childhood when my dad would set stuff up (mostly for my brother) and we would play. :)

We had to get the capacitor fixed too! I asked T if it was the "flux capacitor" and he told me no, that's only in Back to the Future. ;)

Denise said...

I love the boxes on the wall, great idea, but oh maaaan what a lot of Lego you have! The only kind we have are big baby chunky blocks that Kristen got years ago, she's never really been in to small lego parts (I'm happy to say!)
Happy Monday.
xxxx
Den

Kenzie said...

OMG, that is a huge collection of legos! Love the wall art too!

Stephanie Bishop said...

What a clever idea! You win the most creative use of LEGO award!

Stephanie Bishop said...

What a clever idea! You win the most creative use of LEGO award!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I love this! My (now grown) boys just loved their Legos. They are the only toys we saved. We have a huge tub ready for the next generation.

Warmly, Michelle

HeathahLee said...

I let Kiddo go to his YouTube page and he LOVED watching all his reviews! He was cracking up at some of his comments (particularly about the non-impressive skater dude, LOL!).

This makes me wish even more that we could come visit y'all!

Hey, how long does it take to get to your house from Gatlinburg? :D

terri aka Penny Ann Poundwise said...

"Capacitator"... Yeah, I'm familiar with that word! We lost our Ac late Saturday night and went all through Father's Day without. Oh my. It took five minutes to fix Monday morning. Bliss is AC in Georgia.

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Hi Richella! I love your lego art. Great idea. Happy anniversary! Your trip looked amazing!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Girl, it's art!! I love it. So very, very clever.

Kristi said...

Ingenious! I'll have to remember that for the next round of boxes that is sure to be coming. :)

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