Canvas Lego Bins

I showed you Isaac’s new Lego Table I made from a 1980s parquet table this week.  He adores it and has spent every waking moment up there since he received a bunch of new Lego sets for his birthday last week.  Did you notice those adorable little Lego head bins?  Nope I didn’t buy those. But I was inspired by some plastic ones I saw at Target. I wanted to use canvas bins because they are less rough on surfaces than plastic.  So I screen printed the Lego heads on some canvas bins I got on clearance from Lowes.

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In the past I have used the Simply Screen screen printing kit by Plaid.  I have LOVED it and have done several projects with it (Christmas subway art pillow, monogram pillow, deer family pillow).  Last year sometime I Love To Create sent me their Screen-It kit.  I will be doing a full comparison of both products soon.

The Screen-It Kit works the same.  You print out a black and white image of your choice and then set it on one of the pre-emulsified screens and put it under the exposed light for 15 minutes.

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Then you soak it and lightly rub the screen to expose your image.  You are left with a clear screen where your image was.

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While I could have cut out some heat transfer material with my Silhouette machine I wanted to paint it on the bins to ensure it would stay and because I wasn’t sure how the heat transfer material would do with a raised canvas texture.

Once the screen is done you can use the screen over and over again.  Which is why I used it for this project since I made three bins.  You just place it on your fabric to be screen printed and use a squeegee to push the paint through the screen.  Since I was screen printing on darker fabric I let it sit for 2 minutes and then did another coat before I removed the screen.  If you have any parts that didn’t transfer the paint well just get a little paintbrush and touch it up.

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Any parts that aren’t painted well enough I just touched up with a paint brush.  They are perfect for storing the billion of Legos we have in our house.

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Comments

  1. Shawn B! says:

    Great job! They’re so much better than the Iris bins they sell at Meijer. Way more durable, and opaque! Love them!

    • Thanks, Shawn. I really wanted the canvas because the plastic bins scratch up the paint too much from being pushed in and pulled out. I know this from experience with my train table downstairs. ;) And, like you said, the canvas is very durable.

  2. Laura Doubek-Kraft says:

    Adorable!

  3. Hey, Beckie
    Do you think the Screen It Screens would work in the Simply Screen box? I bought that kind by mistake a while back and have the Simply Screen.

    • I don’t see why not. It is worth a try. You just might have to adjust the time the lamp is on. I would try the test piece first. Good luck! :)

  4. Your storage bins look fabulous!

  5. Richella @ Imparting Grace says:

    Very, very cool. As the mother of a certified Lego fanatic, I can offer a very seasoned opinion on these and tell you: they’re great!

    P.S. Has your son tried the Chima sets yet? Does he have a Chima starter set?

    • Thanks, Richella!!! Yes, my son has one of the Chima Sets. He only has the Long Tooth and Wax one. He is really into the Ninjago series.

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