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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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10 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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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