DIY Repurposed Can Lego Head

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Originally published February 5, 2014 and updated June 15, 2023.

Have you seen those cute LEGO head storage jars at the store?  You can make your own DIY repurposed can LEGO Head storage jar for free! It’s easy enough to make that it can a kids’ craft project.

yellow can with blue lid and DIY face to look like LEGO head storage with colorful LEGO blocks.

Every time I’m at the store and see those LEGO storage jars, I wish my children were young enough to have one.  Recently, I emptied a square yellow container of corn starch and as I was walking to the recycling bin, it hit me –  Hey! I could make my own LEGO head DIY storage. And it’s so easy to make in just 10 minutes!

DIY LEGO Head Storage Container

Benefits of Making Your Own DIY LEGO Head Container

Making your own DIY LEGO head storage container is not only easy but also incredibly practical.

One of the biggest benefits of making your own LEGO head storage container is that it’s a fun and creative project that anyone can do. You don’t need any special skills or tools to get started, just some spare time and a few basic supplies. Plus, it’s a great way to put old jars or containers to good use instead of throwing them away.

Another advantage of creating your own LEGO head storage container is that it’s an environmentally friendly option.

How to Make an Easy DIY LEGO Head


You’ll need:

yellow can with blue lid, markers, scissors and hole punch.

Find printable How-to instructions below.


Empty and wash the container. Use this tutorial for a natural way to remove sticky label residue.

I spent some time looking up LEGO face expressions to find 4 that I could draw.  If you have a bunch of LEGO people around the house, just find 4 with expressions you like.

yellow can with blue lid and drawn black smiling face.

With the red Sharpie, draw a tongue.  Punch the white eyes out of the label with a hole punch and add them to the black eyes you drew.  Use the scissors to cut teeth (a simple rectangle) from the label and add it to the mouth.

yellow can with blue lid and DIY smiling LEGO face.

Don’t over think it, just draw a the face with the black Sharpie.

I also drew an angry face,

yellow can with blue lid and DIY angry LEGO face.

a Grrr face, 

yellow can with blue lid and DIY Grrr LEGO face.

and a winking face.

yellow can with blue lid and DIY winking LEGO face.

Don’t worry if you’re not an artist (I can’t draw a stick figure).  You can practice drawing the faces on paper first. But they really are simple to draw. 

And for the older Lego fans you can store your super cool LEGO figures. 

yellow can with blue lid and DIY face to look like LEGO head storage with LEGO figures.

Tips and Variations

I left the lid blue, but you can paint it yellow to more closely mimic an actual Lego head storage small container. It’s important to use paint designed for plastic surfaces since the lid will be handled frequently and you don’t want the paint to peel off.

You can use a container of any color. Just spray paint the container and the lid with yellow paint and let them dry completely. Look for spray paint designed for plastic surfaces.

While the LEGO Head Storage Containers you can buy are yellow, you can use different color spray paint or markers.

yellow tub with drawn black frowning face.

You can use storage bins to make LEGO head storage large bins.

    • Bin
    • Paint
    • Paint brush
    • Marker
    • Paint the entire bin with yellow paint. Pay attention to paint the entire container.
    • Make sure it is completely dry before starting the next step.
    • Add Lego faces on each of the bin sides. You can create your own design and let your imagination take over!

Printable DIY LEGO Head Tutorial Instructions

EASY DIY LEGO Head Container

An easy-to-make free version of the fun LEGO storage container that kids love.
Prep Time3 minutes
Active Time7 minutes
Total Time7 minutes
Course: Repurposed
Yield: 1
Cost: free


  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch


  • Empty yellow plastic square jar container
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Red Permanent Marker
  • White Mailing Labels


  • Clean the container and remove label residue.
  • Draw LEGO character faces with black and red marker on each side of jar.
  • Use hole punch to create eyeballs with white mailing labels.


Add a touch of whimsy by drawing a difference face on each side of the jar.

This DIY LEGO Head storage container looks just as good as the Lego Head Storage Container one you can buy. 

Yellow storage can with smiling face and LEGO blocks on table in front with title text reading DIY Lego Head

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Just think off how cute your LEGO storage will be with this DIY Repurposed Can Lego Head!

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  1. Hi Susan – ALL TIME FAVORITE of your upcycled/repurposed projects. Love this. Can I say it again… LOVE THIS!!!!! And I’m voting for the Mr. Winky side as my favorite. Hugs, Holly

  2. I LOVE these! My family is obsessed with legos. I will definitely be making this! Thanks for sharing on the link party!

  3. Oh my gosh! This is so cute. I love all of the different faces that you made. I know that there are a ton of kids that would love this! I wish I had a little one to make it for!

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  5. Ahah, such a cute upcycle!
    I don’t have kids but if I did I would be on the haunt for a similar “can” to repurpose šŸ˜€

    1. I have found myself looking at the shapes of cans before I buy food at the store now. (doesn’t that make me a little bonkers?)

  6. I love this! My children have LEGOS all over the place, and well, I don’t want to spend the money for one of those containers. Now I am going to make one! Thanks for the inspiration:)

  7. Adorable! I actually just featured your comic book crate from last week’s party, and love this one too! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  8. This is adorable – and one that’s just our speed! I love how the different Lego expressions can become part of their imaginative play, like in the last photo. Awesome idea!

  9. Well that is just pure genius. I’m thinking my little man and I have a craft project for this weekend. If I step on just one more lego…

    Share with me! Blog Hop every Friday (entries accepted until Thursday at noon).

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  12. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this idea! My son just move into the “little Lego” stage this Christmas and those containers are crazy expensive.

    So glad we ended up on the same SITS team!

  13. I think this would be great for a take-along LEGO jar for trips to Grandma’s house. I think I have a can of cornstarch in my pantry…

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  15. I came across this post awhile back and knew I had to make one of these. My son had a birthday (9th) on Wednesday and received a load of Legos for gifts. I happened to have an empty cornstarch container I had been saving for this project so I whipped it out and made him one. He loved it and used it that night to hold extra parts while he was making up the different items from the huge set he received.

    1. Melissa, I’m so glad that your son liked the Lego Head storage jar you made. I’d love to see a photo of it (or link it up at my Inspire Us Thursday link party!)

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  19. Hi, I love this idea but my question will this idea be good to hold forks, spoons, and small knives inside the container?

    1. It would work if you leave the top off of the container. There are other taller square containers that are taller if that’s what you’re looking for. The one that comes to mind holds dishwasher tabs and come from wholesale stores.

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