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Crafts Using Computer Parts

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When you decide it's time to upgrade to a newer computer, a fun way to recycle the old one is to dismantle it for parts that you can use in crafts. This is a guide about crafts using computer parts.
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January 20, 20061 found this helpful

I have a unique and fun craft idea that's very fast and easy to do. They are alphabet magnets made from computer keyboard keys. First, visit a local thrift store and pick up an old computer keyboard - they're very cheap. You'll also want to go to a craft store and buy small (yet strong) magnets or a long magnetic strip. I also used Super glue for this project, to ensure that the magnet sticks really well to the keys.

Now, take a thin metal object - i.e. one of those metal fingernail files or a dull knife, and gently pop the letter keys off the keyboard. Once they're all removed, you're ready to start the fun stuff.

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I put an old folded up rag/towel on the table, as super glue will seep through something like newspaper and get on the table. You might consider cleaning any dirt off the keys with a damp paper towel and make sure they are completely dry. Also, the back of the keys need to be cut down so there's an even back on them. That's the hardest part of this project. With a razor blade, (or dollar store scissors), carefully cut down the piece on the back of the keys so that the keys sit flat on the table.

Next, trace around the back of each key onto a part of the magnetic strip and cut it out. Super glue the back perimeter edge of the key and stick the square of magnet on. Continue with each key. Now you have a unique set of alpahbet letters for your fridge! See pictures! I hope my instructions were understandable.

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By Stacey from Orem, UT

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April 24, 2013

Do you have an old, unused computer laying around? Why not take it apart and reuse the pieces to make cool stuff. I took pieces of an old circuit board and turned them into magnets, by hot gluing magnets onto them. You can also make jewelry, key chains, and other fun stuff.

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

I have two small computer boards and want to make something out of them for my sons like ornaments, or boxes, or whatever. Please help. I don't know how to cut them, etc.

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

Irene,
It sounds like a fun idea, but a word of caution: Computer boards contain silicon, lead soldering and copper. You might want to check with an electronics or computer store first to see what they think about what you want to do. Don't mean to rain on your parade, but an ounce of prevention. Rick

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