A keyboard is usually a durable accessory, but not eternal, logically. If it breaks, say, if one or more keys stop working, you spill liquid on it and it becomes unusable or it simply stops serving you because you need a more specific one, such as a gaming or ergonomic keyboard, do not throw it away. You won’t gain anything by saving it sine die either . Our suggestion? Reuse it! There are endless ways to do it or, why not, if the keyboard works but you are bored with it, customize it and surprise with the result.
With the keys of the old keyboards or with the keyboard assembly , without further complications, you can create an infinity of useful and decorative objects . In this post we will give ideas to renew already worn keyboards or, if you no longer have salvation, to make simple crafts. But the imagination has no limit, with which they could also serve as inspiration.
Indeed, you can recycle your keyboard into a colorful accessory that adds a note of fun and originality to your desk, in your room or office. In addition, From keychains, magnets, photo frames, flowerpots, lamps, dolls and futuristic figures and any type of creations.
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- Renew your keyboard
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Basically, it is about playing with the magnet and turning the keys into small construction pieces or, even easier, using them to cover surfaces as a collage to add a nice wink to objects of the most varied.
Posts to make ours a keyboard of the computer , we can start with a creative recycling as simple as , for example separating the keys and gluing them to sheathe what you want. Photo frames, pencil holders or, for example, whenever their size allows it, a wall mirror frame are very cool.
More ideas to renovate our home or our wardrobe: turn a keyboard into a planter, simply by adding a little soil or other substrate and some seeds. We place it near the window, water carefully, providing a minimum of water and wait for them to germinate. For a little while we will have a very inspiring geek garden.
If we have enough keys following the same procedure of covering surfaces we can obtain a very original purse . Or, and this idea is a real goldmine, let’s go ahead and make keychains or figurines. By crimping some keys with others or using keys alone we can make decorative jewelry (bracelets, earrings), key rings, figures (robots, animals and anything else …) for your geek desk.
Forming words or phrases with the letters of the keys or using the initials, without more, is another interesting option. If, in addition, we place a magnet on them, they will look great on the refrigerator door or on metal planks.
And, put to recycle several objects at the same time, as can be seen in the image that opens the post, the idea of the clock made with a CD and keys from an old computer or from the Skate keyboard are incredible. Much simpler will give new life to old clips holding papers decorating them with a key, especially if they are flat.
Renew your keyboard
To customize the keyboard we have to start by cleaning it with a cotton pad or handkerchief moistened with water or with a little alcohol or cologne. Once the dirt is removed, let’s make a template from the shape of our keyboard.
Then, through a transfer sheet we cut each of the keys out of vinyl paper or, even better, with scraps of gift paper or other recycled papers that inspire us. Finally, we will apply a low adhesion adhesive, easy to remove and put on each of the keys, and we will have a touch of color that will brighten up our desk and our lives.
Many artists have expressed their creativity through this curious raw material. Well thought out, the keys are still easy to fit pieces, with which it is easy to do from upholstery to figures of all kinds. When it comes to art, the limit is the sky, and beyond. Of course, normally hundreds, thousands of keys are used and the results are spectacular.
On the web there are endless creations of this type that have not taken a breath to go viral. Sculptures-keyboard like the one that can be seen in the image, an authentic beauty or, for example, carpets-keyboard, like the one that designer Jean Shin has woven, an ax in turning useless materials into authentic works of art.
In his case, the carpet had a plus. In addition to the merit of sewing key by key and achieving a unique effect, the grace is in its usefulness. And it is that the last three rows of the keyboard work, so that when he exhibits the work he connects the carpet to a computer so that visitors can leave messages.
With this, the artist wanted to leave, in turn, another message. His carpet was not magic, although it seemed like it, where our true power is is not in the material, but in our own fingers. Only by making use of them can we write a message, regardless of whether or not there is a multimedia support. If it is not making use of a keyboard, there are always other tools, all of them substitutes for something that is not manufactured, not bought, not sold and always works, the intellect and the fingers. Or can we not write on the sand, without needing more? A resource, this one, totally renewable and sustainable.
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