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Let me take a second to enlighten anyone who's never been to a thrift store or heard that Macklemore song: there are broken keyboards. Everywhere. And because they're so abundant, broken keyboards can usually be had for really cheap. But wait...what can you do with a broken keyboard? Make this pencil cup, for starters.

With a waste-not-want-not philosophy, Amy from Maker Mama crafted a set of decorative cups using the inner membranes of a keyboard—the silicone key-press and circuit board—to decorate a glass container. The result is a desk organizer or pencil cup with subtle geek cred.

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Amy offers up detailed instructions for taking a standard keyboard apart on Maker Mama. But the whole project is pretty simple. Unscrew, wrap and glue. Done! 

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Looking for something to do with the leftover keys? Craft a notebook (or another pencil cup) in the style of these goodies from Perpetual Kid.

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Or copy and paste this resourceful decorative project by Jeromina Juan of Paper, Plate, and Plane, converting old keyboard keys into framed warm hearted sentiments, guaranteed a smile once Command+O'ed.


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