7 Ways to Up-Cycle Every Part of a "Broken" Keyboard

7 Ways to Up-Cycle Every Part of a "Broken" Keyboard

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Taryn Williford
Jul 27, 2010

When your trusty keyboard goes kaput, it's easy to just throw the whole thing in the trash—after you pop off enough letters to spell your name, of course. But did you know there's way more ways to up-cycle the parts of your keyboard? Under the jump, we've rounded up 8 ways to creatively re-use every bit and piece of your "broken" keyboard into something useful—including a wallet, an earring holder and yes, even a name plate.

From circuit board to wallet:
Instructbles user zieak shows us how to take the circuit sheet from your keyboard and turn it into a geek-tastic wallet.

From metal sheet to earring holder:
The perforated metal board inside your old keyboard works perfectly to organize your earrings, just like uninorth13 did in this photo.

From plastic casing to unique mirror:
Designers at Redimei custom-make these keyboard mirrors in a rainbow of colors, but you could just as easily create a DIY version.

From letter keys to a name plate:
Pop off the keys that spell your name (Bob, Anne and everybody else with double letters willl have to steal a key from another keyboard) and arrange them onto a desktop nameplate or—for the truly geeky like Instructables user Cosgrove—a circuit board.

From function/number keys to clock numbers:
RePlayGround combines your keyboard's already-numbered-1-through-12 function keys with a stove burner cover to create a unique clock.

From square-shaped keys to a calendar:
Scrape the letters or numbers from your leftover square keys to customize them into a fridge- or file-cabinet-worthy magnetic calendar.

From leftover keys to magnets and pushpins:
For everything that can't be made into a calendar, clock or nameplate, turn them into geek chic magnets and pushpins. Here's a tutorial for whipping extra keys into shape.

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