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Computer keyboard tissue box

by: Jo

Computer keyboard tissue box
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My husband’s birthday is coming up soon so Little Jo told me she wanted to make her daddy something.  He works at an IT company so I thought something geek-inspired for his office would be a good idea.  I’ve always wanted to try a craft with computer keys so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  Little Jo suggested we make him a backpack for his computer.  That seemed a little more difficult than what I had originally planned, so I suggested a tissue box.  Much easier!

We took our boring, wooden box and painted it with glossy black paint.  Look at Little Jo go!

Computer Key Tissue Box

While Little Jo painted, I got a stack of old keyboards out of the closet and started popping the keys I needed off.  Just so you know, my husband has tons of spare keyboards and I didn’t even put a dent in his ancient keyboard supply.

Computer Key Tissue Box

I thought the keys would be boring just sitting on the black background so I found some computer themed scrapbook paper in my stash that looks like old punch cards.  I knew right away my husband would love a vintage computer themed tissue box.

Computer Key Tissue Box

After we used Mod Podge to decoupage the paper to the box, I told Little Jo that I had to do the hot gluing.  I seriously injure myself every time I hot glue something, and I didn’t want her to hurt herself.

Computer Key Tissue Box

We used the keys to spell out different words on all four sides.  The two sides I didn’t show you had my husband’s name and his company on them.  I wouldn’t want you to hunt him down and steal his tissue box!  : )  This would make a great project for Father’s Day for the tech inclined dad!

Computer Key Tissue Box

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6 comments so far:

  • 1
    Kelli 04/20/2010 at 10:08 am

    This is SO FANTASTIC! I need one!

  • 2
    Sandi 04/20/2010 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome craft! For those who don’t have a supply of old keyboards in the closet, check out thrift stores such as Goodwill. My local store always has a huge selection of old computer equipment, as well as gaming systems (you could make a Nintendo tissue box!)

  • 3
    Chica 04/21/2010 at 7:41 am

    That’s a great idea, Sandi! I bet eBay would be a good source, too.

  • 4
    Nat 08/03/2010 at 5:23 pm

    Hilarious! My husband is in IT- this is on my “Stuff I’d Like to Make list right now!

  • 5
    Pam 12/25/2010 at 1:39 am

    I just finished making one for my (computer professional) husband for Christmas. My so-clever son suggested I spell out “anti virus hardware” on it! (Tee hee!) Thanks again for all the great ideas!

  • 6
    Chica 12/26/2010 at 11:16 am

    Pam, I love that! Give your son a high-five for me :)

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