Computer Key Shadow Box Art
Hey there Hello Kirsti readers! It’s me again…bestie! I’ve got a fun teacher-techie gift for you today: a keyboard initial wall hanging. I found this cute idea on Pinterest and thought it would be great for my new classroom. I wasn’t able to find any good tutorials, so I set off to make one just for you!
First gather all your supplies.
You will need:
1. Old computer keys. One keyboard is enough to make 1 ½ initials, depending on your size.
2. Hot glue gun and sticks (It took me 4 mini sticks to make this R)
3. Background paper (I used a glitter paper, because, well, don’t we all need a bit more glitter in our lives?)
4. Shadow Box (I got this one at Michaels for $14.99 but I had a 40% off coupon…bringing it down to $8.99)
5. Printed Paper with initial
Next you’ll want to do a trial run on constructing your letter. Use your printed paper with initial to help you. An R was a bit difficult because of the curves, so it may take a few tries to get it just right.
Now that you’ve mapped it out, take a picture! No, seriously! That way you can refer to it later if you get stuck.
Then you’ll want to cut out your letter. Because I chose a glitter background, I couldn’t print on the background. I wanted to put the outline behind my letter so that you wouldn’t see any “pink cracks” in the finished design.
Now that you’ve cut your letter out, you’ll want to glue it down to your background paper. I used hot glue for this. I tested it first on a piece of scrap and you’re going to cover it anyways, so no worries if it isn’t perfect.
Alright, now you’re ready to start gluing on those keys! If you want to spell out something cute (**hint hint**) now is the time to pull out the right letters. Put the hot glue on the back of the key, on the part that sticks up. It’s best to use the inside of the key to wipe off the tip of the glue gun…this prevents all those annoying strings!
Now here’s the part where you just keep gluing. Yes….keep going. You can do it!!!
Once you’ve finished gluing all those keys on there, you’ll need to let it cool for a few minutes.
Then glue the inside of the shadow box onto the back of the background.
Add you’re name to the bottom if you’d like by printing on paper and cutting and adhering to glitter paper.
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