Old computer parts often end up in the trash, but what if they could be re-purposed for a cool new use? Here are some creative items people have made using recycled technology and out-of-date, otherwise useless computer hardware.
This necklace (above) made from a computer circuit board and this keyboard purse take fashion to a new, technological level. The one-of-a-kind style produced by these recycled accessories is sure to capture attention, if you dare to show them off.
This cozy night light (above) was created using old floppy disks connected to form a cube with a bulb inside. An old keyboard circuit sheet is used to make this pillar lamp (below), giving it a modern glowing appeal. Its style looks like something you could find at Ikea.
These computer monitors were cleverly re-purposed to make something entirely new — a cat bed and a fish tank!
The monitor fish tank is quite a re-purposing project and is not without some risk since it involves converting and removing computer parts that are not normally intended to be accessed. See Instructables full tutorial here. The final result looks cool though.
This clock is made from a recycled PlayStation console with attached clock hands and an inner clock mechanism. The numbers were made on the front using small drill holes.
This desk organizer is a re-purposed n64 controller with the buttons popped out to hold pencils and a USB hub. Creative, if not somewhat impractical for the space it takes up.
This pencil cup is also made with floppy disks connected together with zip ties to create an innovative desk organizer. It would make a great Christmas gift for the techie person in your life.
These Christmas ornaments are made with computer keyboard keys and re-purposed compact disks. Add a techie twist to your Christmas tree by spelling out words and stringing computer keys together, or cutting out shapes from old CDs.
This repainted keyboard is a fun improvement to an otherwise ordinary keyboard. Make this yourself by removing your keyboard keys and painting them with acrylic paints or nail polish. Top with a clear coat for added durability.
Which is your favorite recycled technology idea?