Reader Question: Cool Crafts with Old Computer Parts

Reader Question: Cool Crafts with Old Computer Parts

5. Circuit Picture Frame by Ric Rac Rabbit

Laura at Ric Rac Rabbit created this awesome picture frame with her son using the circuit board of an old remote! Even though they used a remote, I thought you could easily use pieces of a computer circuit board to achieve the same look. Again, use a frame that you already have or find one at a thrift store or garage sale. Then, glue your computer parts onto the frame. As you can see from the picture, Laura also added her son’s Star Wars drawing to tie it all together.

Do you have any old computer parts that you could use for crafting? Every time I see computer parts now I keep thinking, “I wonder what I could do with that?” If you have your own computer part projects, share them in our Green Crafts Showcase!

[Photo via Ric Rac Rabbit, used with permission]

3 thoughts on “Reader Question: Cool Crafts with Old Computer Parts”

  1. Just be careful with computer innerds… There is lead and other toxic substances in there, which is why most municipalities require special recycling for electronics.

  2. I wouldn’t let my kid touch the computer, in fact, I don’t, usually. Brominated flame retardants in the plastic are my first concern, and they come off in dust (which is why you should damp dust around your computer, frequently). Look up PBDEs. They are not to be trifled with. Also, PVC is commonly used to insulate cables, which often contains phthalates and lead. And finally, computer circuit boards will often (especially if they’re older) have lead solder. Monitors are also “great” sources of lead. So I’d steer clear and find an estewards-certified recycler to dispose of your old computer equipment—this will prevent the toxic waste (yes, it’s considered toxic waste and can’t be landfilled!!!) from being shipped to China where little children will break it down for us. πŸ™

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