It can be hard to part with our beloved electronics when they finally bite the dust. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do with technology past its prime besides throwing it in the garbage. Retro is always in fashion, so save the environment from electronics waste and amp up your style with these crafty ideas to give your old electronics new life.
1. Keyboard into Jewelry
With laptops quickly taking over from traditional desktop computers, many of us have no use for our old plug-in keyboards. Turn your outdated hardware into retro fashion! You can easily turn loose computer keys into statement accessories like earrings and necklaces with only string, wire, and a metal hole punch.
2. Computer Screen into Pet Condo
Bulky old computer monitors might look like dinosaurs compared to today’s high-tech screens, but their iconic look can still be put to good use. Pull out the electronic insides to convert an old computer into a funky fish tank, or stuff it full of pillows and blankets to make a cozy cat bed.
3. Computer Tower into Mail Box
These days, the average smartphone has more computing power than any of the old computers we used in the 90’s, but you can still put your old tower to use. Turn it into a fun and funky addition to your front yard by converting it into a mail box! It’ll give your house a retro edge, and it’s sure to make your mail carrier’s day.
4. Cassette Tape into Business Card Holder
When was the last time you listened to any of your old cassettes? Give new life to your old tunes by turning your favorite album into a business card holder! Just take out the screws in the corners to open up the cassette, then remove the tape spools and any sharp edges on the inside. Stick a little tape along the bottom edge, and you have a unique way to introduce yourself at your next business conference.
5. CDs into Coasters
With instant music streaming available at your fingertips, there’s not much use for a bulky collection of CDs anymore. Clear out the clutter and customize your living room by turning your old music collection into a set of unique coasters by covering them in the fabric of your choice.
6. Light Bulb into Terrarium
Here’s a bright idea: repurpose a burnt out light bulb by turning it into your own mini forest! Clearing out the old wiring and paint from the inside is simple, and used lightbulbs make the perfect DIY desk terrarium. Just fill the bulb with soil or sand, then arrange figurines and tiny plants to make a miniature oasis.
7. VHS Tape into Storage Containers
Put the sturdy casing of your old VHS tapes to work by repurposing them into storage containers! With a little glue, you can stack your old tapes into a box shape to make a fun, low-cost storage option with lots of personality. You can even fill it up with soil for a retro but resilient outdoor planter.