Do you have computer parts scattered all over your home? Being married to a computer engineer, I have grown accustomed to our home being the dumping ground for computer parts. While I would love to say all of them work, others are just pieces waiting to be dissected to see what parts may work and which will be tossed. Usually, by the time my husband gets around to it, all the hardware is extremely obsolete. Being someone who hates being wasteful, I had always wished there were used for these parts, other than sending them to the junkyard. Luckily, now there is an answer – upcycling! Recently, I had the chance to review the perfect book to do just that – 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics).
62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics): What Is It
Looking for the perfect book to help you upcycle old computer parts or electronics? If so, we think you will love 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics). Here is what the publisher has to say about this book:
Computer hacking takes on a whole new meaning when you’re going at it with a screwdriver and hammer: announcing the most wildly inventive, eco-friendly craft book on repurposing everyday objects since Generation T. Except in this case the raw material isn’t a T-shirt, but the stuff we all have lying around and have no idea what to do with, or even how to get rid of properly―your old cell phone, a broken printer, irredeemable iPod, busted digital camera, mysterious thatches of cables and wires, orphaned keyboards, and of course, those dead PCs and laptops.
Created by a Parsons design graduate who’s obsessed with navigating the intersection of art and technology, here are 62 ingenious projects that are irresistibly geek-chic. An iMac Terrarium―how cool is that? A laptop Digital Photo Frame. The impressively green Scanner Compost Bin. Plus a power strip Bird Feeder, Walkman Soap Dish, My First Squiggle Bot, Qwerty Hair Tie, Flat-screen Ant Farm. Each project has complete, step-by-step instructions, is rated by difficulty―in a thorough first chapter the author covers all the tools and skills needed to take apart electronics safely―and is arranged by use, from stuff for the house, to fashion, toys, arts and crafts, items for pets, and more.
62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics): Our Thoughts
As someone with tons of dead computers and electronics around, I couldn’t wait for this book to arrive. Inside this book there are so many fun projects, ranging from sewing projects to building your own furniture or musical instruments using dead or useless parts. While some of the projects are great for kids (or just outright silly), others are actually quite neat. Two of my personal favorite are building a DIY projector and making a scanner side table. As someone who loves doing crafts and building things, I personally thought 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) was a fun book, being perfect for DIYers of all skill levels.
62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics): Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this book for yourself or someone you know? You can find 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer: (And Other Discarded Electronics) in paperback or Kindle on Amazon.com for under $12!
kate g says
These are all clever ideas. Not something I’d probably do – time would be the issue for me -, but I can appreciate a good idea when I see one and I’m always for recycling.