Craft: Make a Desktop Computer Part 1--Keyboard

Hello! Are you ready for some intermediate crafting? This craft is actually not hard,
but it has quite a few steps, so I had to split it up into 3 posts.

Here is everything I will be showing you:
  • keyboard
  • monitor with stand
  • mouse and mouse pad.

But today, we will start with the keyboard.

To make all three things: keyboard, monitor with stand, and mouse w/mouse pad, you will need:
polymer clay in black and gray (or white to make gray)
small letter stickers that have a black or clear background
black craft foam 3 mm
craft foam 2 mm in your color choice
ruler (I used a tape measure)
craft glue
glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)
a screen shot of your favorite website that is about 3 x 6 to fit into your monitor (frame)
or you can cut out a picture from a magazine

Cut out a piece off craft foam that is about 6 x 1 3/4". Round the edges.
Also cut two triangles that are slightly less than 1 3/4" long and about 1/4 wide
down to a point (not too pointy, lol)

Now take your rectangle piece and you are going to be gluing buttons on it in a minute. This will be your keyboard base.

Cut a long strip of the same black foam that's about 1/4" wide.

Now cut a bunch of little pieces for buttons. I didn't make my keyboard with every single symbol. Just the letters, a question mark, a space bar, the numbers, and a few extra buttons with nothing on them.
So cut about 50 to 60 pieces. I cut 57, I think.

Just make them as close to the same size as you can. Cut a longer one for the space bar.

Now you have to glue each one on. LOL
You could always just glue on a printable, but I wanted the buttons to look real and 3D.

So just start to glue them on neatly in rows, all the way across. I made 4 rows of the little squares.
And another row on the bottom with the space bar and a few of the smaller pieces on each size.

One row down. The glue will dry clear.

Done. It isn't perfect, but it will look good when it's all done. Let it dry.

Now take those 2 triangles you cut out earlier, and flip your keyboard over and glue them on.
I used a glue gun for this part.
Make sure it slants towards your doll when flipped over, don't do it backwards!

Glue both sides on.

Like so.

Flip it over, and put your letter stickers on while looking at a real keyboard. Like I said, you don't have to have all the little symbols for it to look realistic. Start in the middle and work out to make sure they are spaced right. And you have your keyboard!
 Remember, the glue will dry clear. I took this photo when it was not totally dry.

Stay tuned next time for the monitor tutorial!
Click here for the monitor tutorial. 
Click here for the mouse and mouse pad tutorial.

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  1. Wow! I definitely want to try this! It looks very realistic :)

  2. Great Job!! I was going to post my DIY desktop computer! Great minds think a like!! LOL!!

  3. So trying this!!!

    1. LOL im ten so i rreally want to do it but i have nooooo patience

  4. Oh my goodness! It's so adorable! My dolls really need this!:) lol!

    1. Thanks, every doll needs a computer, right? :)

  5. Oh my gosh!!!!!!!! You are SO talented and have inspired me in so many ways! Cant wait for the next part!!! ~Amelia~

    1. Thank you for your nice comment! I hope you enjoy making it.

  6. I love that so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I reallyreallyreally gotta go buy some craft foam!!!!!!

    1. Yeah craft foam is useful to make so many things. :)

  7. That's so cute! It looks really nice.

  8. What a cool computer! You have the greatest ideas.

  9. That is so cute!! i definitely will be making this! Where did you get the alphabet stickers? And is that craft foam thicker than regular craft foam? Thanks! ~Gabby

    1. The alphabet stickers are from Hobby Lobby and the foam is 3mm thick. They have a thinner one that is 2mm and this one that is 3mm.

  10. This is outstanding! You have some of the best DIY out there as well as great skills, focus, and patience. Keep up the fabulous crafting!

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoy them. :)

  11. wow! that looks amazing! i will defiantly make one! my little sister just found your blog and we both LOVE it.

    1. I'm glad you found it. Thanks for visiting, and I'm glad you like it!

  12. That is so AMAZING i tried it and my doll loves it

  13. Great job! I just made one and it looks PHENOMENAL. I have finally found a computer and keyboard that looks great while the keys also fit my doll's fingers! Thanks!

  14. This is so creative

    ~sherry ag white

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  16. I'd love to make it but we don't have any foam! :(

  17. Today when you come to a computer shop to buy a mouse you can be confused. It's not that easy now to find what you are looking for because computer stuff has changed a lot. You can't even explain why we call a wireless gadget a mouse. It has lost its tail and changed its appearance. Wireless mice are connected to your computer with a radio signal.

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  18. I know it's been years since you posted this, but still an awesome tutorial! So cute!

    FYI- I found self-adhesive foam, at Hobby Lobby, for the buttons. It made it really easy to stick the keys to the keyboard. I could even move them around a little, if I needed to adjust the placement.