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CRT to Planter Upcycle: Introduction & Materials

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Hi Folks!

If your reading right now its hopefully because your interested in upcycling an old CRT computer monitor into something like you see above. This project is GREEN in quite a few ways including the fact that your creating something to grow flowers out of. CRT monitors are very bulky and as a result don't get recycled properly. Following a few SIMPLE steps, I will show you how to safely disassemble your CRT monitor, and turn it into a retro planter for indoor OR out.

At some points in the guide, the procedure may vary slightly seeing as there are hundreds of types of monitor manufacturers and each is build a little different than the other. Also keep in mind that the aesthetics of your planter is completely at your discretion.

First things first, your going to need some tools and some materials: optional = **
- CRT Monitor
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- Wood or plastic screws (10)
- Small tube superglue or epoxy
- 90 degree corner brackets (4)
- Sandpaper**
- Spray paint**
- Plastic or cardboard**


Most if not all of these supplies can be found at your local Home Depot and Lowes.

Difficulty Rating: Super Easy
Total Time: 2-3 hours (not including paint dry time) 
Total Cost Materials: < $20



 
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Step 1: Disassembling the rear half

Removing the rear portion of the case.
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We will begin by removing the rear portion of the CRT case. To start, lay the CRT monitor down on its side preferably on top of something sturdy like a work bench. Next using a phillips head screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the plastic case on. The screws should be located on the bottom of the monitor near the screen.

Now, stand the monitor back upright. Look for plastic clips that are holding the rear portion of the case onto the front screen portion. Using a flat head screw driver push the clips down and slide the plastic case backwards. With a little bit of jiggling back and forth the case should come loose and slide off.
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steliospc7 months ago
monitor nokia Golden Tee arcade machine, good MAME project - No monitor
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steliospc7 months ago
monitor nokia Golden Tee arcade machine, good MAME project - No monitor
hdd maxtor
A suggestion: This container is high enough to be turned into a self watering planter. A lot of ideas here in instructables. See for example:

http://www.instructables.com/id/self-watering-planter-from-found-dresser-drawers/
I like a lot what you did because you showed us an object in a different role. We always need to see the world under different perspectives.
This is really lovely, thanks for the share.
SIRJAMES091 year ago
AWESOME IDEA!!!!
wish I would have thought of that....
congrats on your first ible!!
Kiteman1 year ago
Congratulations on your first Instructable! You should mention it on the Rewards for New Authors page!
Denizpa (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Thank you! I will.