This project was inspired by Ryan McFarlan's fantastic Instructable on how to create a wallet from an old computer keyboard. He explained it best in his article:
In all likelihood there is a keyboard within a few feet of you. Inside that keyboard there probably is a circuit sheet that makes for a surprisingly durable and thin material for making a wallet.
Unfortunately, from a fashion standpoint, wallets are bulky and can give your pants and unattractive bulge in far-from-flattering places. For men, particularly men who wear suits or dress pants, we want straight lines going from foot to waist. And when you start stuffing a bulky wallet, a phone, car keys, change and whatever else into your pocket, it hurts your look. I personally like to carry my cash in a money clip and carry the least number of cards I can. For most people, the bare minimum you really need is your ID/Drivers License, a debit card, a credit card, and maybe a health/insurance card to get by with during your day-to-day or, if you enjoy the nightlife like I do, your evening adventures. A card holder, then, made much for sense for me. It combines the cool aesthetics of the wallet, only thinner and smaller. It also requires far less material, so you can make one with only one circuit sheet.

What You'll Need:
Pretty much the exact same as when making the wallet.
  • A desktop computer keyboard (for the circuit sheet and a metal piece as a straight edge) A screwdriver to open the keyboard
  • A ruler or tape measure
  • A cutting board or cutting mat
  • A razor knife
  • Sharp scissors
  • A roll of clear packing tape
P.S. If you're going to repost this, please be sure to include a link to the original post on my website: http://kevinjameshunt.com/other-projects/credit-card-holder-made-from-a-keyboard/ - Thanks!

Step 1: Open the Keyboard

There will be a series of screws on the back of your keyboard which should be easy to remove with a small screwdriver. You should then be able to separate the top and bottom portions. There will sometimes be additional screws inside that need to be removed in order to free the circuit sheet. You should only need one circuit sheet for your card holder, but there will sometimes be two circuit sheets separated by a clear piece of plastic. These are sometimes melted or glued together at several points. Be careful when separating these, as the plastic can sometimes rip.
Nice cardholder. As a cash user I still prefer the http://www.instructables.com/id/Hackers-Wallet/
Thanks! I like to carry my cash in a money clip. As cool as the wallet is, a wad of cash just looks sexy :)

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