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How to make a giant (12'x12' x 9 ' high) inside of a computer for my kids school. Answered

Hi all, I need to figure out how to make a giant inside of a computer for a school project for my kids class.  I can get a 2"x4" frame for the entire space, but need ideas of how to decorate the inside of this giant box.    Any brilliant ideas on how to do this thing on a shoe-string budget?
Thank you all for your brilliant ideas.  I am a worker, not creative!

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rickharris
rickharris

9 years ago

I would:
1. Get a poster print of a mother board I liked. at the right size. you can do this yourself using http://www.blockposters.com/ it's free.

2. For construction I would use insulation styrofoam - the pink or blue stuff you get from a builders yard - They use it for insulating lofts etc.

3. I would cut it with a saw or ideally a hot wire cutter to fit the picture I had. Gluing on bit with white glue (Elmers) where necessary.

4. i would paint it all with normal household water based paint or even get the kids involved with poster paints.

5. I would print out the lettering on either paper and cut out and stick on the giant IC's or I would print onto acetate or better clear sticky labels to make the job easier.

6. I would get some help because this is a big task.

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tinkj
tinkj

Answer 9 years ago

Hey Rick! (and everyone else) Thanks for the wonderful ideas. I'm on my way to get some gear! I was a desperate woman until I found Instructables!
Truly appreciated!

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Vyger
Vyger

9 years ago

Foam blocks. They use foam to make the hills and whatever for model trains backgrounds. it can be molded and shaped and painted. It goes together easily and is reasonable in price. So, large components made of foam and glued to a background support. A few box fans and maybe even some EL wire or tape. Also use colored duck tape for the circuit runs on the board.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

9 years ago

I'd go with paper mache. It works for soooo many things. All you need is lots of newspaper, some cardboard, some glue and a paper mache recipe. I'd use half paper mache and half glue. You can shape all the parts for the circuit board and anything else you want to show off with the use of cardboard and paper mache. Then paint things with whatever paint you can get a hold of.