Monthly calendar made from keys of old / broken keyboard

Step 1: Remove Keys

Remove keys from an old or broken keyboard

Step 2: Remove Characters

Remove the characters or symbols using one of the blade of scissors. Better to shave a thin layer from the whole surface othewise stretch trails would be left.
Be careful using the tools. Don't use cutter or you will risk your fingers.

Step 3: Stick on Number Labels

Number labels are available from stationeries stores. HK$7.50/pack with 2pcs. Place the labels on the keys with tweezers and stick firm.

Step 4: Glue Into Strips

Glue the keys on strips of thick cardboards.
The keys are arranged on same strips since the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th must be the same day of week in the same month. So as to the others. For keys with 29, 30 and 31 stand alone. So when the job is done, there should have 7 strips with 4 keys and 3 separated keys.

Step 5: Add Magnet Sheet

Glue the key strip onto the magnet sheet. Shape the magnet sheet until it fits the key strip.

Step 6: Place on Ferrous Surface

The keys can hold itself on ferrous surfaces such as refrigerator doors. Arrange the keys according to the days of month and it will work perfectly as a calendar.

Step 7: Further Extension

Can further add the name of the dates at the top or even name of the month.



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    49 Discussions

    Brian.j Edwards

    8 years ago on Step 3

    The cheapest and simplest way I found was to use acetone, aka nail varnish remover. Soak your jar or put it in the dishwasher to remove the label and then wipe it off with cotton wool dabbed in acetone.

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    You know I think these would work a lot better individually to the side of the fridge in a cluster, then to mark the date, you arrange them in the shape of the month like it would be on a regular calendar.The strips are a useless way of doing it.

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    I agree that the vertical stripes make sense. Find a 7-day/week Gregorian calendar where the number 8 does not appear under the number 1 etc

    I just want to know where the builder found keytops of uniform profile--that's a tough find!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     I found it rather easy. Get a couple of old/broken keyboard from friend. Keys of the same line should have alike shapes, Of course, colour matters. It's hard to find if the key colour is rare.

    At first the permanently attaching them to strips didn't make sense to me either but it really does make the months easier to build. You lose some flexibility in how you could arrange the numbers, however, if you're building a standard calendar grid it works perfectly since you only need to position the 29-31 keys on their own.

    A good name

    10 years ago on Introduction

    As good an idea as it is, it's somewhat useless. How do you write on the keys? Surely they are not big enough to write on.

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    10 years ago on Step 7

    it's very gooooooooood


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Also, i would like to point out that my Bulgarian chemistry teacher pronounces it "Ferris".