I’ve had people from all over ask me about my keyboard, so I thought I’d put all the information here. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or get stuck (
firstname.lastname@example.org). This project took me a LONG time and it was pain staking at times, but it was all worth it in the end. The kids LOVE it and it helps a lot when teaching typing. You can order the take-out containers here. The .pdf file for the letters to cut out is here. The bumps for F and J and here.
I use the right hand side of the box. The construction paper fits nicely in the middle.
You can use scissors or an X-ACTO knife to cut the boxes.
I find that I have more control with the scissors. I trim off the excess so the “keys” can butt up closely to each other.
If you are doing the bigger keys, like the “Shift” and “Enter” keys, you’ll need to “stitch” the keys together. I first cut off the tab side of each box I’m going to stitch. Keys like the spacebar took more than two boxes, so I cut off both ends.
Stitching takes some patience. The boxes don’t always line up and you might have to do some extra trimming. Cutting a straight line takes some practice.
Once the two boxes come together nicely, flip them over.
Tape them together with masking tape.
This is how the two boxes should look once you’ve taped them together. No gaps.
I used a piece of card stock and cut it out to fit inside the tiny edge of the keys. Then I used that as a template to trace and then cut out the construction paper.
I used a glue stick to glue the construction paper down.
I cut out the letters, numbers, and symbols and used glue sticks to glue them onto the construction paper. This is the painstaking part. If you have a Cricut machine, it might save you a LOT of time.
The first time I glued the boxes onto the board, I used rubber cement. After about 3 months, the boxes started falling off. I switched to a hot glue gun and they’ve been up there for about 3 years now. Just hot glue gun around the edge of each box.
The keyboard is about 10 feet wide and 4 feet tall. Getting the keys to line up perfectly and stay straight takes some patience. My OCD tendencies kicked in overtime and made this project take a lot longer until I got it JUUUUUUST right.
I used an overhead projector to trace my hand on the wall and traced it out on paper. I cut the construction paper to fit the tips of my fingers to match the colors on the keyboard and stapled it all up.
I had a bunch of old floppy disks that I pinned around the board as border.
Click below to get the letters, numbers, and symbols I used to glue onto the keys in .doc form.
Letters, Numbers, and Files