How to Create a Keyboard Picture

by Josh Mika

Take a drawing your proud of with some common crafting tools to create a unique work of art. Inspired by Pam Scheunemann's Cool Trash to Treasure series published by ABDO (2013).


  • ½ Cups Mod Podge (matte)
  • Cardboard or Foam Board
  • 1 Paintbrush
  • Background Paper (optional)
  • Homemade Drawing
  • Hot Glue
  • Old Computer Keyboard
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Ribbon
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Draw a picture or use existing picture. *NOTE: Drawings done in marker will smear when Mod Podge is applied.

    Step 2

    If using, choose a background color/paper for border.

    Step 3

    Cut the paper so there is a 1/2 inch border around the picture.

    Step 4

    Outline the background over cardboard or foam board.

    Step 5

    Carefully cut the cardboard with a scissors. *NOTE: Foam board may need to be cut by an adult with an X-Acto knife or razor blade.

    Step 6

    Coat the cardboard/foam board background with a thin layer of Mod Podge.

    Step 7

    Press and smooth out your background color on the cardboard/foam board. Trim the edges and add additional Mod Podge along the edges if needed.

    Step 8

    Add another thin layer of Mod Podge in the center of the background where the picture will go. Don't worry if you go outside of this, because you will add a layer covering everything next.

    Step 9

    Place the drawing on the background leaving room for the keyboard letters.

    Step 10

    Coat the picture and background with Mod Podge and let dry.

    Step 11

    Using a needle nose pliers, remove the letters you will be using for your message.

    Step 12

    Arrange the letters however you would like to appear on your picture.

    Step 13

    Add enough hot glue to assure a good hold.

    Step 14

    Place your letters on the frame/picture.

    Step 15

    Use hot glue to affix ribbon on the back.

    Step 16

    Hang your masterpiece for all to see!