Rather than discarding old unwanted CDs put them a new and creative use. This is a guide about uses for CDs.
Last Christmas I made a tree out of the old and advertising CDs and bought a string of lights and taped each bulb in the center of each disc. The reflection was pretty and we had a neat yard decoration. Just be sure to use outdoor lights and cord.
By Great Granny Vi
Editor's Note: Vi sent in these great pictures of her CD Christmas Tree. It's always helpful when people can send in pictures of their projects so everyone can see what they look like finished. Thanks Great Granny Vi!
I live in an area that does not have street lights and at night it is difficult to "see" my driveway. I checked on red reflectors and they are quite expensive.
I have now placed old computer disks on my mail box post and they reflect great. We arranged them in a "pattern" so they look attractive all the time.
I also placed some in my trees at Christmas and these are really neat with some outdoor lights shining in their direction.
My granddaughter had a party and used some for indoor decorations and everyone liked this idea.
I am sure there are lots more uses for CDs, so start using the old ones sitting on a shelf!
My students leave me a file of CDs after every semesters as part of the compilation of their projects. After reviewing the contents, all of them go up on our trees, trellis, or around the garden.
I have 2 apricot trees that I started from seed. They are now over 7 feet tall, after only 5 years. When they start to bloom, I hang old CDs from a string on the branches. The birds don't like the reflections, especially if there is a breeze to move them around.
We always seem to have a lot of old CDs laying around, so I used them as party invitations for one of the kids' parties. We wrote on them with permanent markers and the kids decorated them with stickers.
To help keep birds and animals out of the garden, you can use the CD disks you are always getting in the mail from AOL, Earthlink, etc. You can use just one, but it is better to use two glued together with the shiny side out.
Does anyone have any uses for CDs or DVDs? I hoard them in hopes of finding a neat way to use them.
By kla_710 from Hastings, NE
I've seen them hung in trees to scare birds when fruit is ripening. I've also seen them hanging in trees outside at Christmas as ornaments.
Get some fishing line and something you can make holes in the dvds with and make a curtain with it. You can sand the written up side a little bit and then paint will stick, if you want to decorate them.
There are so many creative things to make from CDs, so just type in, " CD uses" or CD crafts and you will find lots and lots of cool things to use them for.
They are great reflectors in your plants. Growing increases due to the reflective material.
You could use them on the garden to scare off birds when you have just sown seeds.
Does anyone have lots of ideas or a source for lots of ideas on how to recycle those CDs we all get in the mail almost daily? I will appreciate any help.
You will find lots of suggestions on my site at http://www.hintsandthings.com/musichall/CDroms.htm - some serious and some seriously whacky.
I hang them on the trees and shrubs I don't want the deer to feed on. As the DC twists in the breeze the reflection scares the deer away.
Hi, you could send them to http://recyclingcds.com and buy one of their cleverly recycled cd clocks to complete the recycling cycle! They have great designs :)
PUT THE CD ON AN OVEN PROOF SMALL BOWL (I HAVE A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL I USE); TURN OVEN ON TO 250 DEGREES; WATCH THE CD AS IT MELTS DOWN THE SIDE OF THE BOWL; TAKE OUT OF OVEN; FLIP IT OVER; PUT IN ANOTHER BOWL OF SAME SIZE AND PRESS DOWN TO MAKE A BOWL; YOU CAN USE THIS AS A BOWL TO HOLD CHIPS (PLUG THE HOLE WITH TAPE).
I would be hesitant as to the toxins possibly emmited from the plastic when heated???
Used CD/DVD disks make great paint palettes for acrylic or oil paints, or even the oil sticks used for stenciling.
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