Rather than discarding old unwanted CDs put them a new and creative use. This is a guide about uses for CDs.
Read and rate the best solutions below by giving them a "thumbs up".
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!
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. It's so fun to look at them both in daytime and at night. Some says they looked like fireflies in the distance!
By Fe N. Evangelio from Philippines
Used CD/DVD disks make great paint palettes for acrylic or oil paints, or even the oil sticks used for stenciling. You can wash them off and reuse them if you like, or if you have the DVD case you can even store your palettes in there with the oil sticks still on them, and use them again at a later date.
I used packing tape and cord to make little loops inside the DVD case cover to hold my stenciling brushes and it becomes a portable palette I can take with me when I am doing projects, or to keep everything sorted and stored and away from the cats and kids.
By Regina from Rochester, NY
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!
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.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Share Your Feedback: Once you try any of the above solutions, be sure to come back and give a "thumbs up" to the one that worked the best for you. Do you have a better solution? Click "Share a Solution" above!
Here are questions related to Uses for CDs.
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.
By ThriftyFun Staff
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).
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
By Lynda Ripley06/02/2009
You could use them on the garden to scare off birds when you have just sown seeds.
Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.
|Card Holder from CDs|
You can use them to scare away birds from the garden, by hanging them around on poles or trees. Play a flying disc game similar to horseshoes buy make two circles on the ground and toss CDs like a Frisbee. OK, that's enough. Have fun.
By K J Grau
I used this as a gag gift. I sealed it in a bag and added a a computer generated note card with the saying: "Happy Birthday - A Years Supply Of Candy, If You Only Eat One A Month!"
I have also used them with elephant stories, such as Elmer or Englebert the Elephant, with the CD being the head of the elephant, glue on eyes, and gray ears on the sides made from gray felt. The child sticks their pointer finger through the hole for the trunk.
They can also be used to chase away unwanted birds on your boat or in the garden.
I make miniature doll houses and their contents. These CD "gifts" make great mini-mirrors, "water" for small area's like birdbaths, etc. They cut so easily with a pair of sharp scissors.
A few tips would be:
Turn off the microwave as soon as it begins to crackle or wait until a second or two into the process. I've never heard of an explosion occurring, there is simply not enough metal in a CD for that, but burning may occur and it's not a pleasant smell.
Microwave it at a low power range, if you are nervous. You can get different effects this way, less intense, thinner crackles.
Try placing the CD in different parts of the microwave, one side vs. another, upright along the wall if you can get it to stand, in between plates, in a dish of water, etc. the end result is always different, especially when you mix up the positioning of the CD.
Any heat source will cause this crackle effect to a CD. I've tried holding it above a candle, an inch or two away from the flame. You can actually get the plastic to boil, while the air pockets remain trapped within.
My son used dozens as a border along the top of his walls. He stuck them to the wall with blue sticky tac (Fun tac). He decorated the room with posters and such, and it looked very nice.
Perhaps if you have more than you know what to do with, you could donate them to a school for use in art projects. I could use lots, if you were closer.
By Louel53, SK, Canada
Feel free to post your ideas below.