Making crafts with recycled CDs is fun and cheap for adults and children alike. This is a guide about crafts using CDs.
I decided to recycle old scratched up or non-useable CD's. So I made these into centerpieces and cake toppers and sell them for extra money. Each one is different and one of a kind or sometimes I have doubles of some figurines.
The CDs are my base and then I go from there. I buy my figurines from thrift shops and yard sales and dollar stores, and I save all my scrap material and lace to glue to my base. I also have people save me their old CDs, including thrift shops where people donate their things. The owners said they end up just throwing them away, but now they save them for me.
By Myra from Allenhurst, GA
Do you ever get those annoying internet CD's in the mail? Tired of throwing them out? Well, don't. I decided to try something with them and it worked! I used them to make playing card holders!
Simply take two CD's and put drops of super glue on the lower half of one of them. Press the two CD's together for a minute, then let it sit out and continue drying thoroughly. You now have playing card holders - make one for all the card players in your family! See the picture, they're cute!
By Stacey from Orem, UT
This is a Christmas wreath using old CD's for sparkle. Can be used with or without greenery
Approximate Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Once you have a circle, Take the ribbon and thread it through the holes, leaving enough ribbon in each section to pull it up and cover the cd holes. Make a bow out of the remaining ribbon and glue to the wreath wherever you like.
You can use this just like this, or if you have any greenery laying around, you can put the CD's on top of the greenery, or possibly glue the greenery to the back of the CD's so it shows on the outer edges or use any older type wreath and just put the CD wreath on top.
Make a hanger with the wire, and also use the wire to attach the CD wreath to the greenery.
I do not know if you can use a hot glue gun on this project as it may melt the CD's.
This makes a really shiny wreath that sparkles if the sun hits it or if lights hit it. If you wanted I think adding the small white lights to it would really make it reflective. I did not try that with mine, yet.
By Susan from Mulberry, Fl
Approximate Time: Half an hour
Glue the strand of seed pearls around the front edge of CD just inside the lace edging.
Glue leaves and flower at center.
Make a loop out of string or ribbon. Glue to back of CD for hanging it up.
These would also look nice edged with small seashells instead of lace.
By Preserver from Winnipeg MB
If you like a nice effect with a CD for card making or any thing, I put the CD in an old microwave, shiny site up. Close the door and turn it on and off. Within a second it gives you a nice crackle on the shiny part of the CD. The longer you have the microwave on, the nicer it becomes. I use that for Christmas cards. I hope you have fun
By Sara from Australia
We all have lots of old floppy disks and cds around thanks to AOL and CD Burners. Do you have any good uses for them?
I worked for a lady who did a lot of odd & wonderful mosaic work with found objects. A personal favorite of mine was a kitchen chair (yard sale find) she'd painted shiny black, then mosaiced with broken cd's, shiny side up of course, roughly dime sized shards. She said she microwaved them for a couple seconds first, which gave them a slight crackled finish, then laid them between dish towels & hit with a hammer till most were the right size. Then arrange, gluing as you go with a good glue like E6000 or Household GOOP.
I'm sure you could use this "discoball" effect on all kinds of items.
Our school's Family Fun committee collected as many of these as possible to use as decorations for their Valentine's family dance. All the label sides that had pictures or patterns were spray painted in a variety of colors and the shiny sides were left as is. They hung them from the doorways and ceiling in the gym and when the DJ turned on the disco ball, it created a really neat light effect. They boxed them up and saved them for reusing year after year and for other activities. I know they collected so many that they had extra and they used them for the kids to paint for holiday decorations at other Family Fun activities as well.
Do ya have an old, but still working clock? Take it apart, and re-assemble onto a cd through the hole in the middle....makes a really cute clock for a child's room, or anywhere really....
I have so many CDs from my daughter growing up. I need ideas on what to make or do with them. I don't want to throw them away, but my daughter no longer wants them.
By Joy from Montgomery, AL
I think that they might be of more use if you donated them to charity. They would then be used instead of being "tackified" by crafting with them.
To the person who wrote that turning CD's into crafts was Tacky, You are wrong. It is a lot better then just letting them go into the trash. I have different thrift shops save them for me because someone donated the CD's to them and it was ones they could not use.
The art teacher at the school where I work uses them every year to let each student decorate for a christmas ornament to hang on the tree in our foyer. Lots of schools have websites where you can contact them to ask.
In order to make the picture of this craft work, without an intense reflection, I have covered the CD with invisible tape. Your actual project will allow the shine of the CD to show and reflect holiday lights. Crafting Time: 30 minutes or less
By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL
I saw an interesting window treatment the other day. A computer shop had used CDs to cover a window; overlapping two layers, to create a sort of round pane effect.
I have a lot of CDs and I am looking for craft ideas for them. I was making coasters out of them, but I am tired of making them and would really like some different ideas. Thanks.
By Christy from Waukegan, IL
My daughter received a sun catcher or wind chime style gift. It had 3 CD's that had feathers and glitter and inscriptions on them. They were joined together with fine plastic clear fishing line at different levels. There was lots of glitter glue too. She absolutely loved it (Miss 4 years) I think it was very cute and could easily be made more adult like via how you decorate it.
wilcocassie AT optusnet.com.au if you have questions
How about a cd mini album, here are the instructions. http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/cd-mini-album.html#Basic
Also I once saw a curtain made from cds, ball and chain links and beads.
Go to www.instructables.com & type in cds in the search bar, you'll get pages & pages of ideas!