Making crafts with recycled CDs is fun and cheap for adults and children alike. This is a guide about crafts using CDs.
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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 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 CD's 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 CD's, 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
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
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 don't know what the other side looked like but you could spray them silver or another color)
By Pamphyila from L.A., CA
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
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Here are questions related to Crafts Using CDs.
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?
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
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.
I'm looking for directions for making a hanging mobile using CDs and some foam-type of material. A friend had one hanging in her child's room and it was really cute. The body of the fish was a CD, a plastic eye was glued to it, and heavy-type material was stuck thru the CD to make a fin. Does anyone have specific directions on how to make these? Thanks!
Sarah from Brooklyn Center, MN
www.orientaltrading.com has a kit to make the fish mobile you described. It has a photo in the center and is so cute. You prolly could figure out how to do it without purchasing the kit. Good luck!
I am looking for butteries or other animals, like fish, made from compact discs. Thanks.
By Susan from Morrow, GA
I found this for you you at: about.com.
CD Craft Projects - Crafts Made with CDs - Green Crafts.
Find many craft projects using CDs. A great way to make green crafts and recycle all those CDs you get in the mail!
Hope this helps.
I would like to find complete directions on how to make costume jewelery pins out of 'free' CD's. I know you 'warm' them before you cut shapes and use acrylic paints but does anyone have any more tips or directions?
Ann in Syr.
Ann, I saw some pendants, made from old cd's, at an arts/crafts festival today. I'm also looking for instructions (which the seller, of course, wouldn't provide), so, at least, we're both looking. Her pendants were very colorful and had a good bit of wrapped wire involved.
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
Go to www.instructables.com & type in cds in the search bar, you'll get pages & pages of ideas!
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What kind of crafts can you make with old CDs that you no longer want? I would like to make crafts with these. Thanks for your help. Deb from NE
You can stack 100 or more and run a short 10 or 15 strand christmas light up the middle and make a groovy night light. Put inside a CD case (like the ones blank CDs come in at the store) and add vellum with pictures on it around the outside and it makes it even prettier. (04/21/2005)
By Lynda T. Scott
2. if you point and hold it right it is a mirror for everything but your own reflection.
3 The Cd itself is frisbee like, so it could be involved in many tossing games
4 you could paint or glue designs or pictures on 1 or both sides.
5 The recording side could be used as a lighting reflector
6 by holding up the recording side of the CD to a mirror you can get many mind blowing distortions.
7 Create an original Mobile out of your CDs
8 A platform for small figurines
9 a paper mold or circle maker
10 Use center hole to arrange and hold artificial flower arrangements steady in vases or other containers.
11- Or you can just listen to your old CDs 5 years from now and remember when.
Craft On People
Mr. Thrifty (07/21/2005)
By Mr. Thrifty
So far I use them for:
Instructions to make a cute, hanging fish out of old CDs.
Using whatever color of paper you prefer, cut out the fish's lips, fins, and tail (figure 1). Glue the lips and fins to the side of the CD with the writing on it (figure 2). Set aside one of the top fins.
Cut a piece of yarn or fishing line 3 - 4 feet long. Tie a knot in one end. Run a line of glue from the hole in the center of the CD up to the top edge of the top fin that is glued onto the CD. Lay the yarn or fishing line on top of the glue so the knot is in the hole in the CD as shown in figure 3. Glue the extra top fin on top of the other top fin to cover the yarn (figure 4). Spread glue all over the side of the CD that everything else is glued to. Set the other CD on top of the glue and match up all the edges. Make sure you have the side of the CD with any writing facing down into the glue.
Glue the wiggly eyes on your fish as shown in figure 6. Glue one on each side of his head. If you don't have wiggly eyes, you can also use a small white pom-pom and a black bead. This will give your fishes eyes a more 'buggy' look! The last thing you need now is a fin on the side of the fish! You will make these by using a 5 x 6 inch piece of construction paper. Accordion fold the paper. Using figure 7 for an example, you would fold the paper back and forth on the white lines. Once it is fold, hold the folds together and slip in through the hole in the center of the CD. Center the paper in the hole and unfold the ends a bit to fluff them out. Add a little glue to hole of the CD and the paper. You can now hang up your completed fish (figure 8).
Happy creating! (10/14/2005)
By Connie A.
By Janet Leyshon
In the spring we glue silk flower petals to shape a flower, add glitter in the center, glue a long wooden match stick to the back, cover wood stem up with some big green leafs and stick in the garden, or make a flower box full. (10/16/2005)
By Ann Brandenberger