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
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?
September 13, 2007
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....
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
By joy 1
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
August 3, 2010
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.
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
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
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
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
March 29, 2010
Go to www.instructables.com & type in cds in the search bar, you'll get pages & pages of ideas!
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
August 3, 2006
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!
By Ann Emond 1
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.
August 8, 2008
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 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
I am looking for butteries or other animals, like fish, made from compact discs. Thanks.
By Susan from Morrow, GA
May 25, 2010
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.
By Fostina 1
How do you make candy dishes from old CDs?
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
By christine 1
I need the directions for the fourth and half angel made out a CD.
By Craftlady23 from Indiana, PA
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
My parents were getting all kinds of CDs in the mail like AOL, Earthlink, etc. so my mom decided she would decorate them with pictures cut from greeting cards, magazines, etc.; glitter; different types of ribbons; etc. She would also have themes like 4th of July, Santa Claus, Thanksgiving.
Depending on your imagination you can decorate the recorded side and completely cover the inked side with felt, velvet or something else; or decorate the inked side and leave the recorded side alone and it makes a neat hanging picture or as mentioned before add clock hands which makes a unique clock. Also great for Christmas tree ornaments (minus the clock since then it would be too heavy). If you can paint you can try painting on them as well. (04/21/2005)
I use them as coasters for drinks and hang them under my bar for creative color with double-sided sticky tap, be sure to follow a pattern. Hang them from fruit trees so that they move in the wind to keep birds away from robbing your fruit and be sure to move them occasionally because the birds get used to the placement as being non-threatening! Glue them with hot glue to an old eyeglass frame for a funky pair of glasses sure to make them laugh! (04/21/2005)
You can also break them up (wear safety glasses, they shatter) to use for really pretty mosaic tiles.
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)
I saw this really cute idea at our local re-store. Take the outdoor christmas lights (the ones with the big bulbs) and sandwich the CD in between bulb and socket. The prism from the CD with bulb color is really pretty. (04/24/2005)
You can make birds out of them using foam sheets. The wings go in the center of to CD disc. Make a tail and a head with eyes. Glue them onto the 2 discs and hang them from fishing line and a swivel hook and hang them in trees, on your porch, etc. Once you have done one you can use your imagination and make butterflies, bats, Santa Claus, fish, etc. have fun.. (04/25/2005)
You can make a three tiered suncatcher by gluing three sets of two CDs back to back (shiny side showing) then heat a nail or other sharp object to make a small hole at the top and bottom of two and at just the top of the third. Decorate using a few glittery doodads, then string together and hang where they catch the sun. (06/06/2005)
By Lynda T. Scott
1. Looking at a randomly, see the recording side you can see a kaleidoscope of colors with distortions.
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
I would like to know if anyone has any craft ideas using CD Rom discs.
So far I use them for:
You can put them in a plastic ziplock bag then give them a couple pounds with a hammer until they break into shards. The shards are really pretty and cool looking you can fill clear christmas ornaments with them, glue them on picture frames, flower vases or and attach them to christmas packages for that extra shine. (10/14/2005)
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.
You can make a clock from a CD. Paint one side any color then you can use stamps to decorate. I prefer to use a stamp of a woman's face, and some stamp with a saying about time. Then you can say your clock has a face. Purchase clock parts at the craft shop , about $5.00, insert in center. You can buy old clocks at thrift stores for way less. and remove the works to use in your CD clock. Use the ones that take batteries. Don't forget to take a AA battery with you to check if the clock works. This also works for old records. (10/15/2005)
By Janet Leyshon
I use my old CD's to make crafts for the holidays. Christmas time we use them as candle bases with the shiny side up. We decorate them with little holly leaves, berries, small beads, jewels, glitter, fresh garland, and some ribbon.
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)
CDs make good spindles if you spin your own yarn. Just put in a stick that is long enough for the shaft. There are rubber washers to fit them just for this purpose for sale somewhere on the internet. (10/17/2005)
By Ann Brandenberger
If you crochet you can make two round pot-holders, put a CD inside and whipstitch together making a hot pad. (10/18/2005)
I have used cutouts from christmas paper to fit the CD and applied them with modge podge. Drilled a small hole at the top of the CD and used fish line for a hanger. Makes a cool Christmas ornament. Also have used puffy paint and jewels and made decorative fridge or locker magnets. (11/29/2005)
I use the cases and cut a picture to fit 4x6 and put different colors of construction paper behind them and hang them 3 in a row and add ribbon and hang them on a wall (08/24/2006)
I have dozens of CDs (round shiny) that I want to use for a craft project. Any ideas?
OhioGirl from Cleve, Ohio
If you find the right glue (they have it at hardware stores. Its the kind that will glue porcelain. Comes in a tube like silicone) you can make some great Christmas decorations. A Christmas tree is really cute or a snowman & then put lights in the holes on the CDS (09/08/2006)
I've used the CDs I've received in the mail as a border around my garden and edgers between the walk and the grass. (09/14/2006)
I took old cd's and make ornaments out of them. I also won a contest here on Thriftyfun with that one. I took a cd, two pieces of cardstock, drill, paint, picture, glitter, mod podge, wire and beads.
I cut the cardstock into the shape of the cd, you will use two pieces. I drilled a hole into the cd at teh top center for the hanger. Drilled three holes at the bottom of the cd to hang beads on. I painted the paper circles and aged them to my liking. I mod podged them onto the cd after the paint was dry. Then after everything was dry I mod podged the picture on the front. Let that dry...with two coats. Added some wire and beads and you have an ornament!
I Read that using a hole punch (I assume it must be a heavy duty one or one that's used for making holes in belts.) Makes holes in cd's so no need for drilling. (09/20/2006)
I have a lot of used CDs which I want to recycle making some attractive crafts. Could you suggest me some craft ideas which i can do using these CDs. I have 100s of CDs with me.
Anand from New Delhi, India
You can glue them to your wall or a big thick cardboard. and make a cool wall art. it would be great in a kids room. (02/07/2007)
I also had many cd's. My friend is a "Lucy" lover. So I went online, cut & pasted pics of Lucy, Fred, Ethel, Rickey and put into my pictures. Then I used my cd labeling software and put the pics on the CDs. Makes pefect decoration on shower curtain/ring, hang on walls, etc. If you have an animal theme, put different pics of animals and place on lamps, etc (02/07/2007)
If you crochet you can crochet two circles and put the CD in between the two circles and you have a coaster or potpad. Here is a pic of a Halloween one I did. (02/08/2007)
By Robin Mays
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I make twirlygigs by putting them back to back on fishing line with a loop for hanging using lots of hot glue between them - the whole yard is quite the spectacle when the sun is shining on them! I dont have to drill any holes. i like to do em 7 in a row. (02/08/2007)
By Lily 59
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Glue a CD on a painter canvas and decorate with squizz paint, in geometrical motives (eg. mandala) and you have a bright 'painting' to decorate any darker wall. A.Sylvia Sommer sylvia AT evadin.com.br (02/12/2007)
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I saw a program on TV where CDs were cut into mosaic pieces and used them to line a birdbath in the garden. It was beautiful, as all the colourful light was reflected. I want to do this project myself! (02/19/2007)
Break them up using strong snips and gloves into smaller pieces and glue to a styrofoam ball, your choice of size, but I recommend at least 3" Add a hanging loop and you have your own disco ball! Be sure and glue the pieces shiny side up!! (03/14/2007)
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You can use them as a little carpet for front doors, it will be easy to wash,
They make great little clocks. At yard sales I look for frugal clocks and use the arms, etc on the CD. Also, use them for outside CHRISTMAS decorations. (07/11/2007)
I've seen CD's used for the top of decorative windchime type items. you could drill small holes into the cd and tie string or thread, even fishing line through it. adding embelishments of your choice, charms, bells. or if you work with polymer clay you can handmake little suns moon or stars ( or anything you can imagine) and attach those to it. :) (10/16/2007)
Does anyone know of crafts or uses for CD's?
I use old CDs for making little figurines. You just take some heavy duty construction paper round it to a cone and stack CDs on that to make a tree or if you want to get creative you could make people and even more. I don't know your skill level so that would be your choice. (06/17/2008)
I take the cds and place them flat on top a glass bowl, place them on a cookie sheet lined with foil, and place them in the oven at 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes. The time might vary depending on your stove. Check about every 10 minutes or so. The cd will melt over the bowl, but you can get some funny looking bowls.
It is better to do this in a well ventilated kitchen. Do not use a higher temp. You can paint them or whatever. I use them for candy dishes, small candle holders, jewelry holder for you girls, coin holder for loose change. I almost forgot I sand the cds down because it makes it easier to paint because sometimes all the writing doesn't melt.
Good luck. Angie (06/18/2008)
allfreecrafts.com CD Letter Holder
Recycle several cd's to hold notes or letters.
Timmy the Turtle CD Magnet
Transform an old CD into a turtle fridge magnet. Recycled CD Memo Bunny
Make an Easter bunny memo board from an old CD.
Here's some more to skim thru:
I use the old CD's for crafts at Church Camp. The kids can get really creative with Sharpie makers, paint, rubber stamps, and even big sculptures using hot glue. They like it since they can use lots of them and if they mess up they can just start over with a new one.
I have also made a wiggle wobble ladybug using the cd with a flat marble glued underneath. Decorate the top with a circle of paper and add a head. This was a little more involved, but the older kids seemed to like it. Hope this helps and keep those creative juices flowing. (06/20/2008)
Here is my cd angel made from a half cd and a fourth of one. (10/08/2008)
By Lainey Lee
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Here is something I made out of CD's. (11/16/2008)
By Myra W.
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Another CD project. (11/16/2008)
By Myra W.
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Use a heat gun on the cd and it will distort into wonderful shapes, it looks like bubbled and cracked glass. Applying the heat to the text and grove side, it produces different effects and you can also mark or write on the grove side, although this turns into brown colour as the heat distorts the cd. I applied extra heat to the centre of the cd and it collapsed inward. You can mould this carefully whilst still hot. My little experiment with the heat gun produced a really "nice candle drip disc". There's probably many more uses of the heat gun. If you know, I would love to know. (06/20/2009)
Here's another link:
I have lots and lots of old CDs and I don't want to just dispose them. Does anybody here have craft ideas that I can make out of them? Thanks.
Loi from Philippines
My neighbor strung them with fishing line and used them on his outside Christmas tree. The sun picked up the silver shine and they were very pretty. Another neighbor used them in his cherry trees to scare birds away. Another neighbor tied them to his grape vines for the same reason. (08/01/2008)
My son used them as a border around the top of his walls in his bedroom. Used bluetac to put them up on the wall. Very nice in a teen's room.
I have also used them at school with my students. We draw geometrical or abstract designs on them with fine black marker (waterproof) and white out pen. Kids love them. (08/03/2008)
I have a program on my computer that prints a CD cover. I have used it to make clocks. Just buy the clock parts at the craft store, print out whatever design you want on the computer (I used photos of my grandchildren. There will be a hole in the middle of it, so place the faces correctly). Then attach the clock parts and you have a unique clock. Could use many other ways to design your clock -- painting, markers, decoupage, etc! Fun and cute! (08/06/2008)
There are tons of great ideas for using Cd's on crafster.com (08/06/2008)
Make a CD Flower:
For the Daisy Girl Scouts I used a CD to make a flower. Take a large button and put cotton crochet thread through it to make a hanging loop. Put the loop through the center hole of the CD with the button on the shiny side. Glue a white cardboard circle on the printed side with the hanging loop sandwiched between the cardboard and the CD. Using various colored pieces of art foam, cut out a circle and petals. Glue to the cardboard. With the Daisy GS I printed words from the Girl Scout Law, and as they earned their petal they glued it onto the flower CD. (08/07/2008)
I made hanging mobiles. They glitter in the sun. My grandchildren love chasing the reflections. To do it, drill holes opposite each other on the edges. I used the tool that came with the ink cartridge refill kit. Then put a fishing swivel with a clip on it and tie fishing line between. I make mine 4 discs long and hang them where they catch a breeze and the sun. (08/07/2008)
Years ago I made some Christmas decorations using CD's and small ornaments. I had a snowman figurine, Santa Claus, and a few others. I added some cotton balls to the CD in a few places to make it look like snow and the open CD parts looks like ice. Then add the figurine to the center, and once dry, it looked like Santa was standing in the snow with ice showing through. Very cute. (08/07/2008)