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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


Decorate Them

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)


By Curtis

More Ideas

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)

By Leggsolott

Mosaic Tiles and a Groovy Light

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)

By Kim

Christmas Lights

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)

By starchild

CD Birds

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)


By constance


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

My Ideas

I would like to know if anyone has any craft ideas using CD Rom discs.

So far I use them for:

  1. My bird uses them as toys and mirrors.
  2. I made Chanukah dreidels with them using polymer clay.
  3. I am thinking of making mobiles after drilling holes in them.
  4. Maybe Passover model seder plates.
Any other ideas? (10/14/2005)

By Deborah

CD Shards

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)

By may-fairy

CD ROM Fish Craft

Instructions to make a cute, hanging fish out of old CDs.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Old CDs
  • Construction Paper
  • Large Wiggly Eyes
  • Glue
  • Yarn or Fishing Line

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.

CD Clock

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

Candle Bases

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)

By Crystelc

Yarn Spindle

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

Round Pot Holders

If you crochet you can make two round pot-holders, put a CD inside and whipstitch together making a hot pad. (10/18/2005)

By mamascott

Christmas Ornament

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)

By Anna

Picture Frames

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)

By jessica

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