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CD cases can be repurposed to make photo frames. This is a page about making jewel case picture frames.


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February 22, 2010

Instead of tossing old CD cases into the landfill, why not make some picture frames from them? Here is a way to do that.

Approximate Time: 1 hour



  1. Disassemble one case, taking care not to break the plastic.
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  3. Cut a square out of one piece by scoring with a box cutter along the edges. (Take extreme care in this step. Do not force the knife, but rather go over and over until you have cut partially through the plastic. It can then be snapped on the scored lines.)
  4. Drill four holes in the corners of the flat plastic sheet. To do this, I found a glass cutting drill to be the best way to prevent any cracking or splitting.
  5. Glue a piece of black card stock to a square of corrugated cardboard cut to size.
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  7. Use an awl or ice pick to make four holes in the corners through the holes in the plastic.
  8. Place picture on the black backing, place plastic on picture, and add brass screws in the four drilled holes.
  9. Picture can now be hung on wall, or a stand can be made to have a free standing desk or counter picture.

By Lonnie from Chatsworth, CA

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February 22, 2010

I took an old CD case and popped the two pieces apart, turned the clear side around and put it back together so now it would stand up in an A frame. Then I took a picture some stickers and some patterned paper and made a picture frame out of it.


Source: I read somewhere you could make a frame from a CD case so I tried it out. Not sure where but thanks if someone from here.

By christi from Paducah, KY


CD Jewel Case Picture Frame

What a great idea. I have so many of these. I'm not clear about what you mean when you say you took them apart and turned the clear side around. With mine, I can slip anything in without taking it apart. Am I missing something? (07/25/2009)

By Kathy

CD Jewel Case Picture Frame

I love it! (07/25/2009)

By Cindy

CD Jewel Case Picture Frame

That is brilliant! Thanks! (12/03/2009)

By Jessica

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