Uses for CD Jewel Cases

November 11, 2008

Craft: Organizer from CD CasesRecycle your old CD cases and make an organizer. We made a Father's Day organizer for my husband. I placed photos of the kids on each side and let them decorate their own page. We placed a poem on a blank side. You can use this organizer for many things. You can even place the cds back inside of the organizer. It would make a great Christmas gift for grandparents etc. We even made on for the teacher for Earth Day.


You need 5 empty CD cases and some hot glue. Start with one case on the bottom and glue each side one at a time. Be sure you can open the case cover as you glue it to the bottom. When you are done gluing, open each case and add decorative paper or photos etc.

By Wendy from Coopersburg, PA

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June 4, 2010

Here's a cute tip for the frugal and festive folks: Use CD jewel cases as coasters for special occasions. Purchase seasonal/holiday cocktail napkins at a discount from the dollar store after the season has passed, insert them into empty jewel cases, and change with the occasions.

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April 12, 2012

Take an old CD case and flip it open and stick tape on it to hold open.Then you can stick your recipe in it for easy access.

CD Case as Recipe Holder

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August 31, 2009

I was trying to figure out what to do with all the empty jewel cases I had lying around. I noticed that if you removed the spool, it leaves enough room for paper quilled pieces made with 1/8 inch or smaller paper strips.

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November 21, 2008

Ever wonder how to re-use the containers that you buy your CDs or DVDs in? Well, we use them to hold our music CDs, instead of going out and buying a CD case of some sort!

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October 22, 2004

When you get all of those annoying "free internet discs" in the mail, always keep the holder that the disc came in.

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February 9, 2012

This video gives a detailed overview on how to make a neat kaleidoscope from an old CD jewel case.

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January 31, 2005

I have sent this request once before. I was wondering if there is anyone that is aware of a store, organization, or recycling center that will take old CD Jewel cases. I have a ton of them from CDs and we do not use them since we have caselogic CD wallets for the car.

If anyone has any feedback on this let me know! I am at the point now where the donation could be for cash or simply for a donation.


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July 11, 20020 found this helpful

We purchased a CD organizer that does not use the plastic jewel cases that the CD's come in. Does anyone know of any way to recycle these? Do schools or libraries need these? I hate to just throw them away if someone else could put them to use. I have 100+.



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August 29, 20020 found this helpful

Sometimes small music stores will pay you something like $1.oo for each of them.

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September 8, 20020 found this helpful

E(:-)Greetings: Have you considered selling them on one of those online auctions like E-bay?

Be Blessed,

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September 11, 20020 found this helpful

Call your local library and see if they can use them. Our library lends out CDs, and I notice many of the cases are cracked and otherwise in bad shape.

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January 18, 2006

I have tons of CD Jewel cases that I have no use for them as my husband and I use the CD cases in the car. I was wondering if anyone knew of a place where I can ship all of our old CD cases in exchange for cash. Kind of like recycling?

Kimberly from Euclid, OH

Editor's Note: Feel free to post your favorite ways to recycled CD jewel cases as well. There have to be some interesting uses for them.

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February 1, 2005

Looking for creative uses for empty CD jewel cases. We have lots of them! Please post your ideas.

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February 2, 20050 found this helpful

make em into photo frames??

trim your photo/picture to CD inlay size, slot it in the front of the case, tape a bit or ribbon to the back so you can hang it up.

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February 2, 20050 found this helpful

They make great picture frames :)
You just open up insert a decorated border or quotes or a picture and close. add a magnet to the back and voila a frame for the front of the fridge ! Or add hook and eye closer and then you can use on office cubicle wals .. or glue a picture hanger on the back and hang on the wall.


you could also glue a few to ribbon and make a long decoration with all the families pictures in it for the wall .. very Victorian (?) with a modern twist :)

Best of luck!

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By Barbie (Guest Post)
February 2, 20050 found this helpful

My first thought too was for a photo but I thought you could use it as a card type gift, you could put a photo of the person getting the gift on the front and one of yourself on the back, you could either add paper to create a card inside or make a cd, dvd, photoslide show etc. and make it the gift......the person will feel great cuz you took the time to make them something personalized and you won't have to spend a fortune.....

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By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
February 2, 20050 found this helpful

I heard of a really cool way to use CD cases that would be great in a teen's room. Make a big wall calendar. Print the numbers 1 - 31 individually. Place each number in a CD case. Hang on the wall accordingly. You could put a picture of a friend in the case on the day of her birthday. Pretty clever!

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By Rei (Guest Post)
July 26, 20050 found this helpful

Use HappyNewYear! to create cd jewel case calendars using your own images.

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March 13, 2015

I have about 700 empty CD jewel cases left over from a software business. Do you know of anyone who can use them?

By Bonnie B

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July 23, 2012

I still need a lot of empty CD cases, but only the wide plastic ones. I am willing pay 5 cents for each one. Per 100 would be $5.00. I can use at least 400 to start with, and I will pay for shipping too. Any ideas where I might find some? Thanks.

By Leigh from Litchfield County, CT

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December 8, 2009

Does anyone have directions to make a pencil holder using CD cases to put pictures in? I would love to have my friend's children make it for her and her husband this Christmas. Thanks!

By diane from Wayne, NJ

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December 3, 2016

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

framed sunflower photo

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November 30, 2016

This is a page about cd jewel case décor ideas. You can reuse these CD cases for a variety of photo displays.

CD Jewel Case Décor

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