How to Creatively Make a Cardboard CD Case


Creating your own cardboard CD case will add personalized charm to any mixed CD, photo CD or data CD. In only a few simple steps, you will be able to make cardboard CD cases and decorate them for personal, gift or business purposes. Whether you need a CD case for a birthday, to organize digital photos or to submit data to business clients, by using materials you probably already have around your home, you will be able to design a cardboard case and add a personal touch to any CD.

Things You'll Need

  • Thin cardboard, such as a cereal or shoebox
  • Ruler
  • Cutting blade
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Decorations, such as stickers, stamps, ribbons, photos or your business card
  • Draw two separate 5.5-inch squares on the cardboard. Cut out one of the squares and set it aside.

  • Draw 2-inch-wide tabs sticking out from the outer right, outer left, and outer bottom edges of the second 5.5-inch square. The tabs should be 5.5-inches in length matching the length of the square's edges. When these lines are drawn, your square will look like a 9.5-by-5.5-inch rectangle with an additional 5.5-by-2-inch rectangle attached to the center of the bottom edge.

  • Cut out the second square with tabs. Do not cut the tabs off the square.

  • Score, or cut partway through, the line connecting the tabs to the second square. Use the back of your cutting blade to score along the lines; do not cut through the cardboard completely.

  • Place the tabbed square down in front of you. Fold the two opposite tabs toward each other. The tabs will nearly meet in the center of the square. Fold the remaining third tab in toward the center of the square. The third tab will overlap the first and second tabs. Place a small amount of glue on the first and second tabs where the third tab overlaps them. Press down firmly on the third tab to secure the glue and create an inner sleeve to hold your CD within its case.

  • Place the tabbed square, with tabs facing up, next to the other 5.5-inch square. The squares should be situated so that they are touching along the edge of the tabbed square that has no tab. Run a piece of masking tape down the center where the edges meet adjoining the two squares together. Press the tape down firmly. The two squares will now resemble the front and back cover of a book with an inner binding. The tape will hold your case together while still allowing it to open and close freely. Don't worry about the tape being visible, as you can cover it later when decorating your CD case.

  • Fold the two squares together so that the tabbed sleeve and tape binding are in the inside of the case. Run an additional piece of making tape along the back outer binding to add strength and durability to your CD case.

  • Place your CD in the sleeve and decorate the case to mirror its contents.

  • Consider decorating a CD of family photos by covering the CD case with colored card stock and decorating the edges with stickers or stamps. On the front and back cover, use stencils to write your family's name and a description of where and when the photos were taken. Add a paper-framed print of your favorite family photo to the front cover for a finishing touch.

  • Make a birthday gift CD by using decorative papers to cover the CD case. Glue ribbons along the edges and add brightly colored stickers or stamps. Glue a few wax birthday candles on the front cover to add an unmistakable symbol of birthday cheer to your personalized CD case.

  • Present a fitting business image by decorating a data CD containing information for a client or business associate. Cover the case in a solid-colored card stock, and glue your business card on the front cover. Include other business materials, such as brochures or coupons, inside the case with your CD.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use recycled cardboard, such as cereal boxes, shoeboxes or milk cartons, to add a retro green feel to your homemade CD cases.

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