Crafts Using Old CDs


CDs have become all but obsolete, so it is likely that you have a pile of old CDs just lying around. The best way to dispose of these old pieces of plastic without them ending up in a landfill is to use them in craft projects. There are a large variety of crafts that involve recycling CDs.

Candle Holder

  • Create a colorful and unusual candle holder using an old CD. Preheat an oven to 150 to 200 degrees. Place the CD onto a metal cup with the label facing up. Place the cup on a cookie sheet and slide it into the oven. After 15 minutes, take out the sheet. Using an oven glove, fold the disc around the cup to create an unusual shape. Allow the CD to cool and harden. For a more interesting shape, press crayons to the disc while it is still hot to add color to your disc. The center of the disc becomes the perfect spot to hold a candle.

Disk-O Balls

  • CDs are also perfect for creating a light reflecting disco ball. A polystyrene ball will form the center of your ball. The discs can be cut into irregular pieces using kitchen shears. Some are likely to splinter, so cut up more pieces that you think you will need. Wrap metal wire around the center of the polystyrene ball twice before pressing a line to the top of the ball. Use the excess wire to create a loop at the top of the ball for hanging. Craft glue is then used to hold the pieces of disc onto the polystyrene ball. The pieces should be placed as flush together as possible.

Snowman Ornament

  • Use your old CDs to create Christmas decorations. Spray paint the CD and a juice can lid white on both sides. Use wiggle eyes and a small piece of orange craft foam to create the face of your snowman. A black permanent marker is used to draw on rocks for the mouth. A colorful pipe cleaner should be wrapped partially around the lid and pompoms glued to either end to form ear muffs. Hot glue the lid to the CD. Create a scarf out of yarn or fabric and tie it around the snowman's neck; glue on pipe cleaner arms under it. For the finishing touch, add buttons and a loop of wire to hang the ornament.

Christmas Wreath

  • You can also create a Christmas wreath from your old, unwanted CDs. Wrap the edges of seven or eight CDs with festive ribbon. Gold, red, and green acrylic paint is used to decorate the reflective side of the CD. Make decorative elements, such as candy canes and ornament bulbs, using pipe cleaners and glue. One undecorated disc is used as the base of your wreath. Glue the decorated discs in a circle around the undecorated one to form a large ring. A metal wire should be wrapped in a loop on the back of the undecorated disc and glued securely so the wreath can be displayed.

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