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52 Beautiful CD Craft Ideas

Updated on July 27, 2017
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

Teaching kids how recycling can be fun starts with making crafts out of objects that usually are trashed. Crafters are undeniably imaginative in how they use recyclables. Kids enjoy making crafts from old cds and they are very aware of the importance of recycling.

The CD crafts for kids and adults that I found when searching Google proves that there are great uses for old CDs.

To find the instructions for the beautiful peacock shown above, go to i heart crafty things.

1. Snowmen Ornaments

These little snowmen are just the cutest thing I've seen in a while. Imagine how much fun the kids will have making these snowmen. And all the possible looks that will be unique. This super cute project has a tutorial at Happy Hooligans.

2. CD and Yarn Snowman

White yarn wrapped around a cd, and ta da, a cute snowman. You'll be able to make a snowman like this by going to Luntiks for the instructions.

3. CD Cardinal


This actually looks like one of the Angry Birds to me, but the instructions at Family Crafts calls them cardinals.

4. CD Upcycle Sun Catcher

I love the looks of these suncatchers. I could easily find a place to hang beauties like this. I'm thinking how nice they would look hanging on my patio. The instructions for this cd project is found at

5. Wind Spinners

Have the kids make wind spinners to give as gifts. For the instructions, go to the Happy Hooligans site.

6. Tea Light Lamp

My little granddaughters and I had so much fun making these little tea light lamps. You can make them too by following the instructions at Make an Amazing CD Tealight Holder.

7. CD Turkey


The kids will love making this Thanksgiving turkey. Go to Kids & Glitter for the instructions.

8. Feathered CD Owl

You'll find the tutorial for making this very cute feathered owl at the Happy Hooligans site. Imagine making these to hang in the cherry trees to keep the birds from eating all the cherries.

9. CD the Dalmation

Can you imagine how much fun this puppy project will be for the kids? This would also make a cute nursery decoration. Find the instructions at Family Crafts.

10. Make a CD Lamp

11. Mosaic Photo Frame

This is a very pretty and unique use for old CDs. Find the instructions for making this frame by going to Make it Easy Crafts

12. Lotus Shrine

This is an interesting and pretty use for old CDs that you can find the instructions for making one like it at

13. CD Purse

Any little girl will love making and using this purse made using old CDs. You'll find the directions for this craft at CRAFTS-FOR-ALL-SEASONS.

14. CD Case Brag Book

You also may have some CD cases that you don't want to just throw away. Make a brag book like this one by finding the directions at Family Crafts.

15. Kids Clock

16. CD Mouse

This little mouse won't make anyone squeal, but he's sure to make them smile. Find the instructions for making this little mouse at Cards, Crafts, Kids Projects.

17. CD Fancy Ladies

Although this project is written in a foreign language, the photos and pattern are really easily understandable. Find all the info at Meu Mundo Craft.

18. Seed and Spice Mandala

This is an outstanding project. Find the instructions for making it at Twig and Toadstool.

19. CD Bunny

Help the kids make an Easter craft by following the directions for this bunny at Family Crafts.

20. CD Photo Frame for Dad

Find the directions at Crayola to make a beautiful frame for Dad on Father's Day.

21. CD Pencil or Pen Holder

This holder, made using old CD cases, would be a nice and inexpensive gift to make a parent, teacher or friend. Get the instructions by going to the eHow mom site.

22. Wobblebot

All the kids, especially the boys, will love making a Wobblebot using an old CDs. Go to RESEARCHPARENT to find the directions.

23. Napkin Decoupage Art

You'll find beautiful paper napkins for every occasion and all seasons to make these pieces of wall art using old cds. The pictured tutorial for this project is found at Goods Home Design.

24. CD Sequined Snail

Just be sure you have lots of sequins, stickers, stars, etc. for the kids to add to their CD snail so they can really express themselves. This outstanding craft project, for kids of all ages, is found at CRAFTY MORNING /

25. CD Case Picture Frame

These would really make nice frames for any room. Just co-ordinate the fabric with the room's décor. Go to favecrafts for the instructions.

26. CD Hovercraft

This would be a great rainy day project that will keep the kids busy for a long time. Find all the instructions for making this hovercraft at Scribbit.

27. Playing Card Holder

This is such a great idea for little kids and for the elderly who have a problem holding a hand of cards. See the tutorial for making this card holder at Adapting Creatively. This would be a thoughtful gift to give someone in the senior center.

28. Planets

This looks like a great project to do with the kids. Help them make planets with the help of instructions given at NASA Space Place.

29. Mosaic Flower Pot

This flower pot, and directions, from Make it Easy Crafts will be a nice addition to any home.

30. Scare Owl

This has got to be a ton of fun to make. Find the directions at mother nature network and have a ball making this big owl.

31. Beaded CD Ornaments

Check out these beaded ornaments with their directions on the favecrafts site.

32. Sequined Fish

A great project for kids of any age. So many possibilities. Go to the Parents site for the instructions.

33. Hanging CD Turtle

Go to Kids & Glitter for the directions and pattern to make this hanging CD turtle that is finished on both sides.

34. Glitter Snowman

I love this glittery snowman and am sure I could think of plenty of places to display him. To make this glitter snowman, find the instructions at make and takes.

35. CD Photo Spinner

To get the directions for making this CD spinner, go to the Photojojo! site.

36. CD Earrings

See the technique used to make these cute CD earrings at Make it Easy Crafts.

37. CD Wall Hanging

An unbelievably attractive wall hanging is made using a few old CDs. Find the instructions for this project at Albergo DREAMS.

38. Winter Wreath

Make this cool winter wreath using CDs by following the instructions at Cut Out + Keep.

39. Christmas Ornament

Make these beautiful shiny ornaments using old cd discs. The directions for this project can be found at creme de la craft.

40. Mosaic Birdbath Re-do

What a beautiful and unique way to use old cds and at the same time update an old birdbath. You'll find all the information that you'll need to re-do a birdbath by going to me and my diy for an easy to follow tutorial.

41. Mosaic House Numbers

I love the looks of this mosaic house number, it looks so elegant. Go to Make it Easy Crafts for the directions.

42. CD Coasters

A very nice and useful use for old CDs. Find the instructions for making these coasters at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

43. Out of This World Spaceships

The boys in particular are going to love making these cd spaceships. Let their imaginations go wild, check the instructions at Blog Me Mom, and fill their rooms with spaceships.

44. FALL Mantle Display

You'll find the instructions for making this beautiful FALL arrangement by going to A Lil Bit Fancy. So easy using paint, torn fall paper and decoupage glue.

45. Door Hanger

Make this cute door hanger as a decoration for a baby shower, or make one for an older girl to hang on her bedroom door. Find the instructions by going to the it’s a pricele$$ life site.

46. CD Weavings

Anytime we use an outdated item to make a recycled craft, we're teaching children the value of recycling. See how to make beautiful yarn weavings using old cds by going to the Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs site.

47. Lady Bugs

These cute little ladybugs, made using felt and old cds, would look nice hanging on a bedroom wall or use them as coasters. The directions are found at CRAFTS BY Amanda.

48. Mosaic Bracelet From CDs and Waterbottle

49. CD Vase

This project isn't one for the kids to make. Using cut pieces of an old cd and a glass jar, this beautiful vase and it's instructions can be found at New Life, New Purpose. Imagine this as a Christmas centerpiece with greenery, colorful Christmas balls and candles.

50. Personalized Coat Rack

The kids are sure to hang their coats when they see this useful coat rack. You'll find the directions at LARK CRAFTS. (click on Eco Craft CD Case Towel Rack directly above the Like button to take you to the pdf file)

51. Recipe Holder

This would make a nice gift to give Mom or Grandma for Mother's day or Christmas. Find the easy to follow directions at REAL SIMPLE. A very useful gift that will be appreciated every time it's used.

52. Cd Photo on Clip Stand

Notice the cute little stand made with paper clips. Find the tutorial for this project at Our Peaceful Planet/

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Did You See a CD Craft That You Liked? - or leave a comment.

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    • MG Seltzer profile image

      MG Seltzer 2 years ago from South Portland, Maine

      It looks cool but I think mine might come out looking a little wonky. I think I better start with one I am confident I can do. :)

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      Loraine Brummer 2 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Hi MG Seltzer, and thanks for the thumbs up! It's hard to decide on which craft to do first. The birdbath is one of the projects I want to make.

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      MG Seltzer 2 years ago from South Portland, Maine

      I like the CD lamp idea. I'll check out the video. Thanks for the information! Thumbs up, of course.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I liked them all. You found good project ideas.

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      interesting lens

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      Essentially Ind 4 years ago

      He it's lovely idea for utilizing the disc..........:)

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      MakeHairBows 4 years ago

      Stunning projects. I really like the Seed and Spice Mandala...

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      DecoratingMom411 4 years ago

      Wow! This lens is so interesting! I've never thought of that! Thanks for sharing!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Very cool re-purposing ideas.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Yes, there are so many great ideas - thanks for sharing!