Make an Amazing CD Tealight Holder
Learn how to make CD tea lights. Also learn how to make photo frames, coasters and fancy container lids using old cds.
Recently my little granddaughters and I spent a weekend together making CD crafts and sun catcher butterflies. If you'd like to try your hand at making the butterflies, you can find the patterns and directions that we used, by visiting Butterfly Sun Catchers. But, for this article, we want to share pictures and tips on crafting with old CDs.
The girls and I wanted to try something new to make our CD crafts special and creative. The girls enjoy doing crafts as much as I do so they were excited to discover a new way for using old CDs. As a matter of fact they thought of all sorts of creative ways to use the, what we considered, new and improved CDs.
We took lots of pictures so, if our ideas turned out, we'd be able to share them with you. First we'll show you how we prepared the CDs and then you'll see pictures of how the new items we made can be used.
3 old cd's (for each tea light holder or jewelry dish)
1 cd (for each coaster or cookie plate)
1 cd (for each photo frame)
Sun catcher paints
Felt (bottom of coasters)
Ribbon (photo frame)
bottle, pop can, jar (to form cds)
cookie sheet or pizza pan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Flameless tea lights
Paint the CDs
The tea light holders and the jewelry dish are each made with three CDs. On the silver side of two of the CDs, paint with sun catcher paint (color of your choice). Leave one CD as is.
Use one CD for each coaster, photo frame and cookie dish. On the silver side of the CDs, paint with sun catcher paint.
Ready For Oven
For the formed CDs (for the tea light holders and jewelry dish), use two CDs and lay the painted CD directly over the non painted CD with the label sides together. Hold the two CDs together and center them over the top of the glass bottle and set on the cookie sheet. (the two CDs will fuse together in the oven). The rimmed tea light holder, like the green one below, is prepared as above but centered over a glass jar or soda can.
For the flat CDs under the tea lights and jewelry dish, lay the painted CDs, with the painted side up, on the cookie sheet.
In this photo you can't see the bottle, jar or can so, you'll have to look at the next photo to see how the CDs are centered on the bottle, soda can and jar to shape these CDs for tea light holders or a jewelry dish.
I used Sun Catcher Paint from Oriental Trading when painting these CDs. The paints come in a set of 10 (4 oz.) bottles. A little sun catcher paint goes a long way so these can be considered classroom sized bottles of paint.
Center on Containers For Forming
Okay, so this is how the CDs will look centered on the glass bottle, jar or soda can. These CDs aren't painted....I'm just showing how they should look.
Bake in 375 degree Oven
Just lay the painted CDs flat on the cookie sheet.
Place the prepared CDs on the cookie sheet in the preheated oven (375 degrees) for 10 minutes. Leave in a minute or two longer if the CDs haven't folded down over the bottle or jar.
Remove from oven, carefully lift the fused CDs off the bottle, jar or can. Use a potholder to place the pieces on a paper towel to cool. Use a pancake turner to gently lift the edges of the flat pieces and cool on a paper towel.
Be sure that your room is ventilated. I probably should have lined the pan with tinfoil, I will from now on. If you are concerned about toxins, perhaps you would rather use a toaster oven in the garage to do the baking.
Our Baked CDs
The CDs come out of the oven looking just beautiful. The photos actually don't do justice to the pieces we made.
Purple Tea Light
You can see how the two CDs that form the bowl of the candle holder fused together. The outside of the bowl is the painted side and the inside is the original silver.
Green Tea Light Holder
As you can see this bowl wasn't made using two CDs so you can see the written side on the outside of the bowl.
A beautiful jewelry holder for your dresser.
Hanna's Idea: a Cookie Plate
Hanna thought making a cookie plate was a good idea.
Hope, Hanna and Hayden are sisters, so we combined their photo frames together. They each painted the CD that holds their photo. We used the bottom of the flameless tea candle for a pattern to draw circles over photos of the girls. Then cut the photo circles and glued them to the centers of the CDs.
For the frames we cut cardboard circles to fit the back of the CDs. We took a long piece of wire edged ribbon and stapled the cardboard pieces to the ribbon. Then we applied glue to the back of the CDs and glued them over the cardboard circles, sandwiching the ribbon between.
We made a bow at the top of the photo trio, and cut a v in the bottom of the ribbon, under and past the last CD.
Ella is the oldest and only girl in her family. We assembled her photo frame in the same way.
Glue Felt on CDs for Coasters
Hanna and Hope glued the felt to the back of the CDs to make coasters.
Cut circles of felt the same size as the CD and glue to the back of the CD to make a coaster. We made a set of six coasters.
How about making coasters for the holidays?
I used this jar to form some of the CDs and thought that it would make a useful container to hold Q-tips or cotton balls. I drew simple flowers on the side of the jar with a black Sharpie. Then painted the flowers with craft paints.
CD Lid for Glass Jar
I thought that all CDs were made the same, but evidently they aren't because when I put this CD on my jar to bake and form it, the CD didn't get the bubbly look that all the other ones did. I used this one anyway, but I would have preferred that it had the bubbly look. For the knob on the lid,I used a wooded ball, that I painted, that was flat on one side and a hole drilled in it. On the inside I used a flat washer with the hole smaller than the hole in the CD. I used a wood screw to tighten the ball knob to the lid.
Another Use For CDs
© 2013 Loraine Brummer