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20 Artsy Tips on How to Reuse Unwanted CDs and DVDs

Updated on February 20, 2013


Overview of CDs and DVDs

The CD or Compact Disc is an optical disc used to store digital data. On the other hand, DVD or Digital Video Disc is like CD but with more storage capacity and it was the replacement of VHS tapes for its superior ability to reproduce moving pictures and sound.

Sony and Philips first introduced Compact Disc in the market in 1850 as an alternative to the famous audio cassette tapes.

They later extended the technology in 1984 so the storing and retrieving of data became capable, thus CD-ROM came to life.

As the technology advances, there are many updates and new release of versions of these 'magic' things.

And today, since there are new trends, MP3 and iPod players on the line, people tend to just download it directly from their player.

But CDs and DVDs are still use today for movies and musics, installers and winzips.

There are no guarantees that CDs and DVDs will not be damaged. They have the tendency to become damaged due to wear and tear, heat and scratches. So we just throw or burn it away.

Instead of throwing a bunch of discarded old CDs and DVDs that are lying around our home, reuse it. Think of other ways on how to reuse and revamp your old CDs and DVDs.

It can save you a lot of money for buying new things and would definitely help the environment as well as your household budget.


I've listed here 20 very simple and artsy ways on how to make your CDs and DVDs awesome again!

cd candle holder
cd candle holder

1. A template for a perfect circle on your drawings and projects.

You can use the outer circle for large circles and the inner hole for small circles.

2. Simple candle holder to catch dripping and melting wax and helps protect your table.

The shiny side also makes a cool reflection of the flames and may double its ambiance.

3. Lovely Sun Catchers for your window and garden.

Shiny side out, CDs glued together, colored strings hanging on the garden or window can really make a beautiful decoration.

4. String your CDs and DVDs to make blinds or long curtains for your window or washroom's door, and for doorway screen.

5. A unique CD dumbbells for exercising. This will require a lot of CDs, around 80 on each side of a rod.

Teensy wall art décor
Teensy wall art décor

6. Protect your floor and carpet by putting old CDs under the furniture’s, couches, chair and table legs to help it not getting dreaded by furniture’s indent.

7. Use it as paper weight.

You can glue sea shells or decorative stones to CDs to make it heavy.

8. Makes a great scraper material to scrape frost and snow from car windows, and also when cleaning pots and pans.

9. Cutting it to make your own guitar pick.

10. Unique party invitations or giveaways.

You can just scribble down the details and add some glitters to make it more attractive.

11. Your own creative wind chimes to hang on your porch.

12. Teensy wallpaper and wall art decorations for your room.

You can use this as frames or borders for the posters on the wall.

CD coasters
CD coasters

13. Simplify and organize your garden rows by putting a CD marker on each line.

Glue the CDs to a stick on the ground and write the name of the vegetables on that row.

14. Bicycle wheels and spokes also need a make-over such as bike reflectors and CDs are the best reflectors.

15. Christmas tree also accepts old CDs as decorations hanging on its branches.

16. A lovely CD name tag.

Kids will sure love this especially when you add glitters to their names and let them hang around their necks.

17. Use as paint palettes for kids.

18. Make it as a room divider.

19. A great way to use as a coaster for beverage, cups and for small flower pots in the house.

20. You can sell them online or donate it to sites that accept CDs to be recycled.

Always choose to reuse old things. In that way we help reduce the demand of things that contributes to environmental problems.

I have read somewhere on the net that recycling CDs and DVDs don't do much for the environment.

But I think as simple as reusing old things, we can really save a lot - from coasters to scrapers, we don't need to buy new things; our old CDs can do it for us.

"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."


Let's Paint the World Green!


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Very useful and interesting. Its nice way to use the things we all have but don know how to reuse. Thanks for sharing this one and sure going to reuse the CDs scattered all around my sons room with your innovative ideas, Spy. Votes up and I am going to share this as well.

      Take care friend.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, beautiful and interesting! Thank you for sharing your ideas :)

      Voted up, useful and beautiful! Sharing!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello deergha. thanks a lot friend for the support :) and i am so glad that this hub is useful! :)

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Fantastic ideas here! I'm definitely going to give a few of them a try. My favourite is the circle template...forever trying to look for something for perfect circles. Thanks! Voted up!! :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      livingsta, thank you so much for reading and commenting and the shared!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Melchi... thank you so much. me too..used to do that on my art projects too.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Great ideas! I can't even pick a favorite because they're all so good...perfect circles, hanging on the wall, kids name tags....one is better than the next.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Myz, I never would have thought of the half of the as reuses for CDs. Seriously from the first right until the last great uses for them. I really loved the all, but the math teacher in me loved number one and reusing them to make perfect circles. Awesome and have voted and shared all over!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Mary!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi Janine! thanks for reading. world like protractor :) great on activities too :) thanks for the shared!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very creative ideas! I never thought of using old cd's in craft. I have tons and tons of them. I will have to try some of these ideas!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mycee this is an exceptionally interesting hub. I can see the interest you took to write this green hub. Thanks.

      I'm sharing this as also voting it up, useful and awesome.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Those disks on the wall near the stars actually look pretty good! Who would have guessed CDs could make wall art?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the idea of using them for candles and paint pallets. Thanks for I have many Cd's that are just sitting around, and now I know what I can use them for. Great hub!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are definitely great ideas to repurpose!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Too cool! I absolutely love any and all ideas to making USE of as much as possible....clever ideas here. UP+++

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      There are a couple of ideas here that I've been kicking around. Maybe I'll get some of these done this winter. Thanks!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great ideas, Spy! Voted up & shared!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend M. All awesome and interesting ideas to recycle used or old CD's or DVD's. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Such cool ideas Spy! great job! Sharing on Facebook!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Fascinating and informative...thanks for raising my awareness, spy!

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      Miss Mimi 4 years ago from On the road again

      Really cool and creative ideas!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I have used CD's for candles but you had a wealth of great suggestions. Thanks!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Fantastic ideas Unknown...you are so greenily creative I love it!!!

      The circle idea is so good & love them on the wall with stars and love the idea of the party invite, especially you're you're gonna dance...so cool...lot's of votes...cheers

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I always love to read about recycling ideas. A very creative idea that is good for the environment. Voted Up and Shared.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Spy - I have to say that these are remarkably ingenious uses for old CD's. I actually thought this was going to be on the humorous side but I am amazed at the many uses you came up with. I especially like the reflective surface for a candles flame. Again - fantastic!

      Great job and I am sharing.

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      Ness 4 years ago from Australia

      I go through so many unwanted cd's and dvd's each year (I work in media production) and I have always felt guilty for throwing them out into landfill.

      I like to think of myself as an artsy person, so I think I will try some of your suggestions!

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      jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are some really great and artsy ideas. Awesome hub!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Excellent ideas! I can't believe I never thought of using them for reflectors. Seems so obvious now! Thanks for the great hub!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I love the glass coaster idea especially with coloured cds! The ph0to with the cds as a wall décor in blue is neat! Thanks for compiling ideas so these skinny disks can be recycled. I have to let my girls know. Sharing it too! Useful and interesting! There should be a "creative" button too!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Those stars are lovely as wall décor. I love your ideas here and find the so beautifully done. My hubby does use old cd's in his office as coasters, they do the trick nicely. Voted up.

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      Injured lamb 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with us your creative ideas unknown spy...and I am much agree with you with this..."Always choose to reuse old things. In that way we help reduce the demand of things that contributes to environmental problems."

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these ideas.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What great and creative ideas here. I especially liked the circle and coaster ideas. Excellent hub!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Hey unknown spy! How did you come up with such great ideas? They're all awesome! We have a pile of unused CD's and we don't know what to do with them. I will do some of your wonderful suggestions. Voted up and interesting/useful. :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing these great ideas, unknown spy. I love them - they're very creative!

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      Ms. Spy,

      I always, repeat always, knew you were a creative person. Your suggestions are not only clever and useful, they do not create more problems to solve. Often recycling efforts create other things that need to be recycled. You stuck with one object and found multiple uses. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      A superb hub packed with brilliant & economical ideas! The list of ideas listed by you are wonderful and helpful. Way to go! I can visualize many of them - cds & dvds will make anything look attractive! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I like your ideas and especially like the recycling message. I'll bet that they do reflect candlelight beautifully! Up and useful votes.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Tammy, Rajan, Natasha, Susan, Deb, Fpherj48, Austin, TT, Tom, sir Bill, Maria, Miss Mimi, Pamela, Carter, Nancy, Beckie, Website Confetti, Jesse, Sharkye, Coffee, Dianna, Injured Lamb, Mhatter, Genna, Vibesites, Alicia, Larry, Ishwaryaa, Peggy:

      Guys, thank you thank you so much for the support. for the sharing and votes.. I really appreciate it all.i'm glad that you find this hub useful too! :) hubhugs to all!!

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      shabushaj 4 years ago from india

      an iformative hub which inspires us to recycle cds.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for so many fun ideas. I have seen some pretty amazing pieces of art people have recreated too. Great hub!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Oh thank you so much Shabusha!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for the message Bridalletter.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I particularly like # 6 and #13. Very clever ideas, Spy!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great ideas Mycee! You are really good in recycling.

      Have a nice day! :-)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Sha!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Meldz, thanks for stopping by!

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      How about attaching a clip and using it as an earing? Lol! I guess that would be too heavy, right? :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a unique and useful hub! I plan to use old CD's as pot scrapers, floor protectors (from furniture) and candle holders. Thank you for helping me rethink this subject! : )

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Very interesting ideas. I do use them as coasters.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi quicksand..yes, that would be heavy! hehehe thanks!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thank you so much Vespawoolf!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Tycoon Sam, thanks for stopping by.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant and I save this gem.

      Eddy.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you soooo much Eddy!

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      Caleb 4 years ago from Wichita, KS

      I am thoroughly impressed with this article and the other artsy based ones you have done. My wife actually did the candle holder ones and it looks great. Keep up the great work.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Jason. Thank you so much for this wonderful message and glad that you've reused these things rather than throw it away! :)

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Some interesting recycling ideas there. In Thailand, they use them to keep elephants within a certain 'protected' area. This works are they are not sure what the light/movement is. However, this could also maybe work to keep wild animals out too??

      Shared, up, useful, pinned and tweeted.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      ohh thank you so much for the kind shared Brett! yes, i think so too..that's genius!

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Wow, excellent ideas! I recycle everything that can be recycled, but I'm sorry I trashed a bunch of CDs not long ago when we moved, and now I'm looking at these candles and thinking, "I coulda kept those CDS to catch dripping wax!" Man, I'm smacking myself even as I write this. Oh well, now I know. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and a bunch of other stuff.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you visionandfocus... yes indeed, cds can save a lot dripping candles. especially here in our place when there are many places with on and off powers.

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Love the tips, Unknown. You are truly green. :) Thanks for sharing this!!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks aubrey!

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