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Ways to Reuse CDs in Crafts

Updated on February 15, 2018
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I love to share my favorite ideas from around the web for people out there who like making things as much as I do!

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Reuse CDs in Crafts Instead of Throwing Them Away

It seems like such a shame to throw out a CD that is in good condition. Did you get one sent to you in the mail that you don't want, or did a favorite CD get scratched? Those CDs can be reused to make some cool crafts at home. If you don't have time to make your old CDs into crafts, you can also recycle them by sending the to:

The Compact Disc Recycling Center of America

68H Stiles Road

Salem, NH 03079

Yes, you will have to pay shipping, but hey, you will also help save the planet!

Painted CD

Crayon Painted CD

At Marlie's blog she explains how she uses polymer clay to create "painted" CD's. Beautiful! She has several holiday themed CDs also.

Polymer Clay Painted CD

Reuse CD's as a Mail Holder

At first glance these look like book ends, but this project has a Styrofoam base and adds CD and decorative fabric to provide a style place to keep your mail. There isn't a lot of weight to the finished project, so it is a light duty holder only. Some other ideas for using might be to hold scratch paper for writing notes, holding papers that need completed, or simply holding a favorite photo.

Paper Holder

Reuse CDs as Party Invitations

This is such a cute idea for a dance party invitation. Just add the time, date, location, and viola, you have a cute and sturdy invite that will surely be a conversation piece as well.

More details on reusing the CD as a Party Invitation

Reuse CDs as Chalk Boards

Because CDs are so sturdy, they make great mini chalk boards. Simply paint them with chalk board paint. Arrange the reused CDs on a piece of cork board for a quick and cute message center, or decorate them individually as seen in the this bunny chalk board tutorial.

Recycled CD Bunny Chalkboard

Reuse CDs as Sun Catchers

CDs make pretty sun catchers or room décor when dangled from fishing line. Place them in a window, or make a room screen with a collection of many CDs! In the tutorial below, beads were added to the fishing line to dress up the CD sun catcher.

CD Suncatcher

CD Photos

CD reuse for photos
CD reuse for photos

Reuse Old CD's to Display Pictures

Scrapbooking with Recycled CDs

This is a great way to make use of those old CDs and display your favorite photos at the same time. It reminds me of the small, round photos you can get for your key chain. The CD provides a sturdy backing, so you can hang your favorite pictures on the wall, from your car mirror, or on your Christmas tree. The possibilities are endless.

Scrapbooking with CDs

Merry Christmas CD Craft

These adorable hung Christmas letters were made with old CDs, scrapbook paper, glue, ribbon and a little creativity. Lyndee explains more about how she did it on her blog.

Christmas CD Craft

Disco Ball - Reuse CDs to Make a Disco Ball

If you are looking for a unique way to turn your old CDs into a craft, try this disco ball. Fun for older kids and teens.

What you will need:

  • 6 to 8 CDs you don't need
  • 5" Styrofoam Ball
  • Tacky Glue or Low Temp Glue Gun
  • Wire for Hanging
  • Kitchen Shears

Disco Ball Instructions

What do YOU do with your old CDs?

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CD Paper Holder

Christmas Tree Door Decoration

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      5 years ago

      I save old CD's but then never seem to find an idea I like for using them. Think I just ran out of excuses.

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      6 years ago

      I love the video about the tree made from cd's, I found a ton of disks from the early days of the internet and would love to give this a shot i have a large ugly fence i would like to cover and im thinking about trying this with a flower shape.

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      6 years ago

      I've always wanted to try turning CDs into those small embroidered mirrors on belly dance costumes. ;) I don't know if they'd hold up well in the wash. Might be a hand wash only item.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Really like the tree idea. I might try this if I have any left over from the project I'm already doing.

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      6 years ago

      I have a lot of CD-es in the house, so i will go to work with this CD for holidays, thanks for your ideas...

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      6 years ago

      I have been looking for something to do with all of my old CDs. I have always ended up throwing them away, which I hate to do :( Thanks for the great ideas, I can't wait to try some.

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      6 years ago

      We recently made a CD-fish as part of our Ocean Craft project. You have collected some nice ways of reusing CDs here.

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      6 years ago

      Cool ideas! =)

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Interesting recycling idea. I was in Goodwill the other day...I saw TONS of these. They are going by the wayside and people are doing more MP3 music...SIGH...just like records, then 8 tracks, then cassettes....Blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Wow I never even thought of some of these things you can use old cd's for. Thanks for the great info.

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      6 years ago

      I'm actually collecting a bunch of old CD's right now in an attempt to create a sculpture of a dragon. It's tough going unless you actually go out and buy a bunch of them, but I don't really want to do that. I like the scratched ones.

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      6 years ago

      You are dedicated to reusing and came up with wonderful once again...may many CD's find new life. I especially like the crayon painted CD and the CD sun catcher.

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      6 years ago

      You are dedicated to reusing and came up with wonderful once again...may many CD's find new life. I especially like the crayon painted CD and the CD sun catcher.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      The crayon CD is beautiful. I'll have to save my CDs to do this craft with my grandkids.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      The library used to discard dozens of these each month from our subscription databases. They could use some of these ideas for a craft program. I like the crayon one.


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      6 years ago from South Africa

      I like the idea of creating a small chalkboard out of an old CD

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up


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