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How to Reuse Old CD or DVD

Updated on September 9, 2014

Don't Throw Away Broken CDs!!!

Do you burn CD-ROMs on your computer and get errors, where you have to toss the CD-ROM? Do you get tons of CD-ROMs in the mail from Internet providers and trial programs? I do and all these unwanted CD-ROMs and DVDs are piling up. You can recycle or upcycle them but it isn't as easy as a plastic bottle or an aluminum can, so it is time to think about some alternative ways to reuse them and in this way find some new uses for them. (But please! What ever you decide to do with them, don't just dump them in the trash! They take ages to decompose!)

This page will make you think about new ways to reuse your old CDs and DVDs instead just throwing them into a trash can. There is a little bit of everything and everyone here so I surely hope you will find a smart use for those broken CDs and DVDs in your own home.

How to CUT CD or DVD?

If CDs or DVDs are placed into nearly boiling water in a pan and carefully removed, they can be cut fairly easily with scissors into different shapes (for badges, decorations etc). Be careful not to leave them too long in the water and keep an eye on the progress at all times. Only do this in a well-ventilated area to avoid being affected by possible off-gassing from the chemicals used to make disks.

Household tips

Simple and Effective: Catch Candle Drips On Used CD!

You should always use a candle holder specifically designed to catch melting wax. However, if one is not available, a CD is great alternative. Make sure it's a short and fat candle that can stand on its own with a flat bottom. It should also be slightly larger than the CD hole. Place the candle holder on a stable, heat-resistant surface and keep a watchful eye on it.

Reuse Old CDs as Bike Reflectors

Here is one smart way to reuse old CDs or DVDs for all of the sport and nature lovers:

Tape CDs or DVDs to your bicycle wheels and use them as reflectors.

Light the Way: Use as Sidewalk / Driveway Reflectors

Forget those ugly orange reflectors. Instead, drill small holes in a CD and screw it onto your mailbox post or onto a wood stake and push it into the ground. Install several of them to light a nighttime path to your front door.

Reuse CD as Paper Plate Weights and Keep Them from Flying Away!

On outdoor picnics, solve the problem of paper plates blowing away! Place three drops of glue on the outside edge of a CD-ROM and put it on the bottom of a paper plate. This will also help to stiffen the paper plate. When you throw the paper plate out, just pull the CD-ROM off the bottom.

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last

Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last
Don't Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew, and Reuse to Make Things Last

What should you recycle, renew, and reuse? Practically everything! Is there a gadget graveyard in your house? Want to get the most mileage out of your electrical appliances? Tired of having to choose between paying high prices for repairs or good money for a cheap replacement? Well, no more! These savvy secrets help you make the most of your purchases-and your money-by making things last longer and work better.


Simple Way to Save Lighting Energy - Use CD to Magnify Light Output!

Use them for reflectors on lamps, above the bulb. This magnifies the light output, without additional electric use. Make sure not to put them too close to a bare light bulb and do not put them near a halogen bulb.

Create a High-Tech Room or Doorway Screen

String the CDs into a single strands with yarn then attach the long strings to the top of a doorway to make a high-tech 60's door screen.

Hidden Plug Help by Turning CD in a Mirror!

Do you ever have a problem plugging cords into the back of your computer, stereo, or other electronic device because you can't see the back without pulling the unit out? Just put some double stick tape on the non-mirrored surface of the cd, line it up with what plugs you need to find and attach it to the wall behind the appliance. Now you have a cheap (free in fact) mirror to help you out...and you don't have to worry about damaging it, as a replacement will be sent every now and again, whether you ask for it or not!

Reuse CD as Flower Holder to Reflect It's Beauty

When you don't have a vase that works because the stems are either too short or won't hold the flowers up - take a CD and put it over a glass of water. I put the flower stems through the hole of the CD. It holds them up and the shiny surface of the CD acts like a mirror to display beautiful flowers.

Turn CDs in Carpet Protectors and Protect Floors and Furniture

Use them under your couch and chair legs to help protect your carpet from getting the dreaded furniture indent.

Gardening tips

Simple Way to Organize Rows with Garden Row Markers

On the CD-ROM write the name of your vegetable with a permanent marker. Glue or tack the CD-ROM to a stick and put in the ground to mark your garden rows. They may also act as a high-tech scarecrow.

Scare Off Birds

Dangle them on a piece of string over newly planted seedlings to scare off birds - they look prettier than scarecrows when they glint in the sunshine too.


Don't cook CDs in the microwave - they might give off toxic fumes.

DIY craft projects

CD Rack from Old CDs

This is quite cool project!

CDs are mostly used for music, right? Well, repurpose them for something connected to music! Make a CD rack and place all your favorite CDs in one place! This cool project comes with full instructions! Just an extra hint: you can change it into any color you like with acrylic colors!

Use as Holiday Ornaments

Use CDs for extra style!

Decorate your Christmas tree in style! Hang CDs shiny side out to create a flickering array of lights -- or paint and decorate the label side to create inexpensive personalized ornaments. For variety, cut the CDs into stars and other shapes with sharp scissors. Drill a 1/4-inch (6-millimeter) hole through the CD and thread ribbon through to hang.

Another way to use up CDs for Christmas ornaments can be found in this YouTube video.

Make a Christmas Wreath with Old CDs! - Add a Chrismas light and ribbon to make it even more festive!

Make Wall Art in Teen's Room

Unique wall art for kid room made from old CDs

Old CDs make inexpensive and quirky wall art for your teenager's room. Attach the CDs with thumbtacks and use them to create a border at the ceiling or halfway up the wall. Or let your teen use them to frame his or her favorite poster.

Make Artistic Bowls From Old CDs or DVDs

Looking for a funky, decorative bowl?

Place a CD in the oven on low heat over a metal bowl until the CD is soft. Wearing protective gloves, gently bend the CD into the shape desired. Seal the hole by gluing the bottom edge to another surface such as a flat dish using epoxy or PVC glue. Don't use the bowl for food.

Recycled Crafts Box

Recycled Crafts Box
Recycled Crafts Box

Divided into sections dealing with paper, plastic, metal, and fabric, the book tells how these materials are made, traces their history, and explains how they can be recycled, emphasizing benefits to the environment. Tips on how youngsters can make a difference appear throughout, and interviews with artists who work with recyclables are included as sidebars. Scattered circles contain information about the inability of various substances to break down. Several art projects are provided for each type of material.


Make a Decorative Sun Catcher

For this effective sun catcher all you need is couple of used CDs!

Sun catchers are attractive to watch, and all you need to make one is a couple of CDs. Glue two CDs together, shiny side out, wrap yarn or colored string through the hole, and hang them in a window. The prism will make a beautiful light show.

Create a Spinning Top

Have fun by making old CD spin!

Turn an old CD into a fun toy for the kids (and adults too!). With a knife, make two slits across from each other in the CD hole. Force a penny halfway through the hole, and then spin the CD on its edge.

Make a CD Clock

Old CDs can be functional!

Turn a disc into a funky clock face for clockwork sold by arts-and-crafts stores. Paint and design one side of the CD and let it dry. Write or use stickers to create the numbers around its edge. Assemble the clockwork onto the CD.

Cover With Felt and Use as Coasters

Reuse felt scraps and old CDs!

CDs can help to prevent those unsightly stains from cups left on the table. Simply cut a round piece of felt to fit over the CD and glue it onto the label side of the CD so that the shiny side will face up when you use the coaster.

Make Invitations

They will be unique!

If you're having a party, you can use them as invitations. Write down locations, names, phone numbers, etc. on the shiny part with a permanent marker (might need a few layers of the color)

Paint Palette

You can always wash CD and use it again!

If you're an artist, use the small circular discs as paint palettes. They're easy to wash off and you can even use a few at a time.

Game Pieces

Kids will have fun with this simple game!

Make a large checker board with the spots the size of the CD-ROMs (eight squares by eight squares). Mark 12 CD-ROMs with a red "X" using a red marker and 12 CD-ROMs with a black "X" with a black marker. Kids will love to play a "high-tech" game of floor checkers.

Mobiles from Used CDs

You can add bells or shells or something else

I painted old CD's with craft paint, added stickers of all kinds, and drilled a hole and made a CD Mobile. When the wind blows them, the shiny side gives off brilliant colors and yet it is neat to see the other creative side. If you want, you can add bells, or whatever on bottom for chime effect. Fun to do!

Wind Chimes

Simple craft for your porch

Glue two CD's together using Tacky Glue. Let dry. Drill one tiny hole in top and five or six holes along bottom. Use permanent magic markers to decorate both sides of CD's. Draw a simple design with a black marker and fill in with the colored markers. Hang beads or metal rods from bottom holes using floss or fishing line. Tie a piece of same in top hole and make a loop for hanging. You can also decorate these C.D.'s with sequins or beads instead of the magic markers.

Bird Treat

Even birds have use of old CDs!

Coat them with peanut butter or bacon grease, dip in bird seed, run yarn through the hole in the middle and attach to a tree branch.

Use as Template for Perfect Circle

Simple and easy make a perfect cirle using old CD

Need to draw a perfect circle? Forget tracing around cups or using cumbersome compasses. Every CD provides two circle sizes -- trace around the inner hole or the outer circumference.


You can reuse old CDs as mosaics for picture frames, boxes, etc.

Great for an old notebook that needs a new look. Break the CDs up into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces. Arrange the pieces on the cover in a mosaic tile pattern. Use hot glue or spray adhesive to put them in place. This could look great in any mosaic pattern -- on picture frames, hat boxes, etc.

Party Decorations

CDs pretending to be 45 records!

Paint with black high gloss spray paint and then apply circles around the center to imitate 45 records with fun play-on- words made-up song titles and artists to go along with a 50's dance theme

Halloween Costume

Put CD's on old clothes for a high tech costume.

Teacher's Gifts

Your teacher will love this!

Painting apples on them, A B C, and 1 2 3. Use gold foil ribbon, drill a hole on each side at top, place beads on it, spelling teacher.

CD Psychedelic Mirror

Lacking mirror? Use CD!

Glue CDs onto a piece of cardboard, one right next to the other (shiny side up). Decorate the edges of the cardboard and attach it to the back of a door.


Using CDs you'll need no envelope!

Stamp a cute design on a piece of sticker paper and apply to the printed side of the CD. Use a permanent marker. to address on the shiny side... add .44 cents postage and drop in the mail. No envelope needed...and it's lots of fun!

Name Tags

CD around kids neck or on door

Spray paint CDs. Hang them on strings with some beads. Write the kids names on them and hang them around their necks. They get to put a sticker on the CD each time they come. I also put their name on both sides so no matter how they swing, I still have a name

Kiddy crafts

Tell us what you plan to do with all those unwanted CDs? Are you crafty person or your kids could reuse them for crafts? Maybe in a garden? Share with us, we want to know!

And if you have a tip of your own, add it here and we'll add it to the other tips so everyone can use it! Thanks!

© 2008 Mihaela Vrban

Have You Found Any Useful Ways to Reuse Broken CDs and DVDs?

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    • MarathonRunning profile image

      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Great inspiring article! I already use old CDs, but your lens gave me many more ideas.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      I think you've covered about every idea there is to re-use old CDs. I've used mine as hanging mobiles and in my garden as scarecrows. Great article!

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Very nice lens... I like the idea of reusing old stuff to make things last longer...

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      seodress 3 years ago

      Great idea. Great lens.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Very creative. My favorite use of an old CD was to string it off the side of the house to frighten away the woodpecker.

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      PhilVardy 4 years ago

      I keep used CDs and their holders in my science classrooms - they come in handy all the time! One of the coolest things I do is attach a balloon to the centre of the CD. Then I blow the balloon up and then place the CD (with balloon) in one of those 100 CD back cylinder holders. It's tricky, but if you get it just right - then let go of the ballon and CD - you'll get a hovercraft CD for about 10-20 seconds!! super cool ;)

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Some very creative ideas here -- who would have thought you could do so much with those little things. Thanks for sharing!

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Neat lens. Lots of great ideas.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I never thought I could reuse my old CD. I usually threw it out or gave it to someone who wanted it. Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens I will be sure to like

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      jtbmetaldesigns 4 years ago

      Great suggestions! I can imagine the discs strung up on fishing line and held vertical so the wind catches them and moves them in the sun light. You would get some awesome iridescent visuals that way.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Another interesting reuse and recyle lens. You are very crafty :)

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      David-N 4 years ago

      This is interesting. Never really thought about reusing a CD.

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      xtianfriborg13 4 years ago

      Great ideas and great lens!!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Wow what a creativity, i especially loved the Flower Holder and Sun Catcher idea and will give the light idea a try, thanks for the inspiration!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a brilliant lens. Must get my young grandchildren to read it and then they can never say that they are bored and have got nothing to do.

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      malikaehf 4 years ago

      Where did you get all those great ideas? I love them!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Very informative and interesting lens. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      This is probably the most creative lens I've seen. I will never throw away an old CD again

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Target practice

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      DianaHarper LM 4 years ago

      I bought a drill for the express purpose of making a scrapbook album from excess CDs! Liked. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i hate broke cd that are scrach cd that wont play more

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      GrinningFool 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I use them for target practice with my kids and their bb guns!

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      Ridhima 4 years ago

      These are really Environment-friendly ideas .I never knew that you could use an old CD for so many things!!Thank you for this amazing article!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You can make a spectroscope using a cut up old cds(look up easy plans online). This uses the dispersion of light (different wavelengths bend different amounts) to break up any incoming light into a rainbow - or, for LCD screens or fluorescent lights, into only those colours that are actually in the white light.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Fun ideas. I have tons of old discs around the office. I was thinking of crocheting a cover for them and making coasters out of them, like my aunt used to do with plastic coffee can lids from 1 lb. coffee cans. Blessings!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a lot of ideas! I like the ones about candle wax collector and vase flower holder.

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      brunoloper 5 years ago

      Up intil this point we've just made a cool pattern on each corner of our office which gives off an amazing effect reflecting off one another in the light

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      brunoloper 5 years ago

      I am absolutely amazed that people have come up with so many fantastic ideas for old CD and DVD.

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      dellgirl 5 years ago

      What a great lens, its so full of helpful information. Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot here. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is very informative and inventive. I am submitting this to today's quest.

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      treaskecar1980 5 years ago

      i don't use any cds anymore my son bought me a ipod thanks this will be really useful

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      Tubbyman 5 years ago

      I just love some of these ideas. I burn a lot of cd's and get a lot sent to me. Result I have hundreds despite the occasional clear out.

      Going to use some of these!

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      tarpius 5 years ago

      I love the idea by making it as a sun catcher.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very interesting lens, thumbs up!

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      enjoyecigs 5 years ago

      sweet lens! i def have a *ton* of old CD's....awesome ideas!

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Interesting lens !

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      You are astounding. I am awed at all the ways you found to use up unwanted CDs. My hat is off to you. I am going to try several, but I think my favorite was using them to catch wax under candles! Genius...

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      CraftaholicVete 5 years ago

      Wow! Great ideas, only thing is I wish the USB lamp video had the talking instructions besides showing how to do that. That was ingenious really, I liked that Idea and the wreath the most. Now I want to experiment. Great lens!

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      very cool lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very useful information, thanks for sharing

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I'm just kicking myself for not thinking of CDs as driveway markers - brilliant!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really did learn some good tips and pointers hear from you, thank you for that.

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Door Hangers for the kids room! Love that one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I print out photos and glue them to the CDs then glue the CDs together with a string between the CDs as long as you want. Hang a dozen CDs on the string and put a loop at the top and hang from a hook in the ceiling. they twirl and you can see all the photos on both's a moving photo album.

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      Vallygems1 5 years ago

      Another Great Lens

      Thank You

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      yayas 5 years ago

      These are amazing! I was only ever able to come up with one idea for old CD's an' even that wasn't a very good idea. I am so impressed by how many different uses you have found for old CD's. Thanks for some awesome ideas.

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      Traceeshobbies 5 years ago

      Great ideas, my teens will love the door hangers and room borders!

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      Jimmy Gavin 5 years ago

      Great ideas, I would never have thought of any of them

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      We-ll use it for several home projects. Thanks for the ideas:)

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Coasters - do it all the time - saves the furniture!

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      dvdmoviereviews 5 years ago

      some interesting ideas...thanks

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Wow! The number of things you can do with old cds is amazing. The only one I knew about was haging them from fruit tree to scare off birds. Great lens. Thanks.

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      Glenn619 5 years ago

      I got tons of CD's lying around, definitively got some ideas what to do with them now.

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      RomanaSwan 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Will try few things :)

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      I have a stack of disks that I almost threw away. Thanks for the great ideas on reusing them!

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      tinaanne 5 years ago

      will try some of the craft as I have a lot of old cd

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      JenniferAkers LM 5 years ago

      I recently searched through all my CDs and now have a stack of unwanted ones. I knew there were craft ideas, and a Google search brought me to your lens. Awesome ideas! Thank you!

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      I have seen a few art projects done with old CDs, but I have tried any yet.

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      markettrol 5 years ago

      This is an outstanding lens.....very very creative ways to use unwanted cd's.....I have pick up a few ideas I will use in my garden.....Thanks ....Judy

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      A very creative and interesting lens. Thanks! Now I have some ideas for all the CD's I don't use anymore.

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      Kristin 5 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      Wow! You found some great and creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      camaster 5 years ago

      The suggestion of using old CDs as bike reflectors is really handsome! Cool idea! Thanks for that :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw CDs used as trail-markers one time. I found them easier to follow than a painted dot or small dog tag. The CDs are reflective and large! I'll have to revisit this lens because I love all the ideas you have on it. Thanks for sharing!

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      modernchakra 5 years ago

      Some very creative uses for CDs, I think I will make the paper weight. Thank you, a lot of time obviously went into this lens and it shows. Take care.

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      cwkerns lm 5 years ago

      Wow! I never knew old CDs could have this many uses. Nice lens.

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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Ha! I have a pile of these somewhere for "just in case"! This lens has been blessed on the "I Love That Word" quest and added to my Upcycling Ideas lens.

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      denetraharris 5 years ago

      I like the wreath made from cd's. check out what i make wreaths from.


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      littlelotus 5 years ago

      interesting ideas..... thanks for sharing :)

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      brando87 5 years ago

      interesting post

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      LadyJasmine LM 5 years ago

      Just so you know I enjoyed your lens, so I blessed it and featured it here:

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      postingbits 5 years ago

      I received a valentines card from my wife a few years ago, the image of a heart had been made using red crushed up cd's that had been arranged in a mosaic pattern on the card. It was lovely.

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      xbumper 5 years ago

      These are some great ideas. Awesome Lens. Thank you!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      My kid likes to chew on dvds... I'm not sure if that is safe

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I like that idea too!

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      I love the clock ideas. I'll definitely have to try that. I also got some other ideas from this lens. Thanks.

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      I lived in a housing co-op more than a decade ago. We had a bunch of AOL CDs so we hung them all over the Christmas tree. That was most of what we had for decoration. SquidAngel blessings!

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      Mihaela Vrban 5 years ago from Croatia

      @Spikey64: This has been said right at the top of the page. ;)

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      Spikey64 5 years ago

      Great lens but one bit of advice needs a bit more work on. It is dangerous to boil cd's in a domestic environment, they give off very hrmful gasses.

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      gatorsquid 6 years ago

      nice idea! thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! And all I've done is paint on them! Great info here, I've got hundreds of old cds. Thanks for the work you put into this!

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      TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

      Great recycling ideas!

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      sociopath-free 6 years ago

      Great info. I'm not crafty, but I try to reuse and recycle wherever I can.

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      AigulErali 6 years ago

      Very cool ideas! Thumbs up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! Lots of ideas. I almost wish I still got hundreds of AOL CDs! Or not...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fitness weights - glue together groups of 5,10,20 or 30 CDs so you get couple of different weight plates. Connect the pairs of proper weight with a bar (maybe some reused pen, a stick or any tool that fits the CD hole) and cover it with some foam (reused sponge?) so that you make a comfortable grip. Such weights aren't too heavy, so they're great for fitness excersises, rather not for weightlifters. :)

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      achraf lm 6 years ago

      great ideas and thanks for very detailed videos!

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Great lens! Added to my favourites so I can come back and have a nosy through everything. Some brilliant ideas :)

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      Hey, some of those ideas are REALLY good :) Nice lens

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Its great to see the various reuse options for CDs and DVDs.

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      Melbourne_Osteopath 6 years ago

      Great to see you promote recycling and reusing. I always get a great sense of accomplishment when I re-purpose an item to solve another problem - especially for free.

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      leansmasterpranav 6 years ago

      very nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Don't boil the CDs to make things out of them!!! CDs have BPA in them, a chemical that mimics estrogen, and causes birth defects such as malformed urogenital tract in boy babies, malformed uterus in girl babies which can cause them to have miscarriages later in life, enlarged prostate in boy babies, and breast cancer in girl babies. Children are especially vulnerable for getting cancer and other problems from BPA later in life. In adults, the chemical is linked to obesity, polycystic ovary, diabetes, and heart disease. Don't let your kids near this stuff, don't use a pot you cook with, and just don't do it at all if you know what's good for you. :-)

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      You really have wonderful ideas..great lens ^,_,^

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      Some really useful ideas here for how to reuse or recycle old cds - it was always a mystery for me to work out what to do with them! Big thumbs up from me for the work you put in this lens.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great ideas - the rather shiny Christmas wreath is pretty awesome.

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Awesome ideas! I've used them for furniture and as dishes for pots, still have lots of them and will use them for more things that you have mentioned here :)

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Some excellent ideas. I'll have to give some of them a try.

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      tailortoo 6 years ago

      Great ideas - particularly like the driveway markers.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Brilliant, I remember melting old 45's ...probably worth fortunes now!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Just the idea of reuse is a great one, but you really exhaust the subject with a lot of imagination and practical thinking.

      Thanks for a great, useful and original lens.


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      DonMcCyclist1 6 years ago

      I'm delighted by the range of ideas you've put together. My favorite's the cd holder rack out of old laser disks. Bicycle wheel reflectors? Well, they do bounce light back, and MIGHT catch a motorist's eye in time. But I'd rather use the fragments of car reflectors often left in the gutter when crews don't totally sweep up after car crashes. They're designed to direct reflected beams precisely back towards the source (headlights) and the drivers' eyes behind them.

      Great work, and I'm glad to see your ideas on squidoo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      DIY old CD to art work or decoration.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      This lens is so great I had to come back and visit again. Also had to use it again with the green tip of the day as people start cleaning out their stuff for the new year! Happy New Year to you and your family :)

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      DrRobertIng 6 years ago

      Pretty neat lens with interesting ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great to hear again from person who know a lot about this stuff and sharring useful info

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great to hear again from person who know a lot about this stuff and giving us some nice reading

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Dropping by to wish you happy holidays and a new year filled with abundance and love.

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      bluestonesolar 6 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful tips! We should all be doing our bit, whether or not it be recycling our garbage, walking or using public transport more repeatedly or trying to be more resourceful with the power we consume.

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      DIY-Solar-Electricity 6 years ago

      Great lens! Stunning ideas. Now I can reuse my old cds. Thanks!

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      leathersleepersofa 6 years ago

      thanks,Nice lens

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. Tons of great ideas. I have too many old CDs/DVDs and now I have many ideas to reuse them.

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      Zephz 6 years ago

      These are some excellent ideas. Many of them i haven't thought about doing before (except for the clock one)

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      niceemliy 6 years ago

      thx for sharing the tips, it is really attract me a lot

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      pumpnut lm 6 years ago

      The usb lamp is pretty cool! Me too on the coffee coaster. As I write this...

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      dreameater 6 years ago

      cool ideas! thx for sharing the tips.

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      wilhb81 lm 6 years ago

      To be frankly, I've over tons of old CDs/DVDs lying in Storeroom. After reading your lense, I knew what to do with them... lol Thank you very much for this awesome idea :)

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      CashInTheHand LM 6 years ago

      That is an impressive list! I use them as a coffee cup coaster.

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      Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

      Anytime I get angel powers - this is on my list to stop by. So many CDs and DVDs and so little recycling - this is so necessary!!!

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      Lezley62 6 years ago

      Hey, this was a great lens. I love the idea of coming up with created ways to recycle stuff!

      Just goes to show how creative one can get.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I like this even better than your toilet roll lens. I'm definitely using my old CDs to make that screen for my home office that presently does not have a door and a wreath since it's Christmas. Thank you.

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      manndtp 6 years ago

      Great list of re-uses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great ideas for re-using CD's. here's one idea, you can make a room divider with the cd's.

      Great lens!!

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      One small wall in my bathroom had a removeable panel in it for access to pipework.Therefore it couldn't be tiled, so I covered it with CDs instead.

      I stuck them in place with Blu-Tack, not glue, and they could come off easily if necessary. When the light was on it made little rainbow reflections on the CDs.

      The overall effect was very bright and very unusual.

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      ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      Awesome job! I can tell you have a great deal of time and work invested in this lens! Some wonderful ideas on recycling and reusing old cds as well.

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      uglijimus 6 years ago

      what a creative idea!

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      helen6488 6 years ago

      Very good, Nice presentations. Keep it up.

      Thanks !

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      AdultAcneSystem 6 years ago

      Wow! I'm so impressed with all the creativity, and all the practical ideas, for finding a use for CDs.

      Thank you for building this lens, it shows just how passionate you are about helping keep our planet green...

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      KamalaEmbroidery 6 years ago

      Wow! I'm so glad I saw this lens. I have hundreds of old computer CDs and DVDs I need to get the data off and was then going to throw out. But now I'm going to give them to our school for the kids to reuse. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      You are ever so clever! I did try to hang CD's in my cherry trees (why am I talking in rhyme?), the the deer were not faked out one bit. Of course, we do have rather brave and savvy deer around here! Love your lens!

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This lens is an eye opener, so many ideas for reusing old CDs. Thanks for sharing :).

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I thought about making a CD mobile to hang outside to scare away birds, but I never got around to it. I still have my little pile to trash CDs to make it with. I guess I need to get to work!

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      NadiaO LM 6 years ago

      what a fantastic idea! I never thought I could do so much with old cd's. i wish i hadn't thrown so many away...great lens!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      some interesting ideas here, nice lens

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      JenaleeMortensen 6 years ago

      At an earth day event in our town one lady had made the CD's into tops. They made beautiful twirling rainbows when they were spun.

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      Great ideas! Never thought about reusing them.

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Just checking you out since we had another "garbage" cd (no longer need the netflix streaming CD!) Great ideas.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      this is a great green lens

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      I have a ton of CDs laying around because I bought a pack of CDs at Goodwill thinking that they were blank ones and they all turned out to have the same silly, useless thing on them! So I have been wondering what to do with them.. Right now a few of them are under my window AC unit to stop it from vibrating my table! Funny use, huh? I like those clocks on Ebay, and I've never thought of boiling them. I might have to give that a try. Great lens!!

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      SquidooFanatic 6 years ago

      I love the idea of using cd's as invitations. great lens!

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      GinaR LM 6 years ago

      Hanging up old cds in the garden are a great way of keeping the hawks away :-)

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      Aika 6 years ago

      I really like the "CD Rack from Old CDs" idea. Since I don't need to buy a rack, I'll just make mine from my old cds.

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      gogreendaily 6 years ago

      this is a very cool lens!

      haha, way off topic but my security word for posting this is "megatwit" how funny is that!

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      Pretty useful. To know how to handle our solid waste is important for each of us helping save the earth.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! I liked the candle dripping idea-cool!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I like the reflector idea! Excellent lens!

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here!

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      zapider 6 years ago

      i like CD Rack from Old CDs project.

      cool idea...

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      CofCJenny LM 6 years ago

      absolutely loved all these ideas!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very clever! Blessed

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this Squidoo Lens!! It is stated that if you are not learning something New everyday then you are not trying to Live. Thanks for letting me Live,as well as Learn something New and Interesting!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wowser! What fantastic ideas, I especially loved the garden row markers! So many great ways to reuse these!

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      well this is just perfect for me, I needed to use some older CDs for something, and I can't bear to throw this away.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Well of course this is fabulous! I don't know how many old cd's that didn't burn correctly that I have thrown away. I will have to return here for ideas the next time I have to remake a cd. Totally awesome!

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      alesxandrea 6 years ago

      you gave me a couple of ideas on what to do with my tons of cds. Thanks a bunch!

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Your "how to reuse" lenses really are excellent and this is one that I really enjoy and have passed to friends who have lots of old cds! Blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Mihaela Vrban 6 years ago from Croatia

      @dustytoes: Well, not all are mine but are collected over last 2 years all over the internet and various how to books. :) It's a good thing that people are so creative and I always get to find new and new ways to repurpose old CDs! :)

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      dustytoes 6 years ago

      Wow, amazing ideas. I love the idea of using them to hold the flowers in a vase. I don't have any ideas of my own, sorry, but yours are great!

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      I use old whole ones for altered art...thumbs up on some fab ideas! Thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my bottlecap lens...I appreciate it!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Wow what a lot of great ideas! A neighbor of mine hangs cd's from a tree, I always wondered what the purpose was and now I know. :)

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      ThomasC 6 years ago

      Great tips on re using old cd's and dvd's!

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      I'm having this problem at work (what to do with DVDs). I finally found a technotrask company ( that will take them and reuse and recycle every single part of whatever you give them - without the dubious practice of shipping things overseas. It's not my company or anything, but if you aren't going to reuse them, this is a great way to recycle them.

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      resabi 7 years ago

      This lens is definitely up my alley! I never could bear to get rid of CDs and amassed a huge stack when my daughter was in elementary school. Came in handy when they had a school dance and I was on the decorating committee. We strung the CDs and hung them from the ceiling where they looked like a cross between flat disco balls and stars. They really reflected the light. We also used them to weight bunches of helium balloons that we placed around the room. Great lens.Brings back memories (but my daughter better watch out or she'll end up with them for wedding decorations when she gets married (a LONG time from now...)

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      TriCandy 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas.

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      schwisky 7 years ago

      Cool lens with really neat ideas! I love the idea of glueing them to the bottom of paper plates. I may try that next party!

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      Rose4u 7 years ago

      I have so many of old CDs, now i know what to do. Thank you for this lens. :)

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Still one of my favorite lenses. It amazes and disappoints me that there is so little recycling of CDs and DVDs. Working in IT, I see way too many of these tossed (and my secret word is geekworm - how appropriate)

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      @anonymous: Cool. :) Excellent idea for reusing old CDs!

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Great Lens. That is about every great green gift on the planet. Awesome.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      in thailand they use the old cd'son the back of the tuck tucks

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      sbyholm 7 years ago

      Scaring away birds is a great use for old CDs. I download most thing though so I don't have enough leftover CDs to scare anyone.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      From this day I will refuse cds dvds is right way

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      kathys55 7 years ago

      Great ideas! I love the wind chime idea! Lensrolled yours to my recycleyourstuff

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely work you have done! Keep it going!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, you came up with so many uses for cds! I just hope birds don't end up pecking the top layer off the cd and ingesting toxic chemicals. Anyway, great article. How did you get the videos?

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      davis66 7 years ago

      I have used CDs in art projects, but you have some really clever uses I have never considered. I especially love using a cd to reflect the back of your pc's cpu to help when plugging in power cords. Simple and free! Nice lens!

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      I don't know where you get all of your recycling ideas from but have to admit that your collection is very impressive. Thanks for sharing and keep them coming... :)

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      bubblybee 7 years ago

      I love your ideas. Especially the candle plate and the picture frame ones.

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      Anwarart 7 years ago

      These are great suggestions! Before, I only used them as coasters. Now I can do something a bit more useful with my defective discs. Thanks!

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      HannahDavis 7 years ago

      These suggestions are brilliant! I loved the candle drip catcher and the paper plate weight. You're very clever!

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      Ian Anderson 7 years ago from Asker in Norway

      @Mihaela Vrban: I guess that it was growing up in the UK through the 80's with all the 'nuclear' threat and the hide under the table survivalist mentality!

      We must have been worried that we were going to be 'bombed' back to the morse code age!!

      You take care now,

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Not tried this yet, but I'd love to make a top whirl to spin my own yarn.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      @handycrowd: This is great tip - to reuse broken CDs to teach kids Morse code while using CDs as signaling mirrors! :)) Thank you so very much for sharing!

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      Ian Anderson 7 years ago from Asker in Norway

      They make good signalling 'mirrors' too. Get the kids at opposite ends of a playing field and get them to hold the CD shiny side towards the other child. Then look though the hole at the other child to 'line it up' at 90 degrees to the 'line of sight' and move slowly from side to side or up and down until the 'flashes' are seem by the child at the opposite end of the playing field. Teach them basic Morse code for SOS!

      Have fun!

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      bissuccessor 7 years ago

      wonderful tips.bravo

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I loved the USB lamp...cracked me up.

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      colecannon757 7 years ago

      really awesome info! check mine out for improving you life info

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      My goodness! I can tell that I will never run out of stuff to make with my cd mistakes!

      Thanks for putting all of this really good information in one place.

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      fireprotectiono 7 years ago

      great stuff here!

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      Richmee 7 years ago

      Great information! Thanks

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great read!

      Thank you! 5*& Fav.

      Best wishes.

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      wfi 7 years ago

      We tried hanging the CD's in the cherry trees last summer to scare the crows. The crows stayed out but at least one robin didn't seem to care that the Cd's were there. Fortunately there were enough for us and the robin.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      This has always been one of my favorite came back to *Bless* it.

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      pixie637 7 years ago

      Great Lens! Five stars and Lensrolled. I would also like to feature your lens on my organization lens here

      Please come and see, if you do not want your lens there, just let me know. Thanks

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      I usually throw away those CD which are spoiled in the burning process. Now i have some new ideas on what to do with them instead of throwing away.

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      July4 LM 7 years ago

      I especially like the garden idea to use them as a scarecrow,they look nicer. Very creative ideas!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Will talk my son about bike reflectors and keep party decorations for me, hahaha! Great ideas on this lens and you did a really great job putting this all together! So, yes, these tips are useful and I save the page on my computer so that I can get back as much as I want!

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      wayfarer lm 7 years ago

      What great ideas! So good to know that something good can be done with those scratched up DVDs and CDs I can't use anymore. 5 stars!

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      sudeep13582 lm 7 years ago

      nice lense.. thanks for sharing

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      JollyvilleChick 7 years ago

      Nice lens. So many ideas! 5*

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      @anonymous: Thank you for your suggestion and visit. I'll try to find some and add them to this page. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like this! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Cool ideas. Would be nice if you had more pictures

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Passing through to bless this worthy lens. Happy new year!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Passing through to bless this worthy lens. Happy new year!

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      Income4life 7 years ago

      very good lens and original!

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      ageofz 7 years ago

      Nice lens. Never knew that you could use old cds like this haha.

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      Fcuk Hub 7 years ago

      Very nice and useful lens. Thank you.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      It was fun to read this posting. Congratulations on becoming Lens of the Day. I have favorited you and look forward to reading more about you. This is a great posting, full of neat ideas.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Very useful lens! Never knew there are so many ways of recycling old CD-Roms. I've only considered turning it into unique home decorations. Guess, I'll try the creative ideas you have shared here. 5*

      Merry Christmas! Hope you could visit my lenses and be a fan of my fb page. Thanks

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      i love some of the ideas in your lens, and i think they are really cute, I will try to collect old cd's and try to make them

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      great lens 5 *s

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      dennis-lift-table-skirts 7 years ago

      I have thrown out so many CDs in the past because they were scratched. I wish I would have known about this trick back then.

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      coffeemakervedavyas 7 years ago

      reat ideas-I now can use all those old CDs lying around gathering dust!

      Congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Award Nomination!:)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is a really lens 5***** and favorited!

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      Anok 7 years ago

      very imformative lens

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      semas 7 years ago

      Great ideas-I now can use all those old CDs lying around gathering dust!

      Congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Award Nomination!:)

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Excellent lens - so many ideas! Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination. :)

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      ioV-Sprouts 7 years ago

      These are some great ideas! I'd definitely like to see someone pull off the Halloween costume.

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      dmf32835 7 years ago

      What kind of bulb was used for the USB lamp? A flashlight bulb?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the information you delivered this has kept me occupied I hope you have more information in the future thanks interesting! weightlifting machines

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      alberttwolf 7 years ago

      Very useful lens, I have whole bunch of old CDs that become unusable because of scratches and what else. Now I think I can make something out of them. Thanks.

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      Babitah 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info! 5 *

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      Came back for a few more useful tips and to say - Congratulations on being nominated for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Wow! There are some very creative ideas here for reusing old CDs and DVDs! Terrific lens and congrats on your nomination for the 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Hello Michelle :)

      Congratulations on a well deserved nomination to 2009 Giant Squid Awards!

      This is very interesting lens and very well crafted!


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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Congratulations on your 2009 Giant Squid Award Nomination!

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      perpersky 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I use old CDs as temporary bookmarks for reference books. These are usually thick and heavy, and normal paper bookmarks will not work.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Wonderful tips & ideas!... Blessed!

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      amyrussell 7 years ago

      Wicked cool lens! :)

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      WOW! I never knew there was so many ways to reuse old CDs. Thanks for the tips.

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      sneakerz 7 years ago

      This is why I Love Squidoo!! I can't believe I found such an excellent lens on how to reuse old cds. I have so many at home and I was going to throw them away....guess that wont be happening :)

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      I've got a shed full of old backup CD's your tips will come in useful!

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      beautiful lens with great tips,5*!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations on the Mother Jones mention. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      spunkyduckling 7 years ago

      I have always wondered what you could do with cd's. I'm a junk keeper...well now I know. Mother Jones must really be doing some deep digging on squidoo. Congrats again. Well deserved!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      This is really excellent and many congratulations on the coverage you have received. Blessed by a Squid Angel and please feel free to add to my Angel Lens :-)

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      nebby 7 years ago from USA

      How did I miss seeing this lens until now? It's wonderful. Congratulations on the Mother Jones article :)

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      Allan R. Wallace 7 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Wonderfully effective, doing it instead of just shouting about it. Thanks

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I can't believe I haven't seen this lens until's just terrific. I see several ideas for using old cd's that I'm going to try like the carpet protectors and candle holders. Very cool lens. And congrats on being referenced in Mother Jones!

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      looks amazing and great ideas!

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      GKREW 7 years ago

      interesting. I like the ideas here

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      rajatgarg 7 years ago

      Buy re-writable CDs to start with

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      t4-trix 7 years ago

      great ideas

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      tjustleft 7 years ago

      Cool. I'm not the only one who thinks of these things. My wife was getting tired of my box full of old CDs taking up space in our closet :).

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      SharonLipinski 7 years ago

      Great lens. I have something to do now. Thanks!

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      Nadooa 7 years ago

      great update! It would be so awesome if you could add a voting module or something to let people vote up (or down) their favorite ideas!

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      OnlyFunStuff LM 7 years ago

      Great tips thanks, 10 years ago I had a company that was distributing AOL CD's we had 7,0000 left over at the end of the promotion, wish I had read your lens back then! 5*

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      bengriston 7 years ago

      I had no idea that you could do so much with an old CD. Now I feel bad for breaking them and throwing them away.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Excellent lens with tons of great ideas for reusing/re-purposing old cds. Thanks for sharing. I've been saving mine for art/craft projects. It's amazing how they accumulate. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Heidi 7 years ago from Benson, IL

      Wow...You sure have a lot of uses for unwanted CDs! I've actually seen people make art out of the AOL CDs they had, like this one, of a dragon. W00t!

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      billionare 7 years ago

      Wow great ideas for this will really help a lot for recycling.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I have an art project from one of my Grandkids hanging in my room. They took an old CD and Art Foam, and make the CD into a skunk (the CD is the body) and the Art Foam made the face, tail, etc. It is adorable!

      I can't believe all the ideas you have here, my mind is swirling :)

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      [in reply to Planetoverhaul] Wonderful idea! Thanky ou for leaving a link! Gonna include it here! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I can't remember if I wrote this already but - I used acrylic paints on cds to leave instructions on my deerfence (that it just slides open and isn't locked). I drilled tiny holes in the rims of the cds and tied them to the deerfence, they are of course waterproof and look fine several years later.

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      Planetoverhaul 7 years ago

      I have alternative way to recycle old cds. Turn your old cds into cd rack. Hope this serve as new idea for all the readers here.

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      Clairwil LM 8 years ago

      It had never occurred to me that you could reuse CDs like this. Some excellent ideas here. *****

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      CozyKitty 8 years ago

      Thanks so much! Definitely one of my new favorites.

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      Bharce 8 years ago

      Wow! These are really great ideas!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Many very good ideas and lots of them I would never have thought of. I enjoyed watching the video and learning how to make a photo album with your old CDs. 5*

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      Green-Molly 8 years ago

      Driveway reflecters, that's a new one. I like that idea!

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      DrRichard LM 8 years ago

      Great ideas and a very worthy cause!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Fun lens. I put down a layer of gesso and then painted cds as signs on my deer-fence explaining in Spanish and English how to open it. They've stayed in perfect condition for three years.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What wonderful ideas! I'm definitely going to have to try some of these :o) 5*

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      jura 8 years ago

      Great lens.

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      Blonde Blythe 8 years ago

      fun, informative, and practical lens! I never realized old CDs had so many uses! Five stars!

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      FatJackandCompany 8 years ago

      great ideas! I used to make clocks out em all the time, can't wait to try some of the others!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I actually used one to scare off birds and one bird in particular just happens to love himself. He's a hummingbird and he just flutters by it. Its pretty effective but not with this one bird. LOL

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      MBradley McCauley 8 years ago

      What an amazing lens. Wow, I'll be back, gave you 5 and 'favored it', and I'm not even a 'craft' person. I love it.

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      Screenwriting4me 8 years ago

      Scare off birds. I love it. And yes they are prettier than scarecrows. Great lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is so much fun! Good job and thanks for the cool ideas! 5 stars for you!

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      I have zillions of CDs lying around - that I actually need! - and nothing to keep them organized. Then I remembered all of these great ideas and thought of using a CD I didn't want anymore to make a CD rack for my desk. I just hot glued one of those extra-wide drink straws to the hole in a scratched up CD and voila - a CD rack.

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      [in reply to hlkljgk] Excellent! Gonna add it! :) Thank you!

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great ideas. My husband and I were having lunch at a restaurant in Anderson SC yesterday and they used CD cases for their menu. Isn't that clever. I had never seen that.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      More good ideas from you. I especially like the one about using a CD in a vase, to hold flowers. The smaller hold will keep the flowers from flopping in all directions. I'm lensrolling this to my recycled crafts lenses.

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      HenningVonStubbe 8 years ago

      Very nice List. Jusst wonder if all the methods work, maybe I should test it. Thanks!

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      HenryEgg 8 years ago

      This is a brilliant lens! My favorite ideas are mailing the CDs as postcards and using them to decorate. How clever!


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      Lazy_Environmentalist 8 years ago

      Great lens! You've got a great collection of tips and resources here. I'd love it if you'd drop by my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Nice work a_willow. Squid Angel blessings! ~ Colleen :)

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel today! ~ Colleen :o)

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      small dog lady 8 years ago

      Really great ideas... and I am having sooo much trouble burning a particular project lately :-) so great timing. 5 stars... it would be really cool to see pictures of some of your ideas - esp. melting and cutting out... thanks

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Fantastic lens with a great info. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I often like to add some shine to my multi-media pieces, and this is a great idea! I'd actually never thought of this, so thank you for giving it to me! Thing is, I keep bugging my wife now, asking her, "Do you really want this CD?"

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      SherryHolderHunt 8 years ago

      Chock full of great and crafty ideas, love it! 5*s

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Money Saving Tips

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      sorana lm 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens and great ideas. 5*****

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      dawnsnewbeginning 8 years ago

      Cool lens! I have been reading and reading for the last hour! I have grandkids that will love these ideas!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What fun ways to use these!

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      sirkeystone lm 8 years ago

      Some good ideas here! Thanks!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      another 5* lens!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I have a glass mirror for reflecting candles that just broke. Thank you for the idea of using old CD;s. Now I can recycle them and have a beautiful dining room table again.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I thought of you last Friday. I was at the Dr.s Office and in the lab they had all of these old DVD/CD disks that they made into Fish decorating the area. Someone had used some type of foam material to add on a tail (pulled through a hole they had made in the back) and fins. The face was just drawn on. Very cute!

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      Ya, I have some of those. Now they can be useful.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wow, I never would have thought of many of these ideas. I'm going to share this with my husband, an artist. He's thinking of projects for the upcoming recycled art show here in Flagstaff, so this may help spark some ideas. Great stuff! 5*

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      classicars 8 years ago

      Great lens. I got some good ideas here - to use up some of those old CDs.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Lots of different ideas.

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      HomeTowne_Market 8 years ago

      Very creative ideas! Thanks for sharing them.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      cool ideas!

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      piedromolinero 8 years ago

      Great ideas on how to use the old CDs. I imagine how much design ideas I just threw away.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Some terrific tips -- something similar -- old vinyl records: a local school used them for tiling their floors and walls. Pretty cool. I've also seen records used for jewelry and bowls. Cool lens.

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      Very Cool ideas, never thought of any of these!

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      XP 8 years ago

      Great lens! Sent you a quick message & also blessed.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      More awesome ideas to reuse things. Excellent work!

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      Gmomofive 8 years ago

      Great Squid! I added you to mine!

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      RichLeighHD 8 years ago

      Interesting lens you've put together there featuring many fantastic ideas for re-using old CDs and DVDs!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lots of ideas you got here. Cool!

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      irenemaria 8 years ago from Sweden

      Here in Sweden many hand the old CD´s in the garden. Moving in the wind, they help to keep the raw dears away from the rose buds. The animals eat a lot of plants in our gardens and they are afraid of the CD - shaped like the rear end of a running dear..hehehe

      Another use is on the balconies to keep the pidgins know why

      this is NOT a joke - it works

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      Mark Falco 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I love these recycling ideas of yours. Wish I'd seen this lens when AOL used to send me at least 2 trial discs a week.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have lots of this at home, thanks for the idea. 5 stars!

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      Belindance 8 years ago

      This is a very clever way to recycle, and make really neat art projects for kids. Enjoyed your lens.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Brilliant! Who knew that old discs have so many practical uses!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Great Tips! I have over 300 unusable CD's lying around all over the place. Now I know what to do with them. A very helpful lens. 5*

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      danskapia 8 years ago

      I like the one for candles. You could also put the CD over the top of a log candle so it sits about halfway down. This would make a modern candle holder for an art deco look.

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      Fox Music 8 years ago

      Reuse - Reduce - Recycle - Great Lens!! we have used TP rolls in the green house as starter pots for several years - all bio-degradable. -- Congrats on Lens of the Day!!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Wow, these are very inventive and useful! Great lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great, environmentally friendly lens. Thanks for making me think.


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We all know there is another use for most things...sometimes we just do not think about it. (Although my teenagers are more naturally into reusing, reducing, recycling.) Thanks for making me think.


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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      So many ways to keep garbage out of the land fills! Wonderful!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      So many ideas for old cds 5* ... trots off to gather up the coasters ... :-)

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