How to Reuse Old CD or DVD
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Put CD's on old clothes for a high tech costume.
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!
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
More craft projects from old CDs and DVDs for adults
- Altered CDs
The art of altering a CD might sound foreign or silly to those that just haven't seen it done or given it a try yet. I'll admit that the first time I saw an altered CD I thought to myself--Oh man, what is next, altered toilet seats? Upon further insp
- Cut Out + Keep | How To Â» Pendant Necklace Using An Old Cd
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- Disco Ball
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- CD Ornaments
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- CD Photo Frame
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- D . I . Y . Done ! It 's Yours !: Reuse old CD to art work or decoration.
DIY old CD to art work or decoration
- How to make a mosaic bracelet
watch on YouTube
- CD Ladies
Awesome CD craft with felt.
- Cd Coaster Recycling
How To Make A Coaster Â· Papercraft and Decorating on Cut Out + Keep
Kids will have fun reusing old CDs!
- DLTK's Fourth of July Coaster for Kids
CD Rom USA coaster.
- Bijou CD
free printable instructions for making a Bijou CD Rom or paper craft.
- Dexter CD
free printable instructions for making a Dexter CD Rom or paper craft.
- Hamtaro CD
free printable instructions for making a Hamtaro CD Rom or paper craft.
- Pashmina CD
free printable instructions for making a Pashmina CD Rom or paper craft.
- CD Rom Pokémon Crafts
CD ROM POKÉMON CRAFTS Click links below to be taken to the instructions and templates for the CD Rom craft.
- DLTK's Canada Day Coaster for Kids
CD Rom Canada coaster.
- DLTK's Circle Bear Shapes Craft
Make a bear
- Dharma Doll CD Rom Craft
Dharma (Daruma) Doll CD Rom Craft
- If I were an elephant... CD Rom craft
free printable templates and instructions for an elephant bible craft to go with the If I were a butterfly... song.
- CD Rom Fish Craft
Fish CD Rom Craft
- Circle Frog Paper Craft
directions and free printable templates for making a frog paper craft. Good for preschoolers to practice the circle shape.
- Pumpkin CD Craft
Pumpkin pouch to put candy in.
- Ladybug CD Rom Craft
Educational activities for preschoolers.
- Monkey CD Rom Craft
free printable templates and instructions for making a monkey CD rom craft
- Twig and Toadstool: Seed and Spice Mandala
A magnet for your fridge... a center piece for your fall table...something decorative for the wall or a fairy home table top!
- oversized tic tac toe
t is for tic tac toe (for x week!) | preschool daze
- Sun Hats & Wellie Boots: Garden Snails
The CD snails could be decorated with glass pens/paint, acrylic paint, fabric remnants, sequins/glitter
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!
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© 2008 Mihaela Vrban