HOW TO MAKE AN OLD CD INTO A CHERISHED MINI ALBUM

 

Inside: how to make an old cd into a cherished mini album

 

Raise your hand if you have old cd's in your house and many of them. Now that we use other technologies to listen to music those old cd's are just not needed anymore. So the question is what to do with them? There are many old cd crafts you can make starting from coasters and clock to wall hangings and mini albums.

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE FROM OLD CDS

 

The types of arts and crafts you can make with old cds are almost endless. Here is what you need to conside:

  • The circle shape is unique and can fit many projects like coasters, wall hangings and mini books
  • Cd's have a shiny mirror like surface that is fun and versatile
  • You can break its shape and use the pieces for mosaic art or jewelry

 

IDEAS FOR ALTERED CDS

 

  • Mosaic projects like mirrors, table or shelf surfaces and photo frames
  • Disco ball
  • Wall hangings like photo frames or mixed media art projects
  • Cutout embellishments and flowers
  • Coasters with different designs and styles
  • Clocks
  • Jewelry made from cutout pieces of the dvd
  • Holiday ornaments - you have both sides to work on and embellish
  • Signs with a row of CDs to spell a word or a name
  • Hanging mobile
  • Book holders

 

HOW TO CUT OLD CDS FOR CRAFTS

 

Before crafting with your CDs, be aware that they are made of plastic with a metal film that is read by the CD player. This film can be removed by making a slit in the shiny material and then pulling it off with packaging tape or duct tape.

To cut your old CD to make something new, you can soften it by letting it sit in boiling or very hot water for ten minutes and then use strong scissors or gardening clippers to cut it into different shapes. If you are trying to be very precise, some crafters recommend using a Dremel, which is similar to a small, handheld drill.

You can also bend a Cd by heating it along the line you want it to bend and slowly bend it up to a 90 degrees angle.

 

HOW TO MAKE ART ON AN OLD CD

 

  1. Supplies needed: depending on the art you want to create you will first need to gather some supplies. These can be paint, paper markers and tools if you want to cut or scratch it.
  2. Cover the surface: you can leave the shiny surface of the cd or you can paint over it, colot it with markers, attach paper or fabric to it and even attach beads or metal objects.
  3. Add details: after the surface is covered and dried add details. You can draw or doodle, attach embellishments, flowers and photos. Adding texture with modeling paste or 3D objects will add to the artistic look. Another fun technique is to scratch the paint to reveal the shiny surface underneath.

 

MAKING A SCRAPBOOK FROM AN OLD CD

 

Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.
Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food.

 

 

 

The round shape of all these traditional foods suits the cd shape exactly so making a Hanukkah mini album from old cd's is just perfect. The album design is very basic. All pages are covered with patterned papers and each page is embellished with candles according to the days of the holiday from one to eight. The candles are created from rolled scraps of paper and a flame cut from paper and adhered to the rolled paper.
All pages are interactive to allow room for more photos and include decorated tags for journaling. If you want to attach a card to this Hanukkah scrapbook check out this fun folded card tutorial.

 

Creating green art and reducing waste is important so if you're looking for more recycling ideas or altered crafts from everyday items check out these easy to make projects.

 

 

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