How to Make Folded-Paper-CD-Case Art

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These folded CD cases come to us from Studio Lo. The paper is provided, and you do the folding and arranging. As Studio Lo’s site is primarily in French, I’m not sure if the cd cases are available for sale. 

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HOWEVER, I found a 6-sided folded paper CD holder how-to for a DIY attempt that could work.

CD Template

To make ’em, you’ll need the following:

  • a computer printer (I’d just print it out once to use as a template so I could use the paper of my choice)
  • legal-sized paper (that’s 8.5″
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How to Turn a CD Spindle into a Light

Kayte over on Craftstylish went all MacGyver-y and turned a CD spindle into a decorative light. This one involves electricity, so care should be taken, but other than that….easy peasy! To make one of your own, you’ll need to assemble the following:

  • an empty CD spindle
  • a small handsaw
  • 6 feet of electrical cord
  • wire strippers or a small sharp scissors
  • a plug
  • a socket
  • a rotary light switch
  • a screwdriver
  • electrical tape
  • a chandelier-type bulb
  • transparency paper
  • a printer
  • an X-Acto knife and cutting mat
  • spray adhesive
  • and tissue paper

To see the entire process, follow this jump to Craftstylish. Continue Reading

A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

Over the past two years, Curbly has featured plenty of clever reuses for CD Jewel Cases: from a mini-greenhouse to a calendar or wall art (and 13 other ideas).

And certainly, if you’ve been about the DIY blogosphere at all, you’ve run into a fair share of how-tos for creating lamps out of jewel cases, or even used CDs themselves. So, here’s another simple and beautiful entry from Make Grow Gather.


Nick and Norah Paper Flower CD Case

created at: 03/28/2013

In honour of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, (which b.t.w is awesome and adorable) here’s an uber-cute and COMPLETELY simple way to wrap mix-tapes (sigh… remember tapes?) for your best girl (or guy).   

created on: 10/06/08

You’ll need:

  • A square bit of paper, 12″x12″ (or 30cm) I’ve used velum scrapbook pages, ’cause they were exactly the right size and purdy.
  • A protractor. Like in school!
  • some scissors and a pencil
  • a carefully thought out mix cd with which to woo your sweetie.
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Make a Mini Greenhouse from Recycled CD Cases

This clever photo led me to this excellet tiny recycled greenhouse. What a use for the boxes of CD cases that I refuse to throw away. 

Materials: Four compact disc cases

1. Remove the front (the clear part) from three of the cases.

2. Tape or glue the three cases in a box shape, and then add the final case on the back, as in the photo.

3. Help your little seedlings thrive by placing the greenhouse over the plant, using the lid as necessary. Continue Reading

CD Garden Sculpture

The CD recycling topic keeps on a’ rolling! Today’s clever installment comes from Sally J. over at The Practical Archivist. She took the above photo of a CD/DVD LP sculpture located in her neighbor’s yard. At the height of summer heat, the LP’s might get a bit melt-y, but I’m thinking that would only give the sculpture a more organic look.

How to make a lamp out of old CDs.

This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Curbly! The other day I wrote up a top ten list about using old CD’s to make stuff. Meg over at The Consumerist picked up the post and one of their readers posted a link in THAT post to this how-to post which I’m now posting here. Okay, maybe that explanation was unnecessary and a bit confusing….but how absolutely cool is this DIY CD lamp??????

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How to Make a Folded-Paper CD Case

Instead of paying good cash for cd cases, which eventually break and end up in a landfill, how about creating your own, unique folded-paper cd cases that are biodegradable and take up a fraction of the space?

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The Props:

8 ½” by 11″ paper

a cd

a computer (optional)

labels (optional)

The Procedure:

1. Center a cd, which you’ll be using as a guide, at the top of a sheet of paper, as shown. Continue Reading