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Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs

Maddie Potter June 3, 2013 1


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Are you a music junkie? I don’t mean a 2013 music junkie — the ones with endless gigabytes on your iPod or iPhone just anxiously awaiting for Beyonce’s next single to be released. I mean the music junkie who has dozens of old cds laying around the house – the cds that have been played hundreds of times, blaring music from boy bands, country stars, and good ol’ rock and roll. Who hasn’t loved a long road trip accompanied by the windows down on a nice day and some bumpin’ tunes!

Nowadays, chances are the cds that once filled your house or car with your favorite tunes are sitting in a garage, attic, or abandoned room collecting dust, landfill, or recycling bin. CDs and DVDs are not properly recycled if left curbside in the blue can – they are a #7 plastic. When not recycled correctly, discs will sit forever in a landfill or emit harmful gases into the atmosphere. As found on the CD Recycling Center of America‘s website:

Plastic discs are made from oil. Recycling your discs saves oil and conserves natural resources, while turning them back into something useful.

While we encourage the proper recycling of materials, we also strongly encourage getting crafty! Pull out those CDs and dust them off – get inspired and get crafty with how to upcycle and reuse CDs and DVDS!

   

CD Mini Album Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs



1. DIY CD Mini Album (via SCRAPBOOK-CRAZY)

This mini photo album is perfect to remember a weekend getaway trip!


Break and Bake Necklace Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


2. DIY BREAK + BAKE NECKLACE (VIA CRAFTSTER)

A simple break and bake necklace to your accessories wardrobe! Don’t forget to purchase the correct hardware in order to complete the necklace.


Big Musicless Clock Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


3. DIY MUSIC(LESS) CLOCK (VIA INSTRUCTABLES)

If you have old vinyls too – this is the perfect craft for you! Also, check out these vinyl bowls (another easy DIY!).


iPhone Dock Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


4. DIY iPHONE HOLDER (VIA GEEKY GADGETS)

We’ve accepted the fact that many people use their phones for everything – texting, calling, listening to music…- use your old CDs as a holder for your most beloved piece of technology.


Small Wall Clock Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


5. DIY SMALL WALL CLOCK (VIA MORENA’S CORNER)

If you’re in need of a cute accessory to add to your walls, this simple wall clock is an easy way to add some spunk to a room.


Bracelet Spindle Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


6. DIY SPINDLE BRACELET CADDY (VIA BRIT + CO.)

An easy DIY for the fashionista at heart. CD spindle + a little spray paint and voilà!


Changeable Picture Frames Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


7. DIY CHANGEABLE FRAMES (VIA BRIT + CO.)

For the photographers, check out this simple DIY! Perfect for displaying your most recent portaits.


Desk Organizer Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


8. DIY DESK ORGANIZER (VIA BRIT + CO.)

Easy desk addition to add some personality to the workplace.


Easy Circular Bunting Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


9. DIY CIRCULAR BANNER (VIA BRIT + CO.)

Simple, yet fun DIY to add some spunk to any event!


Closet Dividers Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


10. DIY CLOTHES RACK DIVIDERS (VIA FINE CRAFT GUILD)

Don’t even try to say that your closet is perfectly organized…


DIY Ornaments Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


11. DIY ORNAMENTS (VIA SWING WHISTLE ZING)

It doesn’t have to be the Holiday season to get crafty!


DIY Photo Cube Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


12. DIY PHOTO CUBE (VIA PAPER JEWELS)

With Father’s Day right around the corner, give Dad the gift of memories!


DIY Invitations Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


13. DIY INVITATIONS + POSTCARDS (VIA REAL SIMPLE)

Glue paper over the printed side of the CD–decorate as desired–and then address the reflective side with a Sharpie, attach a 44 cent stamp and send it on its way! A great DIY to feature some of the oldies but goodies!


DIY Coasters Upcycle This! 14 Ways to Reuse CDs & DVDs


14. DIY COASTERS (VIA MOD PODGE ROCKS)

Get creative with your coasters by attaching fun, eye catching scrapbook paper.

Check out our Upcycle This! archive for other cool upcycle projects.

What is your favorite reuse of cds or dvds?

photo credit: Chealion via photopin cc



  • Sharonne

    WOW! I always looked for ideas for old CD’s, it’s the first time I’m seeing something worth doing!