It’s going to take one million years for your old CDs to decompose. So don’t throw them away to rot in a landfill.
Keep them around and make them into something prettier.
Why not light up your living space with CD Lampshades like this one from Recyclart.
Modern Chain Mail
Or mod out a wall with a web of hanging CDs like this piece from Creative Me Inspired From You.
Make a CD Chandelier like this retro variant from Wedding Chicks. You can leave them with their shiny sides on or decorate them as old records or anything else your decor requires.
Take your CDs outside and start using them in the garden. If you’re feeling particularly crafty, why not take a crack at building this Upcycled Wonders peacock out of recycled treasures.
With a quick bit of melting, CDs become a glitzy Fancy Pansy for your garden.
Bake them carefully, following well thought out instructions and safety protocols like these.
Compact Fire Starters
Use the same melting trick to shape up some snazzy tea light holders from your old CDs.
Follow Kelly Rae Roberts instructions to create collage frames from your old musical friends.
Channel the glitz created by the intuition-physician and smash your CDs up into mosaic tiles for a mirror frame.
Or bling out a flower pot with CD scraps like they’ve done on makeiteasycrafts.
For The Birds
Mosaic out an old bird bath with recycled CD pieces. Me and my DIY has the detailed instructions for CD grouting best practices.
Full Door Throttle
If you’re mosaic-ing, you might as well go big—and do up whole doors in broken CD bits.
It looks seriously cool.
Nothing To Sneeze At
But if you’re feeling too lazy or reserved to put that much glitz on your doors, at least build up the energy to shine up a tissue box for the guest bathroom.
Or maybe just make it a holiday affair. DIY your ornaments like these ones from Dump A Day.
Balls To The Walls
No need to just use smashed CDs, mix up your mediums and add in glass pebbles and other sparkly bits to craft a unique piece of wall art.
Or transform your whole CDs entirely. Melt them, texture them, and then spray paint them to get wall art no one will realized you recycled from your 1990’s playlist.
Use a CD as the central facade for a crazy awesome wall clock.
Bonus points if you use a CD featuring a song about time on it. Double brownie points for a Ke$ha or Cyndi Lauper CD.
Tunes For The Little Ones
CD wall art can be a fun kid’s activity too. Kids and Glitter has great instructions on how to get you involved in recycling by crafting your CDs into creatures, like this bedazzled turtle.
Crafting Is A Hoot
…or this spooky CD owl.
Wear Your Tunes
But the coolest CD re-imaginings are wearable.
Like copper edged jewelry made from CD shapes per Brit + Co’s instructions.
The Musical Jewelry Of The 22nd Century
Or you can make full scale futuristic necklaces. Just follow the instructions of bloggers like Anna Evers at Plan B.
Shape Up Your Shoes
Mint Hasumy has come up with a clever way to incorporate old CDs into subtly flashy footwear.