Top 10 Things To Make With CDs

Yesterday I posted Best “Top 10 Best Ways To Repurpose Vinyl Records” but it seems I may have been a little bit harsh. You see a lot of people have told me about all the cool artwork that featured on LP covers and how much they love vinyl. And after all, just because I don’t like old vinyl records doesn’t mean they are not cool! And so I have decided to add some balance to the blogging world by bringing you…


Top 10 Things To Make With CDs


Lilly pads made with CD's
Lilly pads made with CD’s

10 – The best use for all those “Crazy Frog” cd’s
light.longwoodgardens.org/light/installations/waterlilies

Sure this one is a little odd, but just look at some of the other images in the image link and you will soon agree with me that this is in fact quite…. beautiful! Well, I thought so anyway.

Fan made with CD's
Fan made with CD’s

9 – Burn we off a fan!
www.instructables.com/id/USB-Cooler/?ALLSTEPS

What I really like about this one it the easy to follow the step-by-step guide to making one in the image link! All you will need is a motor (Port USB = max. 2,5W !) 2 Cds, USB cable and a cardboard or plastic tube

Dumbbells made with CD's
Dumbbells made with CD’s

8 – What can I do with all those keep fit DVD’s?!?
makezine.com/craft/how_to_turn_old_cds_into_dumbb/

Is that MC Hammer workout DVD just not “working out” for you? Well, why not turn it and all those other DVD workouts into an actual workout with this rather impressive CD and DVD dumbbells, this one might surprise you just how heavy it is!

Roof Tiles made with CD's
Roof Tiles made with CD’s

7 – Dance of the rooftops!
www.yapalim.net/2011/04/23/cd-dvd-kullan%C4%B1larak-yap%C4%B1lan-%C3%A7at%C4%B1-tasar%C4%B1m%C4%B1

Much in the same vein as the number 1 in the previous post is this rather impressive roof top made from CDs as roof tiles! Waterproof, built to last forever and it would look amazing! But on a hot summers day, it might well blind a few birds that are flying over.

Art made with CD's
Art made with CD’s

6 – Make a:”Shining Waste Landscape”
www.yatzer.com/A-Shining-Waste-Landscape

Some art installations are amazing and wonderful to look at. And then there is this because incredible and jaw dropping are just a few words that only just come close to describing how amazing this is, take 5 mins out of my blog and click on that image link to find out more.

Clock made with CD's
Clock made with CD’s

5 – Time to upgrade
www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=cd%20desk%20clock&view_type=gallery&ship_to=GB

Have you just recently upgraded to a newer version of Windows? Well, then why not consider turning that old CD or DVD in a clock like this rather impressive one made from a Windows 2000 disk! The best thing for it I say, but if like you are anything like me you will have no chance of making one due to lack of craft skills just click on the image and you can buy them! Cool eh!

Lamp made with CD's
Lamp made with CD’s

4 – Light the way for all those old photo CDs!
photocreations.ca/cd_lamp2/index.html

Technically speaking this shouldn’t work but does, if you stack a load of CD or dvds on a spindle they are air tight between each other right?…WRONG! And it is those gaps that make this lamp made of old CD’s look simply incredible and there is an in-depth step-by-step guide in the image link! What are you waiting for? Make one now!!!

Garden Ornament made with CD's
Garden Ornament made with CD’s

3 – In the night garden
thesounditresounds.com/creative-uses-for-old-cds/

There are many variations on turning old CD’s and DVD’s into owls in all manner of craft related ways, but this one for me was the best and wouldn’t be that hard to copy at all.

Disco Ball made with CD's
Disco Ball made with CD’s

2 – Make the party hits live again!
www.crookedbrains.net/2011/05/creative-cool-reuse-of-cds.html

This is a great use of the perfectly reflective aspect of all those old CD’s and what better use of that scratched, and unplayable party hits CD than to turn it into the highlight of any party with the amazing recycled CD’s Disco ball! And best of all the step-by-step guide to making it is in the image link! So get down tonight and make one of these today!

Animals made with CD's
Animals made with CD’s

1 – The Jungle Book DVD comes back to life!
www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/02/animal-sculptures-made-from-shattered-cds/

I don’t know what you all think, but for me, nothing even gets close to being as incredible as this. This is the work of “Sean Edward Avery” and he is a writer-illustrator of children’s picture books, a graphic designer and sculptor! And he doesn’t see old CD or DVD’s, he sees animals and please do take a look at his site in the image link because I promise you this image above is nothing compared to some of the others he has made. A true genius for sure.

94 thoughts on “Top 10 Things To Make With CDs”

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  2. Wow i have a lot of compact discs at home and they’re just piled up in the corner. I’m thinking of something i could do with them, and these are beautiful but sadly, i don’t have the skills to turn them into a miracle.

  3. They are even more amazing them made with CD’s, you might want to check out my “animals with fruit” post as well if you like owls, and maybe animals in drains.

  4. Agreed! I think that upcycling also infers a element of creativity that perhaps does not exist in mere recycling. Also, the idea of “better than the original purpose”. 🙂

  5. The only thing cooler would be to use them as concentrator reflectors for a solar power plant, hmm… ideas in line I like that, neat artwork!

  6. I did check out his site and they are magnificent! I loved the hummingbirds the best but I marvel at his birds in flight – what a talented guy with such a common material to use. I take my hat off to him.

  7. You spin me right round… Oops, wrong post, that was the other day right?? Lol. Love the cd dumbbell, rocking out and pumping it at the same time.

  8. This is a double wow from me. I like this better than the vinyl post – Sean Avery’s work is amazing! I would never have thought CDs could be recycled this way. I like the light, and the owl too! I love owls – is there a top 10 list of owl crafts? Hehe.

  9. WOW! Such creativity! I love the owl and the animals, but the shining landscape is so unexpected. I also think the weights are clever as well. I want to check out the site from #1 and see what else he has.

  10. The owl is my favourite, but I also like he disco ball – my kids would love that in the lounge room and I’ve got plenty of ‘downloaded’ tracks that could get the party started!

  11. …keep up the good work RD… even with that vinyl abuse hiccup yesterday (yes, I know it happens but…oh! the horror…the horror…) your stuff always either fascinates me or makes me laugh or both…. or both with coffee coming out my nose…. love your stuff.

  12. I looked at the source on that one. he makes it sound so easy….but I doubt it’s quite that easy to do.

  13. Yiruma is fantastic. Cheesy sometimes, but fantastic. His music is very much “relaxing piano in the background.” London Philharmonic is more interesting because there is an entire orchestra. Yes, do please 🙂

  14. Oh Mr Deasley. Try the London Philharmonic Orchestra, it’s riveting, I promise 🙂

  15. wow, all those cd’s I threw out! I love 1, but 6 boggles my mind! so great! Who would have thunk? 😉

  16. Sorry, fair point. I have my iPad and laptop and Callum puts credit on my iPad for music every month and I can download music that way, although he does check whatever I download. I usually listen to classical and occasionally listen to pop. What about you?

  17. My favorite is #10, 3 and 1.I liked the recycled record post you did too. Recycle and repurpose.

  18. The landscape and the light. I think the fan is a little too dangerous for me. I would use it for cutting paper 😆

    Love the creatures in the last one though

  19. Another wonderful post. I especially like the desk clock. I viewed the “Landscape” source – very cool! And the CD animal sculpture site as well – way cool! Just to keep you up to date, I have a couple more weeks of toilet paper roll saving before I can make my art caddy, and now I see I will need a space to store old CDs as well!

Which one did you like?