Top 10 Creative and Best Repurposed Disk Spindles

Is it ‘old school’ nowadays to burn my own CD’s from my music collection? You see, whilst I do buy all my tracks from Google Music I still like to download it and burn it to a CD so I can play it in the car. I don’t have a posh car so all it has been a CD player in it. But now I seem to be getting quite a collection of empty plastic CD/DVD Spindles, so what I need is some ideas about what I can do with them, so I thought I would find out what I think is…


Top 10 Creative and Best Repurposed Disk Spindles


Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Cable Organizer
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Cable Organizer

10 – Become Wireless!

Why not use the disk spindles natural shape and use them to store old wires from various PC’s and all other electrical items. Not a bad thing at all because placing wire curled up in the lid of a spindle with keep it tangle free and then locking the bottom bit will it hold it there for when you need them! This is a recycling master class.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Hamster Wheel
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Hamster Wheel

9 – Race Time!

Why not put a few holes in the top of it and turn it into a Hamster run wheel!? This is the work of pure genius and I think the hamster would find it fun as long as it was able to run perfectly forward and it was dust free. Just a shame I don’t have a hamster.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Propagator
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Propagator

8 – The Spindle Green House

This is a strange one for you, apparently by turning an old CD spindle case into a mini propagator you can grow some succulents in just a few days! Keeping the lid on (with a few air holes) and only taking it off to water them now and again make for the perfect little desk greenhouse! Recycling and DIY office garden, not a bad idea at all.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Earring Stand
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Earring Stand

7 – Hang around!

While I don’t wear earrings myself I thought I would include this idea because it makes great use of the original shape of the spindle and by placing the lid back on to it would become a portable jewelry box as well! Great recycling and a fantastic idea.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Shower Head
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into Shower Head

6 – Wet Wet Wet

Singing your CD’s in the shower is a right of passage! So why not use the spindle to make a DIY shower head. If your own shower ends it broken this just might be a great idea, but as there is no guide on how to do it, I suspect it is not as easy as it looks.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Raspberry PI
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Raspberry PI

5 – PC case?!?

While I do consider myself a nerd I am not clever enough to really understand what a  Raspberry PI is, but this idea of using an old CD case to house it is a great idea nonetheless, even if I don’t understand it.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into an Afternoon Tea Keeper
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into an Afternoon Tea Keeper

4 – “Fancy a tea and some biscuits while I burn that CD off for you?!?”

If you like to have a cheeky biscuit or cookie with your high tea then why not turn those CD spindles into a decorative container that has the handy feature of locking when you don’t need them! This is a real showcase on how creative people can be.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Bird Feeder
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Bird Feeder

3 – Music to the ears of birds!

Now this is what I call recycling, why not make great use of those old empty cd spindles by changing them into DIY bird feeders!

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Night Light
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Night Light

2 – I have seen the light!

Now, this is a VERY impressive use of my empty DVD spindle. It will illuminate anything I want it to! I just love this idea as it could be made for a great handmade gift.

Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Bagel Holder
Empty Disk Spindles Turned into a Bagel Holder

1 – Keep the music fresh!

I still have sandwiches for lunch but after seeing this I think that bagels might well be the way to go because then I could keep them fresh in all my empty disk spindles! Not a bad idea at all and perfect provided my bagel fits in it.

143 thoughts on “Top 10 Creative and Best Repurposed Disk Spindles”

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  3. I think the one I thought best is the Hamster wheel. How cool. What made me visit was Nadine’s mention of you and that candle light conversion. I’ve seen the bagel one before but as an artist I like the jewelry stand as it can be useful for presenting creations at a fair.

  4. Very imaginative. I like the greenhouse the best, most practical, but still most likely to not survive this brown thumb! I give this write up a great thumbs up. You should Pinterest these things.

  5. Clever ideas. However,(warning, this could make your head spin), I know of a spinster who used a spindle to made a sphincter for a spin doctor while working on a spinning wheel.

  6. Excellent ideas, you should forward this to the Super Scrimpers UK TV show! The hot house idea we will certainly try. I always have one in the bird seed tin to fill up my feeders from, and have also used them for cleaning paint brushes in, mixing small amounts of wall filler, or ladling paint out of a large tub into a small one…

  7. I love this post. Super great! It takes a great imagination and personality to create 10 things to do with disk spindles. Impressed!

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  9. My Dad works for a computer company and has a TON of these. This post has inspired me to make something with them!

  10. Greenhouse idea is rad! Now I need to go buy a spindle of CDs so I can make one. Wait, am I missing the point? 🙂

  11. My favorites are #2 &3. I guess you can reuse anything if you are creative enough. I might try this at home. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. I have seen some of these prior, but I am in love with the terrarium. Why oh why in the name of -Am I hording stuff for crafting?-did I throw away these recyclables?

  13. Good idea for wireless, storing cables….but, only trouble is: who on earth buys so many pack of discs to have that many of boxes left empty?? I guess not too many people do that these days (USB devices, cards, etc….). My disc count: 0

  14. It’s where they live right now. I’m not even sure what they go to, but know if I get rid of them I will need them. 😉

  15. What a cool group of ideas! The hamster wheel made me chuckle and the bird feeder is great too. Now the cookie keeper is a wonderful idea – great for transporting as well as keeping them fresh. Too bad I don’t have any spindles, I tend to buy CD’s with cases. Hmmmm, may have to reconsider my choice.

  16. There are some great ideas here and timely. I just happen to have a nearly empty disk spindle! As I was reading through, I was getting all excited because I thought I had an idea not listed and then you go and put it at #1. I think I like the cord case and the bagel keeper best.

  17. nice sharing. i’ll use for hanging my earrings, suggest my dad for his birds, and that burger case quite a good idea 🙂

  18. I confess, I thought the title said “dick” spindles. I was instantly curious. I was let down a bit, but still a very informative post. I apologize for being juvenile.

  19. Now these are great ideas! I love the tiny garden and the cable holders. Wish I had some so I could store my cables! Right now they are in a box all tangled of course. 😉

  20. Well at least I am not alone, and you are of course right about the USB I would have to plan each day ahead to make sure I got the music I was in the mood for.

  21. What a great post! I hate throwing away things that are in good shape just because I don’t know what to do with them. My faves are 10, 8, 2, and 1.

  22. What great ideas, and just thinking that we got rid of ours. The cables are a brilliant idea, and so are the others. Don’t feel bad about your car radio, I still have a CD player in mine, I don’t think I like the idea of having a USB to play music in the car, never know what you listening to, or battle to find your favorites… But this is a ever changing world. Ivan

  23. You are a saviour! We always end up with ton’s of these. We shall be trying some out.

Which one did you like?