DIY Recycled CD Cover Frames

October 4, 2010 · 18 comments

in Crafts,Inspiration,Tutorials

Every little bit of plastic we recycle and reuse makes a difference, so here is a crafty little idea how you can make a difference, by reusing your CD boxes as photo frames.

You will need:
Clear plastic CD covers
Photos
Cutting knife
Cutting mat
Pencil
Prestik or double sided tape

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Step 1: Prepare the CD covers

Remove the paper inserts and the disc tray from the CD box. The easiest way to do this is when the box is open, place your thumb on the corner of the box (next to the hinge) and press downwards. This will pop open the corner of the box. If necessary, wash the empty CD case with soap and warm water.

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Step 2: Cut the Photos to size
Using your pencil and cutting knife, carefully cut the photos to fit the case. The width should be 14cm, and the height 12cm.

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Step 3: Insert the photos into the boxes
Insert the photo into the CD box with the picture downwards. Once the photo is snugly in place, pop the disc tray back in again as this will keep the photo firmly in place.

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Step 4: Display the photos!
Using prestik, arrange your CD photo frames on your wall. Be creative, you could use one large photo, and cut it into smaller 12 x 14cm blocks, and arrange them into a square, or several individual images arranged as a collage.

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Stand back and enjoy!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Erika van Zyl October 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

What a great, cost-effective idea. And you can change your photos as often as you like. It’s also great for a fridge if, instead of Prestik, you stick on magnetic strips!

rikki hibbert October 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I LOVE the magnetic strips idea!!

Julian October 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Awesome idea for showing our creativity when sending clients CD’s.

rikki hibbert October 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

You could have a set, and the client can be inspired to collect them all ;-)

Lyn Sara October 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Wow Rikki, what a stunning idea. Especially for those CD covers that have broken lids. My imagination is now running wild. Guess what i will be doing this weekend? Thanks so much

rikki hibbert October 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

You still need the lids of the CD box, although they will be at the back (stuck to the wall), so if they are cracked you won’t see it ;-) Have fun getting creative this weekend!
You also don’t have to add photos, you could add pictures from magazines instead.

Karen Smith October 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hi Rikki
This is a great idea, I will let Brittany make some in the December holidays when we are always looking for creative ideas for our kids!
Thanks
Karen

rikki hibbert October 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm
L'Zeri Swart October 7, 2010 at 8:34 am

I just printed out this page! Simple creative things like this you just don’t think of… Brilliant idea! :-)

rikki hibbert October 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thanks L’zeri! If you need any CD covers to do this, let me know I have gazillions! And it’s about time we do lunch again…! X

Rach W. October 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm

This is great, Rikki! I’m gonna have to try this one out as well! You are so clever.

rikki hibbert October 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Rach! Spotted some awesome tutorials on your site too, I’m overflowing with new ideas! *happiness is*

Tribal arts and crafts October 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Thank you! Got lots of empty cd covers (just bought a mediaplayer, no more scratches and broken cds) , so I can start on this project right away!

rikki hibbert October 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Awesome! Please post a link of your CD cover frames once you’ve done yours?

Foroogh May 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

It was good idea

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