Remember when you carried around a Discman loaded with your favorite CDs? Ah, yes, those were the days.
However, for better or for worse, now CDs are an obsolete medium. With digital downloads and streaming services, the way we listen to music and other recordings has greatly shifted, mostly at the expense of the CD. After we rip our CDs onto our computers, we’re left with things we’re not sure what to do with. Throwing them out seems like a waste, but keeping them around means they’re just glorified paperweights.
Luckily, we’ve found a few ways to offer your once cherished possessions a second life. Now, CDs and DVDs can become beautiful works of art.
A CD-decorated tree ornament is an easy way to re-purpose your old discs. Plus, you’ll spice up your tree with disco ball-like globes.
2.) A Coffee Table
This tabletop made entirely out of cut up CDs is pretty mesmerizing. Just cut them up and glue them to the surface.
No assembly required for this one; simply find your most inconspicuous CDs as cool coasters. They’ll brighten up any coffee table.
4.) A Wall Clock
This one may take a little more knowledge of electronics, but with a little know-how, you can make some pretty awesome wall clocks from your favorite albums.
5.) Fancy Pots
If you’re looking to take your potted plants up a notch, try creating a cool mosaic out of old CDs. Find the instructions here.
6.) A Birdbath
This CD/DVD birdbath is beautiful and functional. Find the step-by-step instructions here.
7.) Wall Art
A decorative mosaic piece can brighten up any dull room. Just take an old frame, glue pieces of old CDs to it, and hang it up.
8.) A Mirror
Make a drab, old mirror new again with a quick and stylish CD shard makeover. Find the DIY details here
9.) A Door
If you like the look of French doors, consider this project a new take on an old classic. Here’s how to make this happen.
11.) A Christmas Tree
Why cut down a tree when you can just build one out of all those CDs sitting around in your basement?
10.) A Picture Frame
Make your pictures pop – simply cut up your CDs into the shapes you’d like, and then use a strong adhesive to glue them to a frame.
12.) A Pendant
Use your old CDs to make personalized prism pendants – learn how here.
These are some pretty incredible crafts. They’re especially awesome, considering they’re made using something that most people simply throw away or keep stored in boxes. Which one will you be making this weekend?