Due to the upswing of digitally-downloaded music, mp3 players, et al. there are a lot fewer junk CD’s and spare CD cases lying around these days. This is certainly good for the planet, but not so great for those of us who like making cool projects out of them. Fortunately, computer programs still end up replaced, CD-R’s burn with skips in them and have to be redone, and random CD cases still turn up in the bottom of your desk drawer when you least expect them.
So…what are some fun and funky things to do with these fabulous plastic leftovers?
It is, of course, completely possible to just Google ‘CD crafts’ and find some cute projects, especially for kids–there are a reasonable number of idea-starters at Kaboose, for instance. However, all that sifting takes time, so here are a few others of my favorites so far.
For the seasonally appropriate: Making CD Christmas Ornaments
For the jewelry fan: Example of CDs turned into earrings
For people who like to play with fire: (no seriously, apparently they want you to use a candle to heat the CD in order to bend it!) How to Make a CD into a Cellphone Holster
For the purely silly: CD Air Hockey Rink
For the science-minded: CD’s are obviously cool for the way they split light into its component rainbow colors–this is called a diffraction grating. For an explanation of diffraction grating, how it works, and CD’s in particular, click here. For a really cool build-your-own-spectroscope project, click here.
CD Jewel Cases
For the nature fan: CD Jewel Case birdhouse/greenhouse
For the recyclables architect: Cubic Display Case on Instructables (there are a lot of other cool CD case projects on the same site, check the sidebar for a few examples!)
Still looking for more ideas? There’s another fun collection on HubPages, here. My favorite idea there is definitely the suncatcher, but see what inspires you!
Stay tuned for the next Ideabox post: cool stuff to do with those CD-R and DVD-R spindles, thread spools, and more!