How to Recycle CD Jewel Boxes

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How to Recycle CD Jewel Boxes
Create a stunning wall calendar with empty CD jewel cases. (pile cd boxes image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Recycling unwanted CD jewel cases can be problematic, mainly due to the materials used in their manufacture. Donate them to your local library or pay for them to be recycled by a company such as Greendisk. A fun and useful alternative is to create a perpetual wall calendar, as suggested by the website PhotoJoJo. Ideal for a teenager's room, a jewel case calendar will provide visual relief on an otherwise dull wall. It can display birthdays and other reminders for the month. Embellish with photographs and artwork to create a unique, ever-changing montage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 42 empty CD jewel cases, black inserts removed
  • Matt photo paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wall mounting Velcro strips or other wall mounting material

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    Search the Internet for interesting images of letters, or make your own with fancy fonts. You will need M, T, W, T, F, S and another S to stand for the days of the week. Do the same for the numbers 1 through 31. Search sites such as Flickr and Photobucket for numerals, or use bold stencils directly on the photo paper.

  2. 2

    Print out the letters in 6-by-4 inch format. Trim each print so that it will fit neatly into a jewel case.

  3. 3

    Decorate the prints. Use crayons, marker pens, or cut strips of interesting paper (photos, text, scrapbook papers, anything which takes your fancy) and collage the borders. Decorate four unnumbered cases to complete the grid of 42.

  4. 4

    Place a small strip of double-sided tape on the back of each image and secure into the jewel cases.

  5. 5

    Check the calendar for the layout of the current month, placing the unnumbered jewel cases at the beginning and end, as appropriate. If the month only has 30 days, replace the number 31 with an unnumbered image. You may wish to make extra images for this purpose.

  6. 6

    Mount the decorated jewel cases on the wall with Velcro strips or check your local DIY store for best ways of mounting them to your wall, depending on the surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Laminate your images so they last longer.
  • Rearrange your calendar at the beginning of each month.
  • Add reminders by slipping in photos of friends and family on their birthdays.
  • Note that the numbers 1, 8, 15 and 22 will always line up above each other -- this should help with arranging the numerals at the beginning of each month.
  • Freshen the display by replacing images occasionally.

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