How to Make a Newspaper CD Rack

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How to Make a Newspaper CD Rack
CD racks can be made using newspaper and liquid starch (cds image by Raimundas from

Homemade CD racks can be personalised in overall appearance, shape and size. Making a CD racks with newspaper is best done by using papier-mache, so the structure can offer some support when holding the CDs. A newspaper CD rack can have various types of designs, so it can fit any space. Making a newspaper CD rack using papier-mache is simple, if all of the supplies are readily available.

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Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Newspapers
  • Liquid starch
  • CDs
  • Paint, if applicable

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  1. 1

    Draw four squares on the construction paper with a pencil. Use the ruler to measure the sides of each square and to make straight lines. Each square should measure 7 inches by 7 inches.

  2. 2

    Cut the squares out with scissors.

  3. 3

    Tear the newspapers into strips. Collect plenty of newspaper strips if the CD rack is large. Pour the liquid starch into a pan.

  4. 4

    Dip one strip of newspaper into the liquid starch and place it on the construction paper pieces. Repeat this step until all of the construction pieces have been covered in newspaper strips.

  5. 5

    Line the newspaper covered pieces up so they create a 3-D square. Use newspaper strips with liquid starch to connect each piece to one another in the corners. Let the square dry completely.

  6. 6

    Leave the newspaper CD rack as is if a small CD rack is required. If a larger one is required, repeat the process to create more squares.

  7. 7

    Design a personalised newspaper CD rack with the various papier-mache squares. While some prefer an elongated CD rack, others go for a modern approach. Stack the squares on top of each other in an uneven line, or place them next to each other in a diamond shape line. Connect the squares to one another using newspaper strips and liquid starch.

  8. 8

    Paint or draw on the newspaper CD rack, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't use more than four layers of paper in your CD rack.

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