How to Paint Pictures on Recycled CDs

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How to Paint Pictures on Recycled CDs
Old CDs make for new craft projects. (cd image by Thierry Hoarau from

Instead of throwing out your old CDs, recycle them into great craft projects and reuse them for art. Painting pictures on CDs is a great way to make holiday ornaments, house decorations, or presents for friends. When painting on a CD, remember to rough up the glossy surface slightly with sandpaper first, and always paint in a well-ventilated area.

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Things you need

  • Old CDs
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Soft cloth
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Picture hanger
  • String, thread or wire

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  1. 1

    Clean the CD thoroughly with a soft cloth. Remove any dirt or grime from the surface.

  2. 2

    Lightly sand the surface of the CD if it's too glossy. Create a "tooth" with the sandpaper so that the paint has something to stick to. Wipe off any grit when finished.

  3. 3

    Paint the CD with a coat of white paint as a base layer, and allow it to dry 20 to 50 minutes in a well- ventilated area.

  4. 4

    Lightly sketch your design onto the CD in pencil.

  5. 5

    Paint the design using acrylic paints. Allow the CD to dry completely for at least 1 hour before hanging it up or using it as decoration.

  6. 6

    Glue a picture hanger to the back of the CD if you are hanging it on the wall. If you are using the CD as an ornament, drill a hole in the CD and attach a colourful string, thread or wire.

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