How to Make a Christmas Tree Out of Old CDs

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How to Make a Christmas Tree Out of Old CDs
Reuse those old CDs to make a Christmas tree. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Instead of throwing away CDs, recycle them into a Christmas tree. The unpainted side of CD's and DVD's has a shiny silver surface that reflects light in a rainbow shimmer and makes a good base for twinkling lights and other holiday decorations. Save advertising and promotional CD's, unwanted music CD's and old CD-R's throughout the year for a "green" Christmas tree; if you don't have enough CD's to make a large tree, scale it down into a smaller version.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Towels
  • 45 CD's
  • 2 metal coat hangers
  • Clear packing tape
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 mini lights
  • Electrical tape
  • Picture wire

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  1. 1

    Lay towels on the floor to protect the shiny sides of the CD's from scratches.

  2. 2

    Lay one CD, shiny side down, near the top edge of the towels. Below it, lay two CD's so that they're centred. Keep adding horizontal rows, each row one CD longer than the previous, until you have a bottom row of nine CD's.

  3. 3

    Pull a long strip of packing tape from the roll and lay it over the right edge, holding the CD's together. Repeat on the other edges; then cover the rest of the surface, including the holes, with strips of tape.

  4. 4

    Place a metal hanger on top of the tape layer so that the long bottom edge of the hanger runs along the upper part of the right edge. Tape the hanger down, and lay a second hanger along upper part of the left edge, overlapping the first hanger as necessary.

  5. 5

    Cut slits through the tape covering the holes with a craft knife.

  6. 6

    Poke the mini-light bulb at the end of the string opposite the plug end into the hole in the topmost CD. Tape the bulb in place. Repeat with the other bulbs, row by row, until all of the CDs have a bulb in the centre. There will be five extra bulbs at the end, which can be covered with electrical tape if desired.

  7. 7

    Make a hanger for the tree by attaching picture wire to the coat hangers.

  8. 8

    Lift the tree from the towels. Hang against a wall and plug in.

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