Clever Ideas for Old CDs

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Clever Ideas for Old CDs
There are many crafts that you can make using the old CDs. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Since the advent of the MP3 player, CDs as a medium for music and data transfer have waned in popularity. This has led to boxes of old CDs collecting dust in basements around the world. Rather than let these CDs sit useless in piles, learn how to make some neat crafts out of old CDs and bring these ageing pieces of technology back to life.

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CD Chandelier

Using string and a couple of old coat hangers, you can string up your old CDs in a decorative way. Hang this from the ceiling underneath a lamp or light fixture and be mesmerised by the rainbow of colours emitted from these clear plastic discs. Alternatively, you can tie them together so they form a large sphere. Hang this sphere, shine a spotlight on it, and you'll have a very convincing homemade disco ball.

CD Wallpaper

Fix your CDs one by one to a wall using painter's tape or artist's adhesive to create a cool, reflective wallpaper for any room. Depending on the lighting of the room, this CD wallpaper can create visually stimulating rainbow lighting all over the walls, floor and ceiling, and because of CD's reflective nature, even a small lamp near a CD wallpapered wall can light up an entire room.

CD Coasters

Prevent rings and other stains on your coffee or dining table by using old CDs as coasters. Simply place a CD under any beverage you set on a wood table surface, and you'll never have to worry about creating ugly coffee rings where you set them down. For added fun and craftiness, draw on, paint on, or cover your CD coasters with stickers to make them look less like CDs and more like the coasters usually found on the kitchen table.

CD Curtain

Use fishing line or yarn to make a few strings of CDs, about five or six CDs each. Attach these strings to a curtain rod and hang them wherever you like. A CD curtain can be used as a room divider, an entrance cloth, or as a decorative shade in a window. Get creative and add beads and other decorations to these strings to make a curtain or divider that is decidedly your own.

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