CDs should never be thrown in the trash. The CD Recycling Center urges consumers to reuse, recycle or properly dispose of CDs through an organisation or company. Do your part by reusing CDs and teaching your students about it. CDs work especially well for crafting, and you're teaching students the value of working with salvaged materials.
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Jewel Case Projects
Old CDs typically come in the plastic containers called jewel cases. Reuse the cases for crafts. Use Photoshop or other image-editing program to resize a photograph to 26 1/2-inches long by 18 1/4 inches wide. Use a selection tool to divide the image into 20 squares, standard jewel case size. Print and insert each picture into separate jewel cases, creating a wall mural. You can also make a picture frame by opening the case like a book and inserting custom-made inserts with a personal message on one side and a photo pasted onto the other.
Craft Something Functional
Have your students use old CDs to make a craft they can use in their study area at home. Stand an old VHS tape on end and glue it to the edge of a CD so that the CD sticks out like a spatula on the bottom. Place a VHS sleeve from a favourite movie on top of the tape. Each student should make two so she has a set of bookends.
Old CD spindles make good night lights or an additional desk light. Wire a socket and cord through the bottom of a spindle stand. A teacher or parent should do this step for elementary students. Secure the cord in place with electrical tape, then print out a pattern or picture onto transparency paper taped to tissue paper. Tape or découpage the image onto the inside of the spindle cover for your lampshade. Place the plastic on the light, and plug it in.
Crafts that Create Memories
Create crafts with your students they can take home as keepsakes. Students can make a photo album by decoupaging or taping photos onto CDs and trimming them into a circle. Punch tiny holes on the edge of each CD using a heavy-duty craft hole-puncher, then string ribbon or yarn through the hole to keep them all together. Use the same concept to create a scrapbook, adding scrapbook paper, embellishments and mementos to a CD, each one celebrating a particular event.
Help your students transform their old CDs into eye-catching art. Make sun catchers by attaching the CDs to strings suspended from a hanger and placing them in a window. Decorate the front of the CDs, or leave unlabeled CDs as they are to catch more light. Have students decorate a CD to create a holiday ornament, or glue construction and tissue paper on for wings or fins to create birds or fish to hang in the classroom.
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