Who doesn’t love ways to improve their decor without spending any money? There’s lots of unique ways, suggested by crafters and decorators around the world, but rarely does a person think of updating their decor with cd’s!
Want to brighten the rooms of the house and get rid of old cd’s at the same time? You’re in luck! CD’s are very shiny, so they’ll brighten things up around your house, and since you already have the cd’s, all you need is a hammer and some glue. If you don’t have a lot of cd’s, ask friends and family to donate some. You’ll have more than you need in no time.
Break the cd’s, beat them with a hammer, or use wire snips to cut them into small pieces. Wear gloves when smashing the cd’s. A great way to break them into pieces is to place them in a pillowcase (plastic bags will tear), and place on the sidewalk or driveway. Smash the cd’s with a hammer but be careful not to hit them so hard you crack the cement!
After the cd’s are in small pieces, wire snips are perfect for shaping the cd’s, or for making them into smaller pieces. This will help you get just the right size pieces for various projects. The cd’s can be blanks, old copies, or even internet discs, sent through the mail.
Use a fast-drying glue, such as a spray adhesive, to attach the cd pieces to all sorts of things around the house, like picture frames, mirror edges, lamp bases, vases and more. There’s no limit to the things you can bling up by gluing on the cd pieces. Be especially careful with glue when you’re using the mosaic pieces on things like the computer mouse, or other things with components. Hot glue can be a big help for some items that risk spray glue. You can also spread thick glue, like Tacky Glue, onto the object, allow to dry somewhat – until sticky – and then attach the mosaic pieces.
Unusual items look great with the cd pieces glued all over them, like the desk stapler, a small cardboard box for holding pens, or even light switch plates. Glue them all over an upside-down saucer, to make a fabulous and sparkly candle holder, or glue them to a mantle to form a monogram. If you’re working with extremely small pieces try a set of tweezers, which are very helpful.
Some ideas for using the mosaic pieces include gluing them to a soap dish, glass containers, candles, an old plate, a flower pot, ash trays (outside only), a pen or pencil, the edges of a lampshade, a clock, or anything else you’ve ever seen done in mosaics.
After the cd’s are broken, the mosaic crafts are great for children. They can glue the pieces onto construction paper or cardboard, making their own unique picture. Or, they can glue the mosaics onto a cardboard box and gift it to Mom or Dad, to use as a remote control holder, desk accessory, or eyeglass holder.
No matter what you glue the broken cd pieces to, the object will transform into a glittery, shiny new decor piece. If silver isn’t your preferred color, the cd’s can be spray painted or painted with a brush. Glue all the pieces on first then cover with a coat of paint.
After a period of time, one can gather quite a few cd’s, and many of them sit on a shelf and get dusty. Others are scratched and will never be used again. Take advantage of these cd’s, instead of throwing them away, and you’ll be surprised and thrilled at the new creations you can make.