How to recycle CDs into a beautiful mosaic

CDs are going the same way as the VHS – but don’t throw them out, recycle them with this idea that makes the best of those magical hyperbolic rainbows! 

Every home has a stack of unloved, scratched up CDs taking up space in a drawer – and now everything is going digital, there’s even less reason to keep them.

The good news is they don’t’ have to go in the trash – there are so many pretty things that can be made with them!

Mandelas, plantholders, dreamcatchers, wall art, tea light holders…when you set your creative mind to it, there are endless options.

My favourite is creating mosaic. It’s easy, fun and when those fractured bits of mirror catch the light, the result is captivating!

The great thing about this craft is you’ll already have everything you need to have a go – some old CD, a pair of scissors, some strong glue and something to mosaic. This could be any hard surface – a book cover, a dish, or coasters, even a large necklace.

Here’s how to do it:

1. First, cut up your CDs by using a strong pair of scissors. I found working from the outside in, then cutting around the circumference was easiest, and the smaller and more uniform your pieces, the better they’ll look when you put them together.

2. Prepare your surface with rubbing alcohol, then, using a strong glue like Aryldite (ordinary craft glue won’t cut it) stick down your pieces and let dry.

3. Fill the gaps with modge podge. I also found using ordinary craft glue worked well as a ‘grout’. 

4. Set your sparkly vase in a place where it catches the sun!

Here are a few more ideas that will get your creative juices flowing:

1. CD Plant holder 

2.  Hand painted Mandala 


3. Crochet Dream Catcher

4. Recycled CD light tea holder 

5. CD rose (this one is in Spanish but you get the idea!) 


6. Wall art 

For more craft tutorials, visit Penelope's site or on Facebook or Instagram

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