Top 10 Creative Ways to Recycle CDs

By: Diy maven Jul 20, 2007

10. Reflectors. Attach old CDs to your mailbox or attach them to stakes to mark the end of your driveway.

9. Candle decor. Set small candles on CDs–shiny side up; it will reflect the flames and double your ambiance.

8. Clocks. Use old CDs to make funky clocks. Use this how-to as inspiration.

7. Postcards. Glue paper over the printed side of the CD–decorate as desired–and then address the reflective side with a Sharpie, attach a 44 cent stamp for a funky greeting card or invitation.

6. Disco ball. Follow these easy instructions and get ready to shake your bootie.

5. Carpet protectors. Slip old CDs under the feet of your furniture to protect your carpet.

4. Make a memory. Perfect for scrap-bookers, check out this tutorial on making a charming–and durable–memory book from old CDs.

3. Scare crows. Attach CDs to stakes, or better yet, make mobiles out of them and dangle them from tree branches near or over your garden to scare critters away.

2. Window treatment. Drill small holes near the edges of a bunch of CDs. String them together with large rings–memory wire split rings would work great. Hang from additional rings from a rod for a very contemporary window valance.

And the number 1 way creative way to recycle CDs....

Make hover crafts. According to ‘Anonymous’ at, ‘Glue a sports drink pull top over the hole in the middle of the CD. Make sure to leave the hole open. When glue is dry blow up a balloon and place it on the pull top. The CD with balloon [will] fly over a smooth surface.’

For more CD recycling craft ideas, visit, and's Family Internet.

BONUS IDEA: Thanks to our friends over at The Consumerist, here's another very clever how-to: the CD lamp.





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Great Tutorial, is there any estimates on how many dics have been produced over the years? For discs I want to dispose of, I use a company based in the UK. Cd and Dvd recycling  

Great Tutorial, is there any estimates on how many dics have been produced over the years? For discs I want to dispose of, I use a company based in the UK. Cd and Dvd recycling  

Very nice ideas of recycling old cds to them out of the landfills.

Glue felt on the shiny side and use them for movie night drink coasters. What better coaster for a media room?


Here in Athens we use old CDs to keep pigeons off our balconies. Loop string through the CD holes and hang them on a hook where they can dangle and turn somewhere on the balcony. As they turn they send sun reflections everywhere (a pretty side effect) AND KEEP THE PIGEONS AWAY!

DIY Maven-great list and love your picture.  If all else fails and you just don't want to be crafty, you can send them to Greendisk, who recycles them.  They have a pack it service for for less than 20 pounds using your own box, which is relatively inexpensive.

Get your friends and neighbors together and have a CD party.  (Any excuse to have a party is always a good idea!)  Collect them then mail them off.  Greendisk collects other techno trash too (ie floppy disk, plastic case, cell phones, etc.) Go to their website and check them out.

I have been using their techno trash can for a couple of years collecting techno trash for my kids' school.  They are great to work with. anna

I wish I read this before I threw out a bunch of promos I got from work, ugh! 

Nice tutorial, Hullion! Thanks for the link!!

Good ideas!  I actually made CD dividers for my CD rack out of some old CDs. 

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