How to Make a Folded-Paper CD Case

Instead of paying good cash for cd cases, which eventually break and end up in a landfill, how about creating your own, unique folded-paper cd cases that are biodegradable and take up a fraction of the space?

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The Props:

8 ½" by 11" paper

a cd

a computer (optional)

labels (optional)

The Procedure:

1. Center a cd, which you’ll be using as a guide, at the top of a sheet of paper, as shown.

2. Fold in sides of paper to sides of cd.

3. Center cd at the middle of the folded paper.

4. Fold bottom up.

5. Fold the horizontal creases, which I’ve identified in red, to sides as indicated by arrows, so the creases are even with sides of original folded sides. (I’ve identified the creases in question with dashed lines for illustration.)

6. You'll have a box-shape sticking up toward you after making the folds in step 5. Just fold this flap down flat as shown below.

7. Tuck the "ears" that are sticking out to the sides in between the original side folds and the fold created in step 4.

8. Slip cd into front pocket and fold down top half of paper.

9. Dog-ear the top two corners of the top half of paper.

10. Slip top half of paper into pocket.


The original is pretty generic, but to give your cd holder some pizzazz as well as a personal touch, print labels and photos on the front center of paper.

Print the name of that book you wrote or are working on. Any paper, of course, will do including postal wrap, grocery bags or something of the decorative variety. A sheet of heavier-weight wrapping paper with a printed label makes a great way to store and share holiday pictures. Via athensmusician.net.



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Av's on Dec 29, 2014:

I actually thought step five was good, it was steep 7 that was REALLY unclear. Ears? There were too many things that could have been ears and nothing was labeled...

Ben Weeks on May 29, 2013:

Yes! Awesome.

Jeffrey Li on May 21, 2013:

Steps 5-7 are to make the case more springy and shock-resistent, IMHO.

r127m on Apr 11, 2013:

Great idea! thanks so much!

Anonymous on Feb 18, 2013:

Step 5 is maddeningly unhelpful. At least to someone with no experience with.. well, folding, like me.

Tina on Jan 29, 2013:

Thanks.  I just posted a wanted on my Freecycle for CD cases/covers.  I just made my own.  Dont know why I didnt look on Pinterest first.  Easy to Make also.  Thanks again.

Jessica on Jan 10, 2013:

How Much, around Does It Cost To Make It?

old fool on Dec 16, 2012:

Quite useful. Thanks!

Lugosi on Dec 15, 2012:

I created one almost like this, but I like yours much better :) Thank you!

Anonymous on Dec 07, 2012:

This is wonderful

Emily on Oct 09, 2012:

Thank you for this- it's been so useful for all the layabout DVDs and CDs that seem to have lost their cases- and it's a great space saver too!

katgo on Sep 24, 2012:

your art is very useful and it saves money ., thanks a lot

katgo on Sep 24, 2012:

your art is very useful and it saves money ., thanks a lot

Matt on Jun 19, 2012:

what are actually steps 5-7 for???

Anonymous on Jun 18, 2012:

I have used this SO many times thank you SO much for posting this it is AMAZING!!!

Chong on Jun 01, 2012:

You could actually skip steps 5-7

Anonymous on May 12, 2012:

Fantabulous! I just did up some "record" save the dates for a wedding and we were trying to come up with something a bit more personalized for them, this will be fantastic! Thank you for the stroake of genioussoun

Rain on Feb 26, 2012:

Oh what an absoloutely excellent idea.  Thank you so much for sharing.  I believe I will make this my weekend project next week. 

dany on Feb 08, 2012:

good job...i love green..

thnx for idea

AnnoyingMyself on Jan 27, 2012:

OMG!!!!!!! Awesome

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