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“Mobile” Home – a mobile made from old CDs

by on Nov 18, 2006

Now that cassettes, LPs, and even CDs have become obsolete, what are we to do with them? DIY Maven came up with a very creative solution for making use of old LPs. So, here’s a suggestion of what to do with some of those old CDs: make a mobile out of them!

What You Need

  • some old CDs, about 8 to 10 should do unless you are really ambitious
  • string, fishing line, or strong thread
  • thin sticks, chopsticks might work
  • glue, to keep the knots in place once you get things positioned just right
  • large working surface
  • Becky, one of the women where I work who is very good with arts and crafts

Several colorful CDs hang from the ceiling.

The Procedure

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. This is in case you have some old LPs lying around that you’d like to melt down, or, if you lack LPs, simply bake some cookies and then continue to step #2.

2. Place all supplies neatly on the large working surface.

3. Ask Becky to make a mobile out of a bunch of CDs for you. This is probably the most important step.

4. Eat cookies from step #1 while watching Becky make your lovely mobile. Cookies may also be used to pay-off Becky.

5. Enjoy the spinning luminescence of old CDs as you eat cookies and listen to your downloaded music.

The Do-Over

Did your mobile turn out a little lopsided? If you were unable to get someone to make it for you, it probably did. They are really quite tricky to assemble. You’ll need to start all over with a new set of materials. This time, be very careful with the distribution of the CDs on the sticks and remember to work from the bottom of the mobile toward the top. Tie knots and make slight adjustments to balance each stem of the mobile. Once you know the knots are correctly in place, you can apply glue and let it dry before moving on. I recommend not using superglue unless you want to become part of the mobile. Heavier branches will be suspended by a shorter length/end of the supporting mobile brach (it has something to do with physics). Good luck! ~ Gregory

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