Nick and Norah Paper Flower CD Case

Nick and Norah Paper Flower CD Case

In honour of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, (which b.t.w is awesome and adorable) here's an uber-cute and COMPLETELY simple way to wrap mix-tapes (sigh... remember tapes?) for your best girl (or guy).   

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You'll need:

  • A square bit of paper, 12"x12" (or 30cm) I've used velum scrapbook pages, 'cause they were exactly the right size and purdy.
  • A protractor. Like in school!
  • some scissors and a pencil
  • a carefully thought out mix cd with which to woo your sweetie. (or any cd you like!)

I've made a template on tougher card to better show the measurement's and so I can make lots of cases without fooling around with a protractor every time. The basic shape is this:

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1. To get this shape, you draw around a cd then mark the dead center of the hole with a little x.

2. Use your protractor centered over your x and draw lines every 60 degrees. Your circle should be dissected like a pie. Mmmmm, pie.

3. Now carry your lines out past the circle. They should be 11 cm from your middle x.

4. Next pop your cd right between the ends of your drawn lines and draw around the curve to get your petal shape, like this:

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5. Mark some little notches a half a cm out from your middle cd circle.

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6. Voila one template! Now cut it out, you'll only be cutting down the petals to that notch you made.

7. Once you've got your template you draw round it onto the pretty paper of your choice. (or you could just skip the template part and mark out the lines on your paper).

Next comes the folding.

8. You fold the first 'petal' up between the notches like this:

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9. Then fold back a little flappy bit. See how it's folded back as far as the lines of the other petals?

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10. Then you do exactly the same thing to the next petal. See how it covers up half of the first petal?                 

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11. Do that to every petal and you should have something that looks like this:

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12. When you reach the last petal you need to tuck it into the first one, peel up the edge of the first petal that you folded like this:

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13. Then tuck the last petal in like this:

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And Voila, one paper flower CD case. 

Looking for more paper folding inspiration? Check out this DIY lamp project... 

created at: 03/28/2013





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GG on Jan 18, 2012:

thank you for this wonderful idea!i did 60+ cases for a free mixtape!you can listen and see my work here http://www.mediafire.com/?275vbbgna20wax1  . Thank you again.Be Well :D

Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011:

normallooking: this is old but thanks so much! using your template

lilybee on Apr 23, 2010:

Kerry, that would be great! Just give a shout if there's anything else you need.

Erin (lilybee)

Mackenzie on Dec 10, 2009:

Hi there! I am a photographer and I have been racking my brain and the internet to find an inexpensive but cute way to package my cd's for my clients. This is perfect! So creative, and cute to boot! Thanks so much for posting this!


mAY on May 02, 2009:

This is so great.  I make powerpoints on natural history and related presentations, and never can find the right case.  These are perfect! 



Sukkigoh Bill on Apr 29, 2009:

great work.. ! thanks for sharing ~

lilybee on Nov 06, 2008:

Now, that's just cool. Good job Normalooking.

normalooking on Nov 06, 2008:

i have no idea where my protractor is so i made a template in illustrator.


print at 169.5% (788 x 856 pixels) on two pieces of letter-size paper, tile together and rotate to get all the petals.

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