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How to Make a Folded-Paper CD Case

by on Jan 8, 2007

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.

A disk sits on a paper on the floor.

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

A CD in a folded piece of paper

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

A compact disc rests on a piece of paper whose sides are folded lengthwise.

4. Fold bottom up.

A person has their hand on a paper on a surface.

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.)

Woman holding piece of paper with dotted line.

Pink arrows are shown on a white paper.

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.

Person folding paper to prepare folded paper CD case.

A piece of paper being folded to make a CD case

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

A chubby pink hand holding a folded white paper over a mottled table.

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

A hand is holding an envelope over a granite countertop.A person is touching a small piece of paper.

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

A compact disc is enclosed in a cd case made from a white piece of paper.

10. Slip top half of paper into pocket.


A white square paper envelope lies on a speckled stone counter surface.

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.

A compact disc case made of folded paper and showing text on one side and an image on the other.

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

Two Christmas gifts are on the floor.

Digg this story caption with digging boy drawing. 


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  1. 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…