Somehow, CDs are more obsolete than vinyl. At least your record collection lets you take DJ gigs. But with all of your CDs uploaded to a hard drive, what can you do with that old physical media? We just found out, and it is awesome.
When portable media players took over our music listening habits, CDs became obsolete.Skip to My Lou
Our old CD collections mostly sat there gathering dust...or worse. Most of us treated our CDs like used tissues that we just refuse to throw away.
Thanks to upcycling expert Jamie Petitto, though, now you can use those discs to create an amazing decoration. Like all the best crafts, it starts with a little creative destruction.
You have two choices, Petitto explains in a super-useful YouTube video. You can either smash your CDs with a hammer or cut them into specific shapes. Either way, you have some prep-work ahead of you.
If you want to hammer your CDs into irregular pieces (which would actually be awesome for this project, as you'll see shortly), freeze the discs for 10 minutes or so first. That'll make them easy to shatter. Wrap a single CD in a towel and work out all your issues with a hammer or even a boot heel.
If you prefer more controlled shapes, you'll want to cut your CDs with a strong set of shears.Skip to My Lou
Protect your shears by softening the CDs up first. Just boil a pot of water. Remove it from the heat and drop in a CD for a few minutes. When you pull it out (with tongs of course), hold it with a potholder and commence to cutting.
Once you have a pile of bright, shiny CD shards, you're ready to complete your project. Take a large Styrofoam ball and drive a skewer carefully through the center. Then run crafting wire all the way through the ball. Coil the wire on the bottom and loop it at the top...this way your decoration will be easy to hang.
Then, glue shards of CD to the entire surface of the ball.
See what you have here? It's a totally funky homemade disco ball, perfect for jazzing up your next dance party! Check out this step-by-step guide for this and other ideas on reusing old CDs.