I don’t mind admitting I’ve spent many absent-minded minutes gazing at the magical hyperbolic rainbow on CDs. And even though they are going the same way as the VHS tape, I haven’t quite managed to part with my scratched-up DVDs, albums and dubbed mix tapes, because I just knew, I just KNEW there would be a way to do justice to those shiny little kaleidoscopes in a crafty fashion.
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this idea by GoodsHomeFashion.com, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. The birdbath seemed like a far-too ambitious place to start, so instead, I decided to pimp an old glass bring bequeathed to me by my dear friends at Globetrotting Gourmet when they moved to Cambodia.
The great thing about this craft is you’ll already have everything you need to have a go – some old CD, a pair of scissors, some strong glue and something to mosaic. this could be any hard surface – a book cover, a dish, or up cycle some coasters.
Here’s how to do it.
First, cut up your CDs by using a strong pair of scissors. I found working from the outside in, then cutting around the circumference was easiest, and the smaller and more uniform your pieces, the better they’ll look when you put them together.
Prepare your surface with rubbing alcohol, then, using a strong glue like Aryldite (ordinary craft glue won’t cut it) stick down your pieces and let dry.
Finish with mode podge. I also found using ordinary craft glue worked well as a ‘grout’. Just fill the gaps.
Set your sparkly vase in a place where it catches the sun!
Here are some other ideas I love for upcycling CDs.
1. Recycled CD fish
6. Wall art
9. CD rose (this one is in Spanish but you get the idea!)