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Top 10 Christmas Decorations Made with Recycled Materials


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Decorated CDs
A big, red and shiny heart on a CD/DVD.
A big, red and shiny heart on a CD/DVD.
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These days, buying an actual CD seems a little archaic. With the world going digital, it was only a matter of time before we started looking at the teetering CD tower in the living room with a little regret. Between iTunes, Wal-Mart and Amazon, there are almost 20 million digital songs to choose from for your MP3 player of choice. So, what should you do with all of those old CDs? Go ahead and make some Christmas ornaments.

Making ornaments out of old CDs is very easy. You just need to think about what kind of decorations you want. You can select a theme and make them all the same color. Or you can add a photograph of a loved one to the center of the CD. Then, you can decorate the CD itself with stickers, glitter, paint, cutouts or any other material you'd like. Another option is to loop yarn around the CD multiple times by going through its center. To hang your ornament, you can glue a hanger to the back of the CD, or you can simply loop another piece of yarn through the center hole.

In the last few years, people have been embracing high-tech decorations. It just takes a little elbow grease and creativity to make them look nice. If you're feeling really fancy (and you have some metal cutters lying around), you can even try to make a shape from the CD. Be careful through -- CDs can be very sharp when broken.


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