Ultimate Guide to Recycled CD Crafts

Recycled CD Photo Frames

No idea what to get grandma for Mother's Day? How about a picture of the grandkids showing off their pearly whites against a shiny backdrop?

Making CD photo frames is as easy as making holiday ornaments. Simply cut a picture into a 2-inch to 3-inch (5 cm to 7.5 cm) circle and glue it to the center of the CD's shiny side. Cover the back with felt, drill a hole in the top, loop a string or ribbon through the hole and there you have it -- an instant Mother's Day gift.

As an alternative, you could attach a magnet strip to the back so that you can hang the CD photo on the fridge. You can also cut the photo into different shapes. Instead of going for a standard square or circle, follow the actual outline of the kids and then paste the closely cropped photo onto a border of construction paper, felt or fabric. Use glue to secure the photo-covered fabric to the CD.

If you want the CD to be freestanding like a regular picture frame, you'll need to make a base. That's as easy as mixing some flour, water and a scoop of salt. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 degrees Celsius), mix together 1 cup of flour, ½ cup of salt and ½ cup of water. Then mold the dough into the shape of a base.

You can make a square, rectangle or oval-shaped base but make sure it's at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep and 2 inches (5 cm) around so the CD doesn't fall out. Use cardboard or a knife to make a slot in the base and wiggle it back and forth until it's the right size for the CD to sit snugly inside.

Place the base on a cookie sheet inside the preheated oven and bake for up to two and a half hours. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let the base dry over night. The next morning, use acrylic paint to color and/or glue and glitter to decorate the base [source: Family Corner].

Once the decorations are dry, you're ready to slide the CD into the slot and put it on the bookshelf or mantel as an instant family heirloom.

Read on to find out how CDs can help you make your candles glow even brighter.