Ultimate Guide to Recycled CD Crafts

Recycled CD Clocks

What's shiny, round and tells you you're late? A CD clock. This simple and fun craft project can be inexpensive and useful.

To make a CD clock, you'll need a CD, a variety of art supplies (no need to buy anything new, you can use whatever you have around your home) and a clock movement or clockwork, which you can buy online or at a crafts store.

First, you should have an idea of what you want your clock face to look like. You may want to consider the design you plan to use before you purchase the clock movement, because they come in different sizes. If you add a lot to the surface of your CD, you will need a thicker clock movement. The best thing about using a CD to create a clock is that the hole for the clock is already there.

After gathering all your supplies, it's time to get started. You can paint a design onto the front and write or use stickers to create the numbers around it edge. Or you can glue a variety of items to the CD to create a design and your numbers. Once the decorating is done (and dry), follow the instructions for the clockwork to attach it to the CD, putting the hands through the ready-made hole in the center [source: eHow].

If you don't feel inspired or creative enough to come up with your very own design, you can print out a clock face design from the Internet onto card stock. Cut it out with a craft knife or scissors, cut a circle in the middle for the clock hands to go through and attach the clock face to the front of the CD with double-sided tape. Assemble the clock movement components as directed on the package.

Once the CD clock is ready, you can hang it from the wall using fishing line. And don't forget the batteries.

If these CD crafts weren't enough to keep you busy, see the links below for more ways to turn your trash into treasures.

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