Oh, you’re going to love this one! Old CDs…whether they are the ones you used to use to burn music and other media, and perhaps a surplus of them on a spindle that you may have forgotten a long time ago? Turn them into wall art !
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Your Old CDs…Trash to Treasure!
First off, they’re shiny and metallic looking, why not? You have SO many possibilities waiting to be explored now! When my husband (who was a big time gamer) passed away I was deluged with tons of games on the CD disc format.
When I got the idea to repurpose them into a piece of art for the living room, I wasted no time getting them prepared. I used a little rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean them off, and also remove any residual labeling (hubby used a Sharpie – permanent marker comes right off)
Drilling Holes For Hanging
After cleaning, I applied a coat of white primer to the front side of all the CDs to hide any logos, flaws, etc and make the eventual color go on well. I used my Black and Decker drill and a 5.64″ (tiny) bit to make holes for hanging – see my video below:
One thing is for sure, any kind of tape will pull off paint from a slick surface…Lesson learned! After drilling the holes for hanging, on I went to painting them. I decided I wanted a color gradient effect so I chose different shades of red/orange/yellow.
Painting Your CDs
I gave my collection 2 coats of acrylic paint – I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics for one red shade and another brand (Liquitex, I think) for the other colors and gradients. If you did like I did and used white primer the paint will go on well.
Decide what color(s) you are going to make your CDs and then go for it! (I don’t know if you can tell in the picture above, but I mixed in some silver glitter in with the paint to get a little more texture and subtle glitz.)
Hanging and Displaying
How are you wanting to display your finished painted on CDs? I used a bronze looking tension rod to display all the cd rows. This was the hardest part…I wanted a really good pattern and at first I thought a “zig zag” approach would look good, but I changed my mind later as I really wanted a mosaic effect.
At Long Last…I Hung My CDs with Wire!
I used fishing line at first, and I’ve got nothing against it. I love fishing line…trouble is it was hard to get all the CDS to hang straight...even with the best effort some looked crooked. Fishing line is strong and will hold lots of things, but once you make that knot, it will hold too and don’t even think about going back and untying it to start over…..
Add Some Bling…
How do you like what I did with those little beaded accent strands on each side? (I kept the fishing line for those). But some 22 gauge craft wire turned out to be JUST what I needed!
I also used my pliers to tuck the wire ends under so they wouldn’t stick out or scratch, like so…a nice little curlicue will do the trick.
Wire worked great for this, much better than the fishing line , I measured out the strands so there would be 4″ space between each CD. Ok, it was a little tedious, but it was worth it!
I also added a pretty bead in between each 4″ space too to make my hanging cd strands more interesting.
I love patterns, and look for ways to incorporate them in art. It can be a pain to measure, cut, repeat, but in the end I’m so glad I did.
I also added little mini-strands of acrylic beads in between the cd rows, making a knot at each place and looping on a new bead. What do you think?
Here is the finished cd wall….I don’t like to toot my own horn but I am very pleased! It’s hanging great, much better than the fishing line, no gaps or lopsided rows this time.
More Really Awesome CD Wall Art Ideas!
My wall hanging has a total of 25 CDs . Five in each row …at first four rows and 20 felt like it wasn’t quite a nice pattern. Hopefully this post will spare you a few mistakes, too, LOL. Here are a few ideas for your consideration:
- Break up your CDs in little pieces and use them to create a real mosaic!
- Do decoupage on your CDS with tissue paper, magazine clippings etc.
- Glue on some pretty bling in the form of flat backed rhinestones, faux jewels, glitter, etc.
- Group about 5-6 CDs in a circle and glue them together – that would look really cool!
Have fun and enjoy making CD art!