Old CDs and DVDs that are scratched or otherwise unusable don’t need to be thrown away. With a little creativity, they can be repurposed into decorative and functional coasters for your home.
Why Repurpose CDs into Coasters?
There are several benefits to repurposing old CDs into coasters:
Reduces waste. CDs don’t biodegrade quickly and contribute to landfill waste. Giving them a second life keeps them out of landfills.
Creative upcycling. Turning something outdated into a functional decor item is satisfying. Coasting making is an easy craft anyone can do.
Adds personality. CD coasters with different designs and colors make fun decorative accents to any room. You can customize them to match your style.
Protects surfaces. CD coasters protect tables from condensation rings and minor spills. They provide a layer between your furniture and beverages.
Conversation piece. Unique CD coasters are sure to get attention and comments from guests. They show off your creativity.
Inexpensive project. CDs are free for repurposing if you have some on hand. The other supplies needed cost very little.
What You’ll Need to Make CD Coasters
Repurposing CDs into coasters requires just a few inexpensive supplies:
- Old CDs or DVDs
- Scissors or craft knife
- Mod Podge or clear glue
- Foam brushes
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Decorative paper, fabric, beads, etc. (optional)
Make sure the CDs are completely scratched, cracked, or otherwise unusable before repurposing them.
How to Make CD Coasters
Step 1: Clean the CDs. Wipe off any dirt or grime with a damp cloth. Allow to fully dry.
Step 2: Use the scissors or craft knife to trim the CD into a circle, cutting off the straight edges. Round coasters look best.
Step 3: Optional: Paint the tops of the coasters with acrylic paint in any design. Let dry fully before continuing.
Step 4: Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tops of the CDs using a foam brush. If desired, adhere decorative paper, fabric, beads, etc.
Step 5: Apply 1-3 more layers of Mod Podge over the tops to seal. Allow to dry fully between coats.
Step 6: Apply several coats of Mod Podge to the underside edges and bottoms to seal and prevent scratching furniture.
Step 7: Allow to dry fully before using, about 24 hours. Apply felt pads to bottom if desired.
Decorated CD coasters make great homemade gifts!
Tips for Making Great CD Coasters
Use waterproof glue like Mod Podge to prevent warping. Regular Elmer’s glue can warp CDs when wet.
If applying paper or fabric, brush on a layer of Mod Podge first. This prevents wrinkling or bubbles from forming underneath.
Acrylic paint pens allow you to hand paint designs easily. Let paint dry fully before sealing.
Apply felt furniture pads to the bottoms to prevent scratches if using coasters on wood surfaces.
Work in layers when Mod Podging- never brush on too thick of a layer at once. Thin, even layers work best.
Craft vinyl cut on a Cricut machine can make cute designs for the tops of coasters easily.
Spray paint the undersides of the coasters before gluing on paper or fabric for a nice background color.
Glue on layers of scrapbook paper to make colorful striped or patterned coasters.
With a little creativity and some recycled CDs, you can easily make fun customized coasters for your home bar, dining table, or as gifts. Reduce waste while getting crafty with this eco-friendly project.