Upcycling Your Old CDs into a Hideous Wreath
With the rise of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, many of us have boxes of old CDs gathering dust. While some choose to sell or donate their collections, I’ve discovered a delightfully tacky way to repurpose my obsolete discs: upcycling CDs into wreaths.
In this article, I’ll walk through the process of transforming those shiny circles into a unique piece of wall art that’s sure to be a conversation starter. We’ll cover:
- What materials you’ll need
- How to prepare the CDs
- Constructing the wreath form
- Attaching the CDs
- Adding decorative embellishments
- Hanging and displaying your finished wreath
So grab your pile of discarded CDs and let’s get crafting!
What You’ll Need
- A collection of old CDs – the more variety in colors and graphics, the better!
- Wreath form (circular or heart-shaped)
- Hot glue gun + glue sticks
- Embellishments like ribbon, artificial flowers, lace, etc. (optional)
Preparing the CDs
Before we begin constructing our wreath, we need to get the CDs ready:
Wash any dust or dirt off the CDs – give them a gentle clean with soap and water to remove any grime and make the surfaces easier to glue.
Remove any disc inserts or metadata cards – we just want the shiny disc surface exposed.
Break apart multi-disc cases – separate any 2-disc or box sets so you have individual discs to work with.
Now the fun part – putting our wreath together!
Building the Wreath Form
Base wreath forms can be found at any craft store. A 12-14 inch size works well, but you can go bigger or smaller if you’d like.
Choose a circular or heart-shaped wreath form – the shape is up to you! A heart wreath might be nice for Valentine’s Day.
Unravel one end of the wreath form to have a starting point for attaching the CDs.
Apply a thin bead of hot glue along the inner and outer metal rings.
Press the edge of a CD into the glue, holding for 30 seconds until secure.
Continue gluing CDs around the wreath form, overlapping edges slightly. Add a new CD whenever one edge ends, covering the entire form.
Attaching the CDs
Here are some tips for affixing the CDs:
Overlap CD edges slightly – this hides the gaps between them.
Alternate the CD orientation – some vertical, some horizontal, some upside down. This adds interest.
Vary the color order if using patterned/graphic CDs for a mosaic look.
Apply hot glue to the inner and outer metal rings – this keeps the CDs from drooping over time.
Press each CD firmly into the glue and hold for 30 seconds before releasing. The glue needs time to cool and harden.
Adding Embellishments (Optional)
To take your CD wreath to the next level of tackiness, you can add decorative elements using more hot glue:
Lace, ribbons or raffia – for a frilly look
Artificial flowers and butterflies – for a spring vibe
Spray paint – coat with metallic paints for shine
Dangling letter charms – spell out words like “WOW”, “FUN”, or names
Found items – old jewelry, game pieces, colored beads/gems
Really let those creative juices flow! Anything eye-catching is fair game to attach.
Hanging and Display
Now comes the fun part – finding the perfect spot to proudly display your creation!
Use a wreath hanger or command hooks to mount on a wall or door.
For Christmas, try tying curling ribbon to hang on your tree.
Sit it on an easel to prop on a shelf or mantel.
Hang in a window and let it spin for a disco vibe.
No matter where it ends up, your upcycled CD wreath is guaranteed to be an attention-grabbing work of art! With a fun DIY project like this, you’ll never look at old CDs the same way again.