Got an old CD that’s scratched or otherwise ruined? Don’t toss it out. Instead, use the CD for a fun craft or activity with your child. There are several ways to use old CDs.
Let your child make a set of custom coasters for the living room. You’ll need one CD for each coaster. Trace around the CD onto a piece of fabric. You’ll want one for each side. Choose fun fabrics. Cut out the fabric circles and glue them onto the CD.
Use the round shape of the CD as the shell for a fun turtle craft. Let your child decorate the CD as the turtle shell. Use fabric, felt, beads, gemstones, sequins and other craft supplies to decorate the shell. Cut out the turtle’s head, legs and tail from green craft foam. Glue them in place on the underside of the CD.
This craft idea works with other animals too, such as fish. Use the CD as the fish’s body and add fins around the edges. Or use the CD as the face of an animal and add ears and other features around the edge.
In the winter, use an old CD to create a snowman. The CD is the bottom of the snowman. Paint it white or cover it with white fabric, felt or cotton balls. Hot glue a juice can lid to the top to make the snowman’s head. Paint it white. Add googly eyes, a felt carrot nose and tiny black pompoms for the coal mouth.
Another winter use for old CDs is Christmas ornaments. The round shape makes them ideal for ornaments. Kids can use almost any craft material to decorate the ornaments. Use strips of different fabrics to make a striped ornament. Or use white felt at the bottom to make a snowy scene. You can either tie a ribbon through the middle hole in the CD or hot glue a ribbon loop to the back side of the CD to hang them on the tree.
Use the CDs as the face of fun little monsters. The kids cover the CDs with paper or fabric to make the face of the monsters. They can then add lots of googly eyes, fangs, antennae or whatever other crazy monster features they want to add. Hot glue a craft stick to the back to make it a monster puppet.