Mosaic CD picture frame

Mosaic CD Picture Frame

completeStep-by-step on how to make a recycled cd mosaic picture frame

This is a fun way to use up all your old cd covers, electronic computer components and even some buttons and beads. Not only will you be creating a special gift, but you will be helping the environment in a small way.

Most cd cases and cd's do not get recycled in South africa. They usually end up in landfill as there is not enough understanding of how plastics can be recycled or where to take your recycleable products to.

There are big companies that do recycle the plastic when they get it but there is a large gap between the person with the spare cd cases and the company needed them for recycling. As recycling is still a fairly new concept in South Africa and we are not sure how to get these cases to the big recycle companies they mostly just get thrown out.

Next time you planing on doing a fun craft with your kids you could make them a really nice picture frame for thier room or even as a gift for thier teacher. 

You can use any cd case for this project, the thick or thin ones work just as well. 

For any questions contact: Winnie

What you will need to make a recycled CD mosaic picture frame

Old CD case
Jewel glue
Small items e.g. buttons, screws, embellishments, beads
Scooby-Do wire
Photograph (large enough to fit into the CD case)
Tile grout (colour of your choice)


Step 1

Choose your design, choose something that will fit into the middle of the case. Trace around your design with a marker so you can see where to place the scooby doo wire. The design I have chosen is a heart decorated with pink, purple and red embellishments, making this an ideal Valentine's craft.

trace heart onto cd cover

Step 2

Now that you have the outline of your design you going to put jewel glue over the traced out design. Try make a nice even spread of glue as close on the lines as you can.

jewel glue around heart outline

Step 3

Take your Scooby-do wire and start placing it onto the recycled CD case from the one point at the bottom of the heart.

stick down scooby do

 bend it into the shape of your design. I have bent mine into a heart shape For Valentine's Day. As you work your way around the heart you can use a pliers or something with a bit of weight to hold it in place as you bed the scooby doo.

hold down scooby doo

Keep working your way around the heart shape till you have reach the end of the heart.

jewel glue scooby doo in place

Step 4

Using jewel glue fix your embellishments around the scooby doo shape, taking care to fill all the empty spaces.

 glue embelishments

Once the beads etc. have been glued into place you will need to leave your work to dry.

add more embelishments

Step 5

You are now ready to grout.

Mixa small amout of white grout in a tub and use a syringe to fill in the gaps between all the little embelishments on your CD mosaic picture frame.use siring for groutuse sirnge to grout


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