Our editors have compiled a list of five creative uses for those old CDs you have laying around. If you have any other creative projects that we missed, please leave us a comment. Continue reading for the list.

5. Mini Hovercraft

“Spacepaintings” shows us how to make a mini hovercraft using just a CD, balloon, glue, and waterbottle top.

Only 4 things needed! It glids on a cushion of air, fun for kids

4. CD Disco Ball

Finally, a good use for all those AOL CDs you have laying around. “Kipkay” shows us how make a nifty disco ball from those discs.

3. CD Lamp

If you’ve got hundreds of old AOL discs laying around, why not put them to good use? This creation was made from a pile of old CDs, an ATX power supply, and a custom circular base.

“The pile of CDs that had been massing in my room was growing to epic proportions. So I decided to make myself a CD lamp. The circular base was actually cut using a template on a table saw, then sanded after clamping it in a drill press. The cold cathode lamp is from NewEgg. “


2. High Schoolers Create “Amazing Q-Ball”

Students from Quincy High School’s Creative Problem Solving Course decided to make a geodesic structure using CDs and an aluminum frame.

…use CDs, one for each vertex of the zonohedron. Drill holes in them corresponding to the edges adjacent to the vertices, and fasten them together with rivets. For stability, assemble the CDs around an aluminum frame. It sounded straightforward enough.


1. CD Sculptures

Designed by George Radebaugh, this Cornucopia sculpture was made using several hundred CDs.

George Radebaugh creates art by joining together recycled materials: hundreds of discarded CDs, pipes, and other miscellaneous stuff. His artwork is simply wonderful. He uses materials in ways that are innovative and unusual, and the results are fun and fascinating to see



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