Recycled CD Art

If you're like me you probably have TONS of old CDs lying around.  Actually, I'd bet you are smarter than me and have already put them out with the recycling.  I have a huge stack of them and every now and then I resurrect this project from many, many years ago and do a few more up as altered art.  I found that they make great magnet art and are very popular gift purchases at my art shows.  My customers really appreciate that so many recycled materials go into the making of them and that that stuff is staying out of the landfills.

Following are several photos of different ways I have created art on old CDs.  The list of materials I used is HUGE but since you've asked to know the gory details, here we go:

Assorted paints - acrylics, dimensional, spray
Recycled materials - puzzle pieces, watch parts, old jewerly bits and beads, dressmakers' patterns, rhinestones, scrapbook accents, ribbon, funky fibers, tags, sheet music and much more
Walnut ink
Stamped images
Sharpie markers
Handmade clay cabochons
Handmade Friendly Plastic accent pieces

And yes, you can drill into CDs to make them hangable.  For those that were made into magnets I used the business card sized magnets you can buy at Staples that have one side covered in paper that you pull off, revealing a super sticky surface that adheres really well to the CD.

I hope you enjoy looking at these and do let me know if you want to try this project yourself and have questions.  I am always happy to help.  You can email me at:

"Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake" (SOLD)

"Hold Fast" (SOLD)

"Without Haste" (SOLD)

"Butterfly Wishes" (SOLD)

"Tangle Goddess" (FOR SALE)

"Zentangle Hub" (SOLD)

"Monarch Queen" (SOLD)

"What We Love" (SOLD)

"Angel Watching Over" (FOR SALE)

"Character And Beauty" (FOR SALE)

"Gypsy Spirit" (FOR SALE)

"Key To My Heart" (FOR SALE)


Bev said...

Fabulous i do remember having a go at these must do it again , love what u have done ...

Sharon said...

Must give this a them!

Coleen said...

Very nice, Joanna. I did these last year with a class of ladies in a Christmas theme. They were a big hit so we did them again. Will be doing them soon with kids in Sunday school too. Yours are beautiful. Nice work.

Coleen in Ukraine

Joanna Grant Art said...

Thank you so much ladies, you are too kind!!

Coleen said...

Joanna, just wanted to add that I've had success in punching holes with my Crop-a-dile. Thought some readers might like to know that.
So pretty to see these again.
Coleen in Ukraine