Introduction: CD Case Mural

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Here's a little project to decorate your wall using some of those spare jewel cases you have hanging around. It's not too expensive and looks quite interesting. It's also very versatile, you can change the image whenever it gets old for you. All you need is a little time and patience to cut everything and get all the pieces up. But I guess that's what it's all about...

Step 1: Ingredients ...

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Here's what you need:

- Rulers (metal works best for cutting, and if you have a long one it really helps too)
- Olfa cutter (or any x-acto cutting knife you're used to)
- Scotch tape
- Adhesive velcro
- Jewel cases (the amount depends on how big your image is)
- Image of your choice (this is what's going up on the wall)

Step 2: Rasterbate and Print

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This is actually optional. I did it to give a special reticular effect to my image, and to easily tile it across many pages.


- Visit and install the Rasterbator software. Only for PC :(

- Run your image through the program and set up how many pages you want your poster to be. It will spit out a PDF with your rasterbated image tiled across many pages.


Another way to get the Rasterbator effect to the image is to use Adobe Illustrator and Scriptographer. This isn't as automatic as using the Rasterbator, but it can be done on a Mac.

- Download Scriptographer from, and install

- Download the Object Raster Color script from, and copy it into your Scriptographer scripts folder

- Create a lower resolution version of your image, imagining that each pixel will become a dot

- In Illustrator, draw a 1x1px circle on the canvas, import your low-res image, select both objects and run the Object Raster Color script (Grid Size: 1, Object Scale: 100%)

- See the magic happen, delete your original image and the circle you drew and scale up the result to the size you wish.

- Create additional artboards and arrange them to cover the whole artwork, and save the file as a PDF.


Print out all the pages or send them to a digital bureau to get a good quality laser print.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to check the "fit to page" option when printing, to get the whole image out.

Step 3: Cut & Join

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- Chop off the white edges left by the print.

- Spread out the pages and join each one with scotch tape on the back.

This takes a while and requires some care and patience to line everything up.

Step 4: Organize the Cases

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- Turn over your super poster and lay the open CD cases over it to decide how they're going to look. It doesn't have to be a traditional rectangular mural. In fact that's the beauty in this. The arrangement of the CD cases can easily match the concept of the image it's displaying, so be creative about it !

- Turn the poster over again and start marking the case panels.

Keep it organized. The CD cover panel is slightly smaller in width than the back panel. So start drawing the horizontal strips of 4 5/8" tall and then divide them with alternating front / back sections.

The front panel is 4 7/8" wide.
The back panel is 5 3/8" wide.

To keep track of everything, I marked the front panels with an "X" and the back panels with a "Y", and then numbered them from 1 - 40 (I used 20 cases).

Step 5: Chop Chop Dress

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- Start by cutting the horizontal strips, then the individual panels.

- You may have to shorten the back panels a bit, to fit into the case.

- Dress up the cases with the panels. If you want, spread them on the floor to see how it's coming out.

Step 6: On With the Velcro

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- Cut off short pieces of the velcro.

- Open the cases and stick a couple of pieces to the CD spine.

- Peel off the backing from the velcro and start sticking the cases to the wall.

- Stand back and appreciate your cheap, recycled jewel case mural !

I find it easier to start with the bottom line and work my way up, using it as a base and using the paper joints as reference to line the cases up vertically.

This was my first instructable so please comment if I've left something out. My estimate for the cost of this project is about $20, but I live in Brazil, so that's how much it cost me to get the materials and the prints over here.


bhermance (author)2015-07-05

That is so cool! Love it!

grols (author)2014-12-13

Good idea!
But how can I seal these letters in a

Here, for example, there are areas for bonding parts, it is very

bcelik1 made it! (author)2014-05-23

Amazing idea but it has more work than it looks like.

Raphango (author)2014-02-13

Grande idéia! =D

bartolome (author)2013-07-21

I just checked and the online version of the Rasterbator is back - it's at ..... Also, there's a very cool program by Owen Ranson that I have had for many years (since version 1.0!) called Repligator. See it at .... One of the cool things you can do with it is take any image (pictures of individuals work great with this) and turn them into an Andy Warhol-style art piece. See See if you have a Kinko's/FedEx Office place in your area that has the large color printer for printing posters/signs/banners. The one near me has one that prints out on huge rolls of special paper that will print images 4 ft. by up to 10 ft. See their Signs & Banners printing options here Do your art piece or photo on the computer, and either upload it to FedEx Office or bring it in on a CD (my preference, it's easier). Print as large as you like for display on your wall in one piece, or cut it up into as many pieces as you want for your project. You could do something fabulous with it and this CD-case display idea.

bartolome (author)2013-07-21

For the wall/velcro problem: If you use 3M's Command Strips you can remove them from the wall or any other surface (furniture, etc.) without damaging the surface in any way. They have a velcro-like one that comes in 3 sizes, and the strips are packaged in even numbers so you use them in pairs. One would remain on the wall, and the other would go on the back of your item to be hung.

tha.jokr (author)2012-11-13

Just a note, for those using Mac, there is the alternative PosteRazor, which is the equivalent of Rasterbater.

Maskeddude (author)2012-07-24

unfortunately the Rasterbator link no longer works. If you know of another site or program that will do this please update this Instructable, its a really good idea

jpfaraco (author)Maskeddude2012-07-24

Thanks for pointing this out ! I just updated the step description with a couple of options to get the Rasterbator effect. The Rasterbator still exists, just not the online version.

Maskeddude (author)jpfaraco2012-07-26

Awesome! Nice work!

jgeske (author)2011-09-20

I love this, but I have a question!

I live in an apartment (no painting the walls or permanent shelves anything like that on the walls), so does the velcro ruin the paint when you try to pull it off? I have used regular tape, and duct tape on walls and no problem but never velcro!

jpfaraco (author)jgeske2011-09-20

Yes, it does pull off the painting later ! I should've included this observation in the tutorial, but I actually only took down the mural a few days ago, to find out that the velcro adhesive is strong enough to pull off the paint layer along with it. But for me it wasn't a problem, because I only took it down to repaint the wall ..

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ferrant (author)2010-07-06

Una idea fantástica, me encanta como queda en la pared, y es super fácil.

nowaymetoo (author)2010-06-24

rasterbating... hehe well I did this with a picture I took from my journalism photo essay, and it looks great! p.s. I like your johnny bravo in your room :)

pumpkinpumpkinpatch (author)2009-07-30

Great job, thanks! It should be noted that if you print your images out onto standard US Letter filler paper, The ink will cause the edges of the paper to curl after a few hours. So maybe you should put a warning in and say either to tape them down or weigh them down with books, etc.

Juby (author)2009-02-18

OLá. Eu achei genial a idéia das caixas de CD. Fiquei com uma dúvida sobre as imendas das páginas. Como vc solucionou isso? Não ficou aparente?

jpfaraco (author)Juby2009-02-18

Se você imprimir as páginas do pdf ajustando à página, e tirar as rebarbas brancas, as folhas se alinharão perfeitamente. Basta ter cuidado quando for aplicar a fita adesiva no verso ao juntá-las, para não deslocar as folhas. As imendas ficam praticamente invisíveis, especialmente nesse projeto que é impressionista, e pra ser visto a uma distância.

sgsidekick (author)2009-01-20

Now this is cool! A new approach to wall art! I have a photo that I've wanted to hang, but I didn't want to do it the "traditional" way. Nice!

kidfiction (author)2008-10-13

Great! Putting one together as this weekend! ...cant ...stop...rasterbating

buddhasmom (author)2008-07-17

great idea!
i used a murakami print for mine and it turned out like this:

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-03

That's awesome, I just might do Buckethead and put it on my wall. Or maybe Master Chief. :-)

Hoboman (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-05

If only i had the "in search of the" 16 disc set by Buckethead. Work awesome

GorillazMiko (author)Hoboman2008-07-06

I want that so bad.

Hoboman (author)GorillazMiko2008-07-06

yeh, but i would never deface the cover. hand-drawn. beautiful

Hoboman (author)Hoboman2008-07-06

guess ill have to stick with the Deli Creeps 91' and 96' demo tapes! lol. love em'

gearhead99 (author)2008-06-16

Amazing! I keep my old jewel cases after converting to cd cases but didn't know what to do with them. I think I saw one lady made a birdhouse, but this looks more like my style!

jpfaraco (author)2008-06-15

Yeahhh ! Really cool !

r0ss (author)2008-06-14

Great idea!

NeonLime (author)2008-06-10

Making Pixel Art On Your Wall Might Work Too :P Like Mario Because Its Already In The Shape Just Need To Add The Colors!

nedfunnell (author)2008-06-06


andyhuntdesigns (author)2008-06-05

Rasterbator -- what an awful name for a service. Great instructable, though. Very creative idea.

jpfaraco (author)andyhuntdesigns2008-06-05

I agree .. Why couldn't they come up with something better ?

slimguy379 (author)jpfaraco2008-06-06

yeah but the absurd name makes you remember the program, and with that name they can make ALL the dirty, corny jokes they can!!!

derttiej (author)2008-06-05

the velcro is a great idea! you could easily swap cd cases to change the picture

derttiej (author)2008-06-05

great idea with the rasterbator.. you could actually set the size of how big the squares are in the program so it print the actual size of the cd case you want. just cut the paper once and slide it right in and line it up. but that would take some messing around with. but it would eliminate some of the eye sore up close. and should save quite abit of time.

slimguy379 (author)2008-06-05

I really appreciate the way that they all don't just end up in a rectangle but are scattered, very cool and this is coming from an artist!! power to ya!!

chaminelly (author)2008-06-04

great instructable, i have to try this when i have some free time, i have this photo of me and my hubby just waiting to be mounted artistically... thanks!

leocg (author)2008-02-29

Já entendi... O Rasterbator converte o bitmap para traços, né? Bem legal, vou fazer um teste depois pra ver como fica!

jpfaraco (author)leocg2008-02-29

Isso ! Ele transforma a foto em bolinhas vetoriais de tamanhos diferentes, que olhando de longe formam a imagem. Aí num importa o tamanho da foto que você manda pra lá. Se vc fizer, me manda o resultado :D

leocg (author)jpfaraco2008-03-03

Massa! Quando tiver um tempinho eu vou fazer sim! Aí te mando o resultado! O bom é que tenho uma caixa cheio de capas de cds vazias, o unico custo será das impressões mesmo... estava pensando em fazer com papel couché fosco, gramatura 130g/m², o que vc acha? usou que tipo de papel?

jpfaraco (author)leocg2008-03-03

Eu usei papel 90g mesmo, mas ficou um pouco mole demais, o que deixou algumas faces meio côncavas. Mas aí reforcei com uma cartolina por trás, pra não envergar. Depois dessa eu sugiro mesmo que vc faça com uma gramatura maior mesmo, entre 120 e 180 acho que fica ótimo.

leocg (author)2008-02-29

Muito bom, cara! Como você conseguiu a resolução da foto? Escaneou em alta ou tirou numa digital de boa qualidade? Ou a foto está com resolução mediana? Valeu!

bbullet (author)2007-09-15

Excelente idéia!! Parabéns!! Vou começar a fazer um poster hj mesmo!!

anywho22 (author)2007-09-09

ReadyMade. 2005. CD Wall Mural. In How to Make {Almost} Everything, 50-53. New York: Clarkson Potter.

grave.dancer (author)2007-09-09

thats so kool i never would of thought of that

sensoryhouse (author)2007-09-08

of course you are a mac user

one_twentyseven (author)2007-09-08

this is such a cool idea. i really can't wait until i paint my room, i'm definitely going to make something like this to hang on one of the walls.

spinachpizza (author)2007-09-08

looks great!

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