Introduction: CD Spindle Earring Stand

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A very simple project to take the leftover stuff from a stack of blank CDs and make a stand to hold earrings.

Step 1: Find a Suitable CD Stack Spindle

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I had a stack of blank CDs stored on this spindle. There was also a plastic cover, but it's unfortunately gone to the landfill, as I couldn't figure out another use for it.
But the spindle that held the blank CDs was quite nice, and the little plastic top that held the whole thing together screwed on nicely.

Obviously this won't work with just any spindle without some ingenuity. Hopefully whatever you have lying around can be made to work.

Step 2: Drill Holes in the CD

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I had a stack of CDs with useless data on them. This one came from a tourist bureau, and I liked the color, so decided to have the colored/label part show.
You could also put the silver, shiny side up.

Start with the CD.
I used a Dremel cutting tool, but a power drill would also work.

1) clamp the CD firmly to a piece of wood. The wood will have a few dozen tiny drill marks in it when you are done, so do it on a piece of scrap.

2) wear eye protection, as the plastic bits from the CD fly around a lot

3) I just eyeballed the hole placement, but you could neatly mark it with a felt tip pen. The holes are about 3 mm from hole centre to edge of CD

4) I would suggest drilling from the side that will be down when you are finished. i.e. the 'wrong side'. You will not get any clamp marks that way.

5) Drill holes all around the CD

Step 3: Glue Drilled CD to Spindle Top

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First figure out where the CD and the top of the spindle are touching. There were relatively few contact points on mine.
That influenced my decision about what glue to use, as I wanted to use a glue that would 'fill in' a little, and increase the area of the bond.
Household GOOP was perfect.
Epoxy would likely also work fine.

I usually squeeze the goop out onto a piece of wax paper or paper towel, then use something like a toothpick to scoop it up and spread it on.

Once you have the glue on the spindle, place the drilled CD over the centre, and press firmly enough to bond.

Let dry overnight.

Step 4: Assemble

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Here's what mine looked like when I screwed it back together.

Step 5: Load With Earrings and Admire

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Now you can end the jumble of earrings on your dresser, and have all your lovelies neatly displayed and ready for action.

If I can find a tall enough spindle, I'm going to try to do something with necklaces next.


Kathy68 (author)2014-08-03

My mate has a stall at markets. She asked me for ideas to display her earrings...I will be sharing your idea! Awesome!!

kattynasco (author)2012-04-14

can you make one for bracelets too? i have a ton of them that dont fit on my jewelery stand. ive got to stop stashing up on jewelry, really, i do....
gotta have it though, its like a part of my life!

shazni (author)kattynasco2013-03-15

try this
if you can't make the stand simply screw larger hooks to a board and make the sticks.

charlottechen (author)2011-12-25

I got one of them too from my DIYing Dad! In silver! A great idea and all my earrings fit :-)

a918bmxr (author)2011-12-09

here it is
double decker with spinning discs

a918bmxr (author)2011-12-09

just an idea...
make the cds spin for easier access with two or more layers...
i am going to give this a try

ArcticLiz (author)2010-07-25

Wow! :D definetly trying! :D

Teensy Doodles (author)2010-04-07

Nice idea!  I'll make this and add the cover so that the earrings won't get dusty.  5 stars~

diablo11 (author)2009-08-17

Great idea, I am a woodturner and turn these. An idea is get a bigger spindle and mount two cd's about 2 or 3 inches apart and it will hold twice as many earrings.

Sasza (author)2009-07-06

I bet you could probably and another row of holes for extra "storage space." I'm definitely going to try this out.

Short One (author)2009-05-03

Cool. This gave me some idea's for my friends with pierced ears!

stephenniall (author)2009-05-03

hmm bet you could make a bigger version with a motor for ties or something

Karumi (author)2008-03-27

I made one using your inspiration, and kinda made it my own. Have a look~
Thank you for the inspiration though!

Click here!

matbh (author)Karumi2009-03-12

nice fender detail...

sabbott (author)Karumi2008-03-28

Interesting -- I see you painted the stand silver, and used a guitar pick and screw to handle the mounting to the base. I see you have a "do not reproduce" copyright on your picture -- wow...

matbh (author)2009-03-12

maybe u can use the cover of the cd tube to avoid dust.... or if u have long earrings u can use a 100 cd tube!!! humm!!! great ideia

AznPanda (author)2008-10-25

LoLZ Sexy Earings :D nice stand ;D

yokotei (author)2008-04-30

this is a terrific project. my mom makes jewelry in her spare time, and was selling it at a flea market this past weekend. i made her a couple of these, and they caught a lot of attention. i didn't have half the supplies, or the little plastic thing that would go on top of the attached disc. i had to substitute hot glue for epoxy and my sister's eyelet puncher for a drill T_T

Kaiven (author)yokotei2008-10-24

Whoa! My friend's mom makes jewelry and sells it on Ebay. One day, she wanted to go to a flea market, so I spent the night and went with him. She made more than a hundred bucks, suprising not only me and my friend, but his mom as well.

salvadorkatz (author)2008-10-08

very neat...thankx for sharing...i'll try this later...

caligirl (author)2008-04-13

I just finished my ear ring holder and it works great. It holds 18 pairs of wire ear rings. I also decorated it a bit by using a butterfly lapel pin that the back was broken off of. Made a nice top cover.

MjPadfoot (author)2008-01-04

i love this! i have so many earrings and they're all jumbled up. this way, at least i'll know what i have. i wonder if u can do the same thing but with a longer spindle thingy and some hooks in the holes to use as a necklace holder...

sabbott (author)MjPadfoot2008-01-04

Yup, me too. I think I actually need a second one. [chuckle] I've been wondering about the necklace idea also. Haven't actually tried it yet, but am scrounging stuff that might work. Hooks in the holes is a good idea. That was one of the parts I was stumped on, but now that you say it, it seems obvious. Just some little cheap s-hooks from the hardware store would work.

MjPadfoot (author)sabbott2008-01-05

glad to have been of help! but ur still the creator of this marvelous idea. one question though...doesn't the cd break when u try to drill the holes? cheers! Mojo

sabbott (author)MjPadfoot2008-03-28

If you put the CD on a wooden surface, and use a good drill bit (i.e. sharp, designed for hard materials) and clamp the CD down, it doesn't seem to be a problem. I think I used a bit that is good for soft metals, not a bit designed for wood. I've since built a second one and it was not a problem drilling. what have others found?

hethlee (author)2007-08-26

Great Idea! I love it. I made an earring holder out of a grease splatter but this is wonderful!

Lithium Rain (author)hethlee2008-03-11

How did you make an earring holder out of a splatter of grease? Sculpt it?

hethlee (author)Lithium Rain2008-03-11

Check out my project. You will see how I flipped the handle of a grease splatter back to create a great and easy to use earring holder.

Lithium Rain (author)hethlee2008-03-11

I will, but I was kidding. A play on the word "splatter". It could mean a lump of grease that pops out at you and then congeals on the counter. Or a useful kitchen aid. :)

Mingo (author)2007-11-23

i'm going to make one too, but it would be much more 'stylish' if you painted the base so it didn't look like platic. i'm thinking of black enamel.

Patented (author)2007-11-02

thanks you!il do this for my sister

sabbott (author)2007-10-30

interesting. I had a look at it, the base is a good idea. I'd love to find more ways to use these things.

sabbott (author)2007-09-28

Thanks for the feedback, it's great to hear that others have tried this out and had success with it. I'm trying to figure out more things to do with old CDs and similar electronic media once they are history.

runez (author)2007-09-28

made one out of the old dvd-r's i had around. realised that when drilling dvds they tend to delaminate, sometimes this means the shiny material breaks off unevenly.. had to try it on a few dvds before it worked out. anyways, this is a great idea! thanks!

CrimsonFlash (author)2007-09-10

This is a great idea. I made one for a friend of mine who has lot's of earrings. I even found a CD with a purple bottom, and put that facing up, since her favroute colour is purple. I hope she likes it. *crosses fingers* (The picture is bad quality, but it gets the point across.)

sabbott (author)CrimsonFlash2007-09-10

Fantastic! It's great to see another one. Not all CD spindles ill work for this -- so I'm happy to see at least one other person has been able to make this work. Thanks so much for uploading the image!

Constructo Man (author)2007-08-25

I have an idea for the necklaces. There are some spindles that are taller because its a bigger pack of blank cd's. You could try one of those

fungus amungus (author)2007-08-10

Nice reuse. I added this to the Go Green contest.

sabbott (author)fungus amungus2007-08-11

Thank you for doing that! I was trying to figure out how to do it, and didn't quite get there. :))

supes (author)2007-08-07

Very creative. Nicely done instructable and great results. Keep it up man!

sabbott (author)supes2007-08-07

Thanks very much! This was my first one. I've been a fan here for a long time, but didn't have anything worthy of sharing.

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