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It's a CD snowflake! Make a Xmas ornament from a recycled CDrom!

It's cool, and at least part of those CDs don't end up in the landfill.... All you need is unwanted CDs and a paper shredder....
 
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Step 3: There it goes....

If your shredder is like mine, the CD won't make it all the way through on one pass.

Back it out (reverse switch), change the angle and shred again....

Step 4: Rejects

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Not all CDroms shred with equal results. Some are more brittle than others.

But even the rejects look pretty cool....

Step 5: That's it!

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That'll do it!

You can add a final step: spraying the ornament with lacquer or 'workable fixative,' so all that tinselly stuff doesn't fall off...
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turbobug2 years ago
Be Careful shredding CD's! I had to shred old training CD's for work once and the static electricy created was a quite bit more than the shock you get walking accross the carpet. Think flash bulb bright.
gmoon (author)  turbobug2 years ago
Cool story... Sounds like all those metallic pieces made a big capacitor.
hjjusa3 years ago
I've used a scroll saw to cut CD's
gmoon (author)  hjjusa3 years ago
Thanks for the info. I've since read that immersing in boiling water is a good way to soften them for bending...
Neon Panda4 years ago
Great idea. Love it. But wont it break / kill / damage the shredder? Please reply. x
If in doubt, use the shredder at work ;)
Nice. =^,,^=
a lot of shredders are made for cds.
gmoon (author)  Neon Panda4 years ago
Didn't break mine ;-)

Your mileage may vary...
monkeyman264 years ago
i love the idea, im definetly gonna try it!

@Neon Panda it shouldn't break the cd caus most shredders are made for shredding anything you want to get rid of...
Can I put a person down it?!?!?!!!!!!That would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¡¡¡!!!!!!!
yeah, that would be great but you'd have to find one big enough, unless you're talking about a baby. XD
No i'm talking about a 11 yr old :) Maybe a industrial sized one?
http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060416155908/uncyclopedia/images/b/ba/Tree_mulcher.jpg

XD
Ahhh,perfect! Lol
This project is cute for my pile-o-cds waiting for a creative way to recyclem. I have only a question: A friend told me once that there is a layer inside of the cd which is toxic and is not a good idea to cut it. Do you know anything about this?
Hey, I've cut CDs all time to make shurikens, and the only problem you can end whit is the "shiny powder" which I don't think is toxic
gmoon (author)  yuyucrafterella5 years ago
I hadn't heard that. Maybe a google search will turn up more info A fixative might help to seal in any chemicals...
cutekitten6 years ago
i don't think my paper shredder is strong enough ...but i love this idea.
Yah me to.
moogeez913 years ago
you could also use a pair of sheet metal shears to cut the strips. takes more time but if your worried it will damage the shredder its a good way.
bluumax5 years ago
Cool! From what I hear this is usually what happens to the disks after a 2 day attempt to install Vista.
:D
I broke mine shredding credit cards.
dabblealot5 years ago
 Awesome They  look great, I have tons and tons of old Cds but no shredder at the moment, But I will get me another very soon so I can try this. Thanks for sharing it.
Jackabee6 years ago
This kinda makes me wish aol sent out those stupid discs still. Oh well, we don't have the right kind of paper shredder anyway.
Jackabee-I have noticed aisle-end displays of Free CDs such as AOL at Wally Mart, for example-they don't seem to mail em out, but they put em out free for the...um...uninitiated?
 I used to like getting those aol cds in the mail.  They Would Have game demos and stuff like that hidden in them.
zascecs5 years ago
And they really do look like snowflakes! Best christmas ornament idea i've seen so far!
protoman6395 years ago
i used scissors because i dont have a shredder , it looks prutty awesome
hhhttt5 years ago
good imagination and it looks cool, but my mom and dad probly wont let me use their paper shredder to chredd cds. i love how it looks tho
HollyHarken5 years ago
I learned years ago that you can put a CD in a pot of boiling water to soften it so that you can manipulate it.  I've never actually done it.  I've only seen the results of cut up CD's as part of a college.  I don't know how long it takes to soften the CD, I'd start with 5 minutes and work up or down from there.

Also for those of you who are having problems hanging onto the CD while it is in the shredder, try putting a thick wooden dowel through the center hole so that the CD doesn't get away from you.  Just rotate the CD around the dowel and let the shredder do its thing.

Very cool Idea!
wonderous!!!
elenilla5 years ago
The things I'd do If I had a paper shredder...
I would recommend a shredder that can do basic credit cards, AND would also recommend that the blades of the shredder be well oiled and allowed to cool before doing TOO many (semi-soft plastic is not healthy for the shredder ;-)
wierdale246 years ago
its a paper shredder they make the slit so thin you cant stick you fingers in there ive tried it. i would recommend getting a paper shredder from goodwill or somewhere cheap instead of using your own and possibly ruining it. unless it has a cd shredder
hurtzmyhead6 years ago
Do you know what would be amazing, is if you got light to shine through it somehow
you could! spilt the cd in half, and it leaves you with a clear disk and a shiny disk. use the th clear one, that WOULD be very cool!
IT WOULD!!! any idea how to split a cd in half? OH i got it, you pop it in the microwave, cracking the aluminum coating, leaving cool little cracks for a led to shine through :) GENUIS
really? hadnt thought about that way. I use a teeny knife.
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