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How To Recycle Jewel Or CD Cases Into Picture Mounts

Instead of buying frames, and throwing away used jewel cases, make the cases serve as picture mounts. This instructable will show you how. Any number of photos or souvenir programs, cards, memories, etc., can be mounted this way very cheaply, and you are  being green by recycling or reusing the cases.  Make them different sizes for variety, and they can be displayed on a wall by adding the appropriate hanger(s).
 
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Step 1: Get a Case and some tools together

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These cases are everywhere, it seems, I used to get them at work  from manufacturers reagents (chemicals) that included one case with every lot. They can also be purchased and are a good source for small pieces of plastic.  Tools are simple: straight edge, box cutter knife or craft knife, a drill or drill press to make holes in the plastic, some paper and some glue. An awl or ice pick is handy for making holes.

Step 2: Dismantle and Trim Jewel Case

Gently pry the case apart so that you end up with two good pieces of plastic (top and bottom of the case).  I discard the molded part that holds the CD, but that too could be used for something.  To get the cover for our photo, we need to trim off the edges. Following the photos, score at the inner angle of the piece, and snap off the edges. You may need a pair of pliers, but do this gently so that you end up with a flat piece of plastic that can be used as the face of your project. Be extremely careful when "cutting" or scoring plastic.  Make sure the parts don't move, and never cut towards yourself. Not to be attempted by children!

Step 3: Cut Cardboard To the Size Of the Trimmed Plastic

When you have your plastic piece ready, use it as a template to make a square of cardboard. This piece of cardboard can be covered with black paper, or any color for that matter.  Cover the edges of the cardboard too by using edging strips as shown.
Ninzerbean5 years ago
The wall in my guest bathroom is made of stupid marble (previous owners) so I can't hang a picture so I have been using CD cases for awhile to put up pics that would normally live out their life on my computer, your way is way better and would look great on a desk or a stupid marble wall. I just wanted to show you what a whole bunch would look like. I use removable adhesive foam tabs to keep them on the wall but every now and again one falls down. Great 'ible Cman, you are amazingly prolific!
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Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Thanks Ninzer, I value your feedback!  Cman
patmac4 years ago
This is a great use for something that would normally be discarded. Thanks for the tip regarding a glass bit, I cracked the plastic everytime drilled. I will try this.