Introduction: Make an Origami CD Holder

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Make a CD holder using paper and a CD.

Step 1: Beginning

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First, get a standard piece of plain printer paper paper. Place the CD on the center of the top edge of the page so that the top edge bisects the CD in half.

Step 2: Next Step

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Now, fold the long sides of the paper over the CD

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Fold the paper in half to form a reference crease.

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Unfold the paper. Note the crease we made

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Take bottom half and fold it over to the crease we made in the previous step.

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Unfold the previous fold. Now, this part is tricky: fold back the ends and made two folds at 45 degrees so that it forms half of a box.

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Take the part of the box that is standing up and flatten it by bringing it forward towards our reference fold while at the same time pulling out on the sides of the box. This will form two flaps that have 45 degree angle folds. The flaps should hang over the sides of cd holder.

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This part is tricky too. Take those two hanging flaps and tuck them under. Don't tuck them under the whole piece of paper. The flaps will be like the meat in a sandwich: long piece of paper, flaps, bottom stub which was formed from the remaining part of the box-like structure we made earlier. See the picture for reference.

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Move the CD into the bottom. The CD should fit into the stub

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Fold the paper over the top of the CD

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Make two small angular folds. These folds make it easier to tuck the top flap into the bottom stub.

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Ta-da. One CD holder!


rokeby2014 made it! (author)2016-06-03


aboardsetoffici made it! (author)rokeby20142017-02-08

1) That is literally the fourth Google Image result for "cd scratch"

2) From 30 seconds of research, I found this image on,,,,,,,,, (twice),, and

3) How does paper deliver that much damage to a CD?

plazmaonu (author)2008-08-10

awesome! i can now make cd cases for free instead of buying those cool plastic ones... but these are far more cooler than those... =D thanks!

Foaly7 (author)plazmaonu2009-03-08

Not free. You have to buy the paper. Although it may be cheaper to buy the huge thing of maybe 500 sheets of paper than buying 500 of those plastic ones you mentioned.

majenko (author)Foaly72016-10-07

500 sheets of paper is called a ream.

rokeby2014 (author)2016-06-03

nice but scratches my cd

annakrov (author)2014-12-13

Wow, I like it!)

johnr7154 (author)annakrov2015-01-13

You can also create a label, for example here.

Newoz (author)2006-04-13

That's quite interesting! Don't CDs get a little scratched with paper?

youssefgaber (author)Newoz2006-04-13

Maybe u can put cotton in the interior suface or anything soft

dustybobo (author)youssefgaber2009-07-23

This could be made entirely out of scrap cotton fabric. It would require a hot iron and a fabric adhesive (fusible web, glue, or even sewing) to keep it in place.

kristitree63 (author)2009-04-08

I was a little nervous at first about trying this...(I hate messing things up!) but you made it super easy!
Great job! And thank you so much for sharing your skillz!
My boyfriend is always getting random cd mish mashes, and sometimes I run out of jewel cases...This is a great chance to create some of my own album art, which he loves. So thanks again!
Appreciate it!

Kero_1116 (author)2009-01-14

I have been trying to find a storage box to store all the CDs with this cd holder. Anyone have any recommendations?

josefu0 (author)2008-07-25

It would be better if the title was called How to make a cd cast. IF you like. It ur choice. Oh and also can you join my origami club

could i join im not jocking please please please

Not jocking! You've got to let him in now! I mean if he said please...

TukalHut (author)2008-12-08

I love this! I'm going to use it all the time - I'm always giving cds to printers and clients. Maybe I'll print my business logo or something at the top flap. Thanks for posting!

instructable doggie (author)2008-07-26


slu6alka (author)2008-06-24

Nice's very useful:)

poptart10 (author)2007-05-25

This is great, so does the cd's scratch or not?

fishycobo (author)2007-03-23

this is a really sweet instructable! I made a CD case for every cd i have! I also burn a lot of CDs.

mgayoub (author)2006-11-13

That was really easy. Good job; it'll come in handy for me, as I burn a lot of CDs.

artjunky (author)2006-08-21

As far as the scratching of the CD with paper, another option would be to use rice paper. It's a real soft paper.

dosher (author)2006-04-19

I really needed something like this, as I burn a lot of CDs, and those jewel cases are expensive for a poor college student. Thanks!

paperrhino (author)2006-04-14

First I'll say that I've been using these origami CD covers for some time and I have not had a scratching problem. However I usually don't use them for CDs I need to keep in pristine condition.

Also, for attribution I believe the original designer for this was Thomas Hull, an accomplished origami practitioner. Also, the pictures appear to come from an article by Matthew Toledo at

I hope permission was obtained before reposting them here.

The following web site will print your playlist on the paper before you fold it:

There is even an iTunes playlist importer for the above website.

ssvalenteno (author)paperrhino2006-04-14

Dude, sweet

Tamoko (author)2006-04-13

I like the cotton liner idea... you could scavange ready made ones them from those CD books you get at Sam Goodies or Best Buy.

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