Introduction: Recycle CD Box

What you can make from empty cd box


Deeg (author)2013-03-08

The embedded video didn't work for me. Here's the video on Meta Cafe:

Kaiven (author)Deeg2014-03-04

And here's the Youtube link:

sctirvn687 (author)2010-08-27

How about as an antenna holder? This is what I used one for.

Vikking (author)2010-03-13

i used them for years to carry food to work, i worked early hours and i made bagels w/cream cheese and had a long commute, the post down the center held the bagel in place, worked great.

porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-23


mikewinny (author)2008-08-08

well those are some curious uses for a disc case, well done ! i made the following a few months ago and its been hanging in my 'lounge' (which doubles as a makeshift workshop on occasion) ever since. the bulbs are the energy-saving CFL type and supposedly equivalent to 100 watt incandescent. seven of them! they brighten up the room somewhat insanely .. i found it best not to look up when theyre on !

watermelonhead (author)mikewinny2009-01-04

that's cool!

DREDGONRED (author)mikewinny2008-08-12

wow talk about taking it to the next level that is awesome!

msolek (author)mikewinny2008-08-12

great :)

blugyblug (author)mikewinny2008-08-09

Awesome, but if you have 7 of them they might melt the plastic on the CD container if you leave them on for too long

mikewinny (author)blugyblug2008-08-10

nah they dont get nearly hot enough, very much still just warm to the touch, even after being on for about 6 hours .. at least mine are. i was slightly concerned at first about the one at the bottom and kept checking, which i would recommend if unsure. plus they're in wide-open space and there's plenty of air to move around. also .. im planning on doing 3 and 4 -bulb models for my bathroom and computer room respectively .. only with 25-disc containers so they'll be more 'low profile'. if i ever get round to it i might post a short instructable on how i did it.

chaosrob (author)mikewinny2008-08-08

Very, very kool (I must try....). I have a 'regular' double fixture and I places aluminum foil 'above' it and it really increased the usable light.

fatsiko (author)2008-08-06

keeping food inside a cd box is a very bad idea. Those boxes aren't made for this, and some hydrocarbon particles of the box will goes inside the food. those particles are carcinogen. Please keep you food away from this.

watermelonhead (author)fatsiko2009-01-04

yes, but if you hand wash it in very hot water and soap it MAY be safer.

mynameisjonas (author)2009-01-04

five stars and faved! where do you get the ideas?!?!?!?!?!

action_owl (author)2008-12-30

cool, I always end up using the clear part as a humidity tent for plant cuttings, perfect size

tbonewoodie (author)2008-12-21

Love the toilet paper idea, this will work great for a White Elephant gift! I took it a step further and made a label for the inside, "lightWipe" take off of "lightScribe!" I then did a lightScribe CD of the label and hot glued it to the top. I simply just used a drill press and a forester-bit to drill out the hole so that it matched the case hole.

PTANSG (author)2008-12-10

I've been browsing the site and by far, this is one that strike me most. It just proved that good ideas need not be complicated. This is one that would benefit anyone and everyone.

Koil_1 (author)2008-11-26

What a sweet way to reuse!

vivabear (author)2008-11-25

this is awesome idea!!

joynodoubt (author)2008-11-09

wow, this is awesome! If only everyone could thinking like this! We'd reduce the amount of trash we create and save ourselves lots of money :) I can't wait to reuse my cd holders!

scs3000 (author)2008-10-27

Detailed lamp instructions are here from 2004:

AznPanda (author)2008-10-26

Lol on the last one I thought you were making a gambling machine XD

LUCCHINA (author)2008-10-07

Fantastic !

hogzilla (author)2008-09-21

incredibly resourceful AND well-produced. Very good job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

flipako (author)2008-09-05

WOW!!!!! nice lol very creative

Veehmot (author)2008-09-03


Flumpkins (author)2008-08-24

Amazing! Love it! 5/5 and fave!!!

PocaAzucar (author)2008-08-20

omg! awesome! My mom always wanted to throw out this to the garbage, but I knew it that we can recycled and you made me this great idea

black_flag (author)2008-08-20

This is fantastic. I have thousands of these things so now I can better put these to use.

If you need some spindles to create one of these nifty gadgets for yourself, help me get rid of these. I'm buried over here and hate to throw these in the garbage...
ebay Disc Spindles

SonOfMagicFact (author)2008-08-19

I love it! The last bit, with the string and ribbon made me smile especially side. :3

help.wanted (author)2008-08-14

very creative haha. I enjoyed watching you make the last one, i was rly curious while watching ur preparations cuz i just couldn't make out where you were going with it. very nice! the first and last ones are m faves!

Ian01 (author)2008-08-13

I love the hamburger case! :D

DREDGONRED (author)2008-08-12

Now I know what I'm going to do with all of those CD holders... Great Thinking!

KitKat21 (author)2008-08-09

Thanks! I just made this in 20minutes! I skipped the CD's step, however, because my ribbon was already on cardboard spindles (which i widened the holes of to slide into the rod. the HARDEST part was cutting out the holes (and i cut slits on the sides of the holes to slip the ribbon into and keep it from unraveling until need it again) THANKS , i have alot alot alot of ribbon THat can now be kept untangled. :-)

msolek (author)KitKat212008-08-12

nice :)

mangenoll (author)2008-08-11

Oh, I really like this one :) Great ideas :)

harari (author)2008-08-10

take a look at the ORIGINAL cd cable drum

fake_faux (author)2008-08-01

Your video is really clear, concise and descriptive and there are some truly viable ideas in your instructable. I like the cord / tape dispenser. Applications 1 & 3 though, at this stage in your development, encourage the use of consumables that aren't so green. Using a washable, textile hand cloth is a preferable method of drying one's hands (or you could just dry them as I do by shoving my wet hands into my jeans pockets) so perhaps the dispenser could be used for dispensing something else (a ball of jute garden twine or to keep a ball of yarn from tangling up whilst knitting). We should all be trying to cut down on our use of batteries (but it's totally cool if it is a rechargeable battery - I can't tell from your video).

blugyblug (author)fake_faux2008-08-01

Lol, hes recycling the CD box. You cant be green with absolutely EVERYTHING.

fake_faux (author)blugyblug2008-08-01

I absolutely agree with you, even our primary bodily functions of breathing & exhaling, eating and taking a dump compromise our own personal quests for kermy froggy greenness.

bikerbob2005 (author)fake_faux2008-08-09

i allways thought that Kermit the frog could if he did not have a hand up his never mind i use a short cd box to hold all the little parts from an on-going project (screws, switches, n such) just invert it and reddy for use.

Krasen (author)2008-08-08

Hey I made an instructable long time ago usin cd holder too a Whipping top

PKM (author)2008-08-08

I like it! My only reservation is I'm not sure the spindle bit unscrews from the CD holder I have, but you can always just cut it out, I suppose. Congrats on making a video that's actually worth watching (I am unfairly biased against Metacafe, it seems). I can just see the looks I'd get turning up to work with a sandwich in a CD spindle... :)

FM_Stereo (author)2008-08-07

lol! what was the third thing? I don't think adding a light bulb to a random object should be considered a use. and i don't know if I want to dry my hands with birthday party decorations.. nonetheless - awesome instructable.

fortgeorge (author)2008-08-07

Nice, I used my smaller 50 disc ones for cat toys. Drill a bunch of small holes all over, drop in a ball that makes noise and a ball with cat nip and the cats play with it forever, well at least mine do, both actually lost weight over a course of a month, no more pudgy cats. rofl! =D

shooby (author)2008-07-17

Music sounds appropriate for an off-road racing game.

The 3 spool idea is awesome, however I have one suggestion for people doing this. Instead of cutting 3 square holes in the outer cover, cut an acute triangle shape, like this:

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That way, you can wedge each cord/wire into their respective triangle to prevent them from unraveling.

stephmake (author)shooby2008-08-07

Great suggestion, shooby! The spool was my favorite too, your triangle hole makes it extra useful. A lot of reels already have holes, too--if they are big enough they could go directly on the spindle and you wouldn't have to make the CD spools and rewind your materials. Nice one, msolek!

shooby (author)shooby2008-07-17

Ooooops, that didn't turn out right Using words: An isosceles triangle with one angle approx 30 degrees, 2 angles of approx (180-30)/2 degrees.

stranoster (author)2008-08-07

Looks really good. I think that the bagels would be safe in there because the plastics in CD spindles are generally PP , but I wouldn't use it every day :). Well made video and a very creative use for those blimmin spindles that lay around my house collecting dust.

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