I made this for a mix CD contest for the band, the One AM Radio and their album This Too Will Pass, and wanted to submit mine in something unique.
Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
1 sheet of printable transparency
knife (x-acto type works well)
heat gun (optional)
When using a knife, be careful!
Step 2: Enter Your Playlist and Design Your Cover
Download the file and open it. The left is the back cover. You can put your tracks here if you want. The right side is the front cover. I put the title of my mix and my name on there.
Step 3: Print and Cut It Out
Cut it out along all the solid lines. Then cut along the 6 dotted lines on the left side (4 horizontal, 2 diagonal).
Step 4: Fold It Up
Next slip the four vertical tabs into the respective cuts in the back panel. The last tab acts as a way to close the CD case. The corners of it slip into the diagonal slits in the back panel.
Now's a good time to crease all the folds very firmly.
Step 5: Put Your CD in and (optional) Use a Heat Gun to Flatten It
Mine was a little puffy at the end, so I hit it with a heat gun (careful: hot!) and flattened all the folds a bit better.
Step 6: Comments
Printing on transparency works pretty well, but, at least mine, wasn't as magical as I wanted it to look (floating text).
The closing mechanism/ tab isn't as easy to use as I'd like. Feel free to improve on this design if you'd like.
This could also work well with card stock and just plain paper. I'd like to see it with transparency or other thin plastic with the letters laser-cut out of it or laser-scored onto it rather than printed on it. You could also try etching the letters on (with a method like this instructable ) a thin piece of metal (shim stock or something equally as thin), though folding the tabs into the slots would be quite a bit more difficult with that material.