CD Mosaic Table Top




Introduction: CD Mosaic Table Top

Hi All,

CDs were invented in 1980s and were very popular for quite sometime. As kid I collected many audio, video and games cds... But with the invention of USB drives and Cloud storage, we no longer use them or even have compatible devices were we can play them...

We all have a pile of old CDs/ DVDs stil dear to us and have not thrown them away... Not sure what we are waiting for .. ?

The table used in this project is from my neighbours, they had that a glass top, but they had replaced glass top twice already, did want want another glass top. We together decided to do a CD mosaic.

In this instructable I will share how to reuse them for a Mosaic table top, really simple, need just few hours to complete.

Hope you like it

Step 1: What Do We Need ?


  • Suitable Table
  • PVA glue ( Fevicol )
  • 4mm Plywood
  • Old CDs or DVDs
  • White Cement
  • Varnish

Step 2: Prepare CDs

  • Take boiling hot water in a small bowl
  • And dip the CDs in it for 10 minutes, This is needed to use less force to cut the CDs and to keep CDs layers intact
  • I choose prewritten CDs and not RW. Pre written CDs are like mirror where as RW CDs have purple shade
  • Cut the CDs in triangles and not squares
  • These triangles can be on any size, does not have to perfect or same size
  • Let the CD pieces dry
  • You may have to sort out good pieces and make sure you trim down sharp edges

Step 3: Base

  • This step is optional, as the table I used had a glass top of (362 x 363 mm)
  • So I cut a 4mm plywood of the same size
  • I have not glued this, so it is easy to work
  • If you are using it on the table top directly, cover the table sides it with new paper to protect them from scratches or cement

Step 4: Stick It Up

  • Apply pva glue, near the edges and start sticking the CD mosaics
  • Do not apply too much of glue, just right quantity to stick the pieces
  • Gradually Cover the whole area while moving inwards
  • Fill some gaps by cutting mosaics into smaller pieces
  • This does not have to be perfectly aligned or in pattern
  • Let this dry for 1 hr

Step 5: FIll the Gaps

  • Once the glue is dried, fill the gaps with white cement paste
  • You could use grout as well, I had white cement from previous projects, so used it
  • Cover the cds and gaps with generous amount to white cement
  • Let is dry for 10 minutes and using dame cloth, remove white cement from the CDs
  • You may have to wash the cloth to avoid scratches
  • Once you are happy and the CDs are clean, wipe with a dry and soft cloth
  • Let this dry for 1 hrs, We do not have to dry this for 24 hrs as the cement layer is max 1 mm thickness, it drys out fast

Step 6: Finalizing

  • Once the cement is dry, clean the CDs
  • Cover the the surface with varnish and let it dry
  • Applying varnish helps in preventing scratches but the reflective surface on the CDs get a bit dull
  • Let the varnish dry for 4 hrs
  • Place the new table top on the table and we are done

I hope you enjoyed reading this instructables and please share your comments and suggestions

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    That is a really good upcycle idea! I can get rid of my CD mountains while making a durable table top. It would make a beautiful and unique backsplash for the kitchen too which can be easily wiped off of stains like oil.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Something tells me that resin would go very well with this idea. And it would help to prevent people from getting nicked on the sharp edges of the CDs too!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Yes, using resin will remove any sharp edges


    3 years ago

    Thanks for the tip on cutting the CDs. Years ago, I made something with old CDs, but the act of cutting them hurt my hands so much that I hesistated to use them in anything again. I'll have to try that the next time I use CDs for anything.


    4 years ago

    I've got many CDs and wanted to do something similar but I'm hoping to put them on a wood frame for my bathroom mirror, which is just hanging on the wall with clips - very plain. Thanks for the help on how to cut the CDs and fill in the gaps. This is going to be gorgeous!!


    Reply 4 years ago

    Please share, when done..

    Kink Jarfold
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    4 years ago on Step 6

    Wow, sparkly. Nicely done. Great that you repurposed that table, too. --Kink--

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    Reply 4 years ago