Introduction: Open CD Cover II: CD Case From One Sheet of A4

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A quick and simple way of packaging a CD in an A4 piece of paper. The design keeps the CD clean and secure and uses no glue or fasteners, just folding. By Zero-waste Design.
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Step 1: What You Need

Take one CD and one sheet of A4 paper. This can be scrap paper or one printed with specific artwork (a template .pdf is provided to aid artwork production, but is not needed to construct the CD cover.)

Step 2: Line Up the CD

Place the CD with the printed side down at one end of the paper. Align it so that the centre of the CD is approximately halfway along the shorter edge of the paper.

Step 3: Fold 1

Take one of the longer edges and fold it over on top of the CD so that the corner of the paper meets up with the transparent part at the centre of the CD.

Step 4: Fold 2

Do the same on the opposite side.

Step 5: Fold 3

Take the CD the part of the paper enveloping it and fold back over so that the CD is printed side up.

Step 6: Fold 4

Take the end of paper that is furthest from the CD and fold over on top the CD as far as possible.

Step 7: Basically Done

The CD cover is essentially finished! You can write the name on the front flap and I like to put additional info such as track names on the inside pocket.

The CD case can double as a promotional poster when folded out again! - Download the pdf above so you can design the artwork to fit the folds properly

Read on for making the CD cover a bit more secure and closable...

Step 8: Unfold...

Open out the covering flap.

Step 9: Tear Out Tabs

Take one of the two paper corners near the centre of the back of this flap and tear or cut a slit about 30mm into the paper, just til it reaches the next fold. Repeat on the opposite side. Allow the newly made tabs to extend away from the CD cover.

Step 10: Fold in Tabs

Close the covering flap over the CD again and tuck the tabs that you have just made behind the inside pocket that holds the CD. This may require a little bit of gentle encouragement.

Step 11: Actually Done

The covering flap is now securely held down, keeping the CD in its pocket.

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