Introduction: CDornaments

About: Go sit in the Faraday cage and think about what you've done...

It's a CD snowflake! Make a Xmas ornament from a recycled CDrom!

It's cool, and at least part of those CDs don't end up in the landfill.... All you need is unwanted CDs and a paper shredder....

Step 1: You'll Need....

--A paper shredder
--a stack of old, unwanted CDroms...

Your paper shredder cannot be the 'cross-cutting' type that shreds twice--only the standard (cheaper) shred-into-strips will work...

Step 2: Do It!

It's simple:

Just feed the CDroms into the shredder. Use the on/off/reverse switch as the magic button that controls the process!

It's also simple to shred your fingers in a paper shredder. BE CAREFUL!!!!!!

Step 3: There It Goes....

If your shredder is like mine, the CD won't make it all the way through on one pass.

Back it out (reverse switch), change the angle and shred again....

Step 4: Rejects

Not all CDroms shred with equal results. Some are more brittle than others.

But even the rejects look pretty cool....

Step 5: That's It!

That'll do it!

You can add a final step: spraying the ornament with lacquer or 'workable fixative,' so all that tinselly stuff doesn't fall off...



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    This project is cute for my pile-o-cds waiting for a creative way to recyclem. I have only a question: A friend told me once that there is a layer inside of the cd which is toxic and is not a good idea to cut it. Do you know anything about this?

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    I don't see an answer to this and despite the fact that the question is now 6 years old I'm going to go ahead and answer it: No, there is no laser inside the CD or DVD disks themselves. Any laser inside the disk READER, not the disk. It is perfectly safe--in this regard to cut up CDs and DVDs.

    OMG, I must have been half asleep when I read the question LOL

    Hey, I've cut CDs all time to make shurikens, and the only problem you can end whit is the "shiny powder" which I don't think is toxic

    I hadn't heard that. Maybe a google search will turn up more info A fixative might help to seal in any chemicals...

    Be Careful shredding CD's! I had to shred old training CD's for work once and the static electricy created was a quite bit more than the shock you get walking accross the carpet. Think flash bulb bright.

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    Cool story... Sounds like all those metallic pieces made a big capacitor.

    Thanks for the info. I've since read that immersing in boiling water is a good way to soften them for bending...

    Great idea. Love it. But wont it break / kill / damage the shredder? Please reply. x

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    i love the idea, im definetly gonna try it!

    @Neon Panda it shouldn't break the cd caus most shredders are made for shredding anything you want to get rid of...

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