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





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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    19 Discussions

    I've been using this to reorganize my CDs that I've burned, since I'm too cheap to buy cases.

    I made a template in Publisher just a few days ago, and saved it into a few different formats. (jpeg, pdf, three publisher formats)

    I love this method for keeping CDs, thanks for sharing,
    and DFTBA.

    I don't think I'd noticed it if you haven't said it :)

    Nice and simple. Perhaps a better way to close the CD case is in step 7 to introduce the front flap (the latest folded) into the pocket.

    Neat! But nothing special, I've been doing the same thing for a few years..

    Good idea.. if someone has a band, you could print out 8 1/2*11 glossy posters and use them as CD cases. When you get a CD, you get a free poster!

    BTW, does anyone know if you can add a sig to these things? I always just type mine out.

    Alan the Great --

    this works with 8 cm (half Size) disks, but you have to either cut away the slack or fold it over agin

    help a lot thanx

    Lockable version, Titles readable, holds CD firmly, yet "re-usable". Note pop-up top flap. Also "unequal" fold on side allows for firm tuck in back 'one inside the other'...


    11 years ago

    cool origami.I've build several of these cd cover for my cds.nice job


    11 years ago

    excellent recycle of used printer paper! Thanks Roy, for a good instructable.

    Hey, that is cool. I guess the major difference is in the final stages - design tucks into the pocket, whereas I think its a bit cleaner to leave it coming over the top. If I want something presentable, I normally leave out the final tabbed stages and put the case inside a plastic wallet. This way your artwork will be protected too. Also, there is something more satisfying experientially when opening the tabbed CD case, its like opening a present, imho. Its also less fiddly for the person opening. Closing is still a bit of a hassle though... I don't really see the point of folding back the wings in the design. What does that do for the design?

    I'm not sure which wings you are refering to. If you are referring to the wings on the bottom of the envelope, the purpose is to keep the envelope from coming undone in some instances. For example, if the top flap is open and you pick up the envelope from that top flap, without the wings the bottom part will unfold and dump the CD on the floor. With the wings, the flap is locked in place making it less likely (not impossible) to unfold and dump the CD. Over all it makes for a slightly stronger envelope. If you are referring to the flaps on the top flap, those are folded down to make it easier to insert the top flap into the bottom one.