Paper CD Sleeve




This a variation on a folded paper CD/DVD sleeve I found somewhere on the internet. I made some additions and modifications to the folds and made it work for a standard letter size page.

Instructables user boyhowdy has made a perfect pdf template which clearly shows each fold and outlines the areas for cover artwork. Also, the template clarifies step 6 which may have been a bit cloudy to some. You can download the files below.

Thanks again boyhowdy, nice work.

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Step 1: Start

Start with a standard letter size (8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. Fold diagonally across the long edge.

Step 2: After First Fold

This image shows the sleeve after the first fold. Now fold everything in half along the dotted line.

Step 3: Second Fold

After the second fold

Step 4: The Next Fold

Use a CD or DVD to get a rough idea for the next fold.

Step 5: The Third Fold

after the third fold

Step 6: Locking the Corner

take the two sides you just folded. open one side up a bit and insert the other part inside.

Step 7: After That

After locking th corner, place the CD in the slot to see the next fold.

Step 8: Fold Down

fold the top corner down over the cd and crease. You can angle it or leave it at a right angle.

Step 9: Tuck It

If you tuck the tab over the CD, it will lock it in place. if you've done it with it won't fall out. You can also tuck it behind the CD so you can see the labeling.

Step 10: Last Image

this show the sleeve with the tab tucked behind.
There are actually three little pockets you can put CD's in, each separated by paper. I've stuck as many as five CD's in one of these.

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    11 Discussions


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I prefer the pre-made sleeves made by Memorex. They are much more professional-looking and are more protective of the disc and have a clear window.

    2 replies

    Isn't the idea to NOT have to buy something. With this you can re-use sheets of paper which would normaly go straight to recycling. Re-use comes before recycle, and reduce before those two. So we might as well reduce the amount of CD cases we buy in the first place, re-use paper we already have, and once the case is finished with - recycle it! :-)

    davidprosser - you are totally right. I hate having to tell dorks what instructables is all about. If they are going to whine about how it is better to buy something than to make it, then they have no clue what they are doing, and they should delete their instructables account RIGHT FLIPPING NOW! Btw "Spool," nice ible!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    really nice and quite useful for cds bieng caried like in my backpack


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I'm making DVDs for my daughters for Christmas and this is coming in extremely handy. I'll be plussing you up after I post my comment. I like this fold much better than the flimsy folds you see everywhere else. I'm much more confident this one will hold. I also made a template in PowerPoint and place my graphics there. I added an "Open Here" arrow. If you want to place a photo or other graphic on your label, the rotation angle is 37 degrees (or -53 degrees) depending on which way your graphic started. Fiddle with it. I'm not sure how to explain this but lining up fold 1 was taking most of my time. I searched Youtube and found a video of this sleeve being made. They start with fold 2 which is a pure corner to corner diagonal fold. Now I can knock these things out f-a-s-t. If you fold the diagonal corners together first (how can you miss the corners?), then leave that folded and fold the other corners together, basically folding it in half - that creates the fold lines for you. Then you unfold it and begin the folding exactly like you see in this Instructable. Another improvement in that video was in step 6. It looks like you have made the change in your Instructable but not explained it. What I do now is fold both tabs over as shown in step 5, but then take the upper tab and refold it back the other way on the same crease. You end up with both points facing each other. Then when you tuck the upper one into the lower one, you don't get any nasty edges showing. Also in that video, and I'm sorry I didn't get the link before writing this, but their version holds two CDs with just a slight mod to the fold over flap from step 8. They do that completely different and it opens up a second slot, which is closed on the bottom, for a second CD. When you slip a second CD into a tightly folded sleeve, they are very snug and separated by two layers of paper. However you do not end up with a tuck-in flap at the top. Still as snug as they are, they should not slip out easily. Thanks for the Instructable.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Looks cool to me... will work perfect for a mix-cd exchange I have to do this weekend . ThnXXXXXX


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm, does not seem to protect about 1/8th of an inch of the disk. Good templates though.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable. I like this a lot better than the simpler paper sleeves that you find on the site. Just one bit of criticism: step six stumped me a little bit the first time I tried it. You should consider posting one or two additional pics that illustrate slipping the ends together more clearly. Thanks for sharing.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    That's a very neat method, I'll have to try it.