Recycled DVD's Mosaic Resin Tray




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Recycled DVD's Mosaic Resin Tray

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I love the reflective shine of a DVD. DVD's are totally obsolete now, right? Do you still use DVD's? We used to back up our computer, but so much can just be done on back up drives or on a DVD's sit, useless in a pile. Let's use them for this awesome craft! Isn't this mosaic tray incredible! It's so shiny and sparkly!

Plus, this tray is recycled too! I love turning Trash into Treasure! Please vote for me in the Trash to Treasure contest too!

Step 1: Supplies Needed!

You will need:

Tray (mine is 8 by 18 inches) and mine was rescued from the trash for bad etching!

DVD's (I used 9 or 10) Upcycle those old DVD's that are obsolete!

Hot Glue/gun

Envirotex Lite High Gloss


Butane Torch or Heat Gun (for popping air bubbles)

Step 2: Cut the DVD's

Start by cutting your DVD's in half with some strong scissors or clippers.DVD's have 2 layers with the metallic foil in between the layers. Gently pry them apart with your fingers.

Step 3: Glue the Pieces!

Then cut the halves so they are in little pieces with the shiny rainbow metallic side up. Try not to touch the shiny metallic surface as it will leave finger prints.

Then hot glue each piece on the inside of the tray. Cut pieces to fill spaces.

It takes a lot more DVD's than you think it will take. I had my kids guess how many disks I used and they guessed 3. I used 9 for my 18 by 8" tray.

The empty spaces between the tiles look like grout, so try to keep a uniform spacing around all the little "tiles".

Step 4: Pour Resin!

Now, I head out to the garage, but go somewhere that will be undisturbed for 24 hours. You will need 8 ounces per square foot of EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish. Read the directions carefully and follow it exactly. This is a one to one ratio. It needs to be mixed in one cup for 2 minutes and then poured into a second cup with a different stirring stick and then mixed for another minute. Use disposable cups and sticks, wear gloves and work on a disposable surface.

Then pour the high gloss in the tray. Gently move the tray around so the resin fills the base of the tray all the way to the corners.

Instantly there are bubbles forming. Cover with a board and wait 20 minutes.

Then use a heat gun on low heat and gently blow over the tray, it will instantly pop the bubbles.

Cover with the board again to prevent dust from settling on the surface of the resin. Then wait 24 hours. This is the hard part.

Step 5: Enjoy the Sparkle!

My tray has about a 1/4" thick glossy resin coating all the tile pieces. Nothing but a smooth, wonderful texture--and so shiny! Be careful walking outside with this blinding piece!

I love the range of rainbow colors it shows. By just moving slightly the colors change.

Isn't it just the best? I know, I love it! Perfect for the entry table as a catch all. Great for serving meals on. Perfect for home decor!

Step 6: Save and Share!

Isn't this just an awesome project to take Trash to Treasure!? I love how it turned out!

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    7 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I have never seen compact disks look so good, great job!!

    Sara Bears

    1 year ago on Step 5

    I flipping loooooovvvvvve this so much! Cannot wait to break up those stupid blank CD's in my desk drawer!!! Thank you so much!


    1 year ago

    This is so pretty! Good luck in the Trash to Treasure contest!


    1 year ago

    Nice idea and workmanship. One thing I would add is to be sure the project is level before you add the resin. It will flow to even out, so if it's not level....

    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    So pretty! CDs really are so great for upcycling :)


    1 year ago on Step 6

    Oh, that is nice. I've tossed years and years worth of burned dvds. Couldn't think of anything outside of a few tesla turbines to make, and everything I back up now is to the cloud or on dirt cheap 4tb hard drives.

    Good re-use of the material. Thanks for this.

    Very cool. I love the iridescent color effect that the CDs give.