Make an Amazing CD Tealight Holder
Can I use CDs in craft projects?
Yes! Learn how to make tea light votives from old CDs. You'll also see how to make photo frames, coasters, and fancy container lids using them.
Recently, my granddaughters and I spent a weekend together making CD crafts and suncatcher butterflies. We wanted to make our crafts extra creative, and we took lots of pictures so we could share them with you. First, we'll show you how we prepared the CDs. Then, you'll see photos of how the new items we made can be used.
What You'll Need
- 3 old CDs (per project)
- 1 CD (for each coaster or cookie plate)
- 1 CD (for each photo frame)
- Suncatcher paints
- Felt (for the coasters)
- Ribbon (photo frame)
- bottle, pop can, jar (to form the CDs)
- cookie sheet or pizza pan
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Flameless tea lights
1. Paint the CDs
- The tea light holders and the jewelry dish are each made with three CDs. Paint the silver side of two CDs with suncatcher paint. Leave one CD as is.
- If you want to make a coaster, frame, or cookie dish, you'll only need one CD. Paint the silver side with suncatcher paint.
2. Prepare Them for the Oven
- For the molded CDs (tea light holders and jewelry dish), use two CDs and lay the painted CD directly over the non-painted CD with the label sides together. Hold the two CDs together and center them over the top of the glass bottle. Then, set them on the cookie sheet. The two CDs will fuse together in the oven.
- The rimmed tea light holder like the green one below is prepared in the same way. You just need to center it over a glass jar or soda can.
- For the flat CDs under the tea lights and jewelry dish, lay the painted CDs, painted side up, on the cookie sheet.
In this photo you can't see the bottle, jar or can so, you'll have to look at the next photo to see how the CDs are centered on the bottle, soda can and jar to shape these CDs for tea light holders or a jewelry dish.
3. Bake Them in the Oven
- Place the prepared CDs on the cookie sheet in a preheated oven (375°F) for 10 minutes. Leave them for a minute or two longer if the CDs haven't folded down over the bottle or jar.
- Remove from oven, carefully lift the fused CDs off the bottle, jar or can. Use a potholder to place the pieces on a paper towel to cool. Use a pancake turner to gently lift the edges of the flat pieces and cool on a paper towel.
- Be sure that your room is ventilated. I probably should have lined the pan with tinfoil, and I will from now on. If you are concerned about toxins, you could use a toaster oven in the garage to do the baking.
Purple Tea Light
You can see how the two CDs that form the bowl of the candle holder fused together. The outside of the bowl is the painted side, and the inside is the original silver.
Green Tea Light
As you can see, this bowl wasn't made using two CDs. That's why you can see the written side on the outside of the bowl.
A beautiful jewelry holder for your dresser!
Hanna's Idea: a Cookie Plate
Hanna thought making a cookie plate was a good idea.
Hope, Hanna, and Hayden are sisters, so we combined their photo frames together.
1. They each painted the CD that holds their photo.
2. We used the bottom of the flameless tea candle for a pattern to draw circles over photos of the girls.
3. Then, we cut the photo circles and glued them to the centers of the CDs.
4. For the frames, we cut cardboard circles to fit the back of the CDs.
5. We took a long piece of wire-edged ribbon and stapled the cardboard pieces to the ribbon.
6. Then, we applied glue to the back of the CDs and glued them over the cardboard circles, sandwiching the ribbon between.
7. We made a bow at the top of the photo trio. Then, we cut a "v" shape in the bottom of the ribbon under the last CD.
Ella is the oldest and only girl in her family. We assembled her photo frame in the same way.
Hanna and Hope glued the felt to the back of the CDs to make coasters.
- Cut circles of felt the same size as the CD.
- Glue them on the back of the CD to make a coaster.
We made a set of six coasters.
I used this jar to form some of the CDs and thought that it would make a useful container to hold Q-tips or cotton balls.
1. I drew simple flowers on the side of the jar with a black Sharpie.
2. Then, I painted the flowers with craft paints.
3. I thought that all CDs were made the same, but evidently, they aren't. When I put this CD on my jar to bake and form it, the CD didn't get the bubbly look that all the other ones did. I used this one anyway, but I would have preferred that it had the bubbly look.
4. For the knob on the lid, I used a wooden ball that I painted. It's flat on one side and had a hole drilled in it.
5. On the inside, I used a flat washer with the hole smaller than the hole in the CD. I used a wood screw to tighten the ball knob to the lid.
© 2013 Loraine Brummer