Making a Wall-hanging Out of Old Cds and Dvds

A wall hanging made out of cds and dvds--one of two I made for a matching set.

A wall hanging made out of cds and dvds–one of two I made for a matching set.

It’s a sunny day today in Chicago—birds are singing, and petals from the shattered blossoms of pear trees are blowing in the light breeze.  I spent a couple of hours this morning on the patio, installing my wire trellis system and putting up two wall hangings that I made earlier this week from old cds and dvds.

 

Book rings from Staples--1.5 inch diameter.  They really worked nicely.

Book rings from Staples–1.5 inch diameter. They really worked nicely.

The wall hangings were really easy to make.  I decided first what I wanted to use to connect the cds—I chose these 1.5inch book rings from Staples.  I set the cds/dvds out on the floor to choose a pattern:  I decided that I would make 2 matching hangings of 15 cds each, with 3 cds going across horizontally, and 5 cds going down vertically.

 

I used old rewriteable cds and dvds I had lying around

I used old rewriteable cds and dvds I had lying around

I already had 2 small stacks of blank rewriteable cds and 1 stack of blank rewriteable dvds.  The dvds are the most colorful—they give off a purplish hue.  One stack of cds had a dark silver cast, and one stack was a lighter silver color.    The nice color that you want is on the reverse side of the cds.  I put 5 of each in a vertical row in each wall hanging.

 

To most (normal) people, the color difference is so slight that the rows are pointless, but my highly organized and possibly neurotic mind really liked the added complexity.  This has been a problem my whole life.  I deal with it by buying myself pretty new lipstick and maybe some chocolate.  Moving on…

You can see the four drilled holes; two of them have book rings attached

You can see the four drilled holes; two of them have book rings attached

 

I got out the drill and chose a bit that was just slightly bigger than the width of the metal of the book rings, so that the rings would slide nicely into the cds.  I used a ruler and a sharpie to mark the spots I needed to drill—I made the holes 1/2inch  from the side of the cds.  Since the book rings are 1.5inches in diameter, that leaves 0.5 inch between cds, so they will move freely and not hit into one another.

 

I drilled 4 holes into some of the cds/dvds, and 3 holes into others, depending on where they fit into the pattern and on how many sides they would need to connect.  If you picture the cd as a clock-face, I drilled holes at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.  I put a block of wood under the cd as I drilled the holes.  Steady pressure was best; if I wasn’t as careful, the cd cracked or a bubble developed in the finish.

 

One row finished

One row finished

When all the holes were drilled, I connected the cds using the book rings.  There was a nice mess of cd dust on the floor, which I waited a day and a half to clean, because I was tired and had better/more enjoyable things to do and it’s an imperfect world.

 

Wall hangings up on the patio wall.  I can see the three different colors of cds/dvds in vertical rows--can you?

Wall hangings up on the patio wall. I can see the three different colors of cds/dvds in vertical rows–can you?

I am pleased with my cd/dvd wall hangings!  I chose this project because I wanted something to reflect more light around my patio.  I needed something that would be light in weight and easy to hang.  Traditionally, an area is made lighter by painting it white (not an option—condo living) or by hanging a mirror.  In my humble opinion, there are about 50 people on Planet Earth who would constantly want to see their own reflection as they go about the business of gardening and living life, and then there are the rest of us.

 

A pretty daffodil

A pretty daffodil

I know in my heart that some homemade projects of this kind are really cool, and some are (unfortunately) tacky.  As the creator of this particular project, I am going to say it gives off a hip, recycler-in-the-city vibe, because I want it to be true, and maybe you’ll believe me.

 

Daffodils and allium by the garage sidewalk

Daffodils and allium by the garage sidewalk

On a different note, the daffodils I planted last fall have come up and bloomed.  I consider them a semi-success; they look alright, but most of them have flopped over onto the sidewalk.  There are still a few rat tunnels in view.  Since nothing much had survived the rats before I moved here, I am satisfied with the result.

 

Yikes!  I named him Cagney.

Yikes! I named him Cagney.

The daffodils should come back fuller next spring, so that will keep them more upright.  What would really help is another plant, some type of groundcover maybe, around their feet for support.  I saw a rat in this area the other day—I went back in for my camera, and I got some pictures!

 

My blank space is starting to look like it may become a garden.  A haiku for the day:

 

Sleep is elusive.

Taking drugs to ease the pain,

A mighty Prince dies.

The end!

The end!

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