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Re-use and Recycle – DIY Garden Cloche

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

It’s that time again for another do it yourself project. It seems like the simple DIY projects we can do with our old CD cases is endless! Once again, we will be dusting off our old jewel CD cases to re-use and recycle to create a garden cloche.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term cloche, it refers to a glass or transparent plastic cover that is placed over young plants to protect them during cold weather. Using your old CD cases allows you to re-use and recycle for a cheap solution to use as a garden tool.

A cloche acts like a mini greenhouse by offering climate control to help get new seedlings off to a good start. With a garden cloche made from recycled CD cases, the warm sun rays will shine through the open top of the cloche and the clear sides will warm the surrounding soil. And when you want to protect the fragile, young plants from frost, you just need to simply shut the lid.

For more DIY projects you can do by using your old CD cases check out our past posts:

DIY – Photo Frame Carousel

Upcycling: Turning Old CD Cases into a Photo Cube

DIY – Photo Frame Carousel

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

A few weeks ago our blog post “Upcycling: Turning Old CD Cases into a Photo Cube” showed us how we can upcycle our old jewel CD cases by turning them into photo cube in a DIY project. This week, we found another DIY project via Photojojo using old jewel CD cases, this time, the cases can be used to create a photo frame carousel!

The DIY photo project comes from Tiffany Threadgould’s DIY book, Remake It, and is a great way to use old jewel CD cases you thought you no longer had use for.

Once completed, this frame-holder can hold up to 10 photos and spin around base just like a carousel. And, anytime you feel a picture is getting old and outdates, you can easily swap out an old picture for a new one!

The carousel is easy to create and we’d like to give a BIG thanks to Photojojo for the great ingredients and step-by-step guide on how to craft this DIY project below!

Here’s what they had to say:


  • 5 CD jewel cases
  • 10 5″x7″ photo prints
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape (electrical tape works best)
  • 10 old CDs
  • CD spindle
  • Stickers, ribbon, scrap paper, etc. (optional)

1. Take the Insides Out

Carefully remove the black or clear center tray of each CD case.

This is the part of the case where your Spice Girls CD would normally snap onto.

Just lift up one edge with your finger until the whole thing moves freely and remove it.

You can throw it out since you won’t need it anymore.

2. Prep Your Pics

Here’s where you can choose to keep things simple or get crafty.

To fill the entire CD frame, trim your photos to 5⅜ inches x 4⅝ inches.

If you’re going the crafty route, you can glue smaller photos onto 4¾ inches x 4¾ inches pieces of decorative paper. Then decorate photos with stickers, ribbon, scrap paper, whatevs you want.

Insert two photos back to back inside a CD jewel case. The photos will display where the CD liner notes used to be. Close the CD jewel case.

Now repeat for the other 4 jewel cases ’til you have 10 photos displayed, 1 on each side of each case.

3. Tape the Cases Together

Stack two jewel cases on top of each other.

Cut a 5 inch piece of tape and tape the cases together along their spines.

Make sure you don’t tape the side of the case that opens. You’ll need to be able to open the cases for switching out photos.

Add another case to the top of the stack and tape it to the one beneath it. Repeat this step until you have a stack of five jewel cases taped together on their spines.

4. Fan the Cases

Place the CD stack upright so it’s standing on your work surface with the front facing you.

Fan the jewel cases out so they sit carousel style. They should be connected at the center where the tape is.

Insert one more piece of tape at the hinge between the two cases that used to be on the top and the bottom of the stack. This’ll close the loop!

You’ll want to reinforce all the other hinges with tape along the opposite side that you already taped them on.

5. Place Them on the Spindle

Now grab your 10 CDs. Place them shiny side up, in the bottom of the CD spindle.

The CDs will be a slippery surface for the jewel-case photo spinner to spin on. This is a good time to pretend you’re a DJ scratching on your records. (Make sure no one’s around because gawd, that’d be embarrassing.)

Now for the crowning moment: slip your jewel case spinner onto the spindle. It’s best if the spindle is taller than the CD jewel cases, so adjust your stack of CDs accordingly.

If the jewel cases don’t spin easily, try gently tugging on them in opposite directions so the tape stretches slightly.

Now, place the CD jewel-case photo spinner on your desk and admire your work.

This jewel of a project is a super original way to frame your photos. Plus it makes you feel good because you get to recycle, which pretty much saves the planet.

Source: Photojojo

Upcycling: Turning Old CD Cases into a Photo Cube

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

With some of us still hoarding CDs from the pre-digital era, we found this neat do it yourself project that involves “upcycling.” This DIY project gives new life to your old jewel CD cases that you thought you would never use again.

Blogger Kelly Wilkinson at Make Grow Gather recently came up with a unique idea for a photo cube. Although photo cubes have been around for awhile, this one can double as a candleholder (probably best to use a battery operated tea light) and allows you to use those old jewel CD cases you thought you no longer had use for. The overall product is a modern, unique, sophisticated way to present your photos.

A step-by-step flickr  instruction guide (looks like you’ll need a Yahoo! account to see this!) can be very helpful and shows just how she took apart old jewel cases and glued them back together into a cube. She then printed her images onto vellum so that the light from the candle (or battery tea light) would give off a soft glow. Using the CD label as a template, she cut her images and inserted them on all sides of the CD cases. To finish it off, she used a grosgrain ribbon that allowed her to hide the edges of the CD case.

And voila! You have a homemade photo cube!

*Tip – it is probably safer to use battery operated tea light as opposed to a real candle