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CD Case Picture Frame

By: Jennifer for The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman

The clever Jennifer of the tongue-in-cheek blog Ramblings of a Crazy Woman asks, "What mother would not want pictures of her children for Mother's Day?" Good point Jennifer! She has shared with us this wonderful tutorial for how to turn regular jewel cases (CD cases) into a hanging picture frame. This is a great way to recycle spare CD cases and is an inexpensive craft gift for Mother's Day, Father's Day or any other occasion.

CD Case Picture Frame


  • 1 or 2 slim jewel cases (CD cases)
  • ribbon
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • packaging tape
  • pictures of child 4x6
  • anything to decorate your frames such as flowers or buttons

    CD Case Picture Frame Materials


  1. Cut ribbon into 4 pieces that are 5 inches long.

    CD Case Picture Frame
  2. Dab a little glue in each corner on the inside of the cover of the case.
  3. Slide ribbon under the inside tabs (and on top of the glue) of the case making a border.

    CD Case Picture Frame 3
  4. Place picture on top of ribbon and secure with tape. You could stop there and make it a standing frame.
  5. For the double picture frame hanger, repeat steps 1-4 on a second jewel case.
  6. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon equal lengths to use to connect the two frames.
  7. Secure both ribbons to the back of the jewel cases with tape. Make sure there is equal space between both cases so your picture frames hang straight.
  8. Cut another piece of ribbon for the hanger. Loop from one side of the top frame to the other. Secure with tape.

    CD Case Picture Frame
  9. Now decorate the front of the frames.

    CD Case Picture Frame 5     CD Case Picture Frame

Note: It would be cute if one of the pictures the child was holding a sign that said," Happy Mother's Day ! I Love You !"

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This really is a great fun and functional way to keep plastic out of landfill. I have posted it to The Junk Wave:

Also could use for bits of artwork, or cross stitch OR use as drink coasters.

I have been saving jewel cd cases for a long time..but during a recent move...most were tossed out by accident but have discovered my adult son..who has tons of cds has been tossing his out!! He has no idea of how many ways they can be reused..Now he I am going to give him a box to "throw" them in...until I collect them!! ps..I have 9 they will definitely be recyled!! Thanks for the inspiration!! redhairsenior

Great idea! I have thrown away broken CD cases, now I wish I had seen this before. A great way to use those broken cases. I keep all my usable, unbroken cases to put my CD's and DVD's back in. I plan to pass this on to our 4-H leader, great gift for Mother's Day and for any Grandparent. Thanks for the info.

Great idea, can put this in the green file, re-use the unusable. Thanks for the idea.


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