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CD Garden Border

By: Mary Talalay, Writer for Kiwi Magazine

I use spent, broken or unused CDs as a garden border. When the sun shines, the CDs cast little rainbows on the ground.

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I love this idea for repurposing those old CDs that are scratched or broken. I always felt bad about throwing them out, so I'm glad there's a way to use them.

What an awsome idea.

I have tried this, and it is a GREAT way to keep away birds, if you want to.

This is a cool idea! I put CD's on my Christmas tree. The little lights fit right inside the hole and reflect light. I'll have to do this with my garden.

Regarding cutting the cd's (gadessa3 on 2-26-11): After warming a cd with a hair dryer set to hot, it can be cut with regular scissors. Haven't tried a heat gun but imagine it would work more quickly.

Cd's are great for the garden. I drill a small hole, run some string through the hole, and hang them up. The wind catches the light and scares birds away from my new veggies. I've used this technique for years, and it works pretty well. I love the idea of making them into a complete border. Neat!

I think the use of CDs for labeling rows and plants is a great idea. Also would like to hear more if the cutting of the CDs works.

As a renter with a small deck, my only option for gardening is with containers. I did a variation on settlesew's comment by gluing CDs to old umbrella spokes and sticking them in the containers. For organizational purposes, I stuck a blank Avery label on the "label side" to note what I had planted.

The CD idea is great & unique. Not tacky in anyway. To each their own. The CD might also work to us to label rows of garden. Plenty of room to put the seed name & date planted. I've even seen mobiles made from the CDs. It was neat the way the light would catch them. I'm new here & really am enjoying it, as I have been a recycler of almost anything now for over 30 yrs. I've even cut up an old lawn chair to make wind chimes. My next major project I want to do is a couple of "bottle trees". Another project idea, if you can get the old books from paint/wallpaper stores (fabric ones really great). If there's a sewing machine make you a table runner that is quilted. Most of them already have the edges pinked with shears so won't ravel. The books for wallpaper could be used to lined the drawers of a jewelry box for a child. Thanks for making this wonderful site possible.

You're very crafty and smart

What a great idea!

Recalling how the discs do shine in the sunlight has given me an idea. I'm going to see how difficult it is to use an exacto knife to cut into the CD. If not to difficult, I will cut various shapes,(2 of each shape to put wrong sides together so each side will shine) put a hole in the top of each piece, string them together to create a long piece and then hang from a tree branch as a wind catcher... which will be pretty with the shimmer the CD's will create.

I don't think the CD border looks good at all. Tacky

I've used the CDs in the vegetable garden. Hang them so that they flutter in the wind to scare away birds trying to eat the seedsseedlings! Works great. Also keeps small animals out...reflecting light and motion scares them.

That's so cool. I have plenty of CD's I can use. I recycle everything I can get my hands on and the rest I give to


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