Paint CDs Tips, Ideas, And How To!
Are you ready to try a new paint craft? Paint CDs! Yes, this fun and easy craft needs only a few craft supplies and CDs. This is an awesome teen craft but, also can be used as a kid’s craft or adult craft.
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If you are like us you probably have old CDs lying inside a desk or drawer. But, if not you can grab them on Amazon, office supply stores, or look for them at yard sales. Why not upcycle them into art?! You will need acrylic paint, clear gesso, paintbrushes, water, and your imagination! Honestly, any skill level can do this painting craft.
Paint CDs For Your Dorm Room Wall
Before Sammie left for college she painted CDs to decorate her dorm room wall. If you are heading off to college and want an inexpensive way to add colors, designs, and CD aesthetic to your dorm walls. Use a stick and peel hangers like Command Strips to secure them to the dorm room walls. Just note: Always be sure of the dorm rules prior to hanging items on the walls.
If you are taking the CDs to college – When packing the CDs that have been painted to take to college. Store them carefully, use wax paper between the designs (after fully dried) stacking them carefully into a box. Wrapping the stack with something like bubble wrap. Keep the painted CDs out of the heat and sun!
Use Painting CDs as a Summer Craft or Rainy Day Craft!
If you have kids ages 6+, pre-teens, or teens who are looking for a fun project this is perfect for them too! And any adults will have fun with this too! I even made a few with them!
And when my granddaughters came to visit. One who is a teen and the other six years old they saw some of the CD art Sammie didn’t bring with her to college. They asked if they could paint CDs too. I said yes! This is an easy paint craft to set up and do. And this painting project entertained them for hours!
- New CDs or used
- Clear Gesso
- Acrylic Paints
- Paint Pens (optional)
- Paint Brushes
- Water in a water container or jar (for rinsing the paintbrushes)
- Paper towels (for spills and messes)
- A protective cover for your table – We use a thin wood board we picked up at the lumber yard. You can use a garbage bag opened up or a disposable picnic table cover.
Paint CD Ideas
- Ying Yang
- Peace Sign
- Smiley Face
- Palm Trees
- Cow Print
- Fruit – Oranges, Cherries, Strawberries…
- Check Patterns
- Flowers – daisies, roses, iris…
- Music Notes
- Piano Keys
- Retro Designs
- Galaxy Designs
How To Paint CDs
- First, make sure your CDs are clean and dry. (Our CDs Did not need any overlays removed. If your CD does and you need help see the CD video linked at () it shows the steps and how to remove!)
- Paint the CDs with a coat of clear gesso. This creates a nice base where the paint will grip and not slide on the surface, making it easier to paint the CD.
- If you don’t have clear gesso you can use gesso (that isn’t clear) But, your base coat will be opaque and not see-through for your designs.
- Let the gesso dry completely. While it’s drying you can decide what designs you would like to paint. (Pinterest has lots of ideas! But, I will list a few cd paint ideas below.)
- Paint your designs by looking at other’s designs, drawing out a design first with a pencil lightly, or just painting different colors into a design.
- When switching paint colors be sure to rinse your paintbrush until the paint bristles (and barrel) are fully clean.
- Squeeze out any excess water.
- Begin using your new color.
- Repeat the process until you have completed your painted CD!
- Optionally, you can use paint pens to write words, draw designs or make accents.
Should you seal the surface of the CD design after painting it?
If you want to seal the design. You can use a product like Mod Podge Sealer (in matte) or (in gloss) Or a spray sealer such as this DecorArt brand Acrylic Paint Sealer or one like this Krylon Acrylic Sealer. Both are my favorites!Master new painting skills and techniques on Craftsy
What to do make with CDs? What to make with painted CDs?
- Decorate a wall
- Decorate the wall of your dorm room with a CD wall collage
- Make a CD Wind Chime
- Glue felt to the back of the CDs and make CD coasters
- Cover a jewelry box
- Make a mosaic with them
- Make CD Curtains
- Ceiling decoration
- Pen Holder
- Sun Catcher
(source) for some of the ideas.
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Introduction: CD Art
I had a stack of old CDs lying around. For a long time I was planning to reuse them for a different purpose but I had no clue. Then one day while I was surfing on the internet I found an interesting idea to convert these in to great art work that can be put up on the walls. I liked this idea because I thought it was very easy to do, just few simple steps. The final product turns out to be pretty good.
Step 1: Things Needed
1. Any old CD
2. Acrylic color (preferably dark color)
3. Paint brush
5. Anything with sharp point to scratch the color (I used the arm of the screwdriver)
Step 2: Apply Paint
• Shiny side of the CD shows rainbow colors when light falls on it. We r going to use this side
• Apply the acrylic color on shiny side. Here I have used black color. Make sure you have a thick layer of this color so that it becomes easy to scratch the color later
• Leave it to dry
Step 3: Draw a Design
Draw your favorite design on the colored side
Step 4: Scratch the Design
• With the help of screwdriver arm scratch the color along the outline of the design Try not to scratch very hard otherwise you’ll damage the shiny coating
• You may also want to scratch the inside of the design to make it more interesting
Step 5: Stick It on the Wall
Put the finished CD art on the wall using blue tac
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Hey guys, it's Megan!
I recently posted a video showing a few projects you can try when you're bored this summer. If you missed it, you can check it out here!
I'm always looking for different ways to repurpose common household items. I found a few boxes of these old CDs lying around, and I figured they'd make a great painting surface!
For this project you'll need:
I wanted to try making a clear CD. So, I got some packing tape, scratched the top of the CD with scissors, and used the packing tape to peel off the silver part. Just line up the tape with the edge of the scratch, and the silver part should come right off.
For some reason my CD had blue stuff all over it, I don’t know if they’re all like that or if it’s because these were made in , but I just used a Clorox wipe to scrub that off.
Now for the fun part- actually painting the CD.
Since it’s clear, I traced the CD on to a piece of paper, and sketched out my design.
I taped the CD on top of the sketch, and started painting!
I used my Arteza acrylic paints for this. I like these because they’re a little bit thicker. I usually only need one or two coats.
I did layer a few different shades of green and yellow to give the flowers more dimension though.
You don’t have to make the CD clear, I’ve seen lots of cool ones where people paint directly on top of the CD. Those might make nice suncatchers. You could hang them above a window and let the silver side reflect the light.
But here is how my finished CD turned out!
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