With Christmas fast approaching, I decided to make use of the leftover DVD’s lying around the house. I ended up using a DVD case to make a picture frame, while DVD’s were upcycled into a Christmas ornament, a bathroom sign, and a coaster.
A sentimental photograph
1. Take the paper out of the DVD case sleeve and cut out a same sized piece of construction paper. Slip the paper you just cut out into the DVD sleeve.
2. Slip the photograph into the sleeve over the construction paper.
3. Cut out strips of paper that will form a border around the photo. Glue this onto the plastic.
4. If the DVD cases you want to use have stickers on them, just look at it as an opportunity to be more creative. In my case I made a little sign using the dog’s name to cover it up, and it actually looks quite nice.
An old Christmas card
Double sided tape.
1. Take the Christmas card and cut along the fold so that the cover and back are in two pieces.
2. Cut a nice piece of ribbon that will be long enough for you to hang your ornament. On opposite sides of the DVD, tape down the ends of the ribbon about an inch from the edge.
3. Use little strips of tape to stick the front side of the DVD to the backside of the card’s Cover so that its image will show. Make sure that the image is centered on the DVD and that you tape along the edges so that everything stays in place.
4. Cut along the edges of the CD to trim off the extra card paper that you have on your ornament.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other piece of the card. Now you have a brand new ornament.
construction paper or cardstock
double sided tape
This is similar to making the Christmas ornament, the only difference being that this craft does not use an already made card, so you will have to make your own sign.
1. Do steps 2, 3, and 4 from the Christmas Ornament.
2. Type or write out “Occupied” and “Enter” in large fancy font. If you would rather use this as a sign for your home office then you can just use the words “Busy” and “Come in.” I used “French Script,” but wrote it out due to an unreliable printer.
3. When you have the words for your sign ready, cut them out and tape them to your sign any way you’d like.
4. You can adorn your sign in whatever patterns and designs you wish using bits of colored paper. I kept mine simple.
If you’re into upcycling, you may be familiar with this as it is a very easy and practical craft. Again this is pretty similar to the ornament craft.
Double sided tape
1. Tape along the edges of the DVD and stick it to a piece of felt that covers the DVD. Which side of the DVD you choose to expose is up to you. You may prefer the mirror like image of the backside or whatever pretty image may be on the front.
2. Cut along the edges of the DVD to trim off any excess felt.