CD Upcycle

I have a big box of old CDs that are so badly scratched, they don’t play anymore.

Well, I don’t want them to go to waste so I found some great ideas on how to upcycle my old CDs!

Hanging CDs make very good bird deflectors in the garden especially for fruit trees.

There are many kinds of CD art.  To make foil scratch art, just coat the CD with paint then use an old ballpen, stylus or cutter to remove the paint to show the shiny surface below it.

Another CD art you can do with your kids is something like this!

Feeling Christmassy this early?  You can use old CDs to create a door wreath.

You can also use old CDs to create your own earrings holder.

Now if you have a lot more time and CDs on hand, I found this roof shingle project online! Though I think this will only work for smaller roofing projects like maybe a dog house or a garden accessory.

I love upcycling projects! If you’re thinking of doing any of these, good luck and tell me about it!

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Decorating your Bedside Table

When decorating your bedside table, things tend to get cluttered as it is soooo tempting to just put all of your favorite framed photos and decorations on it. Stop right there!

Here are some bedside table decorating rules:

1.  Follow the RULE OF THREES. 

Here is the basic idea of the rule. Objects that appear in threes are more appealing, memorable and effective than other number combinations.

So I did my own version of this rule. I grouped together 3 objects that make me smile —- a photo of my daughter, a silly looking Buddha and a small vase with Lavender. I wanted them to be of the same color to keep everything in theme.

2.  PROTECT the table top from common objects you place on top of it.

I added a multi-purpose tray to protect the wood from stains that can be caused by my morning cup of coffee or a glass of water.  I also sometimes use it as a catchall for my watch, earrings, clips and other small objects.

3.  Use FELT PADS.

Now to make sure that my decoration doesn’t scratch the surface – which can sometimes happen during cleaning or simply just moving things around, I use felt pads.  Just stick them under!

I bought grey ones from National Book Store.

I also found these black ones from an Asian home store. 

 

Good luck with your own bedside table decorating!