How to Make a Disco Ball With CDs

Here's how to recycle all those freebie and unwanted CDs and turn them into something funky and new.


1. Gather your unwanted CDs.

2. Cut each CD into little squares.

- Kitchen shears are better for this job. This could ruin a good pair of scissors. Also, the scissors shouldn't be thin, or else your hands will ache.

- To soften the CDs for cutting (and reduce splintering) dip the CD into boiling water without letting it touch the bottom of the pot. Pull it out before it starts to warp (this might take a little experimenting on your part to determine how long they need to be dipped). Use gloves to cut the CD while it's still warm.

3. Collect the squares in a pile. You will end up with all different sizes of little squares.

4. Fetch the Styrofoam ball and glue gun.

5. Put a hole through the ball with a bamboo skewer or any thing else. Run some fishing wire or a string through the ball and knot into a loop from which the ball can be hung.

6. Start by gluing the little squares from the center of the ball. Work your way up and down. Continue until the ball is covered. Leave the top of the disco ball, where the loop comes out, for last. It's a good place to put irregular bits and pieces because it's the least conspicuous.

7. Hang the ball. You now have a mini disco ball and you've reused the old CDs!


asked by networker in Articles | 94060 views | 01-08-2008 at 03:43 PM

nice but I already have one in my room

answered by cohen | 01-09-2008 at 02:34 PM

too much work to do

answered by Mimz | 01-09-2008 at 03:03 PM

that's it? easy

answered by ezequiel | 01-13-2008 at 06:16 AM

must do....what did i do with all those aol cds :<

answered by Guest | 06-27-2009 at 11:55 PM

aww. cute kitty cat watching you.

answered by Guest | 07-10-2009 at 08:21 AM

Not to sound glib, but isn't 'cut into squares, glue to globe' a bit of a pointless tutorial? It's not exactly rocket surgery...

answered by Guest | 07-18-2009 at 06:05 PM

Originally Posted by Mimz View Post
too much work to do
LOL no.

answered by Guest | 08-04-2009 at 03:03 AM

Why so mean, guys?
Why are you trying to make someone feel bad about posting an easy tutorial? Way to be grateful someone took their time to do something. I say, that's a better use of one's time than making snide remarks.

answered by Guest | 09-13-2009 at 12:38 AM

Easy in a Why Didn't I think of that?! way.
Of course! Sometimes you don't see the forest for the trees. I would have never thought to cut up old cd's to make a disco ball. Thanks for posting this tutorial.

answered by Guest | 10-09-2009 at 09:15 PM

I make a lot of balls with different materials, one being cork. I also cut squares but it's not as simple as that. You start off with a square around the center of the ball but as you work your rows, they have to change shape, ie narrow on one side, to follow the shape of the ball. If you continued just cutting squares, they would all overlap and it wouldn't look nice.

I love this idea though, thanks.

answered by Guest | 10-17-2009 at 06:15 AM

Awesome! Now I have something else to do this weekend with my kids. I'm always trying to find neat little crafts to make with them. Thank You!

answered by Jason L | 01-14-2010 at 02:58 AM

too much work

answered by Guest | 03-04-2010 at 01:03 AM

wowwww. some people here post the most useless comments. Don't look for DIY tutorials if it's "too much work". JUST BUY IT. this is for people who are creative and like to use their hands. GTFO craft losers!!

To the author, I think this is so awesome. I may make one myself. It's way cheaper than finding and buying a disco ball and it's green. yay!

answered by Guest | 08-14-2010 at 09:53 PM

Loved the idea... the frightening thing is to cut the cds, but I'm going to try this anyway.

answered by Guest | 06-16-2011 at 06:11 PM

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