How to Make a Wreath Out of Old CDs

Short on holiday decorations, but long on old CDs? 'Tis the season to be crafty.


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You Will Need

  • A plastic, wooden, or foam craft ring
  • 30 old CDs
  • A hot-glue gun
  • A picture hanger
  • A strand of battery-powered holiday lights
  • Batteries
  • A holiday bow or ribbon
  • A hammer
  • A nail
  • A plastic scraper (optional)
  • An over-the-door wreath hanger (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Glue CDs on ring

    Arrange the CDs in evenly spaced intervals completely around the craft ring, shiny side facing out, and glue them into place.

  2. Step 2

    Glue the second row

    Glue a second layer of CDs so that they're evenly spaced between the CDs on the first layer.

  3. Step 3

    Attach the hanger

    Glue the picture hanger to the back of the ring so the wreath will hang properly.

  4. Step 4

    Glue the lights on

    Glue the battery pack for the Christmas lights to the back of the wreath, opposite the hanger. When the glue dries, wrap the strand of lights around the outer edge of the wreath, with the lights hanging over onto the CDs. After positioning the lights, glue the strand to the backs of the CDs to hold it in place.

  5. Step 5

    Attach the bow

    Glue the bow or tie the ribbon to the bottom of the wreath to give your creation some holiday flair.

  6. Before displaying your wreath, remove any stray bits of glue with your hands or a plastic scraper.

  7. Step 6

    Hang it up

    Tap a nail into your door and hang your wreath. If you can't use nails, use an over-the-door hanger. Turn the lights on and bask in the colorful glow.

  8. In 2000 global sales of CDs peaked at 2.5 billion. In 2006 that figure was down to 1.8 billion.