How to Recycle Floppy Disks & CD Jewel Cases

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Old floppy disks and CD jewel cases can be used to make practical or artistic crafts using materials that you already have on hand. Give these upcycled creations as gifts, use them to decorate your own home, or create unique items for church bazaars and craft shows.

Floppy Disk Supply Caddy

    Collect about 20 floppy disks. This number of disks is not set in stone; it depends on how elaborate or simple you want the supply caddy to be.

    Lay flat two rows of three floppy disks. Glue together all disk edges that are touching, using a glue gun. Use the square ruler to ensure they are straight. These six disks form the base of the caddy.

    Stand up disks all the way around the perimeter of the three-by-two floppy disk base and glue them in place with a glue gun.

    Decide where you would like partitions within the caddy to be. One option is to glue a row of three standing disks in the center, to divide the caddy in half. Make a section for holding pens by gluing one floppy disk perpendicular to the center line, to create a square in one of the caddy's corners.

CD Case Candle Holder

    Remove the black backing and labels from four CD jewel cases.

    Print off or collect four pictures of your choice from old magazines, a digital photo collection or any other source.

    Cut the photos to the size of the CD case and glue or place them in the paper sleeve holder.

    Glue the CDs together with a glue gun so that they are standing up in the shape of a cube.

    Cut four pieces of ribbon that will fit over each of the top edges of the cases and glue them on with a glue gun.

    Cut another piece of ribbon that will wrap around the perimeter of the cube. Glue the piece all the way around the cube and add a bow for decoration, if desired.

    Place a tea light candle inside the cube.


    • Use craft paint, stickers or other old computer parts to decorate your caddy or tea light holder.


    • Don't move the caddy or tea light holder from your work space until the glue has cooled and hardened completely.


About the Author

Michelle Brunet has published articles in newspapers and magazines such as "The Coast," "Our Children," "Arts East," "Halifax Magazine" and "Atlantic Books Today." She earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies from Saint Mary's University and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University.

Photo Credits

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