Monday, January 10, 2011

stained glass cds

I'm pretty thrilled with how my little brainstorm turned out. I had seen an idea for decorating cds with sharpies that looked lovely. Since I was looking for an idea that would work for kids, I wrote it off. Sharpies smear too easily when working on cds. Then I had an idea to use the paint designed for sun catchers.

Before Christmas I had my first experience with puff paint. I immediately knew how to make this work. The puff paint would be my 'lead' and the kids could paint the design in.

It works like a charm. I am absolutely thrilled with how metallic and reflective they turned out.

I saw glitter glue at Dollar Tree. Three big bottles for one dollar. I thought that perhaps they would provide a cheaper alternative.

I am not in love with the glitter glue effect but it is a nice alternative.

These are simple to make but they do take a little planning and time because the glue drying times are long.


  • puff paint
  • discarded cds
  • decorative paper
  • drill
  • adhesives
  • gems
  • sun catcher paint or glitter glue


  1. Drill a hole in your cd.
  2. Cut out discs of paper the size of the cd.
  3. Glue them to the back of the cd.
  4. Use puff paint to outline your design and add dividers for different colors.
  5. When the puff paint is dry, fill in your design with sun catcher paint or glitter glue.
  6. Glue a gem to the middle of the cd to cover the hole.
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    1. These are super pretty, Melissa! Great idea to do the outlines yourself for coloring-in.

    2. They look like glass Melissa. I know the kiddos enjoyed this project.

    3. These look like real stained glass! Wow, what a fun activity for older kids.

    4. Very Cool!

      Thank you for the support, it is appreciated

    5. Very cute and great idea to reuse cd's!

    6. very pretty! i like the glitter effect as an alternative texture as well!

    7. You are a crafting goddess!!! This is so clever and I love crafts that are for the kiddos :D

      Thanks for sharing with "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hope to see you next week.

    8. These are beautiful. You are so smart and clever. Great job!!

    9. What a great idea, those really did turn out well! One can never have enough uses for old CD's, seems like you always have those laying around.

    10. They look terrific, you are the queen of repurposing !!

    11. Oh, I see these in my future!!

    12. What a neat project! These are beautiful!

    13. What a really great idea! I can't wait to try it.

    14. They look brilliant! I have so many old CDS we could do this with! Thanks for the inspiration!

      Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit. Hope you have a lovely week.

      Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    15. I LOVE stained glass, it is one of my most favourite things in the whole world. I did a stained glass course years ago before I had the kids, I made a couple of pieces, I will have to post about them one day...

      Your CDs turned out so pretty! I love the painted ones best too :)

    16. Cool! I'm keeping this idea in the back of my mind for the next time I need something fun to do with the girls.

      Warmly, Michelle

    17. Those are so cute! I'm loving the stained-glass technique you used! Great job!

    18. So cute! those turned out so good, and it's very creative. :)