How to Make CD Christmas Ornaments with paint and glitter. This is a fun and easy craft that yields beautiful results. Great creative activity for toddlers right through to tweens.
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We’ve been making tons of easy but beautiful handmade ornaments here in my daycare, and I’m really excited to show you our latest creation. We turned some old CDs and DVDs into gorgeous, glittery ornaments to hand on the Christmas tree.
And hang on to your hats, my lovelies…. We used GLITTER! Lots and lots of glitter! I know. What has come over me?
If you’ve been following us for a while, know I’m a total glitter-phobe. Truly. The thought of crafting with loose glitter actually makes me a bit dizzy.
Well, a few weeks ago, I had to kill over an hour in Michael’s Crafts (yeah, torture, I know…), and I guess being surrounded by all that dazzling, crafty goodness, I lost my senses for a moment.
I threw caution to the wind, and I picked up a dozen or so teeny-tiny packets of glitter, thinking we MIGHT just give it a go here.
Sooo, last week, we took plunge, and you know what?
It was AWESOME! It’s true!! What they say is actually true!!
Glitter DOES make everything better! Check it out! We made these gorgeous CD Christmas ornaments with paint and glitter!
Using old CD’s and DVD’s for preschool crafts is a great way to keep your crafting costs down. Here are some more ways to use them for your Christmas crafts this year:
I actually think I’m over my fear of glitter now. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, it was great!
We used the super-fine glitter, so that might have helped. It didn’t go everywhere, and it didn’t get tracked all over the house like I thought it would. It was really a very pleasant experience!
Let me tell you how we made our beautiful CD ornaments.
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Supplies for CD Christmas Ornaments:
- old CDs
- acrylic craft paint
- glitter glue
- GLITTER (we used super-fine stuff)
- paint brushes
How we made our CD Christmas ornaments with paint and glitter:
The hooligans started out by choosing a few paint colours to work with, and they painted their cds.
Some chose to keep their colours separate, and some blended them all together.
I chose to dip my brush into a couple of colours at a time, and kind of swirl the brush tip on the CD. This made a really pretty effect.
After the acrylics had dried (I gave them a blast with the hair-dryer), the hooligans squeezed on a generous helping of glitter glue and brushed it all over their CDs.
The more the merrier here. You want those disks good and sticky to ensure the real glitter stays put.
If you’re not keen to jump aboard the glitter-train, you could totally call it a finished project right here. They looked great at this point, but there was no stopping us; it was full steam ahead. Next stop: Glitter-town.
The hooligans selected 3 or 4 packets of glitter each, and they quite liberally dusted their cds with the stuff.
Ooooh my! Can you even believe this is even happening in my house right now?
Then we tipped the CDs upside down, and tapped any loose glitter off.
I’ll add a couple of tips about this step at the end of the post.
You should’ve heard the ooh’s and ahh’s when we realized what we’d created.
Seriously! Are you as excited as I am?
Then we placed the CDs by the fire, and when they were completely dry, I used a long length of gauzy ribbon to make a loop and a bow for each one.
Aren’t they just the prettiest CD ornaments ever?
What do you think? Are you up for making some?
Tips for minimizing mess when using glitter:
Work over a tray: To keep the glitter mess to a minimum, work over a tray when crafting with glitter. That way, when you’re finished, you can tip any excess glitter into a ziplock or a container, and save it for next time.
2) Use playdough to clean up loose glitter: keep a ball of homemade play dough nearby to pick up any loose glitter after crafting. Simply roll the playdough over your work surface, and voila… you now have sparkly play dough AND the glitter mess is gone.
This is our favourite recipe for homemade play dough.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Couldn’t you just put the glitter on the paint instead of doing glue? I may try it this way 🙂
I don’t think paint will be enough to adhere the glitter to the ornaments, Stacy. I believe you would need to use glue.
Plain paint definitely doesn’t work… Once when we made these I didn’t add enough glue and it all flaked off as it dried… Very sad for the kids and for me! Of course, then we had a great excuse to do it again….
Bummer. So glad you tried them again though. And so glad we added the glitter glue to ours. Was it acrylics that you used, or did you use tempera paint. Tempera can be quite flakey. Acrylics are usually quite durable once dry.
Pretty sure it was Tempera paint, Jackie. It worked out ok in the end, we just mixed up another batch with more glue and gave it another go! The kids were fine with it once they found out we could do it again! And we did the glitter right on top of our paint/glue mixture and then I sprayed it with Mod Podge. Worked like a charm! Thanks for all the fun ideas! The kiddos and I just love them!
Very classy and would be great for all ages. This may be obvious but I’m assuming that the decorated side is the old CD or DVD name and graphics so that the finished product has a shiny back. Thanks for all the tips, too!
That’s correct, Jackie. 🙂
Yea! Glitter rocks !
Jackie, I am duly impressed! Way to conquer your fear! They really are beautiful ornaments. I just may have to bite the bullet. 🙂
Thanks Jessica! It was a big step for sure, but I did it, and it was so worth it! 🙂
Wonder how these would look hanging in the naked trees outside? Could some sort of sealer or glue be sprayed to protect them from the weather. Our trees look so naked in the winter.
I think you could spray them with an outdoor sealer and they’d be fine, Sam. Great idea!
I adore these! Weve made everything with old cds! Its amazing what you can create with a bit of sandpaper and mod podge.
You bet! With a little creativity and imagination the possibilities are endless!
love this idea! looks so glittery and effective! hadn’t seen this done before! came over from the pin it parenting party
So cute. Think I’ll put photo in center with a frame of mac or beans painted.
A good project to do with my 2yr old.
Thanks for sharing.
That’s a great idea, Susan!
These are just adorable and would so beautiful reflecting alongside Christmas lights. Love it.
These are gorgeous (and so much glitter too!) Thanks for joining in the Monday Parenting Pin it party
So super-fine glitter is the key, huh? I’m a glitter phobe too — but these are gorgeous! Featuring at the After School Linky tomorrow.
Cannot say enough how much I love this!
Hey there! I absolutely love the CD’s. We are planning n making it at home as well. Did u paint/glitter both sides?
We only did one side, Naushina, but doing both sides is a great idea! Have fun making yours!
Ness @ One Perfect Day
Love these Jackie! I’m featuring them on my Tuesday Tots post this week. 🙂
Love this! I will be doing these with my munchkins and adding it to their Christmas gifts for the parents. They look super pretty!
I’m craft challenge,but lead an annual Christmas Craft party at my church. Can you use regular glue instead of glitter glue and then put glitter all over it?
Yes, Carrie. We did that exactly that, in addition to the glitter glue.
Carrie @ Crafty Moms Share
These are beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
I also do daycare and love new ideas. I have used c ds before but not for tree ornaments. great idea. We will do these next week. Love it
great ideas to try
This looks really cool!! Thanks for sharing!!!