If you’ve ever wanted to make a mosaic project, but you didn’t have any little mosaic pieces on hand, you’re going to love this easy tutorial. Today I’ll show you how to make mosaic tiles from a DVD or CD.
I’ve figured out how to make mosaic tiles from a DVD in three simple steps!
I’m super-stoked about it because I have a ton of mosaic craft projects in mind, and now that I know how to make the tiles myself, I can get working on them!
Hopefully you’ll be so excited, you’ll come up with a few mosaic crafts of your own while you’re waiting for me to make more.
To make mosaic tiles from a DVD, you’ll need:
- DVD (or CD – see note below)
- hair dryer
- sharp scissors
- butter knife
DVD or CD?
Like I said, you can certainly make mosaic tiles from a CD, but a DVD is more colourful. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but take a look at the discs in the picture below. The one on the left is a DVD. See how it reflects far more colour than the CD?
If anyone knows the science behind this, please feel free to enlighten me.
How to make DVD mosaic tiles:
Ok, so you know how I said there was a bit of trial and error involved?
At first, I tried just cutting through the dvd, but it ended up cracking because it was too thick.
I realized I needed to separate the layers of the disc, but that posed another problem…
The shiny, reflective stuff inside the dvd is like thin, metallic paper, and when I separated the layers of plastic, some of the shiny stuff would stick to the top layer, and some to the bottom.
I couldn’t get the shiny stuff to stay on just ONE of the layers, and I was getting a little frustrated. Well, lo and behold, I just happened to be doing this on my deck in the sunshine, and guess what I discovered…
When I tried to separate a disc that was quite hot from sitting in the sun, that shiny, reflective paper DID stick to just one layer of the plastic, and the disc came apart quite easily.
You have to heat the DVD to separate the layers
So… heating the dvd is the ticket!
And the easiest way to do that, without melting it with a hairdryer set on the hottest setting!
Your three easy steps are:
1. Heat the dvd with a hairdryer set on the hottest setting. Be careful! The disc WILL get quite hot. Hold it by the edges to avoid burning your fingers, or set it on a pot-holder or something and blast it full-on.
2. Separate the dvd into 2 layers. Again, the disc will be hot, so handle it by the edges. You can insert a butter knife in between the layers to get things started.
IMPORTANT: You want the shiny, colourful stuff to stick to the clear, BACK layer of the disk so the colour is UNDERNEATH a layer of plastic. That way, it will be protected.
TIP: You can kind of encourage the shiny layer to stick to the correct side by working slowly, and backing up and starting again if you see it starting to stick to the wrong side.
3. Once you have the 2 layers of your cd separated, you can use your scissors to cut your dvd up into small pieces.
I like that you can make your pieces any shape or size that you want.
I cut small, irregular tiles because of the mosaic project that I have in mind, but you can make yours larger, or more uniform in shape and size if you want.
Aren’t they gorgeous? I love how the colours change depending on how the light hits the pieces!
And there you go!
How easy was that!
And in case you missed the link at the beginning of the article, you can click here to see the mosaic ornaments we made with some of our tiles.
Now, go and dig out those old DVDs that you haven’t watched in years, and make some mosaic tiles of your own!
Feel free to share your finished projects on my facebook page! I’d love to see what you make!
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.