Create Gorgeous Works Of Art From Your Old CD's By Painting Them Black

First it was vinyl records, then 8-tracks, then cassette tapes, and then came CDs. It wasn't too long ago that we all thought CDs were the most advanced a music format could get. I remember listening to my portable CD player on the bus and thinking I was the coolest kid in the world. Little did we know, just a few years later, CDs would be all but obsolete. You can debate whether or not the sound quality is better or worse, but you have to face the fact that digital music is here to stay - for now. 

Unfortunately, that leaves many of us with a huge stack of CDs that don't really have a lot of use anymore. They take up a lot of space on the cabinet, but if you're like me, you just can't bring yourself to get rid of them. So, what do you do? Luckily, we have the perfect solution. 

This nifty DIY project only requires a few supplies and can be done relatively easily. The result is an awesome and unique piece of wall art that will make you fall in love with CDs all over again. 

All you need is an old CD, a paintbrush, pencil, black acrylic paint, and a screwdriver.

Start by covering the non-label side of the CD with a coat of black acrylic paint. Wait a few minutes for it to fully dry.


Next take the pencil and draw out your design. You can follow the example below or draw a pattern of your choosing.

The pencil marks are just for tracing, so feel free to erase and get creative.

Once the design is set, take the screwdriver and scratch the paint off all the lines drawn with the pencil.

The result is that the shiny part of the CD is illuminated through the black paint creating an awesome effect.

It looks great when hung up on a wall. Create a few more designs to make the pieces really pop.


There are infinite design possibilities and the CDs are very easy to hang up. Just put a piece of painter's tape on the backside of it and stick it to the wall.

If you are interested in more detailed instructions, or inspiration for other design possibilities, you can check them out here

H/T: Instructables

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