Easy CD scratch-off Art

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These CDs were made by my 8yo student

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly (in Germany it’s on May 8th), and here’s an easy diy project for kids of all ages. You can turn any old CD or DVD into a little work of art and use it as (window) deco, as coasters and more.

You simply need:

  • old CD or DVD
  • Acrylic paint (black and white result in nice contrasts, but any colour is possible)
  • container to mix paint
  • dishwashing liquid
  • paint brush
  • toothpick/skewer
  • drinking glass (optional)

Into your mixing container, add a drop of dishwashing liquid plus a small amount of acrylic paint (approx. 1 tablespoon full). Carefully mix both with the paint brush, not too quickly or it will result in bubbling.

Put the CD/DVD on top of your drinking glass, the printed side facing down. This way your disc won’t stick to any surface when you paint it. Put on an even coat of paint until the disc doesn’t shine through any more. It may be necessary to apply a second coat of paint. Tip: Use a blow-dryer to accelerate the drying process.

When the paint has dried completely, use a toothpick or skewer to scratch patterns into the paint. Even kids who can barely draw have fun scribbling along, and it looks great 😉

Now you can seal your disc with a clear varnish if you want to use it as a coaster. Or you glue a piece of pretty ribbon to the top of the back and hang it on your wall. If you glue the disc onto a piece of felt, you can use it as a lid for drinks which keeps wasps away (great in summer!). In my little collage on the bottom left, you can see how it looks if you remove all the silvery material from the disk by using a strong piece of duct tape. The disk becomes completely transparent where you scratch off the paint, and it looks pretty as a window decoration.

Easy CD scratch-off Art, a great art activity for kids of all ages - not only for Mother's Day


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