Winterish wreath made of old CDs

As you might guess from my projects, I love recycling and repurposing, making everyday-stuff into something new.

I have a gazillion old CDs which I saved for “the light-bulb moment”, and it came last week*. Why not make a cool wreath?
(*this tutorial was first published in 2011)

I guess this wreath would look great on any office door or at your entrance if you love music.

You need:

  • 12 CDs
  • white matte spray paint
  • double-sided tape
  • nice ribbon to hang the wreath
  • deco snowflake stickers and/or ornaments
  • foil to protect your working space 😉

Step 1: Arrange your CDs
Put one CD on a flat surface. Then group 6 CDs around it. To state the obvious: the shiny side of the CDs should be on top 😉

Step 2: Glue the outer CDs together
Rip strips of your double-sided tape and connect the six outer CDs as shown in the picture.

Step 3: Add the second layer
Now remove the protective foil from the tape strips and, centering the CDs directly between two of the first layer, attach the second batch of 6 CDs (the final CD will be the one from the center).

Here’s an example of some ornaments I used. Remove the ribbons if you use ornaments… Get something with a nice shape, you’ll need it for the next step:

Step 4: Now comes the fun part – spraying!
Be careful to cover your working space with foil. Place the wreath in the middle and put your snowflake ornaments or stickers (upside down and without removing the stickers’ foil) nicely on top of your cds. Arrange the items carefully, you won’t be able to change it later. Now spray an even coat of matte white spray on top of your wreath. You might have to repeat this step one or two times until the color is opaque.

Step 5: Let dry…
… be patient! Let the paint dry completely, then remove the ornaments and/or stickers. You’ll see the shapes of your ornaments sparkle in a nice contrast to your white paint. Now turn the stickers or ornaments around and attach them to the wreath. I chose to only attach the mirrored snowflakes, the others looked too intricate for my taste. I found some cute felt stars in my stash which I attached instead.

Step 6: Now hang and enjoy!
Thread a nice organza ribbon through one of the CDs’ holes and hang your creation to greet any guests.
Have fun!

Halloween Deco: Turn an Umbrella into a spooky Spider’s Web

Halloween Deco: Turn an umbrella into a spooky spider's web :: anke-art

Eeeek, spiders! Real spiders creep me out, but they’re great as a crafty theme. This spider’s web was a prototype, but I’m quite happy about the result. I’m thinking about a version with bright yellow yarn, or even glow-in-the-dark…

Paint Swatch Birthday Calendar

Birthday Calendar

Paint swatches are wonderful! You get them for free at the hardware store, and you can use them for craft projects, for example a colorful reminder of upcoming birthdays (click to enlarge):

It’s easy as pie: use some large stamps (I used “Simply Sweet” foam stamps by Doodlebug Design) and black ink (Staz-On) and stamp the first three letters of the month on a card (I chose colors which resembled the mood/temperature of the months).

Now attach a printed list of the days to the card. Use good glue, otherwise they might curl upwards after some months like mine did…
Anyway, if you’d like to make such a calendar, here’s a free Download as PDF:[trx_button type=”square” style=”global” size=”mini” fullsize=”no” icon=”icon-down-bold” color=”#6f0eb3″ link=”” popup=”no” top=”1″ bottom=”1″ left=”1″ right=”1″ id=”birthdaypdf”]Download PDF[/trx_button]


Print it (12 copies of page 1 or, to get the correct number of days per month, 7 copies of page one, 4 copies of page two, and 1 copy of page three) and cut it to the width of your paint swatches. Trim to get an equal height. Choose a nice place for your calendar and attach it to your wall or door.

I always mark the current date with a little arrow (“Book Dart”), so I can see upcoming birthdays at a glance.

By the way, the icing on the cake is the cat on top of my door. I cut it from vintage wallpaper scraps. And it covers a dent in the wall *g*.