8. DVD case fly box
If you or someone you know loves to fish, why not surprise him or her with a brand new fly box made from an old DVD case? Rustic Crafts blogger Renee was stuck for a reuse idea for her old DVD cases until she spotted some flies her husband had placed in her craft room. Then, the lightbulb came on.
As outlined in her basic tutorial, Renee used some old pieces of foam and a slab of birch from her backyard to create a handy fly box that’s any sports-lover’s dream.
9. CD clock
Making clocks from old CDs has become so popular, retailers even sell kits to help you do this craft at home. If you’re feeling extra-ambitious, try this kit-free clock idea from Mixed Media Artist blogger Cyndi Lavin – complete with a pendulum and painted face.
Unless you’re a seasoned clockmaker, you’ll need to pick up a set of pre-made clockworks with a swinging pendulum to get you started. Then simply paint your disc using Lavin’s tutorial, insert the clockworks and you’ll be left with a stunning timepiece for your bedroom or family room.
10. Recycled desk caddy
If you’re always on the hunt for a pen, highlighter or piece of tape in the office, try creating a convenient desk caddy from your old CD cases. A pen-holder made from jewel cases may not sound like the most exciting craft. But with Craft Chi blogger Amy’s creative image transfer idea, your boring office essential will get a much-needed personal touch.
Just place a piece of packing tape over a toner-copy image, put it in water and transfer onto your desk caddy so your loved ones can be with you all day. The image transfer can get a little tricky, but Amy’s tutorial will help you get it right.