Recycled CD Mosaic Photo Frame

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Surprise!  Today it’s a two-fer.  Two craft tutorials using a similar technique. We all have those CD’s still lying around.  They may be the ones that ISP’s used to send out by the boatload, or maybe some old playlists from our pre-iPod days.  It’s hard to toss them so why not use them for crafting?  And seriously now, old Cd’s are craft supply perfection.  They are free, and they are flashy. 
 
You will need:
 
An old CD, if your frame width is wide you may need two CDs
 
Scissors or tin snips (I used an old pair of scissors)
 
Tacky glue (I used Turbo Tacky glue)
 
Paper Mache frame available at craft stores or online, but any flat front frame will work just as well
 
Black slick dimensional fabric paint
 
Tweezers
 
Scrap piece of thin cardboard, a piece of cereal box works well
 
(It’s a good idea to wear eye protection while cutting the CD in case any of the pieces fly up)
 
 
1.     Cut the CD up into pieces.  Vary the sizes and the shapes. Working in small sections squeeze some glue on the front of the frame and spread it out with a scrap piece of thin cardboard.  Use the tweezers to pick up the CD pieces one at a time and place in the glue.  Keep applying CD pieces in this way making sure you leave some space between each piece. Continue working all around until the entire face of the frame is covered with the CD pieces.  Let dry.
2.     Squeeze some dimensional fabric paint onto a scrap of paper to make sure that there are no bubbles and it comes out even.  Fill in the areas between the glued on CD bits with the fabric glue. Try and keep your lines even.  As you work around filling in the open areas be careful not to smear your previous lines.  When you have filled in all the open areas, let dry.
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