CD jewel cases, the containers that hold compact discs, are very difficult to recycle, and since products made out of polyvinyl chloride or PVC are not accepted by many recycling centers, millions of jewel cases end up in landfills. There, they'll take up room indefinitely, because they won't biodegrade or decompose. However, reusing the cases to make picture frames will help save natural resources and landfill space.
| Cover your work surface with newspapers. Place
the photo face down on the outside and in the center of the case, and tape the
photo around the edges, as shown.
|Open the jewel case. Working on the inside of the case and starting in the center, use the T-shirt paints to squeeze out lines, dots, and squiggles, creating a frame all around photo. Keep adding designs around the picture until the whole surface is decorated|
|After finishing, set the jewel case aside to allow the paint to dry. This will take about twelve hours. Now you're ready to attach the photo to the inside of the case with the cellophane tape. To display the photo, open the case to allow the frame to stand alone.|
Tips and Tricks:
Instead of using paint, decorate the photo frame with cut paper, collage, or stickers.
If you don't have a CD jewel case for this project, check with your recycling center. Since they are so plentiful and hard to dispose of, someone at the center may be happy to give you some.
CD photo frames make good gifts for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, Chanukah, and other holidays when you need a gift for someone. Visit Holidays on the Net to find some great ways to celebrate special holidays.
© 2008 Marilyn J. Brackney
Volume 20 No. 4
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