Add Some Instant Sparkle To Your Home With This CD Disco Ball!

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

If you’re like most people, you may have made the switch from CD to digital files for your music — or maybe you went the other way and reverted to vinyl, which is enjoying a comeback among music aficionados.

And even if you still like your CDs, chances are you have some old ones lying around gathering dust. So why not turn them into something cute and add some sparkle to your space?

The nice thing about CDs is that they’re just plastic, and they can be transformed in to just about anything, including birdbaths and backsplashes, as well as glittering mosaics. If you can think of a project, you can probably use a CD to make at least part of it.

To add some quick sparkle to any room, you can turn old CDs into cute disco balls, too!


  • Old CDs
  • A pot of water
  • Strong craft scissors
  • Skewer
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Cord or wire
  • Craft glue
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Boil your CDs in water for about 5 minutes to soften the plastic.
  2. Remove from the water and cut into small pieces. We recommend wearing gloves when handling the hot plastic. Set the pieces aside.
  3. Poke a hole all the way through your Styrofoam ball with the skewer.
  4. Thread your cord or wire through the hole to create a loop.
  5. Pour your glitter into a small bowl.
  6. Brush craft glue all over the Styrofoam ball (hint: use the loop as a handle to keep glue off your fingers!) until evenly coated.
  7. Roll ball in the glitter until covered. Let dry for 15 minutes.
  8. With your hot glue gun, begin covering your ball in CD pieces in a mosaic.
  9. Let dry and hang anywhere!

These disco balls look great in any room, and you can make them any size you like. Make a big one for a big statement or a group of small ones for a collection. They look great catching the sunlight in a window, and make cute holiday decorations, too.

SHARE this with anyone who’s looking to get rid of some old technology, but who hates to throw anything out!


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