I am not the first person to come up with the idea to turn old CD cases into photo frames, but it is a wonderful use for them if you have some that are not overly scratched or cracked. They also make very inexpensive collages for the wall. Simply open them up and carefully remove the inside plastic piece. Put your backed photos, magazine clippings, printed quotes, or anything else that you would like to display face out against the plastic, then reinsert the plastic CD holder to keep the item in place. If you are going to use these in a collage form, please note that the front and back pieces are different sizes, so cut your photos to fit. I used scraps of cardboard to fill in the side opposite the insert and then added hanging materials. You could use adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape, double-sided tape, or magnet strips, depending upon where you want you collage to hang. The bird collage at left is made from magazine photos and CD cases and makes a very inexpensive way to decorate a bare wall. I have also seen about thirty of these cases hung with hook-and-loop dots and used to form a large wall mural with a single enlarged image. This looked surprisingly classy considering the materials involved.

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