Earth Day: Giving Back; Glue Dots® Adhesives

How do you celebrate Earth Day?  This year Earth Day is recognized worldwide as April 22.  It will be here before you know it.  What plans have you made?  Earth Day aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment. 

How do you give back to preserve the environment?  Jim and I recycle.  There is a recycling center not too far from here that actually pays for all types of items to recycle.  We get our "McDonald" money recycling! 

One way I recycle is to use discarded CDs and DVDs.  I make Christmas ornaments, mini-books, and now home decor.  This is a piece I did for Glue Dots® Adhesives Design Team and to help celebrate my continuing efforts to celebrate Earth Day!

Dottess Project
Earth Day
Recycle CDs

I save all the CDs we get in our home. I get CD catalogs, sometimes the CD just doesn’t burn, and my kids give me their discarded CDs. I thought I’d recycle a few CDs in an art piece for my home to celebrate Earth Day this year.

Glue Dots® Adhesives used in this project:
     Continuous Line

Cut 2 1/8” wide and 12 long strip of sturdy cardstock. Adhere Glue Dots® Adhesives Continuous Line. Don’t remove the lining from the adhesive. Cut into 3-inch strips.

I used a 12 x 12 inch sheet of scrapbook paper as my guide. Place, face down, three CDs in a row, lining up the edge of the CDs to the edge of the paper. Remove the lining from the adhesive strip.

Connect the CDs together with the adhesive strip.

Do this for all three rows. Once you have the rows done. Connect the rows together with the strips lining up the CDs on the side edge of the paper. This really made it easy to get the piece straight.

Cut out 9 butterflies. I used Cricut Imagine’s Imagine More cartridge. Adhere to the CD with Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft.

Add buttons with Glue Dots® Adhesives Craft.

Punch or drill a hole in the two top outer CDs and hang!

I made this piece in February and I still have it hanging in my craft room.  Glue Dots® Adhesives are strong.  The top row of CDs are actually carrying the most weight and they have not moved a bit.  Glue Dots® Adhesives are great for Home Decor projects as well as papercrafting!

Leave a comment and tell me how you celebrate Earth Day.  You never know when you might win something scrappy!

I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® design team.

Have a Crafty Day!
Gratitude List
1.  baby sounds
2.  Jay's hard work
3.  Jim's love and compassion
4.  for God's desire for me to joyfully live through faith alone
5.  the sweet spirit of friends


  1. great job! what a cute idea!

  2. that is super cute idea1!!! I love to recycle!!! everyday is a earth day for me LOL!!!

  3. A girl after my own heart! I finally had to move my recycled CD collection out to my garage. I am making a cd card for card lifters right now (I'm a few weeks behind). I also recycle all the colored paper scraps I can, by making new paper. I use a lot of bills, packing papers, and flyers too.

    Other earth friendly things in our home include general recycling, rain water collection, solar water heater (not for everything yet), redirecting the water from washing machines to trees, and solar yard lights and wind generated animal control devises. We have an advantage because we lived on our own resources for 11 years and we already have the know how, just not the means to become completely self-sufficient.

  4. Wow. What a great idea. Something like that would be a great idea for one of my girls rooms. They would love the shineyness of it!

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. We usually switch off the lights for 2 hours..! And we always recycle every bit of paper,plastic,bottle,aluminium,batteries! We don't have pick up, so we go and drop it at the recycle center!

    Lovely Idea!

  6. thanks great idea thanks for sharing..

  7. Very nice recycled project. I recycle things every day!!

  8. Debby, I love this CD project that you shared! 'So very nice!

    We, too, recycle in our home! We will continue to be more energy conscious with regard to turning lights off and such.

    Great post, Debby!

  9. We celebrate Earth Day every day with everything we do. We do the standards like recycle, reuse, use cloth bags, but we also stick to organic products, no more plastic ziplocks (reusable containers), and more that I can't think of right now.
    Great decor project!

  10. What a great project! I found this via gluedots post on facebook. I love it...tfs :)

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  11. What a great way to recycle your CDs!

    I try to recycle as many things as I can in my craft room. Many cereal boxes make their way into projects, I make "acetate" embellishments from the plastic packages come in and when a scrap of paper get small, I punch as much of it out as I can. I haven't made my own paper yet, but am saving the scraps to do so. Think it will be a fun project with my niece.

  12. I like to plant a tree or bush on Earth Day.

  13. I LOVE this CD wall hanging! I've been wanting to do something like this with all my old CDs. Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Love this idea... Thanks


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