Bling Bling House Numbers
Like most people today, we all download to usb and live stream , so no longer have a use for all the cd’s and DVD’s. So I wanted to try and find a way to recycle them. I wanted to start off small because doing a mosaic can be very time consuming so I went for a simple house number. This project was so awesome, that Hometalk turned it into a video! Watch it right here:
The cd’s (silver Pieces) were just a matter of cutting them into little pieces, but the DVD’s the (Purple colour) of the two had to be split first. To achieve this I put them in a pot of boiling water on the stove for a minute or two and then just used my nails to separate the layers, the clear top layer can be reused in another project. The purple layer was cut up like the silver.
I used an old scrap piece of board and cut a slight shape into it so it did not look to boring. I printed my house number off on to a sheet a paper using Microsoft word and making it to correct size and choosing the style of font I wanted. I cut the numbers out, lay them on the board and traced around the number.
I used Tarzan grip glue to glue all the pieces into place . l glued the numbers first, sticking to the shape of the outside of the numbers first, then filling in the rest. I left it for 24 house to dry completely. Then I added a coat of varnish to seal it all and protect it from the weather.
The results were great and no matter what angle you look at the numbers it looks great. The possible uses for these are endless.
It will also work to paint the number if you want a different color. It is all about personal choice. Here is what the painted one looked like. Still very nice.
(UPDATE) I was making more of these today and discovered some tips that you might need if you are going to be making one. Put the CD's in the pot of boiling water on the stove for a few minutes to softner up and they will be so much easier to cut.
After the DVD has been in the boiling water for about 3 minutes, remove one at a time split it and cut it while it is still warm . It should look like this, Nice clean edges. This does not work with all DVD's as I found out today.
If the Purple foil chips off like this when you cut it, that disc will not work. It looks nasty for one and the glue will not stick to the disc properly. I only had a couple of these but thought it was worth a mention.
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