CD Scratch Art

This project combines some of my favorite things: it’s almost impossible to mess up, cheap (or free if you have the materials on hand!), fairly quick, and results in something cool for your room.

You will need:

-A number of CDs of your choice. Clean out your old CD collection of mix-CDs that your friends gave you (which are now uploaded to playlists on your iTunes library), or find a use for all those AOL CDs that they used to send out for free. Recycling facilities for CDs are hard to find so this is a perfect way to up-cycle them!

-Acrylic paint

-A flat screwdriver or something sharp that you can use to carve into the CD

Paint the CDs with a thick coat of acrylic paint. I chose solid shades of gray, but multiple colors on one CD would look cool.


After it dries, use a flat screwdriver to scratch a design into the paint. Do this over a piece of paper to catch all the little bits of paint that comes off. I was really surprised at how easy it was to create a beautiful design. It comes out looking nice no matter how much detail you put into it.

Yay! Easy and beautiful CD scratch art. Go make your own!

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2 Responses to CD Scratch Art

  1. Jarita says:

    would it be really problematic using this technique on CDs you still intend to play? for instance a mix you wanted to give to someone else?

    • Allison says:

      Hmmm…I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure. As long as you don’t get any paint on the underside, I think it would be fine. You should do a test run and see how it goes though. 🙂

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