Upcycling CD Cases: Jewel Case Flowerpot

Upcycling old Jewel cases

One of my first jobs was in a record store as a kid. And one of my first tasks in the store was to box up all the vinyl records and get the shelves ready to welcome these new-fangled, futuristic things called CDs. It’s hard to believe that CDs are now yesterday’s news, and though they’re still in stores, so many of us are listening to digital music, or using cloud streaming services like Spotify or Pandora to rock out. I have sooo many CDs in storage, so I started thinking about fun projects you could make with those old jewel cases. In the Getting Rid of Tech Clutter episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I show you all kinds of ways to get rid of the old gadgets that are taking up space in your closets and drawers, and offer a few other tips for upcycling those old cases and CDs. This project takes seconds — you could have a nifty planter in the time it takes to listen to “Freebird.”

Note: This planter is adorable, and I love that you can see through it. It will have some holes in it though, so make sure you’ve got it in a large enough saucer to catch dirt and water, or use it outside.


Step 1

 Open GalleryGlue gun

Fire up your hot glue gun, and line one side of a jewel case with glue.

Step 2

 Open GalleryAdding a second side...

Use the glue to adhere another jewel case to it, creating the first two sides of your planter. Hold the jewel case for a couple seconds until the glue dries.

Step 3

 Open GalleryFilling with soil

Keep gluing until you have a cube with one side open. Try to plug up holes as much as possible, but don’t worry about all of them … they’re great for drainage. Now start to fill your new planter with soil.

Step 4

 Open GalleryAdd the plant to your new container

Then, get planting! This size is perfect for small flowers, ferns or herbs.

Step 5

 Open GalleryFill in around the plant with Soil

Fill in around your plant and top up soil to the root level.

Step 6

 Open GalleryLooking good!

Set it on a saucer, give it a good water, and you’re good to go!

Project Resources




  • Old CD jewel cases
  • Plant
  • Soil


  • Hot glue gun

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About Carley Knobloch 


I'm all about smart, simple solutions to managing life, work and family. I blog about the intersection of tech and living at CarleyK.com and delve into smart home technology ...

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3 Responses

  1. mel says:

    great idea!

  2. Watson says:

    Love it, Carley – I've got a box full of them!

  3. Ali says:

    Very clever idea, I've been wondering what to with my CD tower!

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