CD Cube Display Cases

Students can use CD display cases to create in-depth collages for lessons in all content areas.

Materials needed: Four CD cases , paper

Students can use CD display cases to create in-depth collages for lessons in all content areas. These can also be an easy and inexpensive way to organize cluttered work spaces and show off your favorite knickknacks or art projects.

Materials needed: Four CD cases , paper

Applications Across Subjects:

Math
  • Measuring
  • Geometry
ELA
  • Poster-sculpture to advertise a book or character
  • Thematic collage across a variety of literature
Social Studies
  • Collage of any topic
Science
  • Collage of any topic
Social & Emotional
  • All About Me sculpture-collage
  • Feelings sculpture-college

Step 1: Cut out two-dimensional materials that you would want in your cube display to fit a square approximately 4.75 inches wide by 4.71 inches high.

Step 2: Gut the CD cases (the CD, the inserts, and the backing that actually holds the CD in place). Separate the interior of the case from the outside gently, so you don’t break the small prongs.

Step 3: Now you will invert the CD case as seen above. In order to do this, flip the back cover so now it is facing outside. By snapping back the pieces together as so, the CD case will be sturdy at a 90 degree angle. Continue doing this for all the CD cases you have. Make as many inverted cases as you want, but you need to use at least four inverted cases to make the first–or maybe the only–level of your display.

Step 4: Put in place the images you want on one side of the cube. Take one of the inverted cases that you have made in Step 3 and snap it into another inverted case as shown above, this is how you make a corner piece. You have to make at least two corner pieces to move onto Step 5.

Step 5: Now take two of your corner pieces from Step 4 and snap them together. If you don’t hear a snap or if you want to make your project more durable, add tape or glue along the connecting edges.