Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How to Make Your Own CD/DVD Cases & Sleeves

How many times have you burned a CD or DVD only to find you don’t have an empty case to put it in? Well we have it happen all the time, so we set out to find an easy to make CD case that uses only a sheet of 8 ½ by 11 piece of paper. We diligently searched Instructables.com and now bring you our top five. You can click on the image of each case to view how to make it.

This one topped our list because it requires no tracing, no scissors and no glue. The resulting case is sturdy enough to be used more than once and is portable. It completely encases the disk and closes securely. Also, once you have made one you won’t forget how to make it.
This CD sleeve is very similar to our #1 pick, but requires some cutting/ripping. It does however have an optional template posted to help with adding artwork. Like number one it is easy to remember, reusable and portable.
This one lands at three because it requires scissors and a pencil. Also, the directions are in video form which seems like a good idea, but in the end only makes it harder to follow. The directions present 2 ways to secure the case and even though the case is not easy to remember, it is reusable, portable and results in a nicely finished product. This might be a good pick if you're producing the case to give to someone else as a gift.
Although the end result was worth the work, tracing and scissors do not make for an easy build. This CD sleeve is portable but you might have trouble making it again without the instructions. This instructable features both a video and the usual step-by-step instructions which are a big help. Like #3, this one looks nice but requires quite a bit of effort to produce.

Tip: Fold with the tracing to the outside. It makes a nice pattern on back of the case!
This case lands at #5 because it is not exactly portable. Really, it's more of a sleeve than a case. The directions are quite simple and easy to remember though, and the sleeve would be great for in-office storage.

Honorable Mention

These next two cases didn't quite make the cut because they were just too hard to make. Still, we just had to mention them because the results are really cool!

While a template is available, this case is difficult. The intricacies of this case would make it great for giving a CD as a gift. Since our search began as a need for a quick CD case, this simply didn't meet our requirements. Also, it does not seem to last for too many unwrappings and wrappings.

(Confession: We found this case so complicated that we never actually finished constructing it. Darn A.D.D.)
This case has a template you can fill in with your own text and artwork then print. It requires a heavier grade paper than the rest, so it didn't quite meet our requirements. This case would be great when making CD’s for a garage band or a Christmas gift and even includes instructions for doing a double-CD case.

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At 4/21/08 2:59 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Love this!! Latest designs of CD or DVD cases are available at Neato...

At 6/16/08 3:25 PM, Blogger Chris said...

dido, i keep my stuff in slappa cd cases but when i burn em for friends i make these. it should be noted though that my friends think i'm crazy :)

At 6/16/08 3:30 PM, Blogger Grinn said...

Thanks for the tips guys (or blatant advertisements, whichever you prefer. :)

I've been on the market for a new case for my CDs so I'll have to check those out.

At 6/16/08 5:22 PM, Blogger Chris said...

i've got thousands of bootlegged concerts, those cases rock. but hey, i like your blog too and will be sure to give you a shout out as well. "Like a Cheese and Tech Sandwich Without the Cheese" haha thats good stuff!

At 11/12/08 1:24 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

I've tried number one, three and four, and totally dig all of them. I love making mixed CDs, and this will make giving them as gifts even more special. Thanks much!


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