Tutorial: CD envelope

Published by Lori Pickert on November 25, 2007 at 02:04 PM


I'm in kind of a NaBloPoMo coma. We are going to winterize the Airstream today. Then I am going to putter in the craft room with the boys and make some cards and ornaments, or we'll just pretend to make cards and ornaments while we watch movies.

So here's a look at the little project I did yesterday while browsing online. You might wonder how someone could read blogs and trace and cut at the same time; you just have to believe me that it can be done, as long as you're not in a hurry. I need to ponder what I read, after all.

And yes, this project is so simple it doesn't even need a tutorial, but hey, it's all I've got!


Start with a CD envelope/sleeve. These come with the software for your computer, your camera, computer games, etc. You should be able to find one somewhere in your house.


Carefully peel it apart and open it up. Now you have a template.


Lay it on the paper of your choosing and trace it with a light-color pencil. I used pages from a vintage children's music book that I bought at the thrift store for a quarter. The cover was ruined and the pages were falling out. (I still had a hard time cutting it up. If you want to preserve a book, you can also make color copies of the pages you want or take a digital photo and print it out on an ink-jet printer. Your template will fit on a regular 8 x 11 sheet of paper.)


Cut it out.


This is the good side. Now flip it over.


Fold up the bottom. Note the "top" has the biggest flap. Refer to your template if you get confused.

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Apply glue to the two side flaps and glue them down.




And there's the front, to which you can now add a title however you wish — alphabet stamps, Sharpie, etc. If you are using plain decorative paper (e.g., scrapbooking paper), you can print out your CD title and song list (if it's for music) or text (if it's for photographs) before you cut, fold, and glue.

Hope you enjoyed that little project. Have a great Sunday!


Comment by molly on November 25, 2007 at 07:28 PM

I can barely listen to music and read blogs! nevermind cut and trace and paste. you must be a genius! :)

Comment by molly on November 25, 2007 at 07:29 PM

wait....did the smiley face after my comment make it seem sarcastic?? Did NOT mean it that way. :) (wait is that sarcastic?!) oh. i'm driving myself crazy.

Comment by Stefani on November 25, 2007 at 09:34 PM

ACK!!!! I love this!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 26, 2007 at 12:27 AM

lol, molly - if you want to call me a genius, i will definitely read it as sincere.

ha, stef! glad you like it! ;^) i was going to make a comment about the holes where the pages were sewn together .. gives it character.

Comment by kelly on November 26, 2007 at 06:50 PM

This is incredibly bright! i love it!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 26, 2007 at 11:08 PM

thank you, kelly! :^)

i managed to get them stamped today. it only took me four hours to find the stamps.

Comment by julia on November 27, 2007 at 06:53 PM

this is great! it'll be perfect for the mix cds i'm making for holiday presents. thanks for the idea!

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 27, 2007 at 10:56 PM

thank you, julia! :^)

Comment by anja on November 28, 2007 at 03:33 AM

this is so great! my boyfriend and i trade CDs all the time, and now we have sleeves to put them in! [we've been using plastic baggies..uggh]

Comment by Lori Pickert on November 28, 2007 at 04:28 AM

yay, glad you like it!

Comment by Zhuoshi on December 1, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Thank you for this wonderful idea. When I was making those simple paper CD cases that was popular a while ago, I never thought about using old songbook papers for it, and I thought it was to empty.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 1, 2007 at 01:46 AM

thank you, zhuoshi! buying books at the thrift store (just ones that are falling apart, damaged, or drawn on!) is much cheaper than buying decorative paper at the art store, and it can give such a beautiful and unique effect. :^)

Comment by Here Be Dragons on December 5, 2009 at 12:54 AM

A lovely and creative use of existing beautiful things.

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