Do you have old scratched CD’s or DVD’s on hand? If so, you will love this cute upcycled pocket wall organizer! Grab your favorite colors of craft and foam paper, a few cute embellishments, and some glue. I’ll help you make this cute little organizer that is great for an office, locker door, or bedroom!

Collage of old CD wall organizer collage

Upcycled CD Pocket Wall Organizer

If you are like me, then you probably have a basket or box in your house with old CD’s or DVD’s that have scratches or just aren’t used any longer.

I even still have a few from back in the day when you used CD’s to load programs on your computer. Instead of just throwing these away, I am always looking for ways to recycle them into something fun.

This pocket wall organizer was a great way to use mine, and I know you’ll love this idea too!

I am always looking for little ways to organize things around the house. Often, at my desk, I want things within reach but would rather have them at eye level than buried in a drawer.

This little organizer is a handy place to put a notepad or even pens for those notes I want to take randomly.

I’ve already made this old jeans pocket organizer in a frame that I love, but I wanted something else a bit unique. I scoured my list of desk organizer ideas, but ended up coming back to make this simple upcycled CD idea.

CD pocket wall organizer

Can I Use Fabric Instead of Paper?

Of course, you can use fabric! I tend to use craft paper or foam paper in crafting as it is inexpensive and works well with so many different projects. If you have scrap fabric or even felt on hand, you could use it in place of the papers for this project. I can definitely see having fun matching fabric to your regular home decor.

Pocket wall organizer on white wall next to wire shelf

For a rustic look, you could even use burlap and lace-like I have in other projects we’ve shared. You might remember this hanging DIY jewelry organizer that used lace. So cute and easy to make! Another fun project was this rustic woven basket tutorial. As you can see, all types of fabrics and mediums can be great for crafting!

How Much Can This Store?

This isn’t designed to hold a lot. It really is just a small pocket that is ideal for a small notepad, ink pen, or a calculator. It definitely isn’t designed to hold up pounds of items. Below are some ideas for things to use this pocket wall organizer

  • Next to or on the refrigerator for a notepad and pen to make grocery list notes. It would fit great into this list of command center ideas.
  • In your craft room or by your craft area with crochet hooks, knitting needles, or a small sewing kit. Another idea for this room is my simple sewing kit pincushion organizing jar.
  • Store bobby pins, barrettes, or hair ties in this on the bathroom wall.
  • Put on your desk or office wall to hold your lip balm, lipstick, or lip gloss.
  • Use to hold hand sanitizer inside your garage, pantry, or laundry area.
  • Add to your car to hold pens, notepads, or even a package of snack crackers.
  • Put inside a kitchen cabinet to hold chip clips.
  • Use by the phone to store your takeout menus.

Pink wall organizer on colorful surface

How do I Secure My Organizer to the Wall?

My go-to for something like this is usually a command hook or simple nail on the wall. This could also be held in place with a thumbtack, push pin, or a magnet on the refrigerator. Just make sure whatever method you use for hanging your wall organizer is strong enough to hold up to what you are storing inside the organizer.

If you have leftover command hooks, you’ll love this list of command hook ideas!

Pocket wall organizer on wall by wire shelf

Still, need more organizing ideas? Check out this list of amazing mason jar organizer ideas!

Supplies Needed

Supplies for pocket wall organizer

How to Make a Pocket Wall Organizer

Start by using your CD to trace two circles onto one piece of paper. I used green for these.

Tracing circles onto green paper

Cut out the two green circles and set them aside for now.

Cutting out green circles of paper

Next, cut a small piece of ribbon, form a loop, and secure it to one side of your CD with hot glue.

Gluing ribbon onto a CD

Now, use the CD to trace a single circle on a different color paper. I used pink for this piece, but instead of drawing the whole circle, I only drew up to about 3/4 of the way up the CD. On the top part of the disk, I drew a curved line connecting the two sides so that it makes it “open” as shown.

Tracing CD onto pink paper

Cut out the pink piece and set it aside.

Cutting out pink paper

Now, you will glue the two pieces of green paper onto the CD with one on each side sealing the ribbon between the green paper and the CD for extra security.

Gluing green paper onto CD

On one side of the pink half circle, you will add glue just to the outer edge, then flip it over and secure to one side of the CD pressing until the glue is dry and it is sealed on all edges. This creates the “pocket”.

Gluing pink paper onto green paper on CD

Now, you will decorate the pink part of the pocket. I added rhinestones around the outside edge of the pink pocket and glued a fake flower onto the center of the pink pocket.

Adding flowers to pocket organizer

Hang and use as desired.

Up close old CD wall organizer on grass

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Upcycled Old CD Pocket Wall Organizer

Turn an old CD or DVD into this absolutely adorable pocket wall organizer in only a few minutes! A perfect easy kids craft!

Active Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Difficulty Easy

Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Old CD or DVD
  • Foam paper, craft paper, or felt in multiple colors (at least 3)
  • Ribbon
  • Rhinestones or beads
  • Small fake flower

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Notes

Feel free to make this in any colors and decorate as you prefer. You could even add a monogram letter to the front!

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PAUL WALKER

PAUL WALKER

Editor of the online magazine The Detailed Edge.