D.I.Y Friday… Mix C.D. Place Settings

Music is such a big part of your wedding day, and many of you are spending more and more time deciding what live music you’ll have, and also what your wedding playlist will be.

It’s common now to ask your guests for suggestions for the playlist on your Save The Dates. It’s a great idea as it makes your guests feel like part of the celebration from the word go and it helps to ensure a jam packed dance floor on the big day its self.

A nice touch for your favours would be to give guests a selection of tunes from your playlist on a home made mix cd… so why not build the whole thing into your table decor?

Today I am going to show you how to make places settings that double as a cd holder and all you need is one sheet of A4 paper for each place setting… you don’t even need a pair of scissors!

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Here Is One I made Earlier…

First of all, to make life super easy for you lovely people, I have popped together a Word template for you to download (we love a free download at RMW). In the document you can see where all the text needs to be in order for it to all fold up correctly. Feel free to use my design and of course you can adapt it to suit your own colour scheme or theme.

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Click the icon above to download your fully customisable word template.

Colours, fonts, images – even the paper you choose will have a huge impact on the final item. Think shiny elegant paper with a slender font for contemporary chic, or hand made papers and stamps for rustic DIY. Also, consider how you could personalise the place settings to reflect you, or even your guests – it would be immense to totally personalise the text, images and even the playlist on each place setting. How over the moon would your guests be if they each received a totally bespoke item?

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How It’s Done.

Right then, I’m going to use a print-out from the free template download in order to show you how all the folding works. You will see that this place setting is for the fictitious marriage of Adam (me) and Kylie (Minogue), and of course a certain blog queen herself has been invited along to celebrate our big day.

I have used brown parcel paper – I love it and it is so cheap, especially if you buy it by the roll. I cut a sheet of A4 from the roll at an angle to get the lines of the paper running diagonally…

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  1. Blank side up, place the centre of the cd hole over the centre point of the shorter side of the paper.
  2. Fold the top and bottom in so that the cd is fitted snugly in the centre.
  3. Carefully fold the cd over toward the centre (make sure the cd doesn’t move too much!)
  4. Fold the other side in so it’s snug against the exposed edge of the cd.
  5. Unfold again. (dead simple this stage)
  6. Fold the corners inline with the folds you did in stage 2.
  7. Tuck the folded edge in between the cd and the paper.
  8. Hey presto! 1 down… 124 to go (based on a wedding with 125 guests).

The Finished Article.

As you can see below, the text all lines up on the front and back to show off your wedding branding, the place setting name, and of course the playlist. If you are using our template you may have to tweak the positions of the text boxes a bit as all printers are a little different. Top tip hold down cmd on a mac or (I think) ctrl on a pc when moving text boxes around in Word – you have much more precision over your movements if you do this.

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Simple As That.

So that really is all there is to it. Of course there are a million different uses for these cd covers, but If you are looking to engage your guests, if music is important to you and you are stuck on ideas for favours, I may well have just killed three birds with one stone!

Of course if you do decide to make your guests a mix cd, please make sure you pay for all the music you use!

Have a great weekend folks,

Adam.

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60 Responses to D.I.Y Friday… Mix C.D. Place Settings

  1. Laura says:

    I love them so much and am 100% going to steal this idea and pass it off as my own.

    DIY Adam rocks.

    The hard bit is going to be picking the playlist!

    Laura x

  2. Caroline says:

    Awesome – this is exactly what the Mr and I were planning on doing for favours/name places, and now you have solved our dilemma of how to package them! This is genius and so budget friendly. Thank you RMW for coming to the resuce once again!

  3. Francesca says:

    Fantastic!

  4. Katie says:

    Love these! We had CDs as our favours/place names!!

    Our table names were song titles (all of bands that The Boy and I have seen live), so we included them all on the CD, along with key music moments from the day – first dance, my entrance, signing of the register music, and the recessional!

    xoxo

  5. Lucy says:

    I LOVE that idea. Too bad I am already married. Now what else could I use it for?…

  6. Apollo says:

    I <3 these!

    I have a slight sad that I'm married and can't steal this idea for my wedding.

    However, I have a cunning plan to adapt said idea for Chrimble pressies though :)

    Nice one DIY Adam! xx

  7. I love it, however my Macbook is useless at burning CDs so I don’t think I could cope with the stress.

    I’m loving the DIY off. Can’t wait to see what Vix comes up with.

  8. Lauren says:

    Having seen these CD beauties in the flesh I can honestly say that the quality is fantastic and the design lovingly executed. Look at all those typographies! I have to say that I think Adam might just be winning the DIY war. Doesn’t make you a van man yet though!

  9. mrsrecyclenow says:

    hahahaha, I love your playlist!

    definitely an excellent budget crimble present idea.

    mrs r.now x x x

  10. Becca says:

    Love it! Solves my “how do I package them??” dilemma! X

  11. Beckie K says:

    One word: genius! I am afraid to show this post to Mr C in case he decides to re-theme the entire wedding around it.

    See you tomorrow at the National Wedding Show. Whoop!
    Beckie K x

  12. @Beckie – make sue you stop by and say hi – we have the actual items from this D.I.Y tutorial on our stand so you can have a touchy feel of them :)

    Adam.

  13. oooooh!! officially laid the gauntlet down, may battle commence on the DIY front!!

    Vix x

  14. Lauren A says:

    Hehe Kylie. Perhaps Dannii can be bridesmaid!

    These look really great, and I’m impressed by how expensive you can make a plain piece of paper look!

  15. Love this!

    We are having *this was a surprise but I like it too much* albums as our table names – the table plan will have discs which pull out of the sleeves and peoples names will be written on like songs… then…
    the Album on the table will have our faces imposed: Me as Gaga, Mike on the Thriller front cover, possibly Mikes head on the Nirvana baby ;) The both of us on Free Wheeling Bob Dylan, I JUST HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS ON PHOTOSHOP!!

    Oh I have ideas, just not the ability to carry it off:)

    Anyway, just that this would be an AWESOME favour…

    CD or Vodka Jelly Shot? What would you prefer??

  16. Oh and I am definately stealing this… I think invite could be incorporated into this :)

  17. Jenny says:

    Loving your work Adam!

  18. Sama says:

    Adam. You are amazing.

  19. Amanda Champness says:

    Wow Adam these look great!!!

    Loving the increase in DIY recently!!!

    I do like brown paper and especially when it’s folded into a pretty package like this!!!

    More please!!!!!

  20. Helen says:

    It’s a 100% steal! Thank you once again for the excellent inspiration :-)

  21. Ruth says:

    I LOVE DIY ADAM!!!

    Great idea, I’ve been looking for nice (& cheap) cd cases in Brown parcel type paper for so long – you have just solved my problem!

    Not sure mine will look as good as yours but never mind!

  22. Anita says:

    I am completely in love with this idea. I really wish I was planning a wedding… Fantastic stuff Adam!

  23. Ed Osborn says:

    This is great. I hate the standard cases you get with CDs.

  24. LadyFushia says:

    Oh how I wish you’d done this post way back when we were choosing our favours/placenames. With less than two weeks to go I don’t think I have time for a rethink! lol Although I’m thinking maybe I could do something like this for my 30th in Jan.

    Great post :)

    xx

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  26. Bella says:

    Thank you for settling the six month long favours argument we have been having! Finally something my friends + his friends can both enjoy! x

  27. Sarahmia says:

    I love this idea! I’ve downloaded the file but it’s telling me it’s corrupt :( (I’ve tried it on a pc and a mac) is it available anywhere else?

  28. Rose says:

    This is a brilliant idea. Music is lovely and the cover for this CD is great

  29. Louise says:

    I would love to use this, but it comes up encoded in Word. Any ideas?

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  31. Amanda says:

    What size is the paper that was used?

  32. So awesome! I’m getting that the file is corrupt too…could you possibly update the file pls?

  33. @Amanda – It’s a single sheet of A4

    I have replaced the download file with a zip file that contains a .doc and a .docx of the template – hopefully this will get round the fact that the download is appearing corrupt for some people.

    Let me know how you get on…

    Adam.

  34. Thanks so much for the updated file – it worked! :)

  35. Kez says:

    Thank you so much for this template and Idea, have adapted it for blank cd’s so guests can fill them with their pictures they have taken on our wedding day and can send them to us afterwards x

  36. Jo says:

    Hi I totally love this idea but have hit one small hurdle, where do you stand legally with music copyright? Some of my friends at the wedding will actually be the musicians whose music it is so dont want to end up in an embarrassing situation if it’s not legal to copy and give away. Advice please…

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  38. Hails says:

    PERFECT!!!
    We have been looking for CD envelopes for awhile now as we want to do a mix CD as part of our thank you’s They will have our wedding music on (walking down isle song etc) as well as each guests individual choice of 3 songs they sent us on their RSVP’s.
    This is PERFECT for that! So thank you thank you thank you.

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  44. federica says:

    grazie, è un’idea bellissima!

  45. susan says:

    awesome! thank you so much!!!

  46. shannon says:

    What a great idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  47. Meagan says:

    This is great! Just wondering, what size the paper is… I dont believe I saw that mentioned. It looks like it could just be a standard 11×8.5 from pictures? …Let me know! Thanks!

  48. Anja says:

    Wow that is an amazing idea! And even someone as clumsy as me at DIY can do it.
    RMW rocks my world!

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  50. AMZING. I just now did it with letter paper size and it worked (i didn’t print anything on the paper but the folding worked fine) :)
    I’m putting my client’s pictures on there! :D

  51. Kim says:

    How big was the piece of paper you used? I am going to use this idea for Christmas Cds.

  52. Anne-Louise says:

    Absolutely love this idea and i have just finished my first CD’s, we have decided to go his and hers, so we can have a different disc for the ladies and a different disc for the men, I cant wait to see my guests reactions in a few weeks!!! Perfect and ideal for a budget!!!!

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  54. Leah Thompson says:

    Hi, how do you get around printing a label or something on the actual CD (eg. our names/wedding date) otherwise it will have the writing on it that comes on a blank CD when you purchase it? Thanks

  55. Adrian Jones says:

    Absolutely love this as we wanted to do a favours CD but make it personal. But I cant seem to be able to use the template because it says it is encrypted and cannot be used. Can abyone offer any help pleeeease.
    AJ

  56. Abdul Rauf says:

    oOoooo Thank you so much, you have saved me a ton of work for a last minute cover cd. Your awesome!!

  57. Angeliki says:

    This is such a brilliant idea. I have adapted it slightly as we are giving blank CDs for our guests to sent to us any digital photos they have taken of our wedding day! So budget friendly and looks beautiful!

  58. Tim K says:

    For some reason, I am unable to extract your template. Is there a way to just get the word document rather than the zipped file?

    Thanks!

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