Tuesday, July 25, 2006

DMC's DIY paper lunch bag CD covers...

I've been making these fun CDR covers for years - inexpensive, crafty, and you can design, print or xerox any arty label you want... glue them on - or use rubber stamps, silkscreen, linoluem cut print... whatever.

The trick is to trim about an inch and a half off the open end of the bag so when it is folded over it tucks into the fold to stay closed and is more square.

For something extra, print out or xerox a little book to drop inside, or another label for the back of the bag to include more info about the music, the players, lyrics, etc... I use a trusty Sharpie marker to write on the discs, but you could get fancy with a computer printer label maker if you have one.

So - all you musicians looking for a cheap, easy way to package your music can DIY = do it yourself - with paper lunch bags.

- David M. Curry, Empty House Cooperative.


  1. Wow - this is such a great, original idea. And your photos kick butt too. Thanks for sharing...

  2. Anonymous11:25 AM

    That's a really great idea, but have you thought of putting another sticker/xerox across the bottom of the bag to keep it from looking like just the bottom of a lunch bag? Your sleeves could be two-sided!

  3. Char Maguire5:37 PM

    A friend just turned me on to this site, said they thought your CD holder was kinda cool...they were wrong, it's AWESOME!!!

  4. Rush'd Lady8:08 PM

    I'm a friend of Char's too! She said your CD sleeve was cool and I agree! =0) I just made a paper sack scrapbook as a gift and now I know what to add to it!

  5. Anonymous11:46 PM

    This is one of the niftiest ideas I have seen in a long, long time.

    You can be sure I will use it.

    Many Thanks!

    Chuck Walters

  6. Anonymous4:58 PM

    This is something I've been doing for years...although odd, it's cool to see someone took the time to put it online-lol/great job!

  7. Anonymous8:38 AM

    what a shame that you can't get those lunch bags here in germany...

    there are only white ones, and they don't have a bottom like yours.

    however, great idea!

  8. Anonymous5:13 PM

    good meal

  9. Thanks for sharing! I dig repurposing and adorning!
    I make paper from scratch ( http://www.artfarm.com/papier.html) and am enamored of paper-based solution. Play well!

  10. i've been handing out cd lunch bag covers for several years after seeing dmc use them. i have another tip for them. to make sure the cd goes in the front 'compartment' i tape the back compartment with clear tape. if you try and put the cd in the back, it doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the bag, and then you can't close it. thanks, dmc!

  11. I agree 100% this is an awesome idea. Im sooo gonna steal it from you. Thanks for the idea...by the way the pics are awesome.

  12. Awesome idea! I'm going to try screenprinting them on the front side. Thanks!

    And like Mule said, great photos!

  13. nj snots1:16 AM

    sweet idea, ive been looking for a new and different way to package cd's deff be using this

  14. What a good idea! I'm always bringing CDs from home to school & losing the crystals or little envelopes, so this would help me.

  15. Anonymous3:01 PM

    omg great idea i will make like bagilions of there we always have tons of these bags!!!

  16. outter rings of neptune2:07 PM

    This is a good idea... reduce that carbon footprint. Notice that he's using a rubber stamp too... hopefully with a vegatable ink. Those could save you having to print / xerox an additional sheet that would have to be cut & glued to the bad, however if you're going to go through the trouble of printing liner notes, try using vellumn paper (100% wood fiber / recyclable) it will add a cool translucent effect to the overall package.

  17. I just came across this post and it is really neat! I love the idea and I'm going to use it on my own cds. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Before I try it myself - are there any experiences with scratches? I am afraid the paper could do some harm to the surface of a disc... :/
    (Great idea anyway :)

  19. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Great idea!
    Anyone an idea where I can order these bags online?
    Any suggestions much appreciated!

  20. Thanks for the great input! We released our first EP with this method:

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