How to Make Your Own CD Cover Online for Free

By Jason Jensen

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Photo or artwork

  • Computer

  • Printer

  • Scissors

  • Glue

Paper CD sleeve
i record sleave image by Nicemonkey from

You can make your own CD cover online a couple of ways. Two websites allow you to do so for free. Big Huge Labs offers CD cover templates suitable for making a simple paper jacket you can fold around your CD. Read Write Think is more fitting for making covers that you'll insert in a jewel case.

CD Covers at Big Huge Labs

Go to Scroll down the page a little bit and click on the "CD Cover" link.

Upload the photo or artwork that will be the picture for your CD cover.

Enter the title of your CD, then click the "Create" button. The site will now take you to a new screen that displays your cover template.

Save the template to your desktop by clicking the "save" button just above the image.

Print the template for your CD cover in the same fashion you would print any other file or image. For best results, print the image at a resolution of 150 dpi or higher.

Using a pair of scissors, cut out your CD cover by cutting along the dotted line.

Fold your cover. Place your CD in the center of the template, just behind the picture on the front. Fold the four flaps over the CD. Start with the two side flaps, then fold the bottom flap, and finally the top flap.

Seal the cover. Use a dab of glue to seal the back of the cover. If you want to get fancy, you could also use a cool sticker or hot candle wax.

CD Cover at Read Write Think

Go to Click on the "Parent and Afterschool Resources" menu.

Click on "Games & Tools" then the "CD/DVD Cover Creator." Scroll down the page until you see the link.

Click the "Get Started" button. A new window will open. The web page will guide you through the steps to design your own cover, with text and color boxes. You will not upload images for this program.

Print your work. Once you have completed the steps for designing your CD cover, click the "Print" button in the upper right-hand corner of the page to print your work.


Use a high resolution image, such as 300 dpi, for your cover to get best results.