Make Your Own Sheet Music Ornaments
I am in love with sheet music ornaments… so when Robyn asked if I would do a post, I knew just what I was going to do. These ornaments are fairly quick and cheap to make which is a bonus and I think they are wonderful. The hardest part of doing these ornaments is cutting… I hate cutting.
These are the ornaments that I made last year for the Ornament Swap:
Sheet Music (either buy or download from the internet and print)
Tea or Coffee water to antique if you want
Shapes (either free hand draw them or download them and print them off)
Embellishments: ribbon, buttons, glitter paint, colored paper
Card stock or light to medium weight cardboard
Print and tea or coffee stain your sheet music if not printed in color. To tea stain – place a couple of tea bags in small amount of water and let steep until desired color. To coffee stain place small amount of water until desired color. Dip sheets into water for only a few seconds – you do not want the paper wet enough to rip.
Let sheet music dry. I don’t worry if it wrinkles as that gives the paper character. Depending on how long you let the paper sit in the tea/coffee water or how dark the water is that will be how dark your paper comes out.
Once paper is dry, run it through a crimper. I have one from Stampin’ Up. This will give your paper a corrugated look.
If you don’t have a crimper you can just crumple up the paper into a ball and straighten it.
Cut out your patterns or free hand draw them on paper (you can reuse these). Cut the shapes out of the cardboard or cardstock. Line up your sheet music, glue on cardboard shapes. Once dry, cut the sheet music to your shape.
Embellish your ornaments with glitter paint on the sides, ribbons, buttons. You can also make signs and glue them to cardstock and then glue the sign to the ornament.
Apply hanger to back. Depending on what I use and what the back looks like, I will cut out the shape of the ornament out of cardstock and glue to back to make them look cleaner and finished.
To get sheet music, I just type in free printable Christmas Sheet music into my browser.
Sugar and glue work well if you don’t have glitter paint.
I use dafont.com for my fonts. They have some wonderful Christmas Fonts that you download to your computer and these fonts will be on all programs that are on your computer, even your photograph programs like Picasa (which is free)
I am planning on doing more Sheet Music Christmas Ornaments so I hope you will come over to my blog This and That and check them out. I also would love to see what you have made with sheet music.
Thank you Robyn for letting me guest blog, I have had so much fun coming over here.
Thank you so much for being here Marlys! I just love these ornaments!!