I’ve been looking at Sheet Music Wreaths on Pinterest for a really, really long time and I wanted one for over my piano. Like this one from The Frugal Homemaker. There are literally hundreds to choose from, but these are a few of my favorites.
You’ve got to love the incredibly creative Miss Mustard Seed. She has a ton of sheet music ideas on her website including a dresser, wreath, and ornaments. The link takes you straight to the instructions for her basic wreath. This one is simple but perfect. However, I got the original instructions for my wreath from her book, Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life into Your Heart and Home.
Classy Clutter has a tutorial for her Angel Wing Sheet Music Wreath on her creative blog.
I also love this one by This Moment Is Good. The rose in the middle is a beautiful touch.
This wreath by Glue Stick Blog is stunning. She has instructions for these paper roses. Amazing!
In walks divine intervention. I was leaving church and I noticed a huge pile of sheet music sitting on a table outside the choir room. Be still my beating heart! I
ran went into the music room to ask about it. The choir director told me it was out in the hall because she was getting rid of it. It never ceases to amaze me the stuff people throw away. I took the whole pile. What a blessing! If you don’t happen to have a ton of vintage sheet music lying around, search Pinterest for “printable sheet music.” It’s almost as good as the real thing.
After posting my pictures online, I received a ton of compliments and several requests by people either wanting to buy one or asking for a tutorial for how they could make one themselves. I started to reinvent the wheel. It’s an affliction of mine. (It took me all of 5 minutes to figure out that there were already enough tutorials.) For me, the most difficult thing was figuring out how to make the cones. It was a little tricky. The photos made it look easy. I messed up several sheets before I got the rolling right. I found also found a video by Zazzy’s Treasures, which is helpful. Here we go…
For this project you will need:
1. Sheet music. I used 92 sheets (the pages were 9 x 12). 31 on the bottom layer, 33 on the second layer, and 28 sheets torn in half, on the top. This isn’t an exact science. You will use more or less to get the desired look you want.
2. A round piece of cardboard cut to the size you like. The size I used was 12 1/2 inches with a 4 inch hole cut in the center. I used a chip platter as my template. I wanted my wreath to be really big. Your finished wreath will be over double the size of the cardboard template.
3. A hot glue gun.
4. String or ribbon to hang wreath up with. (I used jute.)
5. Scissors and/or a box cutter.
My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. I used the cardboard box it came in for my wreath form. The cardboard was really sturdy. So sturdy, I had to use a box blade! I cut the form about 12 1/2 inches wide. The hole in the middle was about 4 inches. You will also need to poke a hole about an inch from the top, in order to hand your wreath up. (I used a Screwdriver.) Go ahead and loop your string through the hole you just made. This is important because after you start gluing the sheet music on, you won’t be able to do it. Don’t ask me how I know this 😉 After I had my form ready, I plugged in my hot glue gun and got started.
The next part is obviously the most tedious. I ruined a lot of my vintage sheet music trying to figure this out. It’s frustrating especially if you are dealing with old paper, because it has a tendency to rip. You can save your mess ups for the inside of your wreath. There is a trick to rolling the sheet music. Start in the right hand corner, make your cone shape, and then start rolling it in on itself. I found this video if you need help.
Start gluing the cones on in a north, south, east, and west pattern. Continue that pattern, until you need to start filling in the “holes.” You will just want to make sure you can’t see the cardboard anymore. The cones won’t be uniform. Don’t worry about this. In the end, you won’t notice that. Imperfection is what makes this craft charming.
After you get your first layer done and looking how you like, start on your second layer. Continue with the same pattern of north, south, east, and west. The wreath is going to start looking “full” and you will just need to keep filling in the gaps.
For the last layer, you rip the sheet in half, or cut it, whichever you prefer. Repeat the same process that you did for the first two rows. That’s seriously it. So easy. I’ve made two and I’m planning on using everything up I have. Then I’m moving on to the next big pile of paper in my closet I need to get rid of: maps!