Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sheet Music Garland

I have been loving garlands lately.  I found this sheet music book at Goodwill for yes, that's right 30 cents! 
Doesn't really get any cheaper than that so I grabbed it and it has been on my craft table for almost two months now!
I cut out circles, I think mine were about 2.5 inches in diameter....I cut about about 100 for each garland, but with my Fiskars circle cutter and using three sheets at a time, it went pretty fast.  I was watching Titanic at the time, so I didn't really pay much attention to how much time it took me!  I love that movie!
I then fired up the sewing machine and picked a fall-ish looking thread...this is a variegated thread with some red, some tans, some brown, some off white.  Fit the bill perfectly!
I stacked two circles together and sewed them down the middle and then repeated it about as many times as I wanted for how long the garland was to be...
Once they were all stitched together, I knotted off the ends at the first papers and then about 6 inches out so there was a way to hang them up.  Then I opened up the two pieces so that it looked a bit like a butterfly.
They fold completely flat to store or mail them...
And look so cute opened up hanging on the wall or in this case, being held up in the yard.
Great Christmas present for a music teacher, huh?
You can use different color papers, or use maps, or use a children's book pages...lots of different ways to do this garland!

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36 comments:

creativejewishmom/sara said...

love it! I've been wanting some sheet music myself, but none to be had around here....thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling sunday, great to have you! Your project from last week got the most clicks, congrats!

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Ellen! This is beautiful! I love the 3-D effect you have, without any messy glue. Thanks for a great idea!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love this! So clever and well done!

Karena said...

Genius!! A terrific idea!!

Come and see my latest find, I would love your thoughts!

Karena
Art by Karena

Seams Inspired said...

Absolutely fabulous! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! :o)

Kim said...

This is super cute! I'm glad to see someone come up with a way to use music for garland :).

autumn said...

this is soooo darling! i just love it. what a great and really expensive looking finished product. bravo!

White and Rust said...

That is darling! I've been looking for sheet music too!

Jan said...

Cute garland and what a good deal :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...
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Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Sorry about that. I re-read what I wrote and I had typed "would" instead of "wouldn't". It changed the whole context. So I shall try again. Ready? ...........

Another winner, Ellen. I always learn something new from you. Not only have I learned how to make the garland, but I didn't know thread was now available in variegated colors, like yarn. The garland is very creative and would be gorgeous on a mantle, draped on the Christmas tree, so many uses; and since it's sheet music, it wouldn't have to come down when Christmas was over. Excellent project and tutorial. Thank you for sharing your project at the Boardwalk Bragfest!

That should work. Enjoy your day, Ellen!

April@gingerbreadgirl said...

that is really cool

Kara'sKreations said...

Yipee! I am a music teacher. Well I have my degree, but I stay home with my kiddos, but I write and perform children's music on the side. And CRAFT like crazy. I am so going to do this one. I just need the punch. I am thinking my daughter's music teacher would enjoy them too. Thanks!

Janet said...

What a great deal you got on your music! This is such a fun project. It would be a cute way to decorate for a piano recital. Also, thanks for the tip on using children's books, great idea!

OrloSubito said...

I love it is so easy and cheap and is beautiful!!!
ALL in one:-)

Jennifer @ Muse Lodge said...

They're beautiful...I plan on doing this if I get a chance to.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Gorgeous! Thanks SO much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope to see you again soon.

~Lori @ Paisley Passions

Suzy said...

Great idea! And beautiful too. Thanks so much for linking up to my Commercial Break Thursday!

suzy

anne maskell said...

What a cute idea! Thank you!

Flannery Buchanan said...

that's awesome! i have a vintage atlas that i've been looking for a project for and i think this would be perfect!

Flannery @ threesisterz.blogspot.com

Bella said...

This is great fun. We love music in our home, so my kids would probably freak if we cut up sheet music, but this looks so cool, and would be great to decorate with. Fabulous idea. I host a weekly party **Amaze me August** and would love if you considered linking up with this, or ANY other project you have, or do in the future. Thanks a ton, Bella :)

Melissa said...

This is super cute!

Melissa
http://www.burstsofcreativity.blogspot.com/

texttussi said...

This is so nice. I have some old books lying around and might try this.

Stephani said...

So cute and wonderfully inexpensive!

Thanks for linking up with Crafty Friday!

Joy said...

Very clever! Thanks for linking to Fantabulous Friday!

Jill said...

They look great! and I just love that variagated thread you used!
Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

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Theresa said...

What a pretty garland! I love it! Theresa xoxo

Sandy Ang said...

Fun idea for a garland !

dnicolle said...

What a beautiful garland, love the sheet music. I think it would be great for Christmas, maybe with red thread. Thanks for the great idea. Visiting from www.lifeisaparty.ca

Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

I did the same thing with sheet music for my wedding but I LOVE how yours are multi-dimensional! Gorgeous!

Melissa said...

That is so cute. Great job. Thanks for sharing all of your great projects over at Tuesday Tell All.

Stephanie said...

There are so many possibilities to use this for, I can't wait to try it. I love the idea of how you used sheet music, and 30 cents? Wow you scored.

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

This is a GREAT idea! I'm thinking this would be great on my christmas tree this year!

Meg said...

Very cute! Such a fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela said...

Such a cool garland. My husband is a musician and would love this. I'm off to find some sheet music!