Friday, December 27, 2013

Sheet Music Ornaments

This year we decided to make Christmas ornaments for our music students.  We started early since we knew we would be busy closer to Christmas, so these pictures are actually from October - we just couldn't post them before or our students would have seen them.

First you print a lot of sheets of music on the paper of your choice - we used off-white paper because we liked the way it looked.  We chose several Christmas songs and shrunk the music so that four songs would fit on a page.  Here is the page we used if anyone wants to use it to make their own.  It takes about 3/4 of a piece of paper to make one ornament - we made over 60 of them.  

Next you tear the paper into pieces, as straight or crooked as you like.  If you use the sheet music above, each line is a perfect size to tear out by itself.

Brush the back of each strip with ModPodge and layer them around the ornament.  You will need to crease the pieces a little as you go to make them fit around the curve.

It works best to start at the top and work your way down.

When the ornament is completely covered in sheet music (or any other paper you chose to use), brush the entire thing with a coat of ModPodge and hang to dry.  A clothesline comes in handy if you're making as many as we did.

Hope came over one evening and we all worked on the first several steps together.

Once the ornaments are dry, decorate them with ribbons, bows, jingle bells, glitter, and name tags.

These were a lot of fun to make and give!

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