Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ruffled Sheet Music Wreath Tutorial

I make sheet music wreaths on a regular basis for our tag sales. A  sweet blog reader spotted this one from our Holiday Open House post and asked if I would share a tutorial.
 
 
These are super easy to make, just a bit time consuming. I started this one while watching the Super Bowl pregame show and I finished it up watching American Idol last night. Somehow, it just makes the time go by faster!
 
Your supply list is short and simple - a wreath form, a hot glue gun with lots of glue stick, twine or wire for your hanger and some sheet music or book pages. Plus my secret weapon which you'll see in a moment.
 
 
I find hymnals to be perfect for so many craft projects. The pages are a good size and they are inexpensive and easy to find at thrift stores. And they are all a little different. Some have bright white pages, others have a more aged vintage look. I love when they have a hint of color along the edges. Just start by tearing out a stack of pages. I used about a quarter of the pages from one hymnal for this wreath.
 
 
I like to cover the wreath form with pages first so that if there are any little gaps, you'll never even notice.
 
 
And don't forget to add your string or wire for hanging before you start to glue on the pages.
 
 
And now for my secret weapon - a magic marker with a flat bottom!
 
 
Just wrap your page around the marker...
 
 
add a dab of hot glue to the end...
 
 
and press down against your wreath form. Believe me, holding the end of the marker is so much easier than trying to hold the paper in place with your fingers without crushing the paper or burning your fingers!
 
 
I alternate between the outside ring and the inside ring, just keep on going. Notice that the sheets do not have to be too close together.
 
 
Once you have the inside and outside rings complete, you'll have room for two addition ring in between.
 
 
And there you have it - a nice full ruffled sheet music wreath!
 
 
This is what it looks like from the back.
 
 
Since we sometimes hang these in the windows at our tag sales, I like to finish the back with a piece of craft paper or poster board for a more finished look. You can skip this step if you like, but I think a backing also adds a little stability when you are handling your wreath.
 
 
I hope this inspires you to make a sheet music wreath of your own!
 
 
Or come check out the wreath selection at our spring tag sale.
 
 
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43 comments:

Robin said...

So pretty! I have been wanting to make one like this for a long, long time. Thanks for showing us how to do it.

Twice Nice said...

So pretty Sharon!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Looks lovely.

Susie said...

Sharon, Thank you for this tutoral. I love that wreath. xo,Susie

Our Pinteresting Family said...

This turned out beautiful, Sharon! :)

Elizabeth said...

I love the wreath! I have just discovered your blog and so glad I did!

Magazine Your Home said...

That wreath is so pretty and full looking, love it!

Dee said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I think of all the wreaths you make, this one is my favorite. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Dee said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I think of all the wreaths you make, this one is my favorite. Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Artsy Matilda said...

Yay~! Perfect tutorial. Beautiful wreath! Life is good! Thanks so much!
Can't wait to get started on one ... hopefully tonight!
Cheri

Renaissance Women said...

That's beautiful! I'm going to look for an old hymnal and work on making one of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

~ Cassandra from Renaissance Women

Ali Richardson said...

Genius! That marker trick is pure genius! Love the pretty wreath too :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love how full it is- just gorgeous!

Audrey @ Neverending Decorating said...

Sharon that is to pretty, what a great idea!

A Little Knick Knack said...

A tutorial! Yes! I'm so excited to make one of these for our mantle. I think it's beautiful and you did a great job. ;)

Kadee Willow said...

I love projects using pages from books or, as in this case, sheet music! There is just something so charming about this vintage look due to the paper and fonts!

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Thanks so much . I have been admiring those for sometime. I think I need to go and buy me some old song books. I LOVE this !!!! Thank you for always inspiring .. Hugs from Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

Dawn said...

Sharon, that turned out perfect. I love how full it is. Great tutorial:)

hula-la said...

YES! I'M LOVIN' IT!

Dido said...

I really love this. Thank you
Dido

Gail Wilson said...

Oh My Gosh, you are a genius! :) love that one simple little tip of the marker. I've never made a wreath, but I bet I do soon! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial at CCC

gail

MONICA LIVAS said...

Beautiful!

twopurplecouches.com said...

Oh my gosh, this is awesome!! And your tutorial makes it seem super simple - your marker idea is totally genius. So glad I found this through the Frugal Friday link-up!

Babiole de Windsor said...

This is just beautiful! I'm looking forward to enjoying more of your posts...from your newest follower

Kelly @ babioledewindsor.blogspot.com

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Absolutely beautiful Sharon! I love the fullness of it! Gorgeous!!

Stephanie said...

Such a beautiful wreath!! It turned out so nice! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Laurel Stephens said...

This is a really great tutorial! I'd never in a million years figure out to use a marker (or a hymnal, or tie the hanger on first.) Gosh, I just love a good tutorial with photos and tricks! I'm on the lookout for a hymnal, now.

Babajeza said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for showing us. Regula

AshTreeCottage said...

This is terrific! Thanks for a great tutorial.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Lisa Lynn said...

How pretty! Found you on A Favorite Thing. :) I would love to have you share this tomorrow on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-2.html

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ann said...

Oh, my goodness, that's amazing. Beautiful wreath. And what a clever idea to use the marker to save your fingers.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is totally worth the time it took to make. I love it! Good luck with your tag sale too.

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for those great tips, Sharon. Your wreath turned out huge (which is a good thing...bigger wreath, bigger price you can put on it). I made my first book page wreath while watching the Super Bowl...it took me the whole time including the blackout. If I ever make another one, I will need to remember about the maker...that would have been good to know. I saw your wreath over at "Mod Vintage Life".

Christine Williams said...

Love how this turned out! Pinning for future reference :)

Angela Santaniello said...

Gorgeous! And I love your tip. I never would have thought to use a marker. Pinning.

Angela

Suzan Sweatman said...

Just gorgeous Sharon!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very pretty. I love how full it is.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sharon,
Thank you for sharing this tutoral at my party...it's beautiful!

Blessings,
Linda

Amanda Brooke said...

OMG! I just did this WITH A HYMNAL! We are soul sisters!!! I rolled all mine :) and gave it to my musician sister-in-law for Christmas. Yours is beautiful! I love it.

Good Time Charlie said...

I have done a paper wreath before, I but your tip with the marker is invaluable! I never wanted to do one again because of the hot glue on my fingers. Ouch! What a great idea to put craft paper on the back too. Sharing today. Thanks Sharon!

Sharon @ Lilikoi Joy said...

Oh Sharon, I just love that! It's so full and pretty, love the tips you give to make it that way. So so pretty! Thanks for sharing. :) Sharon

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Now I know WHY I've been collecting hymnals for so long. Thsi wreath is going up in our little reatil store here on our farm. THANKS!

Martha Anne said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing.