DIY large simple sheet music ornaments are an easy holiday decor project to showcase your favorite Christmas carols and hymns.
I have been making the DIY simple sheet music ornaments that I posted last week for over a decade exactly as they’re pictured there. It wasn’t until very recently that I started to experiment with other sizes and music selections. While I absolutely love the look of the original ornaments with my go-to Chopin selections, I wanted to create ornaments in this style with Christmas music. I also wanted to find a size that would work well for antique book pages, such as Christmas cookie recipes, and other vintage ephemera selections, such as postcards. While you can use any paper for the smaller ornaments, the larger size is better for showing off specific pieces of music and other Christmas ephemera. If you take a look at the photos from both tutorials, I think you’ll understand what I mean.
For this tutorial, I selected Silent Night, Joy to the World, and O Come All Ye Faithful from The American Hymnal in my collection of vintage Christmas hymns. My color illustration Christmas carols and piano Christmas carols work beautifully for one-of-a-kind ornaments as well.
DIY large simple sheet music ornaments are a fun, whimsical Christmas craft project for kids and adults. They’re perfect for displaying on your own tree, giving as gifts, or selling online and at craft fairs. I’d love to see what you do with this versatile holiday DIY project!
Supplies for DIY large simple sheet music ornaments
- Vintage Christmas hymns, color illustration Christmas carols, piano Christmas carols, or other sheet music of your choosing, new or vintage
- White cardstock. You can cut four 3.5″ circles out of one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. So you’ll need one sheet of cardstock for every ornament you plan to make.
- 3.5″ circle punch or scissors and a 3.5″ circle item that you can use to trace circles
- Scrapbook glue or another wrinkle-free paper glue
- Standard single hole punch
- Christmas ribbon or other holiday string, ideally 1/4″-3/8″ in diameter
Please note: I prefer to print my sheet music on cardstock for this project to give it a thicker consistency for easy cutting and folding. You can use regular printer paper or genuine sheet music on its original paper, as long as it isn’t too thin.
Instructions for DIY large simple sheet music ornaments
Download or gather the Christmas sheet music of your choice for your ornaments. If needed, print the sheet music on white cardstock.
Use the 3.5″ circle punch to cut out four sheet music circles for each ornament that you want to make. If you’re using 8.5″ x 11″ paper, you’ll be able to cut out four circles from a single sheet.
Fold each circle in half, bending the two halves in toward each other.
Apply scrapbook glue to one half of each backside of two circles, so that you can glue them together as pictured above. Fit the circles together as precisely as possible. Hold the circles together for a minute or so until the glue begins to dry. Allow the glue to dry for another minute or so before proceeding.
Apply scrapbook glue to one half of the backside of a third circle. Add it to the two circles you’ve already glued, fitting the circles together as precisely as possible. Hold the circles together for a minute or so until the glue begins to dry. Allow the glue to dry for another minute or so before proceeding.
Apply scrapbook glue to both halves of the backside of the fourth circle. Fit it into place to complete the ornament, fitting the circles together as precisely as possible, taking care not to leave a lot of gaps in the middle. Hold the ornament together for a minute or so until the glue begins to dry. Allow the glue to dry fully before proceeding.
Gently flatten the ornament, so that you can use the single hole punch to punch a hole in the top for the ribbon or other string. You want to punch the top of your hole about 1/8″ from the top of the ornament.
Cut a length of ribbon 11-12″ long. String it through the hole. Tie a double knot at the top of the ribbon.
Repeat this process with as many ornaments as you’d like to make.
Your new Christmas ornaments are ready to be displayed on your tree, given as gifts, or sold at craft fairs and on Etsy!
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