DIY simple sheet music ornaments are the easiest holiday craft project to make with kids and/or adults during the Christmas season.
It’s not a secret that I love crafting with sheet music, especially at Christmas. I’ve created quite a few sheet music crafts over the years, including vintage Christmas music ornaments featuring tiny versions of carols from my vintage Christmas sheet music hymns collection. I’ve been making the sheet music ornaments I’m sharing in this post for over a decade and am finally releasing a tutorial for them.
The concept of DIY simple sheet music ornaments is one of these craft project ideas that is so basic that it barely requires a tutorial. The photos are pretty self-explanatory. But I’m still giving you step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and my best tips for this project for quick, stress-free crafting. After more than a decade of making these ornaments, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks and am very confident in the supply recommendations and step-by-step directions that I’m giving you.
You’ll notice that I’m using multiple types of sheet music for my ornaments. Both new and vintage sheet music work well. For holiday ornaments, sometimes I color new sheet music with red and green watercolors or metallic acrylic paint. It’s completely up to you what kind of sheet music you want to use and whether or not you want to paint it before making ornaments.
DIY simple sheet music ornaments are so versatile. You can easily change the size and can even make different shapes. You also shouldn’t feel limited to sheet music. There are so many materials that will work well, including but not limited to, scrapbook paper, old book pages, postcards, and photos. I recommend checking out my 14 ideas for DIY glass magnets post. It covers all of these ideas and many more, all of which also work well for ornaments.
Supplies for DIY simple sheet music ornaments
- White cardstock, one piece for every piece of sheet music you’re going to print. You can get enough circles to make five or six ornaments out of a single 8.5″ x 11″ page.
- New or vintage sheet music, as many pieces as you’d like to print. Please see the note below for my source recommendations.
- 1.5″ circle paper punch
- Ribbon in assorted colors/patterns, ideally 1/8″-1/4″ in diameter. I love the 1/8″ ribbon that Michael carries, which is not available online but always in stock in their stores. I also love metallic twine, which I used for a number of the ornaments here.
- Scrapbook glue or another wrinkle-free paper glue
- Watercolors and/or metallic acrylic paint (optional)
My go-to source for new sheet music for DIY projects is All Piano Scores – Chopin. The aesthetic is so versatile and works for a wide variety of projects. I have a printable vintage sheet music source that is ideal for a vintage aesthetic. You can also make your own antique-looking sheet music. If you prefer to use authentic vintage sheet music, there are tons of items available on eBay and Etsy.
You can use any type of sheet music for this project. I prefer to print music on cardstock, as the cardstock makes it easy to cut and fold the music neatly. But you shouldn’t feel limited to this option. Authentic sheet music works well, as long as the paper it’s printed on isn’t super thin.
Instructions for DIY simple sheet music ornaments
Select the sheet music that you’d like to use for your ornaments. Print the sheet music of your choice on white cardstock.
If you’d like, add watercolor or metallic acrylic paint to one or more of the sheet music pages that you’re using. You do not need expensive paints for this project. The watercolors and metallic acrylic paints that I used for the examples here are cheap varieties that I buy from Michaels.
Allow the paint to dry completely.
Punch 1 1/2″ circles out of the sheet music. You need four circles for every ornament.
Fold each circle down the middle, folding 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 for another minute or so before proceeding.
Cut a length of ribbon 9-10″ long for each ornament. Use the scrapbook glue to attach the ends of the ribbon to opposite sides of the ornament as pictured above. Hold the ribbon in place for a minute or so until the glue begins to dry. Set the ornament aside to dry completely.
Repeat this process for as many ornaments as you’d like to make.
Your new ornaments are ready to be displayed on your Christmas tree, given as gifts, or sold at craft fairs or on Etsy!
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