So I am slightly obsessed with things made out of either vintage sheet music pages or book pages.
I have done a number of previous crafts on here using this as a medium, usually for Christmas.
This is my latest trial set of projects and I have to say that I made quite a few.
Definitely one of those things that once you make one, you are eager to do more.
They are fairly simple to pull off, and I promise that those who are supposedly “uncrafty” can still make these.
You can buy old books or hymn books at yard sales, used book sales, thrift shops, etc. I scored several antique music magazines from the 1920’s-1930’s at a local antique store for a couple bucks. They are awesome! I could seriously frame some of the ads in them for decoration, but that’s for another day.
Here’s the process I followed:
I ripped out some pages and cut same-sized rectangles out of the paper. I stacked three together, lining up the edges, and folded them accordion style, or like a fan. It’s important to keep your folds approximately the same width.
Next step is to separate them and fold each accordion in half, like in the above picture.
Glue together the middles of each so they all turn into a one-piece fan shape.
Finally, to complete the circle, glue the three (or you could do a fuller one with 4) fan shapes together where they meet.
You could leave them plain, but I chose to put some kind of embellishment in the center. Some have a bit of burlap with a sparkly snowflake on top, others have a glittery word like “Joy,” and some have little pictures from that old music magazine that are backed with cardstock. Cutouts from vintage Christmas cards would be really cool too I would think.
Another option that looks neat is to make another layer that’s larger and place it underneath. Just use much larger pieces, or even a full page, to fold. I love the look of these, and you could go really big to make a wreath.
For any size you choose, just make sure to back it with something for stability. I used canning lids that had been used and washed, hot gluing them to the back. For the larger ones I used a round plastic lid that had been on an ice cream pail. You could use a circle of cardboard or something else that’s sturdy though.
Happy crafting! Stay tuned for more handmade Christmas ideas.