If you’re into crafts, chances are you use a lot of paper. While you’ve probably seen projects for leftovers like newspaper and unwanted magazine pages, you’ve probably never thought about using sheet music in your craft projects. This post shares several sheet music craft ideas for you.
You can use sheet music you already have in a variety of different craft projects, or it can be purchased for very little from secondhand stores and thrift shops. If you’re looking for a certain piece of music from a craft project, eBay is a good resource for unique or antique sheet music.
The best part, however, is that these simple sheet music crafts also make excellent projects for kids.
You may even find that making sheet music crafts with your kids gets them interested in music or (if the pages you’re using for your crafts happen to be the old music your kids have forgotten about) might rekindle their interest in playing an instrument.
Using sheet music to create a unique picture frame is one of the simplest crafts you can do, and it’s one that even young children will have the attention span for.
Begin by taking off the back of the picture frame and locating the cardboard or felt back. Cut the piece of sheet music to the same size as the backing.
Using the appropriate glue, glue the sheet music to the front-facing side of the frame cardboard or felt backing and allow it to dry. Once the glue is dry, you can attach a photo on top of the sheet music, leaving a little space around the edges to create a border. Viola! Simple, right?
For this one, you could also find a free image of sheet music online and print it on matte paper with an adhesive back. Just make sure your printing dimensions are right!
Sheet Music Trees & Flowers
If you’ve ever made a paper tree before, you know how much fun they can be for kids and that they make great decorations. Instead of colorful construction paper or newspaper, you can easily use sheet music, giving the finished trees a bit more visual impact and interest.
Similarly, sheet music flowers will last a long longer than regular flowers, and they make an excellent craft project for kids and adults. You can even color in parts of the sheet music paper beforehand if you want to incorporate certain colors into your design.
There are lots of guides for paper flowers online, but this one in particular is both easy and would make for a great sheet music flower!
Origami is always a fun activity for kids, but using sheet music gives a unique spin on the finished product. Books that contain instructions for origami crafts often come in levels based on skill, making origami interesting for both adults and kids.
Sheet Music Feathers
(idea credit to Todolwen: Hymn Page Feathers)
With sheet music, you can easily make an imitation quill-style pen or a bookmark that looks like a feather. This not only uses sheet music, but could also be part of a fun history lesson!
Sheet music feathers are easy to make, and you probably have most of the craft supplies you need already. All you need are two pages of sheet music, scissors, wire, and glue.
Step 1: Draw a simple feather template. You can even trace a feather you already have.
Step 2: Cut a piece of wire that’s just about ¼-inch longer than the feather. Attach the wire to the center of a page of sheet music, allowing the end of the wire to extend down one side of the paper. Place and glue the second page of sheet music paper over the wire.
Step 3: Using the template, draw lines to cut around the sheet music. Cut the sheet music into a feather shape using the lines you just drew.
Step 4: Cut a narrow strip of sheet music paper the length of a page. Spread some glue on it and wrap it around the uncovered wire from the top. When you get to the end of the wire, wrap it around two more times. Cut off the excess and let the glue dry.
Step 5: Cut diagonal lines in your paper to give it the feather shape. Don’t cut all the way through the wire or you’ll have to start all over again!
I haven’t tried this one yet, but I am looking forward to trying out on my next rainy weekend with the kids! And these are just a few sample projects of the many things you could do with sheet music. Sites like Pinterest and Etsy are overflowing with amazing ideas for sheet music crafts, as well as normal papercrafts that look even more amazing with sheet music.
Marcela de Vivo is a freelance writer in the Los Angeles area whose writing has covered everything from health and wellness to marketing and technology. As a mother of three, she is always looking for ways to encourage her kids to engage with music and express themselves creatively.