DIY THURSDAY: SHEET MUSIC WREATH & A GIVEAWAY!

Don’t you just love Thursdays? With the holiday season quickly approaching (I can’t believe it’s already the end of October!), I thought I’d share with you a quick and easy project that just may help with your holiday décor…

I’m sure many of you have seen Miss Mustard Seed’s sheet music wreath:

When I first set my eyes on this adorable wreath, I fell a little bit in love, so I set out to make my own.

First, I loaded up my makeshift work station (aka my living room floor) with all the items I needed:

  1. A stack of vintage sheet  music (which I happen to have BOXES of…)
  2. A glue gun and glue
  3. Ribbon
  4. Scissors
  5. Pine cone (optional)

Really, that’s all it takes! Now, some of you may be wondering where in the world am I going to find vintage sheet music? To help you along with this little problem, I will be giving away TWO large stacks of vintage sheet music for TWO lucky readers! The how and the when is revealed at the end of this post, so read on my friends!

After I had all my supplies on hand, I began by folding and carefully ripping a few sheets into eighths (you’re welcome to use scissors, but I happen to like the distressed affect ripping gives). With a few more sheets I then did the same with fourths and then with halves.

Stages of Music Wreath

Once I had enough pages torn, I folded each set of eighths, fourths, halves, as well as full pages into cones, using the glue gun as needed.

Music Wreath Progress

I continued to fold these miscellaneous sized pages into cones until I had enough to my liking, and then the fun really began!

*Please note: if you happen to be doing this project on a surface you do not want to get glue all over, make sure you lay down a mat, newspaper, scrap piece of paper, what have you, BEFORE you get glue gun happy in order to protect said surface!

Per Miss Mustard Seed’s wreath, she may have begun by gluing her largest set of cones together into a circular shape to create a solid foundation, and then proceeded to layer each varying size set of cones over that to get the final product you see above. I, on the other hand, wanted to go for a slightly more disheveled look, and so began with the smallest set of cones, using a cut out circle as my backbone…

Music Wreath Progress 2

This is the backside of the wreath in progress (and I was actually working on newspaper, but moved the wreath to the carpet for picture purposes only!)

I then began vaguely layering each varying size of cones into the gaps, using plenty of glue in the process, until the wreath was to my liking. Once all the cones were in place, I glued a small pine cone into the center just for that little extra oomph, and glued ribbon onto the backside to hang. And the final product….

Music Wreath Complete

Viola!

I just love how it turned out! Of course, this wreath could stand on its own anytime of year, but with a little added garland, it would make the perfect holiday décor. You could also consider making miniature versions of this wreath as Christmas tree decorations, or to use as a bow for those special presents.

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Now on to the important part!

TWO lucky winners will receive a large stack of vintage sheet music for your crafting pleasure. All you have to do is follow me via Facebook, Twitter, or email (or all of the above), and leave a comment below each time you do so. I will select two winners at random.

This giveaway will close on 10/28/12 at 11:59 EST. Winners will be announced on Monday!

If the wreath wasn’t inspiration enough, here are just a few more things you can do with sheet music…

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If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can purchase stacks of sheet music from my shop Smile

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FLEA MARKET STYLE…CELESTE SHAW LIVING

Better late than never, I finally got my hands on the Winter edition of Flea Market Style magazine and it was love at first sight. The vintage  “Hausrind” anatomical diagram on the cover is nothing short of fabulous! Where can I get one? (I’m actually quite serious – if you know where I can find one please shoot me an email at kekaylor@gmail.com and I will be in your debt forever!)  

Open to page 94 and you will be faced with the gorgeous home of Celeste Shaw, award-winning restaurateur, nurse, and vintage maven (I know, how does she do it all?!). I love the rusted and wood-worn patina throughout the farmhouse that Celeste and her husband expanded upon over 30 years; the amazingly distressed kitchen cabinets made from chipped and peeling bead board pulled from beneath a porch on a friend’s farmhouse, the 19th-century swing that hangs from the living room ceiling, the 300-drawer antique seed cabinet (with original seed packets!), the time-worn French metal dining chairs, I could go on and on…

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find images of the home floating around the internet, so you’ll have to pick up a copy of Flea Market Style to see for yourself! But here’s a sneak peak (my apologies for the quality of the photos – I actually snapped pics from the magazine!)…

Celeste Shaw KitchenCeleste Shaw Dining

Celeste Shaw Seed Cabinet

Yep, I think Celeste Shaw is definitely my new Girl Crush

(Also, a quick shout out to Marian Parsons – aka Miss Mustard Seed – for her fantastic Flea Market Style office makeover!)

If you have any free time this weekend, here’s a roundup of a few other good reads:

Nesting Place’s Final Thoughts on Thrifting.

The Tiny Twigs’ How to Work From Home.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Losing & Finding Myself.

The Daily Buzz’s 25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier.

Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!