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28 November, 2010

Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Music Candles...and More!

I’ve been playing with my sheet music…can you tell? lol I have been inspired by all of the wonderfully creative things I have been seeing here in Blogland, so I thought I’d try my hand!

Pottery Barn Sheet Music Candles First on my list of things to try were these wonderful Pottery Barn music candles! I really love the vintage look, but at $16 and $29, they are just out of my price range! Soooo…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Candles and More… I took some vintage sheet music, found at Goodwill for about $1.00 for a whole book, and some cream pillar candles from Michaels…bought with a coupon, of course, and went to work! Only one problem…a nonflammable way to attach the sheet music! I was Googling around for an idea when I came across the solution…Mod Podge! Why, of course! Our friend Manuela at The Pleasures of Homemaking had told us about that a while back! (Click here to see her post!) I simply cut the music to fit, brushed Mod Podge on both sides and attached it! I like the glossy-finished variety. Then I finished with two more coats of it and…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Candles and Morehere is the result! What do you think? The candles should tunnel burn…down the  middle…but I think I will wait until closer to Christmas to try that! For now, they will just look pretty! And they were so inexpensive to make, coming in at about $2.00 each! Woo hoo!

page Then I was looking at all of the little sheet music scraps when an idea was born…sheet music ornaments! I had bought a plastic sleeve of 4 ornaments for $1.00 at Target and decided to try covering those since the little hanger was already built in. I cut the music into small pieces, notching it in about half way in 3 or 4 places so that it would fit the curve of the sphere a little better. Once again, I applied Mod Podge…my new BFF!…on both sides and two final coats of it at the end. I added a bow on top and…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Ornamentsvoilà! And since I already had the supplies I needed, these were just 25 cents each for the ornaments! Love it!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Wreath And finally, you know I had to try making a sheet music wreath! I have seen so many pretty ones! I will say that it was a lot of tedious work, but fortunately, I was aided by my lovely assistant, Miss Isabella! And I will give you a big hint…unless you have a large space and want to create the wreath that ate Manhattan, cut the sheets of music in half! I know because I wound up making two of them to get one to fit my little house! My first one was about 25 inches wide with a hole in the center…I won’t even show it to you! lol

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Candles Wreath And this one is about 18 inches with a closed center. I am really pleased with the results this time! I finished it off with several layers of smaller cones. Click here for an excellent tutorial from {Primp}.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Sheet Music Candles and More And there you have it…fun with sheet music! These really could be used any time of year, however, I am planning to incorporate them into my Christmas decor. I’ll be showing you some of that next time!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my projects!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Kate at Centsational Girl for the Christmas Craft Link Party
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Layla at The Lettered Cottage for A Few of My Favorite Tutorials 2010
See you next time! A la prochaine!

78 comments:

  1. You really are so creative! The candles and wreath's look fantastic! Miss Isabella is a cute kittie!

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  2. I'm liking everyone's sheet music candles and ornaments. Yours look especially shiny and pretty! I do hope your candles burn inward- my luck, mine wouldn't! yikes...
    ~ Sue

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  3. I have been admiring Pottery Barn's candles and yours are even prettier!
    Love your wreath too. I tried making one and it's huge. I guess I better make another one using half sheets! LOL.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. Wonderful ideas! I might just have to try making those canles...they are so pretty!
    ~Des

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  5. Debbie, you are really clever to create each of these yourself. It all looks wonderful. I'm eager to see your Christmas decor this year. I seem to do pretty much the same thing each year. You are inspiring me to make some changes.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week. ~ sarah

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  6. There you go again, impressing the heck out of me!! Love all your musical decorations and they are black and white, perfection to me!! Kathysue

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  7. It all looks wonderful! I just mod podged some candles today too! I used the matte finish and wish I had the glossy finish! Yours looks better than PB!
    Lacy

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  8. Hi Debbie, I really love the way those music candles look. Been wanting to do that myself, and after seeing yours, I definitely will do that! Love the ornaments, too. I finished mine with the monogram and will post them next. Way to go, girl. Remember, PBarn is going to have spies looking to you for inspiration next! Linda

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  9. What a fabulous job you did! I love the candles!

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  10. you gave me some really good ideas...we are having a christmas decoration making party soon....now I'm excited...your turned out great....and just my price range...

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  11. Deb, those look so good. Much cheaper than Pottery Barn and look just as nice. Thanks in advance for joining my party.

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  12. My sweet friend, I never thought anyone could make anything so beautiful with old sheet music and Modge Podge. Who knew? But I love, love, love it!!!! I love how it all came together beautifully and its sooo Debbie! (thats a good thing! LOL)

    Hugs, Barb

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  13. These candles are so cool! I really love all the items you made using sheet music. I bet it will be gorgeous in you Christmas display!

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  14. Gorgeous - especially on the mercury glass candlesticks! Your creativity just blows me away! Hadn't thought of Mod Podge for years - nice to know it is still out there.
    Miss Isabella is PURR-fectly beautiful as ever....

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  15. I absolutely love the candles and music decorations. If I can figure out a way, I am going to email this post to my daughter.
    My grandson is a music major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tn.
    This would be such a neat decoration to use for them.
    Thanks for sharing the beauty and directions for this project. Hugs, Ginger

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  16. Debbie, you have done it again~~~ impressed me with your creativity and made me smile with a picture of one of your kitties! I truly do love these projects and just may have to try the candles for sure. Thanks for showing us how it's done. If you are ever looking for a home for sweet Isabella, my hand is up! Oh! I also love your Christmas blog music!

    Friends, Donna

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  17. So pretty Debbie! I just asked my daughter to dig up her old sheet music from high school when she played the flute...lol. I'm going to try these for sure, I love them!!!

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  18. Great ideas and projects.. I know I have some sheet music around here somewhere.. now I know what to do with it!

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  19. Very cute Debbie!
    I use modgepog all the time and this looks like a fun project to try!
    Your wreath is really quite wonderful!
    But tell me how did you get the kitty to do that?
    Too cute!
    Hugs Friend,
    Cindy

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  20. Awesome! I love seeing something in PB done for way less! Your candles and wreath are beautiful...and your assistant was adorable! :)

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  21. If I find my vintage sheet music in the unpacking process, I plan to make these. Love yours!

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  22. Wow they look fantastic! Just wish I could get my hands on some vintage sheet music!

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  23. Great job Debbie! The results look a million dollars :o)
    How lovely to have Miss Isabella to help you out - she's SO cute!

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  24. PB is wonderful place for inspiration but they are off their rocker wanting $16!!! I love how yours turned out :D Thank you for sharing.

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

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  25. Perfection! I may have to do this project for my music lover. Thanks for the tips.

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  26. Love these Debbie! You've given me some ideas for a certain band director who has a new apartment :) The candles look easy enough that I may try them. The others, I'll leave to the experts like you LOL Kat

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  27. Debbie, your sheet music creations are fabulous! Thanks for sharing. La

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  28. I love it all! So much that I want to try all of these projects! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Deb, GREAT RESULTS on both the candles and the wreath! I saw something similar with the candles in my Romantic home magazine, only they covered the ivory covered battery operated candles, and that way you don't have the burning issue. But..would be much more costly to make! I like your IDEA much better! More mula to make more candles! :) Hugs Friend! Hey, this Saturday, 12/4, I'm having an Open House Holiday tour in my neighborhood and my home is one of three which is opening up the indoors of their home! It's between 10am-1pm. Drop by with a few friends and enjoy it, it's FREE! :) The Maps/Brochures can be picked up at the clubhouse., or you can just drop by my place first and I can give them to you here. LIVE HOLIDAY music at my place with a professional singer that used to sing with the Modernnaires of Atlanta, a big band. Hope to see you here! ~CC

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  30. LOL! The photo of Miss Isabella is priceless :)

    I adore your sheet music wreath! I really have to get on the ball and make one soon. Love the Christmas balls as well.

    Your candles came out just beautifully! It's amazing how much PB wants for stuff that you can pretty much make yourself. But it's a good place to get ideas! Thanks for the link back to my toile candle post!

    Isn't this crazy weather something else? What happened to fall? Sigh...stay warm!

    Manuela

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  31. Thanks for sharing this great idea. We have a family ornament making day this Saturday and I had an idea for it but your music ornaments will be much more of a hit. I love the candles too!

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  32. Miss Isabella is adorable! What a cutie....love your idea! Bravo! Thank you for sharing!

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  33. Brilliant! Your candles are so pretty. Don't the cats ALWAYS have to get in on the fun? You would have thought they invented crafting.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~~

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  34. Debbie,
    You always have such wonderful ideas...I hope I have the time to copy this one:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. Wow very very cool, such a great idea I might have to steal this idea?

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  36. You are so creative! I would love to find some sheet music and make some candles or ornaments for our choir for Christmas. Wish me luck!

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  37. I love this idea so much. You made such a nice themed area with this one craft. You did a great job and it looks like it would be expensive items to buy. I will be trying this for sure.
    Hugs
    Carey

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  38. WOW this is incredibly impressive!! It looks beautiful. I love your sweet cat!!

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  39. Oh Debbie I love your ♫ ♫ wreath and those candles...now I need to get my olden butt in gear and do a few Christmas things around here...ha ha!! Just kidding been working on it since Friday...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  40. Love the candles and balls. and so easy!

    thanks

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  41. I love this Debbie. Beautiful candles and wreath!

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  42. What a brilliant idea. Better than PB and of course, cheaper.

    Love your ideas...and your pet.

    Happy Holidays...
    /chie

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  43. Love thrifty elegant designs. Yours are awesome.

    Have a beautiful eve ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

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  44. Nicely done! I was at PB last night and couldn't afford anything either, but it was full of great ideas. It was nice to see their things close up and not just online.
    Cindy

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  45. We are fine. I didn't even know about the storm until my husband called to check on me. I saw the rain coming down in sheets and blowing sideways, but just thought it was a hard rain. It came through your subdivision. That would be too close for me. Glad you are o.k.

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  46. Enjoyed your post. I'm your newest follower. I'm all about using music paper in decorating and crafts. I made some Christmas balls like yours a few years back and I'm still using them. Mine were made before I had heard of Mod Podge. Loved the black ribbons you used. Visit me at Nanniepannie's when you have the time.

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  47. LOVE, love, love these! I'm practically drooling here! You know I love my Mod Podge too!
    Brenda

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  48. Debbie, Your candles turned out wonderful. I also love the wreath but after making a coffee filter wreath I don't want to touch the hot glue gun for a while. Ouch!
    Happy Holidays,
    Sherry

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  49. Great ideas here. I'm going to try this. Just need to get some Modge Podge. I was wanting a music theme for the dining table and this will help tremendously. Thanks!

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  50. What great ideas. Thank you for sharing.
    CAS

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  51. Okay, I am laughing about the cat looking like it is blowing a horn!!! Great ideas and I already have what I need for those wreaths. Just need to take the time to make them!

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  52. Oh, how I love a cheap alternative! Love these ideas!

    ~Melanie

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  53. Love those pillar candles you made! You make it look so easy. I like yours better than the PB ones.

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  54. Thanks for the really useful tip on modge podge being flame retardant. Can't wait to play around with this idea for Christmas

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  55. Fabulous! I would love to try to make some of these candles! I love crafting at the holidays! Your decorations are wonderful! ♥

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  56. I love the christmas balls and all the other items you made with sheet music. I picked up a vintage music book to give this a try.. need to get some modge podge.

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  57. Wow.. I absolutely love this... I'm going to keep my eye out for some sheet music. What a way to dress a candle. I "love" your assistant... just too cute for words.... hugs ~lynne~

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  58. HI Debbie...

    Ohhh...I just adore all of your music themed Christmas...sooo pretty! Love your pretty wreath...ohhh my, sounds like you had fun "perfecting" that! It sure turned out beautiful though! Love the ornaments and the candles...ohhh, and your gorgeous mercury glass candleholders!!! Everything looks sooo pretty, my friend! Thank you for sharing this with us and the "how to's" as well!

    Warmest Christmas wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  59. Simply striking!!! And unusual! I love it. It is difficult to find anything really unusual and this is! :)

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  60. I LOVE this idea! And, paired with the wreath and ornaments, it's just PERFECT..... I'm stealing this tip!

    Warm blessings,
    Spencer

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  61. Love the candles and wreath and thanks for the tip on the Modpodge.

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  62. Great ideas! They have music inspired ribbon at Joannes, $2 on sale as opposed to $16 @PB. I need to find some old sheet music to copy then I will add ot to my battery operated candles. No fear of fire.

    Happy Holidays,
    Janet

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  63. Great job on the candles and wreath. Thanks for sharing the info. I looked for some of the flameless candles today, but everyone was sold out.
    Your assistant is adorable. :D

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  64. Debbie, I just love the photo of Isabella! Your candles and wreath came out great. They look so nice in the mercury glass holders.
    Have a great upcoming weekend!

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  65. Wow! Great tutorial on all the projects...you are truly a thrifty crafter! Oh ModgePodge how great thou art for art projects...and now another use with the candles.

    I'm going to be on the lookout for old sheet music for a wreath...loved the way you stacked the cones in the center. Great job! I'm coming over from Linda's Junkin Friday Finds....enjoyed my visit.

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  66. Love your music decorations! I'm going to be on the look out for sheet music now. Another thing to add to my want to do list.
    Your fur baby assistant is so cute!
    Annette

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  67. Isabella is just so precious. What a sweetie pie. I love your idea and I have a ton of old sheet music! This gives me a great idea. My son plays the piano and I wanted to surprise him with some things for Christmas that he could use in his own place when he's all grown up and out of the house. Those would be great!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    Susan

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  68. Fabulous! It almost looks like Miss Isabella is tooting a horn to the music:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  69. Great ideas Deb! Love your blog, you are so creative........

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  70. Can not WAIT to find some sheet music and do this. this is one project that I KNOW I can do, even tho I am craftyless. :))

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  71. Oh I just love all those projects with sheet music! They are all so pretty!!! The candles and the wreath are beautiful~thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  72. Hi Debbie! Darling, you're just amazing! Your music candles look great and that wreath! Oh, Lord, I want one. I guess I could make one? I'll go to that tutorial. You're so good at being so creative! Love the snap with little Isabella helping you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  73. love this wonderful idea how very special

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  74. Debbie, every time I think you can't get any more creative, you come up with something like this! You never cease to amaze me. I love all of these projects. (I also love to Mod Podge everything). It's nice that one of your staff members matches the sheet music! Thank you for linking this to Favorite Things. laurie

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  75. Awesome!!!! I´ll feature on my blog..hope you don´t mind.
    Hugs from Brazil

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  76. Simply inspiring you are! From the ornaments, to the candles, to the wreaths, all are breathtaking! Not to mention your adorable kitty tooting his musical horn! (visiting from Lettered Cottage today). Happy New Year!-Kim

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  77. I did the same thing this year except not as permanent. I found some old vintage Christmas music, trimmed the sheets to fit several of my flameless candles and covered using double sided tape at the seam. After Christmas I removed them and packed them away for next Christmas. Isn't Pottery Barn great for ideas? Isn't your blog FANTASTIC for sharing how to do it all!!?? Love it love it love it!

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  78. Lots of gorgeous ideas for the holidays. I think I will try making those beautiful candles and I also liked your burlap stockings. I made a sheet music wreathe a while back and I agree it is quite the labor of love. ;) I love how it turned out though.
    Thank you for sharing.

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