28 November, 2010
Easy Pottery Barn Inspired Music Candles...and More!
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…
… 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…
…here 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!
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…
…voilà! And since I already had the supplies I needed, these were just 25 cents each for the ornaments! Love it!
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!
First, I made the cones…50 to 60 made from 1/2 sheet of music, 20 or so made from 1/4 sheet of music and 10 or so made from 1/8 sheet of music. A whole sheet of music makes a big wreath so I cut mine. The wreath will be about 18 inches across when finished. You may have to adjust your cones according to the size you want. I just rolled them and secured them with matte finished tape.
It’s simple to put together! Start with a foam wreath form. I found mine at Dollar Tree and cut the foam in half because it was too thick. Then I wrapped it with a strip of white fabric from my stash so that it wouldn’t show. Next, start hot-gluing the cones starting with four…one at each side…north, south east and west…then fill in in between. This is how it looks from the back of the wreath.
Continue adding the cones going from the largest to the smallest. I opted for a wreath with no hole in the center…almost a kind of sheet music flower instead.
I hung it on the mirror over the fireplace using a wide ribbon attached to the back. I like the way the mirror makes it look even fuller than it really is! And it only cost $1.00 for the wreath form!
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!