Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage Sheet Music Christmas Tree

Completing a Christmas project in mid July is a first for me.  Thoughts of holiday crafting, decorating, and shopping rarely enter my cluttered mind before the end of November, so when I decided to co-host the Christmas in July link party, I had to put my wheels in motion ASAP so I'd have something to share.

My inspiration came from the folding ruler Christmas trees I shared in December of 2011 and 2012, but I wanted to use something other than rulers this time.

I went digging through my vintage sheet music drawer and set aside all the books with Christmas songs.  These old pages are so brittle and I knew they'd fall apart if I tried to roll them, so I made a color copy of each one instead of using the originals.  I had Christmas music stuck in my head for days!

A few months ago I purchased some cabinet door samples at a yard sale for $1.00 each.  This 12" x 16" door was the perfect size for this project.  

The pages were rolled up and taped together, laid out on the door, cut to size, and attached with Tacky glue.

Just when I thought it was finished, I decided it was looking too blah.  It needed a little something else, but I was in no mood for digging through miscellaneous Christmas decorations in my hotter-than-hot garage rafters.  I had some wood trim left over from another project, so I cut the pieces to size, painted them, and just glued them to the cabinet door.

The Tacky glue gave me time to make sure the rolls were centered before it started to dry.

A vintage earring becomes the trunk.

A pendant with rhinestones becomes the tree topper.

I love the way it looks surrounded by this antique frame.  This is exactly how I'd be displaying it in December if I planned on keeping it.  I now have gift #1 crossed off my list and it's only July.  I know just who's getting this!!

Check out what my co-hosts have created for the party:
Angie from Knick of Time created this fun Christmas tree garland from old book pages.

It looks like Bliss from Bliss Ranch has a Rudolph surprise.

  You're invited to the Christmas in July link party starting this Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20.  Come on over and share up to three of your holiday decorating ideas, vintage and new treasures, craft projects, recipes, etc.  If you don't have a new project to share, we'd love to see an old favorite.  We're looking forward to seeing all of your holiday inspiration in July.

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  1. Tina@WhatWeKeepJuly 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Very cute and very clever! I love the touch of the vintage earring.

  2. Angie ChavezJuly 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    It turned out beautiful, Betsy! I love the added touch of using vintage jewelry for the trunk and star! Looking forward to co-hosting the party with you on Monday!

  3. Mom E.July 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    I love ALL of the trees you have shown on your blog, This one is so pretty! I love sheet music and Christmas, do you love Christmas as much as this "Betsy" does?
    I should make something and link up! if it isn't too late!
    LOVE Christmas any time of year!

  4. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}July 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    It was already perfect and then you added the fabulous antique frame~ incredibly unique and so beautiful! Great job, Betsy! (Oh, and I hope you don't have too much trouble wrapping it all up to send to me for Christmas:) Just kidding, friend!) Thanks for hosting the party, I'll try to stop by.

  5. Marsha @ Tattered ChickJuly 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Very clever!!!! No way I can even think about Christmas, Halloween maybe, but NOT Christmas!!!


  6. Suzan SweatmanJuly 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    How gorgeous - and how simple - thanks SO much for sharing - I'm definitely going to try this at Christmas - off to pin with many thanks

  7. Diane WritesJuly 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Hi Betsy! Joining here :)

    I hope I didn't ruin the party ;)

  8. Art and SandJuly 13, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I have been looking through blogs and Pinterest to get my mind in gear. I have one project made - nothing so wonderful as your sheet music tree, but I made a list of things to work on tomorrow.

    I am glad you are hosting the party to get me ahead of the game this year.

  9. Daphne BrysonJuly 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Good Morning Betsy, I adore this idea of using Christmas music sheets to make a Christmas tree and the added detail makes it just perfect. The friend you have in mind for this gift will be thrilled to receive it. I have book marked this idea as I love it so much and I hope I can replicate it's beauty.
    Even though it seems strange to be thinking of Christmas on this beautiful summer's day, I am so glad you are hosting this party and giving us food for thought.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Best Wishes

  10. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill FarmJuly 13, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I love this project! It's such a fun one for Christmas! I'm going to make one for my music loving sister! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Julia - "Vintage with Laces"July 13, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    Hi Betsy, I love this sheet music Christmas tree as much as I love the ones you created from the folding rulers. Lucky recipient - what a great gift. I wish I'd be able to create something ahead of the season but it had never worked out so far.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Tuula @ The Thrifty RebelJuly 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I absolutely love this tree! It's gorgeous, and how fun with the music. I'm pinning and definitely doing this Christmas!

  13. Linda@Coastal CharmJuly 13, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    This is a super neat look...gotta go pin it!


  14. Glenda/MidSouthJuly 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    What a great idea - love the touches of bling. You did good!

  15. KathyJuly 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    All hail The Creative Genius who is Betsy. You rocked it again, girl!

  16. poindextrJuly 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    love Christmas in July and love any take on a pretty paper holiday tree! so adorable <3

  17. Attic ClutterJuly 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    love it (:)

  18. Michelle L.July 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    You mad genius, you! I really love this!

  19. CreateologyJuly 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    As fast as the days are flying past I think now is a fine time to create for Christmas. Your music tree is brilliant. The display framed and within another frame is very elegant. Fa-la-la-la...

  20. DianeJuly 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Love the rolled sheet music used for your tree. Very pretty display and lovely antique frame!

  21. Linda @ A La CarteJuly 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Betsy this is so cute! I love that it's not all traditional Christmas but really elegant and special. Love it inside the vintage frame! I've pinned this and it may be a gift for someone on my list also!!


  22. MaureenJuly 13, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    What a perfect idea to use holiday sheet music! So wonderful Betsy! And of course, your personal touch of bling makes it all the more incredible.

    What a great project!

  23. TrishaJuly 14, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    I love the tree made with sheet music, think I will try it. Blessings, Trisha

  24. Liz @ Quirky VistasJuly 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Number one, I'm amazed at all of you who are doing Christmas in July. I like to think I will start in August each year, but July seems tough. Your idea is brilliant!
    I love seeing the Christmas song lines and titles in the tree. Inspiring!

  25. Barbara JeanJuly 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    that is adorable!
    love the idea, love the color of your door, love the trim piece you added, and LOVE that big frame you set it all in.


    be blessed

    PS If I did one, I'd probably put the pages around a dowel then glue on. After all that work I would not want it to get 'squished' in my box of stuff. =)

  26. Little Miss MaggieJuly 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I love this idea and the ruler project too. So cute.

  27. LaurieJuly 14, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    You are so inspiring, Betsy!

  28. marieJuly 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    You are so clever! The tree is beautiful...what a wonderful gift!

  29. LittleMyooJuly 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Oh my goodness I LOVE this!!! My daughter is a music major...SQUEAL! :)


  30. Laurel PutmanJuly 15, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    WOW...I LOVE this!! Very inspiring...even in July :)

  31. must love junkJuly 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    This is the BEST!! So inspiring-I just might have to try to make one! :)

  32. Jeanette@Creating A LifeJuly 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Betsy, I'm sorry I forgot to stop over here last night to say how much I love this! I have a whole bin of vintage music and a stack of cabinet doors and I will definitely be making some of these. Thanks for the lovely Christmas inspiration!


  33. Amy EllisJuly 15, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Stopping by from the Christmas in July link party. Thank you so much for having it! Your Vintage sheet music Christmas tree is simply divine. Love it and pinned it, and great tutorial, too!! Amy @ StowandTellU

  34. Laura StrackJuly 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I love how you transformed that cabinet door. At first I thought you just added a wood backing to an old frame. Very clever. Love this beautiful Christmas tree. Thank you for the great tutorial, as well. You're wonderful...Merry Christmas! Lol.


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