Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Music Banner Tutorial

It has been a crazy week; we all had colds (Jaime still does), deliverables for work, Christmas decorating, Christmas baking and getting the house clean and ready for my first Cookie Swap Party.  It's weeks like this you wish for more time, more energy, or a horde of minions to direct as you kick back and a drink.  :)

I knew I wanted to add a Christmas banner to my decor this year and after seeing so many pretty ones on blogs and Pinterest (evil, evil, evil) 

I made this little pretty for my dining room which is severely lacking any decor at all, let alone Christmas-y stuff.   It was super easy to make and I was thrilled with the results!

All you need is:

 4 sheets of red card stock or construction paper (I used card stock I had on hand)
 4 sheets of 2 per page printed music paper
1 sheet of full page printed music paper You can print it free here or here
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Ribbon ( I used thin metallic wired ribbon)
Hole Punches - Regular and 2 inch circle
Scissors or Paper cutter

After you print the one full sized sheet of music paper, load it back into your printer so that is will pull in music side to the print side.   It took me a minute to figure this out for my printer
I chose Silent Night and Away in the Manger as my music paper. Gotta keep with the theme peeps.

Find your coolest frizzly (official term) font and type out your message and print. 
I used Algerian font in 100 pt and all caps.

Take your full sheet of red paper and cut it into 4 even strips lengthwise.

2 strips will make 1 rosette.

Fold your 2 strips according style, make sure to keep the folds even
and approximately 1/2 inch wide.

Hot glue the ends of the 2 according strips together to make one long strip.

Then take that long strip and hot glue the 2 remaining ends together. 
It will form a circle.

Pick up the circle and gently press down the top while pulling out the bottom. 
It's kind of like inverting a sock...
And voila!  a rosette!

This way is so much easier than the way of I used to make these, folding the long piece of paper.
Repeat these steps, one for each letter in your saying.

Using the 2 inch hole punch, punch out your saying. 
Then hot glue one letter to the middle of each rosette.

Next, cut your double printed music sheets to size, approximately 5 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches long.
Draw a triangle shape on the bottom of the page and cut it out.
I used a folded sheet of paper to create my triangle, since I can't be trusted to draw a straight line. :)

Center your rosette on the sheet and hot glue in place.

Once dry, use your regular hole punch to punch 2 holes per sheet of paper. 
You can put clear tape on the spot before punching the hole to stop tearing.  I just ran out to I skipped this part.
You can also see the little tear on the E. I had an issue with my puncher,
but it's hardly noticeable when up.

Next, take the ribbon and cut it to twice the length of your banner. 
Then thread the ribbon through each section.

I attached the banner to the wall using command strips and hooks. 
I covered up the hooks with sparkle snowflakes I had. 
( love them)

Here is a close up.

And the finished product!

I certainly am, as this project came in at $0 to make.  Happy Dance!

Be Merry!



  1. The photo does not do this banner justice. It is just beautiful in person!

  2. Very creative!!! These are so cute! I'm going to try making these...although, I don't have any music sheets. (non-musical person, LOL!)

  3. Lovely! I really like the accordian folded flower.

  4. Very Cute
    Thanks for the demo really helps out

  5. They are adorable. Thank you for sharing. I am so glad I found your special abode I will follow on my way out so I know the way back. I hope you will visit my place soon and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. Thanks for linking this up to the party! It's super cute, I shared it on FB. :)


  7. This is really gorgeous and makes me want to do something similar - I love this kind of craft. Glad I found you via Keeping It Simple - new follower here!



  8. I love this. thanks for the links to print the paper AND the tutorial on how to make those rosettes. I've never bothered because they look so hard to do, but I just might try it now!

  9. It's really pretty, in fact I love it. Thanks for providing the sites for music sheet, didn't even know there was one. I also wouldn't have know that you could "smash" card stock. Your pretty creative. I'm off to make one. Great Cookie swap, if you have any leftover could you send them my way? Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best, and for sharing your creativeness.

  10. This is so pretty! I love sheet music stuff! I'd love for you to link your post up at my Friday Favorites party. This week is a special Holly Bloggy Christmas edition!

  11. That is a beautiful banner, thanks for sharing. I am featuring this at So Very Creative today, thanks for linking up!

  12. Super cute!
    Thanks so much for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I have included this in today's features!

  13. I LOVE LOVE this! so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing at my Feature Friday Linky Party!

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

    Pinning this!

  14. Very pretty way to use sheet music. I've seen some old sheet music books at the library's clearance sale...while I can play the piano, and in the past looked at these as more music to play, I will now look at them with a new interest - altered art, cards, and home decor items.

    Thank you for the links to the printables.

  15. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing---and Merry Christmas!


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