The kids and I have been busy making more easy Christmas ornaments this week! These sheet music Christmas tree ornaments are my favourite homemade craft of the season so far! They’d make great gifts or gift-toppers for the music-lovers (or music teachers) on your Christmas list, or your kids can just make a whole bunch to hang on your Christmas tree at home.
We’ve used sheet music to make ornaments before, and I love how charming they looked. I played the piano for years in my youth, so I kind of have a soft spot for sheet music. I find sheet music to be charming and rustic and somewhat romantic. At this time of year, it tends to have a festive, holiday feel about it too, so I like to use it when I’m crafting with the toddlers and preschoolers in December.
I have a bunch of old music books that are worn beyond belief, so I use some pages from those when we’re making sheet music crafts. I thought it would be fun to use some of the pages to make little tree ornaments to hang on our big tree.
To make our sheet music Christmas tree ornaments, you’ll need:
- sheet music
- craft sticks
- decorative ribbon
- thread/cord (for hanging)
Begin by cutting your sheet music into strips. Older kids will be able to kind of eye-ball this step, but for younger kids you might want to mark lines on the back of the sheet music for them to follow with their scissors.
For each tree, cut several strips. For now, don’t worry about the length of your strips. You’ll play around with that in a minute. Depending on how wide or narrow you make your strips, you may need more or fewer than I did.
To get an idea for how your tree will look, lay your strips across a craft stick, leaving a bit of space in between each one.
When you get your tree looking the way you want it, trim the length of the strips.
Start by cutting the strip that will be at the bottom of your Christmas tree. Then the strip above that one will be slightly shorter. Continue cutting shorter and shorter strips until you get to the top of your tree.
Glue them all in place, and make a small bow with a piece of ribbon. Glue that to the top of your ornament.
Finish by gluing a loop of string or cording to the back of the craft stick.
And there you have it – adorable sheet music Christmas tree ornaments!
Gosh, could Christmas crafting with the kids get any easier than this?
And speaking of making ornaments out of paper, I’d love to try these folded, geometric holiday ornaments by Today’s Creative Life! I’m off to get my free printables now!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.