Sheet music can be a great addition to your decor. It provides something fun, unique, and potentially sentimental to your home. I am loving these framed DIY sheet music pieces I just put together for the holidays.
Little known fact: I am a professional (classical) pianist.
It’s true. I have two higher education degrees in music, with an emphasis in piano. And prior to having kids, I was working and performing full time as a classical artist.
I haven’t performed much since my daughter was born nearly 6 years ago. I had plans to return to work this year, but then 2020 happened, and you know how that’s going… So, my return to performing has been postponed indefinitely.
BUT, one thing that always draws me back to my own piano is Christmas music. I absolutely love being able to sit down and play Christmas arrangements during the holiday season. There’s just something so special about Christmas music. It conjures up memories from an entire lifetime and holds such nostalgia for the past.
Obviously, music holds a very special place in my heart. So, combining my passion for music with my love of home decor is a guaranteed win in my book.
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I decided to create a couple of easy holiday decor pieces using two of my favorite Christmas hymns. I also put my Cricut Maker to good use for this project. And, as a bonus for all of you, I have linked 8 Christmas hymns at the bottom of this post that you can print off for your own use for free!
Framed DIY Sheet Music
- Spray paint (optional)
- Piece of sheet music
- Cricut machine
- Removable vinyl
- Cutting mat
- Cricut weeder
- Transfer tape
Step 1 – Prepare the Frame
I love picking up picture frames for cheap. I often grab them at estate sales or Goodwill for $1. It is always nice to have picture frames on hand, and it is incredibly easy to change the look of them if they don’t match your style or decor.
For this project, I chose two 8 x 10 frames that I already had in my stash.
The one on the left is a pretty cheap frame to begin with, and the one on the right was in pretty rough shape. So, I gave them a quick coat of black spray paint to spruce them up.
I also thought that a black frame would go well with the black and white print of the sheet music.
Step 2 – Cut Cricut Design
Next, you need to choose and cut your Cricut design. I wanted my Cricut design to correspond with the sheet music I chose.
For the first frame, I selected one of my all time favorite Christmas hymns – What Child is This? So, for that design, I selected a layered scene with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger in front of the star.
For the oval frame, I decided to use a childhood favorite – We Three Kings. And for that one, I chose a simple design with the 3 wise men.
Once you’ve selected your design, load some removable vinyl on to your cutting mat, and let the Cricut work it’s magic.
I am fairly new to Cricut, and so far, I have worked mostly with removable vinyl. It’s very forgiving if you make a mistake and need to reposition it. It is also helpful when trying to layer designs, if you are not 100% sure of yourself.
Step 3 – Weed and Transfer
Once your design is cut, you need to weed away any excess material that is not part of your design. The Cricut weeder is great and makes this part easy.
Once you have weeded away all excess material and only your design is left, it’s time to transfer it to the glass of the frame.
Remove the glass from the frame and make sure it is clean.
Then, press your transfer paper firmly down onto the first design layer, and remove it from the paper backing. Make sure it is lined up where you want it on the glass, and transfer from tape to glass.
Use your fingers or a credit card to make sure the vinyl is flat and you have removed all air bubbles.
Then, transfer the second layer to transfer tape, and carefully, carefully, layer the second layer on top of the first.
As I said earlier, the removable vinyl is very forgiving, which is a good thing, as I had to readjust a couple of times.
When lining these two pieces up, I started with the bottom edge. I lined that edge up as precisely as possible, then slowly worked my way up the design.
Peel the transfer tape off, and press this layer of vinyl down the same way you pressed the first layer down.
*My second frame was much easier than this one. The wise men were all separate pieces, so there was no weeding or layering.
All I did was get the wisemen positioned on the glass where I wanted them, and trim the excess vinyl off with a box cutter.
Step 4 – Print and Trim Sheet Music
The hymns that I have linked below for printing are all public domain hymns, meaning there are no copyright laws to worry about when printing and using them. If you choose to use other sheet music, make sure it is either an original piece of music (not a copy) or that it is registered as public domain. Otherwise, you may be infringing on copyright laws by copying or printing music that is not for public use.
Once you have sheet music ready, though, simply trim it to fit your frame and put it all together.
And that’s it!
These framed DIY sheet music pieces are an easy and unique addition to your holiday decor.
And now I'm in the mood to sit and play some of this amazing Christmas music. ;-)
Click the button below to print off any, or all, of these Christmas hymns for yourself!
- The First Noel
- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
- Good Christian Men, Rejoice
- What Child is This?
- We Three Kings of Orient Are
- Joy to the World
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Angels We Have Heard on High
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