Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sheet Music Star (Tutorial)

This is a first. I'm sharing a tutorial that is a direct result of a pin. What am I talking about?? Well, a couple of years ago, I wrote about a paper star that I had made for Christmas gifts (see HERE) and someone pinned it on Pinterest. As a result, I received several emails on how to create it.

I know it's so late in the season, but I thought I would show you, if for no other reason than it archive it. So let's get started!

Supplies that you need:

Star form (Click HERE for a paper mache version to buy), sheet music or book paper, shipping tag, jingle bells (not pictured), Mod Podge (abbreviated MP), glitter, tinsel garland, various paint brushes.


I'm am usually on the use-what-I-have-around-the-house mindset, and I had these star ornaments for years and years and didn't use them anymore, decided to alter them as gifts. I think they are plastic, once they were gold, then I spray painted them red, and now they will finally be made into pretty paper star gifts.

Begin by tearing vintage sheet music or book paper into squares, not too small about 2-3" squares are best. It took two sheets per star in this case.

I think most people are familiar with how simple it is to decoupage, I worked on one point at a time, brush on a layer of Mod Podge


Lay a square on

brush another layer on top, smoothing the paper on. This needs to happen pretty quick, you don't want the MP to dry. Don't be afraid to use your fingers to get it really smooth. Once you have the entire star form covered, let it dry completely. Make sure it is completely dry, because the next step is glittering. If there is even a little wetness the glitter will stick, and probably where you don't want.

I personally like to use Martha's glitter because it is super fine and super sparkly, but you could use a glitter/glue combo for this step, it's just a matter of preference. Glitter the edges of the star first, then the 'veins' of the star. You could do both sides if you like, but I just did one side.

With a small paint brush, brush on a small line of MP, one vein at a time, sprinkle glitter on, knock off excess. Move around the whole star....gluing and glittering as you go. Let dry completely.

Once it is dry, it's time to embellish the top point. Here you can get as creative as you want.

I chose some tinsel garland (tied on like string) jingle bells (tied on with jute) and a little shipping tag that I stamped with 'Merry and Bright' (I also glittered the edges of the tag). If you would like to know how to stain shipping tags, I explain it HERE.
This little doodad helps create a little focal point and is a great detail, get creative with how you can personalize this.


I also made a third one using a flat on the back metal 'barn star'

I really like how sweet these turned out!

They could be hung on the tree or in the center of a wreath, countless ideas!!

As a little a thank you to all of YOU, I want to offer two of these up in a giveaway! In appreciation for all the visits and comments and emails THANK YOU!! It is so close to Christmas, so I'll just run this through Monday the 19th.
All you have to do to get a chance to win is comment telling me your favorite Christmas Song, easy right? I'll randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, good luck!



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49 comments:

  1. What a great idea. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  2. Hmm.. I have a lot of favorites! I think my top two would be Mary Did You Know? and O Holy Night. These ornaments are such a lovely idea ~ I get so much inspiration from your posts!

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  3. those are so beautiful! by the way congrats on the huge tablescape feature! :)
    and my favorite song.... i love to listen to the glee version of las christmas with emmy- we love to dance and sing along!

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  4. These are just lovely! Maybe I'll make some...next year!
    My favorite Christmas song...that's a tough one! I love Joy to the World.

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  5. these are so cute! I have two favorite Christmas songs- Last Christmas & Silent Night

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  6. I love the sparkly stars, thanks for the tutorial. I think my favorite Christmas song is "Mary Did You Know?"

    Merry Christmas!
    Judy

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  7. Love those stars!

    My favorite Christmas song???? That is a tough one since I love almost all of them. But one I never tire of is Bing Crosby's White Christmas.

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  8. Love them! Guess I'll say Jingle Bells.
    Brenda

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  9. I'll Be Home for Christmas.

    One of these stars made with Christmas music would be wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  10. Love these stars!! My favorite Christmas song is "All is Well" by Michael W. Smith.

    Jennifer
    gosnell@juno.com

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  11. Jingle Bells, hands down is my favorite because it reminds me of my childhood Christmases. :)

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  12. I am torn... Oh Holy Night or Carol of the Bells. Really, I love them all!

    adertien at comcast dot net

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  13. Super cute star!My favorite is Let it Snow!

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  14. Those are adorable! My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I'm also partial to Feliz Navidad because the kids sound hillarious when they sing it.

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  15. I have a lot of favorites, but The Angels Cried by Alan Jackson and Alison Krauss is one of my all-time favorites. Here's a link! http://www.youtube.com/artist/Alan_Jackson?feature=watch_video_title

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  16. Michelle...how adorable is your paper star..love it! And my favorite Christmas tune is one I simply loved as a child and that would be...

    Here comes Santa Clause

    For some reason it held the magic of Christmas for me, still does. Wishing you and yours a very magical Christmas and a wonderful new year!

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  17. Silent Night is my favourite Christmas song, made even more poignant because India is a noisy country and Christmas is no exception. I crave the holy peace of a silent night and I hope this year, we might have some!

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  18. Eartha Kitt Santa Baby
    kristincita1 at comcast dot net

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  19. Thanks Michelle! Beautiful stars and a tough decision on my favorite song -- it almost depends on the artist. My two go to favorites would have to be Ray Charles singing "The Little Drummer Boy" and Vince Guaraldi's "O Tannenbaum" (really anthing off of A Charlie Brown Christmas is perfect).

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  20. The stars are so pretty!

    My favorite song is Oh Holy Night!

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  21. My favorite Christmas song is "Mary did you know"

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  22. These are beautiful!!! I love the song "Mary, did you know."

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  23. Michelle,

    These are adorable.....thanks for the tutorial.
    My favorite Christmas song is "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

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  24. I love "I heard the Christmas Bells" by Casting Crowns
    I enjoy your blog! The stars you made are beautiful!

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  25. adorable, I love Christmas Canon Rock-the children's choir sings it at our church's midnight mass.

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  26. Thanks so much for sharing I love stars and different ways of making them. They are so cute!

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  27. Some time back we found your blog and have been enjoying it all the way here in Argentina! You see we are missionaries and are spending our First Christmas here in Arg. after being in Bogota, Colombia for 5 1/2 years. So, being SO FAR AWAY from our country, family, and friends, we enjoy seeing fun ideas on blogs, pinterest, etc. =)

    My daughter saw your Finnish stars and made some. We didn't have any nice thicker paper, but I thought that hers turned out nicely. =)
    I just posted about them on my blog and linked to your blog. =)

    Christmas blessings,
    ~Heather~

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  28. love, love love these! i've been crafting w/ sheet music for the last few months! can't get enough of it! my favorite old Christmas song is "silent night", especially the version by manheim steamroller! a newer Christmas song that has become my fave is "you're here" by francesca battistelli....i really hope i win!love ur blog, you a truly gifted in decorating and allthings crafty/artsy!

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  29. These are so pretty! Thanks for offering to give 2 away! my favorite Christmas song is "the Christmas Song" 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...' It mentions so many wonderful aspects of Christmas, all in one song. Cindy Riley

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  30. The star ornaments are just beautiful! I made something similar recently, but without the tags. Your ornaments are perfection though! I found a picture of them on Pinterest and look forward to following your blog! My favorite Christmas song would have to be 'Silent Night.'
    ~ Jamie

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  31. Love these Stars-they are so pretty. My favorite song for Christmas--Silent Night. With O Holy Night a really really close second...

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  32. Wow - something cute AND a tutorial - nothing I love more than DIY projects. New follower! I can already tell I will be checking your blog pretty frequently! :)

    www.eternally-red.blogspot.com

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  33. Love your blog and the stars! My favorite Christmas song is The Little Drummer Boy ;o) I've loved it for as long as I can remember!

    jeanmarie80(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Love your blog! O Holy Night and Mary Did You Know are two of my favorite. Thanks for the sweet giveaway! Christmas blessings to you and your family!

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  35. Your blog is most interesting....

    The Star of Christmas is always a welcome sign of the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ...

    Favorite Christmas Hymn is O Holy Night and most especially if it is sung in French... even more appeals to the Holiness of the Season...

    Mary Christ Mass aka Merry Christmas,
    ~Sylvia Faye

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  36. These are great! and I actually saw it pinned on Pinterest! <3 that site!! How do I enter to win?

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  37. I love these! I made a book page garland for my tree this year, so these would fit in perfectly!

    My favorite Christmas song would probably be White Christmas, but I also love I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. :)

    Have a great Holiday!

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  38. I love the first noel song the best

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  39. Michelle you are an awesome blogger! Joy to the World is my favorite song. I must try this :)

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  40. carol of the bells. p.s. love your tablescapes

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  41. Thanks for sharing.I'm a sucker for Ave Maria - every time.

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  42. So pretty! Thanks for sharing with us. My favorite song would have to be Baby It's Cold Outside by Zooey Deschanel and Will Farrell from the movie Elf. I love her voice and wish that the scene lasted longer.

    Alyce.rawls@gmail.com

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  43. My favorite song is Away in a Manger

    rachelle@mvdsl.com

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  44. These are lovely! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

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  45. I love "Do You See What I See", but I'm not sure if that's the original title! Beautiful stars! We love them on the tree.

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  46. So beautiful,will diffidently make them this Christmas . My favorite Christmas song is (so hard to pick)Joy to the World !

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