Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Music Wreath Project--Fail?
My next project is done! Being a musician, making a wreath of sheet music looked pretty cool to me. Ripping pages out of a music book was really hard though! I found 2 books of random opera arias at Goodwill for $0.50 each. (After playing through them to make sure I could part with them, I tore 'em apart.) I tea-stained the pages in a cookie sheet using a couple of tea bags.
Then they had to dry.... all over my basement floor and everywhere else I could find space.
Using the great tutorial here, I cut a circle out of a piece of cardboard and then rolled and hot glued each sheet of music into a cone shape. After I glued what seemed like a million cones, I started gluing the bottom layer onto the cardboard backer.
Once I squished in as many as I could for the bottom layer, I glued cones on top to make the next layer. Then I finished off the center with a fabric rosette using this great tutorial. I think next time I make a rosette, I'll glue it onto a backer fabric as I twist it around. The method I used got very sticky.
Now for my little tip if you want to make your own (aka why this is sort of a 'fail')... measure your music paper first. Then multiply the length by 2 and add a few inches (to account for the space in the center). This figure will be your total diameter. I didn't measure and had a large book so the wreath when it was first made was 3 1/2 feet around. It was HUGE and didn't fit on my mirror at all! I had to cut down the first layer, cone by cone, and then the second to shrink the size. It took me 3 passes of trimming to get the wreath to be the right size for me. It also made the edges a little raggy looking. So figure out how big you want your wreath to be first. Then trim your paper before gluing it into cones.
I added a little burlap fabric for a hanger on the back but you can't see it because the wreath is still rather large. A potential 'fail' but if you don't get too close, it works great in my living room/music room, and it's another item to cross off the to-do list.
Linkin' to these parties.