Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sheet Music Placemats DIY

 If you look at my pinboards on Pinterest, you'll see that I love script, sheet music, book pages, letters, etc. and anything made with those elements.  When I began thinking about my Easter tablescape, I remembered seeing sheet music used as placemats, but I wanted to seal mine so I could re-use them.
 So, here's what you need:
      On Ebay, I found a collection of old sheet music that included a book of classical composers and the size was around 17 1/2" X 12".  You want the pages to be in fairly good shape, just not so fragile that the paper flakes or is falling apart.  
       Wax Paper
       Mod Podge- I used the Matte kind
       Sponge brush
Carefully tear out the Title page with the following page and keep those together. If they don't stay connected, just overlay them about 1/4" with some mod podge. Lay them flat on the wax paper.  Since the pages are fragile, I painted the Mod Podge on beginning in the center and working out to the edges.  If you get a tear, don't worry...slather more mod podge on it and let it dry. 

 When top layer is dry, carefully peel away from wax paper.  Some corners, or edges may be a little stuck, so just peel with care.
Flip to back side and mod podge that side until dry.  When fully dry, peel off wax paper and cut off any podge scraggly pieces that may have dried on the edges.
  *I also recommend spraying both sides with a clear matte sealer to prevent sticking! Mod Podge makes one, or any other one you have.  I store mine with a piece of wax paper between also, because they are a bit fragile.
 Now you have a waterproof and lasting set of sheet music placemats!

(The link for the picture on Pinterest is Luna and Chloe Weddings.  The pic wasn't pinned correctly, so I found the original source, just couldn't locate the pic through a search on the blog, but want to give them due credit.)

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19 comments:

  1. Wow,your tablescape is absolutely stunning! I love the sheet music placemats...so pretty! Have a great weekend :o)
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

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    1. So glad you like it Deserae! And thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you found me! I'm looking forward to following your blog...such cute style you have! I'm in love with your rocking horse, as you know.

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  2. I've seen sheet music used as placemats but I love your idea of sealing them so they don't get ruined. Beautiful table setting!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice! I love the look of the aged music, so Mod Podge seemed the best way to preserve it...just love that stuff!!

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  3. What a beautiful tablescape and very pretty and unique to use the music sheets as place mats..and how you sealed them, very clever too. Hope you come over for some tea.
    FABBY

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    1. Thanks so much Fabby! Love your tablescape as well!!

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  4. Love YOUR use of sheet music! I might steal that idea for Christmas. I have lots of old Christmas carol books that could be put to a similar use for Christmas dinner. I'll give you credit, of course! And thanks again for visiting www.crazythriftycrafts.blogspot.com.

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    1. I Love your idea with Christmas carols...how fab!! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative ideas!

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  5. What a great idea!! I haven't seen this before.

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    1. Yea!!! I love sheet music anything... so you might see some more of it here. Appreciate you commenting, Anita.

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  6. Janis, I've been wanting to do this with my sheet music for some time now, but have never gotten around to it. How simple to just Mod Podge them in order to seal them from messy spills! At first, I thought you were going to use the wax paper and iron them in! LOL I over-think everything. Hope you'll stop by for a visit.
    ~ Sue
    Oh, did you know you have word verification enabled?! If you're using the new blogger interface, it is there by default. But you can change it if you go back to the old interface. Not much difference- just that annoying word captcha! Check out one of my last posts HERE to see how to do it. :-)

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    1. Sue, the wax paper would probably work just fine! Might even be easier....lol And thank you so much for telling me about the captcha thing. I had no idea, so I followed your directions on your blog and turned it off! Yea! Thanks again!!!

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  7. Janis, these are just gorgeous!! I just discovered your beautiful blog. Can't wait to browse around some more!! I am your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!!

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    1. Thanks so much Shenita for your lovely comment! Following....:) Blessings to you!

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  8. These are so pretty! Your tablescape is so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us! Hope you will join us again tonight!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  9. I love all things script and sheet music too. Those place mats are so pretty. What a good idea to seal them. I'm linky following and GFC too. Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Great idea! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  11. You, my Dear are a genius, artist....a master at creating. Wow. I just read the story about the gate then this. I LOVE this table. It's so what I would like at my home!!

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  12. Ok, I'm trying this again....So can you come decorate my tables if I do a church party again around my birthday?

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