Check out this artistic idea for a music sheet paper Christmas tree! I love how simple this is but so classy to display. It fits into almost any holiday decor theme, and of course, it is very easy for you to create on your own. Grab some old sheet music, a few supplies, and create these to display throughout your home.
I love paper crafting and have already shared this beautiful tip for how to make snowflake ornaments out of a paper book. Of course, this upcycled book turned into a Christmas tree is another favorite. Paper crafts are so fun to make!
Mini Sheet Music Paper Christmas Tree
Using old book pages is one of my latest favorite crafting tools. I love to read, and of course, prefer to preserve books, but sometimes a book is beyond repair and reusing the paper by making it into a craft is best.
I would much rather make something like this or my angel wings from old books to display than to simply throw away or burn the paper.
This little Christmas tree was a great addition that just feels classy and more artistic than some of my crafts. I love knowing that I am using someone else’s art to create my own. Isn’t that a great concept?
Here is another idea similar that is ideal for Christmas – how to turn an old book into a Christmas angel. They would look perfect displayed together!
Where Can I Find Old Sheet Music to Use?
If I don’t have some on hand, my favorite places to find it are yard sales and thrift shops. Many times the local thrift shop will have a book sale and I can grab books or music for pennies.
This is a great way to stock up for projects like this. Don’t use a brand new book for this project! Just get creative and start looking around at local used book stores, thrift shops, and even yard sales.
If you cannot find old sheet music as I used, you can do the same thing with any old book or paper you have on hand. While I love this idea, the process is the same no matter the type of paper you choose to use.
If your kids are helping you with this project, make sure to have these adorable Christmas tree snacks on hand. You could also make these Christmas tree marshmallow pops for them to enjoy while they help.
Should I Seal the Paper Before Displaying?
A common question on my papercraft tutorials is if you should seal the paper before displaying it. There are two trains of thought on this. If you plan to keep something for several years, adding a coat of mod-podge to protect the item is a good idea.
If you are not concerned about keeping it after this year, then don’t worry about sealing the paper against moisture.
For a craft like these paper flowers from old book pages, I wouldn’t worry about sealing them. They are small enough that making more wouldn’t take a lot of time and I wouldn’t be as upset if they were damaged.
For my paper flower wreath (use red paper for a holiday theme with this), I would definitely spray with a sealant as it is more intricate and time-consuming to create.
- Sheet music pages
- Gold star stickers or embellishments
- Dowel rod
- Wood slice for base
- Hot glue gun and glue
How to Make a Music Sheet Christmas Tree
To begin making your tree, you will need to take your sheet music and begin by folding it back and forth as if you are making a paper fan. I start on the shorter side so the tree can easily be trimmed down to look like a tree and be tall enough to display.
Once you have folded the entire sheet, you will cut the fan at an angle on both sides to create a triangle shape. You can also do this part once you unravel the “fan” if easier.
Next, you will make holes through the center every few folds of the paper. This is to make it easy to put your wooden dowel through the center. Measure your dowel or stick you use for the tree, and see how large the hole needs to be. Cut them not much larger so they will stay in place easily.
You can do this with a hole punch, or my preferred method is to make a small x with my craft knife and push the rod through the paper gently. This way it fits the rod perfectly.
Once you have cut the holes and slide your stick through the center of the paper where it looks as if it is woven into the paper, you will use a dot of glue to attach the paper at the top to the stick.
Next, you will cut out or add a small gold star to the top.
The final step is to secure this to the wooden base. For this tree, I used a small slice of wood leftover from another crafting project. A bit of hot glue is all you need to secure this before displaying.
Printable Step by Step Photo Tutorial:
- Old sheet music
- Dowel rod
- Wooden slice for base
- Mini gold star stickers
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Begin by folding your sheet music into a paper fan shape. I do this on the shorter side of the paper so your tree is nice and tall;
- Once you have folded the paper, you will trim it into a tree shape;
- You can do this easily by unfolding and then folding the paper into a triangle and cutting along the creases;
- Next, you will need to cut small holes every few folds of the paper so you can insert your dowel rod through the center;
- I did this by using a small knife and making a simple "x" so it could simply push through and fit the rod perfectly;
- Once you have the holes, you will slide the dowel rod through the paper gently and pull up to create the tree shape;
- You can then trim off any excess wood, and use a bit of hot glue to secure on the top and bottom;
- Next, glue or secure a small gold star to the top of your tree;
- The final step before displaying is to hot glue the dowel rod onto the center of your wood slice (or whatever you choose to use as a base).
- Display your tree on a mantle, as a centerpiece, or on a bookshelf.
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