Make a Sheet Music Craft – Ornament Tutorial {CCC}


Over at Little Birdie Secrets, we’re all about handmade! In fact, this year I’m making all of my Christmas tree ornaments. Okay, I know it’s a little crazy, but all my real ornaments are in storage for a year, so I’m challenging myself to make inexpensive handmade christmas ornaments. Which makes this a perfect addition to Jamielyn’s Crazy Christmas Crafter’s series!

Sheet Music Ball Ornament Tutorial


{ Sheet Music Craft }

*Glass ball ornament
*Sheet music, about 1 page
*Mod Podge
*Brush (a foam brush or wide artist’s paint brush)
*Jingle bell
*Glitter paint (optional)
*”Noel” printed tag & hole punch
*Hemp, linen thread, or thread for hanging
*12″ ribbon

1. Start by tearing your sheet music into strips of different lengths and widths. If you don’t have real sheet music, purchase a downloadable file of Christmas music (I found some on Etsy).

2. Paint the back of sheet music with Mod Podge and stick to glass ball, alternating direction of strips.


3. Use paint brush and Mod Podge on top of strips to seal edges. You may need to press down and create folds on some parts of strips to make them flat around ball. I used my fingers to do this. Continue until entire glass ball is covered with sheet music.

4. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge around the top hanging piece of the glass ball.
Dip in glitter. I used fine German glass glitter, but any glitter would be gorgeous.
5. This part is really optional, but I can’t help going over the top! Paint a layer of glitter paint on jingle bell and allow to dry.
6. Print the word “Noel” or another Christmas word on cream paper. Cut into a tag. Paint a border with glitter paint around edges and a thin layer over the top of the word. Punch a hole and thread jingle bell and tag on a piece of hemp or linen thread.
Tie to top of glass ball.
7. Tie a piece of ribbon in a bow through the loop on the top of the ball. Thread a piece of hemp through the loop to for hanging.
8. Hang your gorgeous vintage ornament on your tree!

Thanks for having me, Jamielyn! And thanks to everyone for reading! Come see me at Little Birdie Secrets for more of my handmade ornaments later this month!


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Amanda posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:18 am (#

    I love this! My sister plays the piano and is building a new house. I think I will make a set of 12 for her for Christmas!

  2. Karen Weight posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:07 am (#

    This is so pretty and looks easy to make! I love the old sheet music look. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  3. RaeLyn posted on November 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm (#

    LOVE, LOVE this! Thank you, I was just trying to figure out a musical-themed ornament for some gifts. This is perfect!

  4. Cafe @ Christmas All Year 365 posted on November 12, 2011 at 6:47 am (#
  5. Donna C posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm (#

    Very cute and inexpensive too!

  6. Stephanie Tarver posted on November 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm (#

    These are lovely. Very easy to make something so pretty.

  7. Macy Lynn posted on November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm (#

    We are doing all homemade decorations for everything in our temporary home this year. Our things are in storage as well! This is such a great idea. So many of these items we’re making I’m gonna want to keep now. My original plan was to make it all disposable but it’s changing now. Thank you!!

  8. NaDell posted on November 28, 2011 at 12:03 am (#

    I thought I’d make this with pretty vellum, but it doesn’t seem to work. It does work great with regular plain paper though. I already printed out several songs on vellum, so it’s soaking in warm water now to see if softening it will make it stick better. We’ll see….

  9. NaDell posted on November 28, 2011 at 3:37 am (#

    Update: Soaking the vellum on a cookie sheet with warm water softened it enough to work on the ornaments. I’m so excited!

  10. Brooke posted on November 30, 2011 at 4:49 am (#

    Find out how we used these adorable ornaments…

  11. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives posted on December 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm (#

    Just made something similar to this yesterday –

    I love the sparkly “cap” on the ornament and the Noel tag! Nice work!

  12. Kris posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm (#

    Very pretty ornament.

  13. Cassondra @ Beyond The Cover posted on November 12, 2012 at 8:31 am (#

    This is the BEST idea I have seen yet! I love music and so does my grandma, so guess what I’m getting her? Thanks for this AWESOME idea!

    • kathy posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:45 am (#

      I love this idea. I always make something for my co-workers for Christmas. Since I have to make about 50, I think I will use this idea and expand it. I will use a balloon and make it as a papier-mâché project. I am an art teacher. I have art catalogs filled with famous art pictures. I will use those pictures instead of music. Thank you for the inspiration.

      • Jamielyn posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm (#

        What a great idea Kathy! I’m sure your co-workers will love these!

  14. Paula posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm (#

    I’m in the process of making these. This will be great on our tree this year.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm (#

      Thanks for trying them out, Paula! I hope they turn out great!