Friday, October 12, 2012

Sheet Music Candle Centerpiece

Sheet music decor is quite a trend right now. It is easy to use sheet music to add decor to your next party.
To make these candles for my daugthers Paris themed party, I searched through stacks of vintage sheet music in thrift stores for french sheet music and found some Italian music but it was not the right look. So I settled on music with cute or romantic themes. I did find some french sheet music for free on the internet, I could have bought specialty copy paper with a slightly yellowed vintage look and printed it out, so that was an option. You could use white copy paper or a new sheet music book if that is the look you desire.
The supplies you will need;
  • Candles
  • Sheet Music
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge or brush applicator
  • Burlap or decorative stripes of paper or fabric
  • Ribbon or Twine cording
I found these tall skinny glasses with the candle inside at the Dollar Tree and bought 12 of them. You can also use pillar candles as mod podge is not flammable but the paper is, so you would need to cut the paper a half inch shorter than the candle

1. To apply the paper. Measure the length of the candle and trim your paper to the exact height or a half inch shorter. Measure around the candle and add a half inch then trim. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the back of the sheet music, flip it around and lay in on the candle, wrapping it around the candle and overlapping on the back side. Work quickly to make sure the edges even up where you want them to at the top of the candle. Since the outside is dry you can grip it to slide it a bit to even it up. Let it set for 30 min. while you work on your other candles.

2. Go over each candle with a light coat of Mod Podge making sure to coat to edges of the paper or they may not stick and rip if they catch on something. Let the candles stand for at least 30 minutes, then coat them again. I used two coats, but you can put more coats if you want to.

3. The burlap is a loose weave fabric you can buy in fabric stores, it is used for upholstery but has gotten really popular in home decor. Decide how wide you want your burlap strip. Mine is about 1 1/2". Cut the same lengths that you did for the width of our candle. After cutting the fabric, you can pull a couple threads of the fabric to give a slight frayed look. Lay your candle down, spread or dab Mod podge to the back of the burlap, flip it over and wrap it around the candle, you can place it in the middle of the candle or just above or below the middle, whichever look strikes your preference. I overlapped my burlap on the same spot that the paper was overlapped, spread Mod Podge on top of the edge of the burlap and wrap the other end of the strip over it.

4. Tie your ribbon or hemp twine around the burlap and tie it in the front. Ta Da!!

I was going to use printed cardstock to wrap around the candles, then I came up with the idea to use burlap instead.
You could easily use a sparkly ribbon and gold or silver cording to tie around it.

For the centerpieces for my daughters party we went to Michaels and found the two kinds of ribbon that we thought were the closest to 'paris' looking.
We then bought little plastic 'jems' in the floral sections and scattered 10 to 15 around each candle. I couldn't get it to show in the pics but at the party the jems sparkled in the candlelight and it wasn't even dark in the room. It was a really nice and inexpensive centerpiece. Could be used for a wedding or anniversary party also.

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