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Dec 11 3:29 PM

DIY Vintage Sheet Music

Dec 11 3:29 PM
Dec 11 3:29 PM

Several months ago, I shared a photo of a project that I created in my home and my inbox became flooded! Everyone wanted to know how to do it or how to get me to do one for them. So, I felt it would be totally appropriate that this next DIY project that I would share would be just that. Here we go!

You will need:

  • A copy of your favorite sheet music
  • A frame (size and style of your choice)
  • 3 foam brushes
  • brewed coffee
  • A bowl
  • A plastic tarp or plastic painters drop sheet 
  • Plastic gloves (if you don't like to get your hands a little dirty)
  • A jar of original Modge Podge

Step 1:

Select your favorite music sheet and obtain a copy of it. Get a frame, size and style of your choice, that will hold your final product.



Please follow all appropriate copyright laws and regulations for the reproduction and printing of your music sheet selection. 

Once you have done that, take your music sheet to your local print and photocopying shop and have your music sheet enlarged to the appropriate size to fit your frame. I selected a 16X20 frame for this project with a matte in it from Ikea. 


Step 2:

Brew yourself some coffee and enjoy a cup, seriously! Then, let the extra coffee cool completely down before you use it. I let my coffee sit for an entire day, as the longer it sits the darker it gets, making for a better stain result on your music sheet. The entire project will require 1- 1 1/2 cups. 

Step 3:

Lay out your tarp or drop sheet, then place your enlarged music sheet on top. Soak one of your foam brushes in the coffee. Then, from top to bottom, paint the coffee onto the paper. Paint the coffee onto the paper in its entirety. 

After the paper is covered in coffee, take another dry foam brush and slowly run it back over the entire music sheet, soaking out the excess coffee that the paper may not have absorbed. Next, let your sheet sit for about 25-30 minutes. Then, repeat step 3 in its entirety, once more.

Step 4: 

After you have completed step 3 two full times, let the paper dry overnight or for at least 6-8 hours. This ensures that the moisture has completely dried. Next, gently crumple the paper as little or as much as you would like to give it the weathered, vintage look. Then, flatten it back out as much as you can to be able to position it in your frame. Use a few heavy books to lay on top of it for an hour or so if you need to, to help flatten it pretty good in order to frame it.

Step 5:

Finally, before you frame it, with your last foam brush, gently brush a thin coat of Modge Podge from top to bottom, over the entire music sheet. Let it dry good for about an hour or so. Then, frame your music sheet and hang that little lovely in your favorite spot! 

You did it in just 5 steps!! 

Until next time,



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Carisha is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Stephen F. Austin State University in which she studied English Literature, writing, and education. Carisha has taught and coached for 7 years and has recently added business to the lineup, as she recently launched her own business, Ahava Designs in Frisco, Texas. Carisha has a heart for the arts, literature and writing, interior design, sports, and teaching and mentoring children and youth. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, interior designing and furniture craftsmanship, antique shopping, watching basketball, and spending time with family and friends.






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