Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Vintage Sheet Music Themed Gift

I love giving thoughtful, homemade gifts to my kids teachers.  While a bunch of parents are contributing money to gift cards, which is always easy and nice, I wanted to do something special for those who have made my son's first year of kindergarten in a big elementary school wonderful.
I started with these boxes which I made for a craft fair....

They didn't sell so I decided to use them to wrap teacher gifts.  I had planned to bake cookies for them, but then changed gears and rolled with the sheet music theme.
I bought a bag of these little glass round gems from the dollar store (36 in the bag):
Clear Glass Gems
and mod podged sheet music to the back of each.  Then I glued a magnet on each.  Easy Peasy, and they made cute little magnets, and what teacher can't use those?

 I found a box of 16 little candles in glass for $7.99 at Marshall's, so just about 50 cents per candle!  And they smell so lovely!
 I used more of my sheet music, and tore strips to fit the height of the candle.
 Then I went ahead, ripping all the pieces I needed, and trimmed off the excess after testing on each jar.
 Here is the dry run.... wrapped and trimmed.
 Ready to be Mod Podged!
 I used a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the back of each paper strip, and then pressed the candle down onto the paper til it stuck and picked up the paper.  Then I continued to wrap the paper around as smoothly as possible.
 I applied a few more coats of Mod Podge, and here are all the candles, reay to go!
 I nestled the candles inside the boxes which were filled with shredded sheet music, and placed the magnets in a cellophane bag in the center.
 And now I am ready to bring glad tidings to my son's teachers!

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42 comments:

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

all sooo cute! I love sheet music projects!
gail

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

That's so adorable Cassie! What a lovely, thoughtful idea. The teachers are going to love them!

XO
Lenore

Artichoke Alley said...

Very cute!

{ The Painted Home } said...

i love it! i've been on a vintage paper kick lately too! the magnets are perfect for anyone! stealin' it!
-d

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

How thoughtful. I think handmade gifts (especially for teachers) are so appreciated.

I am so behind in teachers' gifts this year. Glad somebody's on the ball.

mle said...

This gift is just too cute!!

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

adorable! I know they will love it.

michelle dean said...

I love anything with sheet music! I just did a dresser with sheet music on the drawers! I am having a link party too if you would like to link up! http://polkadotsandpizza.blogspot.com/2010/12/link-party-3.html

Julie Johnson said...

These are fabulous! I've been making mixed media birds with sheet music...I love your idea!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

I'm sure any teacher would love to get such a thoughtful and useful gift! I love the magnets! I might just have to make some of those for myself!

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

Cassie! cute... oopps...I meant cute! Cassie but cassie cute sounds cute ;)

Terry said...

Okay, Easy, lovely, totally cool gift. I'd like one! Terry

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I made those magnets one year. I still use mine. Great gift. The teachers will be happy.

Restyled Vintage said...

that is just beautiful Cassie, what a very sweet, wonderful idea!

xx Karen

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Love your sheet music ideas! What great gifts! Stop by my blog and see my sheet music ornaments (current) and wreath (a couple of posts ago). Linda

Sanctuary Home said...

What a great idea! The teachers are going to love those. I want some of those magnets...fa..la..la..la..la..
Susan : )

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Lucky teachers!! I'm off to Marshalls and the dollar store ... any left?
I think Kellen's music teacher would love both (she's also getting the little music box I couldn't sell at my craft fair!)

Allison said...

That is a very sweet and thoughtful gift for the teachers! You've packaged it beautifully! There was a reason those did not sell at the fair. Meant to be for the lucky teachers! What a fun gift!

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I was eyeing those boxes at the craft fair but couldn't figure out where I would put them! What great gifts! The teachers are going to love them!

Megan said...

I just love everything you do! Such a perfect idea! Featuring you on CrazyDomestic tomrrow!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

As a former teacher, I would have LOVED to have gotten that gift. It is precious!!! I always love handmade gifts!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Awesome idea, you are too creative!

knack said...

perfect, perfect, perfect! ...and they will love it so much more than a gift card because it is thoughtful, handmade, and purposeful!

xo

Rene said...

Brilliant!! I might do this for my son's music teacher.

-Rene

Ashley Tremaine said...

Love this....I'm about to do a gift for my mom and dad for Christmas...making a paper wreath using sheet music. Great job!!

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

These are awesome! I need to hustle on down to the $ store and get some of those round clear things!! What an adorable idea.

MessyMissy said...

ooo....the clear gems are such a good idea. Love the sheet music theme!!!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

super cute -- and so thoughtful!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

very cute!! They will love them!

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

What a great idea! (As I bow my head in shame over my $10 starbucks giftcards.)

Mod Podge Amy said...

SO Cute! What a great idea.

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Looooove the magnets! What a great idea! :)

Shaunna said...

SO adorable and I'm always looking for good teacher gifts. Thanks for your sweet comment on the chalkboard...I'm sure you did get your fill from a whole wall...but I bet it was awesome. have a good day, friend! -shaunna :)

Michelle said...

Cassie; I'm still sucked into your blog! OMG I LOVE this idea! I ALWAYS made teacher gifts WITH my kids rather than the group gift because I feel it needs to be from them, not my checkbook (and even if they only help a little bit, like stick the magnets on, they will feel they 'made' something for their teachers). My wheels are so spinning after seeing your sheet music ideas. We are a very musical family and this year will be a 'tight' Christmas so I'm trying to figure out what to do for extended family gifts and this is just perfect! We could even do what you did to those wooden round boxes to shoe boxes! We could even buy earthy colored candles and soak the shreds of sheet music in tea (and dry) before applying for an aged look and then a simple twine bow around it! Thank you SO much for the inspiration! I'm so truly inspired and will not only follow you but I'm going to stick you on my 'favorites' list on my sidebar (which I DO NOT do for many unless they do it for me first or I truly really love the blog!)

Michelle

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Ok, I love this gift! What a lucky teacher to have your child in their class. And just so you know, I am totally stealing this idea!!!

Shaunna said...

You know I'm loving it. Thanks for linking it up and for your sweet comments on the entryway! -shaunna :)

Amy Kinser said...

Those little candles are great. I love sheet music projects.

Karen said...

Fantastic! I have some musicians in the family that would just love the theme, but then again, anyone who has a thing for sheet music would love it as well! :>

Andy Porter said...

I totally love it! They are beautiful! You are so great!

Holly said...

This sings to me (ha!) Sheer perfection...it looks chic and expensive and is just gorgeous!

Cheryl @ Vintage Serenity said...

Your son's teachers will be thrilled with their one of a kind gift! I love old sheet music too and so far have only used it for shred...thanks for the "outside of the box" ideas:)

Jenn Erickson said...

What a wonderful collection of homemade gifts! I'm a sucker for vintage sheet music and absolutely love the way that you carried the theme throughout the gifts! I'm so glad I stopped by from Tickled Pink! Warmest wishes, Jenn