Turn your wedding song into a work of art: A Tutorial

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Several of you have sent me emails asking about how I turned our wedding song into a work of art, so I thought I would whip up a step by step tutorial in case you were wanting to do the same thing.  You could do any special score, whether it’s your wedding song, your favorite hymn or just a song that makes your feel good.  It is so easy, inexpensive and gives you a unique piece of art that is meaningful.  I know I have said this before, but I love to display items that are truly special, that bring back memories…items that are cherished because they represent something to me or to my family.  When I was trying to figure out what to display above the refinished cupboard, I thought it might be fun to display the first song Sam and I danced to as husband and wife.  So, I jumped in and muddled my way through it and overall it was a very simple and quick project.

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First of all, a little background info:  You can easily get this done in an afternoon and depending on the size of your art, you are going to be looking at spending anywhere from $20-$80.  I hate to even say this because I know we just kicked off the New Year and everything, but this would make a great Valentine’s Day present.  For all you guys out there…(not sure if any men actually read Scout & Nimble) but if you do this for your wife or girlfriend, I can promise you, it will not turn out bad!  In my opinion, this would be so much better than getting some flowers.  So, here are the items that you are going to need:

  • a canvas in your desired size (I bought a 30×40 canvas at Hobby Lobby for $20 by using their 40% off coupon)
  • an open wood frame fitting the size of your canvas.  These type of frames are consistently 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  They have a pretty wide selection.  Mine was only $40 after the 50% discount.
  • Mod Podge in a matte finish (this is available at most craft stores and of course Hobby Lobby) fyi about this product, it will go on milky and dry clear so don’t freak out when you first brush it on
  • foam brush
  • old phone book or newspaper, torn into long strips
  • tea bag steeped in a little water

Step 1.  Pick out a song that has some particular meaning to you.  A wedding song is a great choice.  But, you could pick any special song, hymn, symphony, literally anything.

Step 2.  Find the actual sheet music for your song.  I bought mine (Van Morrison’s Someone Like You) from here.  They have a huge selection of music.  Just search for what you are looking for and use their digital print download to print off your sheet music.  They charge $3.99 for ONE print.  Yep, you have one shot to print it off, so make sure you are not low on .  Not to put pressure on you or anything.  ;)

Step 3.  Your sheet music may be printed out on 1, 2 or 3 pages.  I knew that I wanted the layout of my piece to be 30×40 so I took my two pages and cut each line up and pieced it together.  You don’t have to make it look fancy, just cut it up and tape it onto a new sheet of paper making sure all the lines match up.

Then take it up to a print shop and have them enlarge it to the size you need.  I had our local print shop take the words off my sheet music, but you can definitely leave them on…it is entirely up to you.  They can also lighten or darken the score depending on what look you are going for.  This will cost under $4.

Step 4.  Next, you are going to place your enlarged music on something that won’t allow liquid to leak through…I used wax paper, but you can use whatever you would like.

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I really wanted the music to look old and worn…to give it a little bit more of a vintage feel. To achieve this look all you have to do is steep a regular ole tea bag in a little bit of water for a few minutes.

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Then you can just paint the liquid on your paper.  I didn’t even use a brush, I just used the tea bag as my brush and painted it all over my paper squeezing the bag slightly as I went.  You may want to test your “antiquing liquid” on another sheet of paper to make sure it’s the color you are going for.  There was no special technique, I just tried not to splatter the liquid otherwise you end up with dark little circle marks on your music.

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And you can even go over it again if there are areas that are too light.

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Step 5.  While you are waiting for it to dry, grab your canvas, mod podge and phone book or newspaper strips.

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I decided to create a “base” for this piece the same way as I did in Oliver’s artwork.  I really wanted the music to have some nice texture to it and not be perfectly flat.  If you don’t like that texture, feel free to skip this step, but I really think it helps the piece to look more expensive and less homemade-ey.  Basically, what you are going to do is take a small amount of mod podge on your foam brush and paint it on a small section of your canvas.  Then, simply place a couple of the phone book or newspaper strips over the top of the wet area and use your brush to smooth it out.  You will get some air bubbles and that’s ok…I just smoothed them out as best as I could.  You should instantly start to see the texture that this creates.

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And eventually when you finish, your canvas will look like this.  Don’t bother doing the sides because you will not be able to see them due to the frame.

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Step 6.  Once your sheet music and canvas is dry, you can continue with this step.  I figured out where I wanted my music positioned in the frame.  All I did was lay my frame on top of the dry sheet of paper, which should be a little crinkly when dry, and marked the corners on the sheet of paper with a pencil.  That way, I knew exactly where to position it on top of the canvas.  Oh, and if you can prevent your kids from walking on it, or better yet, crawling with a spoonful of peanut butter in their hand over it, you are better than me.

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You can really see that just antiquing the paper gives it some nice texture, too.

Step 7.  Now comes the fun part.  Time to glue the paper down to the canvas.  You can do this however you want, but mod podge can dry fairly quickly so I found it better to work in 2 sections.  I quickly covered 1/2 of the canvas with mod podge and when I say quickly, I mean I poured out a ton of mod podge all over 1/2 of the canvas and quickly smoothed it out.  Then I lined up my pencil marked corner of my paper to the actual corner of the canvas and used my hands to push the paper down onto the canvas while simultaneously smoothing it out.  Now there are going to be small bubbles and wrinkles here and there and that is what I was going for.  Then once you have that 1/2 done, you will do the same with the other half.  The final part to this, is going over the top of the music with the mod podge.  Again, I ended up pouring a fairly large amount out top of the music and then used my hands and the foam brush to spread it all around evenly.  I had to be speedy while I was doing this step…not to mention the hands full of glue, so sorry, no pictures of this step.

Step 8.  Once the glue is dry fee free to stick the canvas in the frame and get it up on the wall.  We  My husband put some nails in around the back of the canvas to hold it in the frame.  I am certain there is a more professional way of doing this, but this got the job done…I didn’t say it was pretty.  I had mentioned once to Sam Sam the picture hanging man that maybe we should get his staple gun and he gave me “the look” so I just let him do his thang.  I didn’t say anything about the fact that that little nail head could do a nice job of scratching up our wall if the picture moves from side to side…noooo, definitely did not mention that.

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Next, my picture hanging man screwed in some eyelets to hold the wire so we could hang this baby up on the wall.

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On a side note, I got this incredibly handy and organized box full of picture hanging supplies from Wal-Mart for $4…we use this thing so often, we actually keep it in our kitchen.  I highly recommend it.

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And now for my favorite part!  Stand back and look at your handy work all while clapping and squealing about how much you love it.  And it always helps to compliment your handy helper on their amazing job of hanging it “just right”.

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Here is a close up so you can see all the texture.

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Congratulations!!!  You are done!!!

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  1. YEAH!!! Thanks so much Jesse. I can’t wait to get started! On a side note…what a great wedding gift also if you know in advance the couples first dance song.

    • Oh you are good! What a great idea with the wedding gift! Wouldn’t it be cute as a baby shower gift with a lullaby, too! Thanks for lending your brainpower, Natalie!!! ;)

  2. I especially like that you involved Oliver in helping smooth out the sheet music. He has just the weight limit to create a great texture for the artwork, and the peanut butter antiquing technique is genius. :))

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  4. I LOVE this idea! Our first dance as husband and wife was also a Van Morrison song, ‘Into the Mystic’. Still feel like dancing every time I hear it. I will be doing this project very soon! :)

    • Thanks Darcy! Great song choice! But I’m a lil biased…I don’t think you can go wrong with Van Morrison! Please share your finished project with me! I would LOVE to see it!

  5. I am in love with this! This will definitely be my next project. Was thinking how lovely it would be to put our wedding song above our bed, but since we don’t have great wall space in our bedroom it will probably end up in our dining room, even so, I am excited!! Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

    • Of course, Raechel! I’m so glad you liked it! & I will have to say, it is so nice to look at it while we are eating our family dinners or enjoying a glass of wine at the table after the kiddos have gone to bed…but I am a romantic at heart! I say put it up where everyone can see it! ;)

  6. I’m so going to do this, ESPECIALLY because Someone Like You was my wedding song too! Well, that and it’s a beautiful and very meaningful project. Thank you!

  7. I love this project. I bought my digital sheet music, I just some questions… The strips of newspaper or phone book, do you cover that with white paint before you mod podge down the sheet music? The newsprint doesn’t show through? Thank you for sharing!

    • Good question, Patty! I actually did cover mine with white paint when I did the piece for my son’s nursery, but chose to skip that step when I did the wedding song. I just thought it’d be kind of cool if it did show through just a bit. Now that it’s done, you really cannot see the phone book paper. If I look really close, I can maybe see it in a few spots, but it’s definitely not noticeable! Please share your project when you are finished! I am so glad that you decided to do it!

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    Patty and Jesse – thank you I had the same exact question! I printed my sheet music this morning and cannot wait to get started!

    • That’s great Leslie! I hope you will send me a pic of what you create! I’m so over moon that people like it & are creating some meaningful art for themselves!!! Makes my day!

  9. I love this idea and would like to do it for my husband for Valentine’s Day! It’s the perfect heartwarming gift that we will both enjoy over the years. However, my local print shop won’t allow copyrighted materials such as sheet music to be copied or enlarged. How did you go about getting yours enlarged being that all sheet music has a copyright on it? Really want to figure out a way to do this project, but don’t know how….

    • Thanks, Jenna! I am no expert, but when you purchase the sheet music, it prints off with no copyright on it. I have taken things into our print shop that needed permission to print, but I didn’t have a problem when I took this sheet music. Maybe try taking your receipt showing that you paid for the copy? I could be totally wrong, but some things, I think, have a copyright on them so you cannot print them off and resell them as your own. However, in a case where it is for your personal creative use (meaning you are making one for your own enjoyment) some people are ok with you printing off their product…I guess just check. I’m sorry that I don’t have a better answer for you and again…I might be totally wrong. I mean as long as you are not making them and then turning around and charging someone for it or selling it on etsy…you should be fine. I hope you can get it printed to make!!!

      • Thanks so much for the feedback!! I will def try this! I love, love the project and hope to recreate it for Valentine’s Day for the husband!! Wonderful idea! Thank you!

    • Carolyn, I am sure they will love it!!! I’m so glad that you are taking the project on & I would love to see it when you are done! Let me know if you have any questions! Have fun with it!

    • I don’t see why you couldn’t do that, Shelby…it just might take a lil longer to cut, but you may find it might be neat to kind of piece it together at the end! Have fun with it! I promise you cannot mess it up! Send me a pic after you’ve finished…I would love to see it!!!

  10. I love this project, and just so you know Hobby Lobby has a custom frame shop. Meaning you can take the frame and artwork into them and they will attach the artwork into the frame for FREE! Using professional equipment too that won’t hurt your wall ;) No appointment necessary. And they will also install the hanger in the back for a dollar. I used to work as a custom framer and we did this all the time.

    • Oh Erika! You might be my new best friend!!!! I knew they had a frame shop, but I had no clue that they would do all of that!?! See this should teach me to just ask a simple question! Thank you for this FABULOUS tip! Our poor wall will no longer get all scratched up from Sam Sam the bad picture hanging man’s work! ;). He can hang it straight, though so I’ll give him that! Thank you so much! Lifesaver!!!

  11. i LOVED this idea, so i decided to do one. i went to a local print shop here though, and they refused to enlarge my sheet music, because of copyright laws. i was really bummed. luckily, my awesome hubby was able to work some magic and make it still work. thanks for the great idea!

  12. I just happened to run across this on Pinterest and thought it was a cute idea. But then, I discovered that you and I had the same wedding song. I’ve never met anyone else who used that song!

    • Great minds think alike, huh Allyson! ;) Since I have posted this, I believe you are the third person I have ‘met’ that has had it as their wedding song! I think it is a great choice, but, of course, I’m slightly biased!

  13. I love this idea. I printed off my sheet music and started cutting it out. Do you tape it to one sheet of paper horizontally or is it multiple pieces? I am having a hard time getting mine to line up perfectly. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Thanks Caitlyn! Yes, I taped it on another piece of paper horizontally & it was in multiple pieces. Mine didn’t quite line up perfectly, it’s slightly off if you really look closely, but it’s really hard to notice! Please send a pic when you are done! I would love to see what you do!

  14. When you cut and tape the sheet music, do you tape it all to one piece of paper. Having a hard time with this part. Great idea!! Thanks.

  15. Love this idea! For our first anniversary I did a similar idea with our vows and it’s hanging above our bed… I never thought about our song! Love it :)

    • First of all, congratulations Nicole!!! How exciting! It will be the perfect Valentine’s Day present! Congrats to you & your new husband again…wishing you many many years of happiness!!!

  16. It’s me again! I have my sheet music cut apart but what I don’t get is do I bend over line two where the treble clif is? Then line 3 stays as is and line 4 will have the treble clif bent over as well? You poor thing… Having to answer all our questions… Thank you so much for your time and talent!

    • Yea Patty! I’m so glad that you were able to continue with the project! Were you able to get the music enlarged? Ok, when I cut the lines, I just kind of smooshed them together to appear as one page. Each one of my lines has a treble clef at the beginning of it. I will email you a couple of pics that might help and I will post them in the post as well as a better visual! I hope that helps!

  17. This is such a sweet idea, thank you for the inspiration! Also, I wanted to let you know that I asked the framing area at Hobby Lobby how to attach the canvas to the frame, and they said that if you buy the frame from them, they will assemble it for free. I kept my receipt and brought my finished canvas back, and they clipped it to the frame, added the paper backing, and the hooks and wire to hang it. Awesome!

    • Since doing this, I had heard that and that tip is awesome!!! Not only will it save me, ahem, Sam some time, but you get such a professional look! I wonder if I could dig up my receipt and take mine back and have them do it…I’m sure it is in the mess that I call my purse somewhere! ;) Thanks so much Sarah! If you create your own, please share! I would love to see!

  18. I found this on Pinterest and LOVE IT! I’m definitely going to do this with our wedding song (also a Van Morrison song, Into the Mystic), and I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you so much for the awesome instructions!

    • So glad you found it, too! I would love to see it finished, so please send me a pic! & funny that we both chose a Van Morrison as our wedding song & our sons share the same name! Good taste, huh? ;) I’m so glad you “came by”!

      • I just wanted to come back and say thanks again for sharing this project! I finished mine over the weekend and now it’s hanging proudly in our powder room. (And by “hanging proudly” I mean, propped against the wall until we can get around to hanging it up.)

        Not only did we share song artist and son’s names, but it turns out I bought the same frame as you! ;-) I blogged about mine on our website: http://www.thegozes.com, but I’ll email you a picture too.

        Thank you! I love the finished work!

        • It turned out so great!!! I’m so glad that you took the project on and shared it with me! I don’t think you could have found a better frame either ;) Love it!

  19. Is it possible to order this from you, if I told you the our wedding song could I pay you to make one for my husband and I? Im not good at this crafty stuff at all :(

    Jenn

    • Jenn, I would love nothing more than to be able to do this for you, but as of right now, I am swamped! Do you have any crafty friends? Maybe you could have someone help you? It is really a fairly simple project…the most common thing I have heard is that people are having problems getting their sheet music enlarged. If things slow down, I will email you and try to help you out!

  20. Has anyone else ever been able to pull this project off? I have drug my children all over town today only to be denied at every print shop to have my sheet music enlarged. I was told it didn’t matter if I already owned the sheet music, because it was illegal for the print shop to make money off of copyrighted material since they would be charging me for the enlargement. I am beyond upset. I have already invested time and money in this project by purchasing frame, canvas and all of the supplies. Now I’ll have to spend more precious time returning it all. Beware if you start this project, you may not be able to complete it.

    • I’m sorry that you have had so much trouble, Meg. This is the most common complaint that I have heard, but I have a lot of people who have completed this project without any problems. I don’t know if all of us who have not had problems are just getting lucky or what. I took mine to two different print shops that enlarged it for me, no problem. Here are a few things you can do.
      #1- since you are just using it for your own personal use, cover up the lyrics and song title with scrap paper and make a copy of it. Then take the copy of the sheet music with no title/lyrics on it. I don’t know if it’s going to work or not. I had someone else that had a problem getting it printed, but once she showed the print shop the receipt of her paying for the download, they allowed it.
      #2- You can enlarge an image yourself by going to http://www.blockposters.com You can increase the size of any image by following their easy directions. If for some reason you don’t have the file saved on your computer, you could scan your sheet music in and save it as an image. Then just type in how many pages wide/high you want your print to be and it will print it out for you. You will just have to kind of line everything up to make it even.

      Again, I’m sorry that you had no luck at the print shops…and that you had to run all over the place with your children. As I mom, I know how hard running in and out of places can be especially when you hit all sorts of roadblocks when trying to get something done. I hope that some of these ideas work for you and that you can finish your project. I didn’t share this project to frustrate people…I just got a lot of compliments on mine and simply shared what I did. I have several people that have emailed me their finished pieces and they all look amazing! I’m hoping you will be able to finish yours! Good luck!

      • I know you didn’t share this project to frustrate people. What you have done is create a beautiful piece of art. Sorry for my frustration yesterday. I was upset because I REALLY wanted to make this project work. Last night my husband was able to try another print shop and they enlarged it with no questions asked. I guess it just depends on who is standing at the counter when you bring in the sheet music. Thank you for sharing your talents, I truly appreciate it!

        • Oh I’m so glad you were able to get it enlarged Meg! & no need to apologize…I understand being frustrated, believe me!!! I think you are right, it totally depends on who waits on you! Please send me a pic of your finished piece. I would love to see it!!!

        • Oh I am so happy that you were able to find someone who enlarged it for you without giving you problems!!! I think it does totally depend on who you get. & please no need to apologize…I understand being frustrated, I just hated that things were not falling into place for you yesterday! So happy that you get to finish your project & please if you get a chance, email me a pic when you are finished…I would love to see it!

  21. I made mine for my husband for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t have any problems, well, okay there was a slight problem when I went to put the print down and I couldn’t get it straight. But it all worked out..with another trip to Kinkos. It looks great and he loved it. It has been quite a conversation starter as everyone likes to share their song. Ours is Louie Armstrong’s, What a Wonderful World. Thanks so much for sharing your idea and giving such clear directions. What’s next?

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  23. I pinned this months ago and was so excited to make this project and just haven’t gotten around to it. I finally purchased my sheet music today, but realized the song is 7 pages! I’m not sure how to piece it together. Will I have to shrink it down instead? Help!

    • Marisa, I’m so glad that you are doing the project! Wow! 7 pages?! What I would do is maybe do your favorite verse & the chorus or maybe just the chorus? You could shrink it the whole thing down if you were wanting to leave the lyrics on it, but that might be a little more work. My vote is for just the chorus or your favorite verse & the chorus! Good luck!!!

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    hello!! i think this is BEAUTIFUL!!! but…i know this much about myself…i will NEVER make this on my own! wondering if you make and sell?!?

  25. I love this project. I have the perfect spot in our master bedroom over the dresser. However I can’t get the lines of my music to line up and they are pretty far off. I’m working on it for our 2nd anniversary (traditional gift – cotton – canvas is made of cotton!!). I’m considering slicing the whole thing into pieces and trying to match it that way……oy!

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  28. LOVE this project. Currently, trying to create this for a wedding shower for my best friend. One quick question. . . when taping your pieces of music sheet on the horizontal paper, did you tape it down in any certain dimensions so it will print nicely to 30 x 40?

    • Nina, I wish I could say that I did that on purpose, but I think I just got lucky with that one! I knew I had 50 inches in length & about 35 inches in width to play with & the guy at the copy center said it would enlarge well to 30×40! I hope you have the same luck! Send me a picture of your finished piece! I would love to see it!!!

  29. I just finished my version of this project. It turned out pretty well, but I had trouble getting the music sheet to lay on the canvas smoothly. I have more air bubbles and I had issues lining it up. Other than that, all of it went splendidly. Thanks for the tip and despite my issues, I like the result.

  30. Oh my gosh…I am reading this because I am in the process of doing this sort of thing for our living room with old floor plans of places we lived, etc. We had the same wedding song!!!!! I LOVE that song. Every time I hear it I get chills. I am totally going to do this. Thank you so much for linking the site for the sheet music!

  31. I came across this post through Pinterest. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! I have been looking for ideas for wall art for our study and this is perfect!!! Thanks for the inspiration! I have an unrelated question…we are building a house and I have been looking for pendant lights to go over our bar in the kitchen. I couldn’t help but notice yours in the last picture of this post. Would you mind sharing where you got them? Thanks:)

    • Thank you so much Ashlee!! It makes me so happy to know other people are taking this project on! I would love to see your finished piece, too! Be sure to send it to me! The pendant lights are from Lowes of all places! & they were so reasonable! Have fun decorating!!!

        • I know!?! I couldn’t believe it either! They looked just like the ones that I loved from crate & barrel, but over half the price! Love it when that happens. Lowes has really upped their game…Allen + Roth have some fabulous light fixtures, you should check them out. They also have a big clear glass globe pendant that is so fun as well

  32. Love this idea! My husband and I are music fanatics. How ironic that our wedding song is also Van Morrison’s “Someone Like You”!

  33. Love this!! I am currently working on it and I was wondering if you feel it is necessary to glue it onto a canvas…is it possible to just glue it on a sheet of paper? I’m just trying to cut cost and my frame is smaller and I wasn’t sure if I could fit a canvas in it. Thanks for this beautiful inspiration!

  34. Ashley Campbell on

    SUCH a good idea! I’m doing this with the song lyrics that my best friend (who just got married last weekend) used and giving it to them as our wedding gift. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  35. Did mine this weekend! I did a 24×36 canvas & frame, and my enlargement was sized to those dimensions as well (saved me a step since the print matched the canvas exactly). Had no trouble getting the music copied (phew!) but my only issue is that you can definitely read the newspaper behind the sheet music. I had gotten a second copy of my enlarged music, I’m thinking I might antique that one too and do a second layer to mask out the newsprint. But thanks for the project idea- I love it!

  36. Hi There!
    Love, love this idea, just saw it on Pinterest. I think it’s so beautiful and the vintagey look of it is awesome. Will you let me know if you create and sell these, by any chance, even if it were just the lyrics on the canvas I could have it framed locally. I am not so gifted in the craft department. Our wedding song is also “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison.
    Thank you

  37. I have been drooling over your project for months! I FINALLY decided to just DO IT! I bought all my supplies at Hobby Lobby – love them and LOVE their sales. The top coat of Modge Podge is drying as we speak. I definitely have more bubbles in the sheet music than I had hoped, but maybe when it dries it will look better? Thank you so much for the inspiration, I think this is the sweetest gift!

    • Oh I am so glad!!! I had a lot of bubbles in mine too…personally I think it looks better! The less perfect, the more it looks like an expensive piece of art. Thank you for sharing that with me! I love hearing that!

  38. LOVE this idea and just printed my music for our 5 year anniversary tomorrow! Quick question: I’ve read the comments about cutting up the music but am slightly confused. My music printed out to 7 pages and I also want to make mine 30×40. How do I lay out the music? Do I tape it onto a couple of piece of paper taped together? Just now sure how to format it the best way!! Thanks so much!!!!! Can’t wait to post a picture when it’s done! :)

    • Wow! Congratulations on 5 years! 7 pages might be too many…what about just doing the chorus? It maybe your favorite verse? Yes, cut it up to condense it & tape it together. It’s ok if it’s not perfect! I think it looks more unique the messier it is!

  39. Us DIY type guys who are always looking for a unique gift for our girlfriend, wives or, in my case, do read your blog; moreover if it’s linked from Pinterest.

    Yes, we use Pinterest too, lol.

  40. would you ever be open to doing this as a service? i would love to do this for two couples who recently got married but there is no way i can do it. please let me know!

  41. I absolutely love this and am in the process of making my first one as a gift for a wedding. When I’m finished, I will make one for myself (My husband and I also had a Van Morrison wedding song, but it was Have I Told You Lately!). I am taking this one step further and having my husband build me a custom frame :) I used a piece of very thin wood instead of canvas also and the supplies to make the frame were under $10!

    I’m glad he is able to help me because my print got a little messed up and is pretty off center. He was able to measure it out and help me attach it to the wood so it’s square!

    I also had some trouble enlarging my music :( My uncle is a musician and he plays in a wedding band so I had asked him if he could make a copy of the music for me. Lucky for me, I made a copy of the music before I started cutting it out (just in case I made a devastating mistake!). So I came home, grabbed my copy and went back to the store. My uncle must belong to some site that allows you to print music because in the corner it said “Printed for use by: my uncle’s name”. So I told the people at Staples that was my permission to duplicate the music and they did it no more questions!

    I can’t wait to see how this turns out and how my husband’s custom picture frame looks on it! Thanks for the great idea :)

  42. I am in the process of making this, thank you for the fabulous idea. I haven’t assembled it (I am hiding it from my husband so I don’t ruin the surprise so the process has been stretched over a few days), but my canvas is 16×20 and my music won’t all fit. My music was 3 pages long, and dimensions didn’t match exactly to enlarge it to 16×20. I printed out 2 copies in different sizes, which bumped the printing cost to $10. Worth it, I think. I am thinking of using the larger print and let the music flow right off all of the edges. Someone also mentioned that the paper strips came through, that is good to know. I will only use something I don’t mind bleeding through!

  43. This is such a good idea and I am trying to do this as a gift for my best friend. I was in her wedding and I would love to turn her wedding song into art but I am having a bit of trouble. I went to the printers, (Office Maxx, and our local printers) and they both said because it is music and it is copyrighted they are not allowed to make a bigger copy for me. Did you have this problem, if so how did you get around it?

      • I think you could do this on anything, Taylor! Good luck getting it printed! I went to several places & had no problem at all. So many people have done this project with no problems, too. However, I have heard that some did have problems printing theirs…my best suggestion would be to read back through some of the comments to see what they did! There are a lot of good answers in the comment section! So happy you are doing this for your friend! I’m sure they will love it!!

  44. So cute! The sell little hook contraption thingys (obviously the correct name) at Michaels to hold the canvas in the wood frame…and surprisingly they work really well!

  45. Catherine Braud on

    Is there any possible way I could pay you or someone else to make one of these for me as a wedding gift? I really love the idea but i have zero time to make it. I’ve already downloaded the song sheet and I can email it or fax it to whomever. I absolutely love this idea and I know my best friend would love it. If there’s any possible way please let me know. Thanks Catherine
    Catherine.braud@yahoo.com

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      • Hi there, would you be able to take an order for this if I give you the specifications? I am NOT crafty, but would love this for my husband. Name the price :)

        • Oh Heather, I wish I could, but sadly I do not have the time to do orders for it! Do you have a crafty friend that could possibly help you? It’s really not that hard & it might make a fun girls night, too! Good luck!!!

    • Thanks Jennifer! I did not use any glass, I was trying to be frugal! ;) Mine has held up wonderfully with just the canvas & frame. I do give it a dusting every now & then. ;)

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  48. I found this on Pinterest months ago, fell in love, and I’m finally making one! I was also wondering where you got your drapes??

    • Thank you so much Lindsey! You will have to share yours with me when you are finished…it’s so fun to see what others create! The fabric for my drapes is from premier prints. It is called Netherland…www.premierprintsfabric.com. We love them because they are not sheer but they still let in some light. ;)

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  50. Carrie Alderink on

    Thank you so much for this awesome idea! I’m not the craftiest of people, but you made it easy. I did this with our wedding song for my husband as a wedding gift, it was awesome! Thank you.
    Carrie Alderink

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  53. I’m not sure if someone already asked this or not, but I’m wondering if I can take the canvas off of the wooden frame and then frame it like that? I have a really big frame that I got for free at a garage sale that I have been dying to use, and I would love it if I could do this project with it. It’s a regular ol’ frame, though, so I wouldn’t be able to have a canvas behind it. I was thinking it should work if I take the canvas off of the wooden frame before applying the newspaper strips; what do you think?

    • scoutandnimble on

      Yes, Natalie, I think that would work just fine! Just remove the staples in the canvas and it should come free from the frame, no problem! Good luck!!!

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  55. I found your blog through Bliss at Home. What an awsome idea to create wedding song art! I just love this idea!! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog! =0)

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  58. This is turning out to be a great idea for my best friends wedding I’m standing up in. There were a few things that didn’t go as smoothly as planned.

    1) I downloaded the sheet music from the website you suggested and there was no way of knowing until I received it that each line of music didn’t match up :( This meant I had to take bits and pieces of the song so if one were to try to play it on the piano it would sound like a mess. It’s still the song-and I took the lyrics out, just not ideal

    2) Tea staining really didn’t make a drastic change to the paper. I ended up using instant coffee and a sponge brush which worked BEAUTIFULLY for a gorgeous aged color.

    3) Hobby Lobby always has 50% custom framing (more expensive) but the premade frames are every other week (or so a sales associate told me) which can range from $60-$100+ depending on your taste. I spent more money on this project than anticipated :(

    So far it’s been totally worth it, but those were my bumps in the process. I can’t wait to give this to my fave couple!

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  64. Hi – I just found this! Can I just have your print?! We have the same first dance/wedding song! :) This is awesome – thanks!

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  67. Thanks for the tutorial! I did this today with Your Song by Elton John (our first dance). Found the music FREE :) online, $4 to print a Office Depot, and I already had the frame! It turned out great, especially for only costing $4! Thanks again!

  68. I have come to the conclusion that this is going to be one of my wedding day gifts on our big day, our first dance is going to be Lionell Richie’s “Stuck on You”

  69. Sorry…I now think I’m going to have your wedding song stuck in my head all day or at least “dancing on the ceiling”! Congrats on your big day!

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