Did you know I love going to estate sales? I love seeking out little treasures from the past. I see it as giving new life to something old. I actually stopped going to them for awhile (I didn’t want to end up on hoarders!). I’m much more disciplined when I go now. I have to love it or really be able to use it somewhere, most of the time this works. I started making items from sheet music about 7 years ago selling on Etsy. While my shops are very pared down now. My sheet music pockets were a customer favorite. I sold several thousand hand-folded pockets over the course of a few years. Next time you see the old book of sheet music maybe you’ll be inspired to turn it into something new!
Typically, it’s not a high demand item so you can usually pick them up for about $1 a book.
Here are a few fun and creative ways to use sheet music. This is the simplest idea of all, use it as a placemat. It provides a lovely backdrop for dishes. If it gets dirty, toss it!
Make a pinwheel with it. You can use on a package or hang. This is just a piece, cut to the width I wanted and folded accordion style. I cut two little notches out on each side in the middle so you can tie the string around.
I used it to make a pocket mirror. You do need a special tool to make these. I’ve also made jewelry pieces with it. Think outside the box!
Fold it into pockets! This simple idea came to me while I was out to dinner with my family one afternoon. I have been making them ever since. They are great for holding a menu and the CD pocket for a CD, you could easily use them as place holders, money holders, for small gifts, wrapping paper, medallions or for ornaments, you can see how I did that here.
I used these on a wedding table I did for a local TV show a few years back. I wish I had saved the segment somehow!