DIY Sheet Music Wall
These next couple months are proving to be the months of projects, and I am totally here for it! I feel like I’ve always been super indecisive when it came to decorating my home. I would always wait until I found the *perfect* thing before diving into a space. However, I realized this winter that we’ve been in our house for a couple years now and there are so many spaces in our home that don’t feel ‘finished’ yet. It’s made me dive head first into making our home more our own — and I’ve got some pretty crazy ideas!
Last week I shared with y’all our entryway makeover that we did with paint and hooks that completely turned our entryway into a statement wall as soon as you walk into our home. Not only was it super easy (and anyone could do it!) But it was also super inexpensive and made a huge impact. Today on the blog, I can’t wait to share with you another super easy and inexpensive DIY that (in my opinion) completely transformed our living room. While I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I really love how it turned out!
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Flowing Sheet Music Feature Wall
I’ve followed Erin at Cotton Stem for forever, and I’ve always been super inspired by the book feature wall that she has in her home. On Thanksgiving break (thanks to our 12 hour car ride to Texas) I spent time brainstorming what I wanted to do with that massive wall in our living room that I’ve been putting off decorating since we moved in. When I came across the split butterfly print from BFF Print Shop, it hit me. I had just been talking to someone about our story and how worshipping Jesus is the only thing getting us through this season — and it just all made sense.
If you’ve read our story, you know what butterflies have meant to us this past year. I decided to take the leap and ignore the cringing thought of nail holes to do a flowing sheet music feature wall with our butterfly print. I thought having the music flowing through the print would perfectly represent how worshipping God and running to Jesus has been literally carrying us through this season.
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We moved our furniture all around at Christmas time, and I decided to keep it that way since I really liked the new placement of our couch and chairs. Our bookcase was then moved to the corner where the tree was. Meanwhile, it became super necessary to figure out what I wanted to do with the wall above the couch because it looked extremely bare and empty. Here’s a look at this wall before with just the prints from BFF Print Shop.
How-To Create a Flowing Sheet Music Wall:
- Split Butterfly Print: BFF Print Shop
- Sheet Music: Collected (but you can easily purchase it on Amazon HERE.)
- Finishing Nails (5/8 in)
There really is no step by step tutorial for how to create this. It really just takes a hammer, some finishing nails, and a bit of creativity. Just let your creative juices flow — and don’t be afraid of nail holes! Just like I told Rob when I talked him into this project, you can always puddy holes, touch up the paint, and pretend like it didn’t happen it you don’t like the way it turns out.
But while I don’t have a step by step tutorial, here are some tips I have if you’re looking to achieve this look in your own home. If you’d like a look at how this all came together in a time lapse, make sure to check out our DIY Music Wall Highlight on our Instagram.
Tip 1: Work From Center Outwards
My first tip for this project would be to start in the center and move outwards. I worked from the left side of the left print and worked out and somewhat down (to make it look like it was flowing through when I finished the right side somewhat upwards.) This will allow you to have better control over the direction and flow that the design will take on.
Tip 2: Work on Flat Pieces First
Another thing that made this DIY so easy was starting with my ‘flat’ pieces first. This will make sure that you have a good base and background to layer your ‘flowing’ pieces on. I started in the center, tucking pieces underneath the edges of my prints and nailing them to the wall. It was important to think of my pieces of paper as if they were flowing from left to right. I nailed them in somewhat changing directions to keep it whimsical and not super uniform, but overall I made sure to nail them as if they were flowing in that direction in the wind.
This is the part that is hard to explain. After I secured all of my flat pieces, I then went back and added some ‘flowing’ pieces layered on top of the flat pieces to create that ‘flowing’ look that really brings this design to life. I did this by putting the page on the wall, scrunching it slightly together with my thumb and pointer finger until I got the desired look, and adding a finishing nail to each side to secure it in place.
Tip 3: Make Sure to Measure!
It’s super easy to get carried away with this project as you start moving outwards. To make sure that I was keeping the prints as the center and focal point to the design, I took a tape measure and measured outwards to make sure each side was even. In my DIY, I had the sheet music extend approximately 2 feet on either side of the prints.
Tip 4: Be Smart with Nail Placement
To be honest, you really can’t see the finishing nails on the paper unless you’re up close and really looking for them. But just in case I could, I made sure to be really smart with my nail placement. I tried to hide nails by hammering them in on top of notes so I could easily touch up any noticeable spots with just a dot with a black sharpie. If I did have to hammer into the white on the page, I put it plainly in the white where I could just add a small dab of white-out. The great thing about these finishing nails was that they were so small that they are hardly noticeable — and even if they are, they are super easy to cover up!
Well there you have it, friends! This simple and inexpensive sheet music wall was such a fun DIY that was both super meaningful to me and made such a huge impact on the space in the heart of our home. I really hope it inspires you to dive head first into making your home more of your own by putting your heart on display. What do you think of how it turned out? Leave me a comment below!
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