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DIY Framed Sheet Music

Have you ever noticed how the smallest and easiest projects can sometimes be the most satisfying? That’s basically how I feel about what I’m sharing today–it’s a simple DIY framed sheet music project that is easy peasy, but really special. See, a few weeks ago my mom actually gave this old hymnal, which just so happened to be from the church I attended as a child. You guys, I can vividly remember standing in church as a young girl, singing songs from this hymnal. So it’s pretty special now to have my own copy all these years later. When my mom gave it to me I knew I wanted to frame a few of the pages, I just wasn’t sure how because they’re not like a standard sized photo. I thought about making my own small frames, but to be honest I just didn’t feel up to that kind of project. So I came up with an alternative that worked just as well. I’m excited to show you guys how simple this was and I think it would also work with any type of old book pages or sheet music. Or even articles from a vintage magazine, maybe even letters from a loved one. Whatever your little heart desires. OK, let’s hop to it!

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

So my sheet music pages are a little less than 5×7 in size, so I picked up these open black frames (similar one here) that work with a variety of different sized photos. I knew I wanted them to have a little texture and dimension, so I also picked up some burlap. I started by simply taking the frames apart and cutting a piece of burlap for each frame. I just measured the burlap using the glass as my guide to make three little burlap sheets to go in each frame.

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

Once I had that ready to go all I did was place each music sheet into the frame first, then taped it in place at the top and bottom of the page. You definitely don’t want that sucker sliding around. Then I covered it with the burlap and put the frame back together. EASSSSSSSSSSSSSY.DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

This project literally took 15 minutes to do and I love it. I think the black frames go perfectly with the burlap, which adds a bit of texture. They really pop on that white shiplap, huh?! Now I’m kind of kicking myself for not doing six frames instead of just three..a whole collage would have been awesome. Guess I’l just have to go back to Target for more frames!

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

DIY Framed Vintage Hymnal Sheet Music

These old hymnal sheets are so special to me and I love that I have them framed now. They remind me of simpler days, where you sang from an old tattered hymnal in your best dress on a Sunday morning in church. And like I said earlier, it’s always these simple, sentimental projects that I end up loving the most. Well I hope you enjoyed this easy little DIY project too and I hope this inspires you to frame something special of your own. These open glass frames are so fun because you can do something as small as an old recipe card or as large as a letter from a loved one. The possibilities are endless! And if you’re looking for old hymnal pages, here are a few options:


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  • Megan
    April 4, 2018

    They look so lovely! I love the black frames against the white wall. And even better…they are meaningful to you. I sure miss singing those old hymns sometimes at church. I love the new worship songs, but the older I get the more I appreciate the hymns we sang as kids. Makes me kinda sad that my kids won’t really remember belting out How Great Thou Art. Thanks for the inspo Sarah…I’m thinking my walls might need to sing God’s praises!

  • Nikki
    April 4, 2018

    What a special project. I think they look great on the space you chose to hang them. I’d definitely have to frame some more pages!

  • Donna Jones
    April 4, 2018

    Thanks for the creative idea. I have my grandmothers old hymnal and I thought of framing them but couldn’t come up with a good way to do it! Love the burlap addition! As I am now a grandmother I ‘ll do it fir my little girls to enjoy! They love to sing the okd hymns! Thanks!

  • Renee
    April 4, 2018

    What a simple and lovely idea. I needed some new art/pictures above our piano. Thank you for a great project. I really love the burlap in the frame too.

  • Rhonda Kiessling
    April 4, 2018

    LOVE the framed hymns!
    These will make wonderful gifts – framing one’s favorite songs!

  • Rachel
    April 4, 2018

    Love the idea! They look just perfect in the space.

  • Sandee
    April 4, 2018

    Simply beautiful. ❤❤❤

  • Sherri
    April 4, 2018

    Sarah, I just adore these! They are such a simple concept but they look like really expensive decor! I never knew about these kinds of frames! Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

  • Jana Ka
    April 4, 2018

    L. O. V. E. This idea. I am coming to the Denver area soon. Anyway we could meet and I will buy you lunch-

  • Vicki
    April 4, 2018

    I recently found some old hymnals at a thrift store and was planning to do the same thing! Thanks for the reminder. The burlap looks great in the black frames. I also have a lot of scrapbook paper I could use. Wallpaper scraps, wrapping paper, contact paper, and other fabrics would also work. Wanting to do something similar with a crocheted doily I recently found. So many possibilities with this concept: vintage postcards, greeting cards, recipe cards, doilies, photos of course, pretty much any flat object. Your home is decorated differently from mine, but I love your ideas and enjoy the photos of your beautiful home and family😊

  • Mallory
    April 4, 2018

    Fantastic yet simple idea. Love it!!!

  • Pan
    April 4, 2018

    Love this! I especially love the old gospel hymns and this is a fantastic way to display them.
    Also, did you make the card catalogue shown in the picture? It looks great too!

  • Wsnda
    April 4, 2018

    Love the framed hymnals! What size frame did you use for the pages?

  • Brenda Johnson
    April 4, 2018

    I love collecting old hymnals and have several. I also found free printables on Pinterest for old hymns and printed them on some card stock and then I use brown chalk to make the pages look old by brushing the chalk along the edges. You can also print them on antiqued looking card stock. Anyway, love what you did with the burlap.

  • Jeannie
    April 4, 2018

    Do you think these frames would work to frame several crocheted potholders? I wanted to use shadowboxes, but they are so expensive.

  • Faith
    April 5, 2018

    Cute project….I too remember the old days of singing from hymnals….I’m just in the middle of remodeling our church’s choir rehearsal room… paint, used horizontal applied vinyl rustic floor planking to the sides of the front wall, with 3 large Gothic chippy church windows in the middle painted area….chalk painted the 8 large file cabinets filled with music library, and designed a few new tables (for food between services) that will roll to where we need them, and now just waiting for summer to replace flooring in the grays, taupe, Cream colors (summer the choir of 90+ don’t meet, so we will tear up floors then) I also used old hymnals they aren’t using anymore (they are gray with silver lettering covers) in decor inside crates with greenery across file cabinets….pages were rolled up and filled in around a glass jar with olive leaf branches in it…..I also want to try using a enlarged print of music page and print over the music with inspirational words like GRACE or HOPE….I love finding old sheet music and have some hymnals…..when I saw your Just As I Am it took me back to Billy Graham Crusades we attended, and we sang that song all the time in church growing up….I am so thankful He indeed loves us just as we are! The burlap is great idea, and I agree with you 6 would make an amazing arrangement! Love love love the library file piece too! Thanks for sharing!

  • Amber b
    April 15, 2018

    These are seriously soooo cute and stinkin easy to do! Thanks for sharing! Love love

    • Sarah
      > Amber b
      April 15, 2018

      thanks Amber!!

  • Shirley
    April 15, 2018

    I love this idea! I don’t have any hymnals, but I’ve always wanted to frame my mother & father’s famous recipes, and to me, this would be the perfect way to show them off! Thank you!

    • Sarah
      > Shirley
      April 15, 2018

      Oh yes!! This would definitely work with those recipes Shirley. Send me a pic if you do it, I’d love to see!

  • Ivory
    May 2, 2018

    This beautiful post gave me a great idea. I love this idea, fabulous!

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  • Mary Knox
    November 3, 2019

    I love what you did. I understand it all, except for how you taped the music to the glass. That was puzzling to me. It seems you would need to tape it to the burlap. I need more coaching.

  • Misty
    August 6, 2020

    I love this idea! And what a beautiful display it makes.

  • Ann Harryman
    August 16, 2022

    I love this idea and the results are stunning! No doubt sweet old memories come to mind each time you see the display.

    I might have made Xerox copies of the hymns and left the book intact if that had been possible.

    I have a lot of old sheet music that once belonged to my now 100-year-old aunt. I may try framing some of it. Thank you for the idea.