Sheet Music Christmas Ornament — Gift Idea for Piano Students

Christmas is nearing! Today, I’m busy making sheet music ornaments as gifts for my piano students.

I found this idea from this blogger, thanks to Pinterest. In the video below, I describe my own take on her sheet music ornament idea. (Sorry about the camera angle — it’s not the best, but hopefully you get the idea.)


  • Old sheet music paper
  • Jute twine
  • Black pony beads
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Ruler

For each ornament, I cut 12 pieces of sheet music into strips measuring 1 inch x 6.5 inches, and then punched holes at each end of the paper. I cut a length of 30 inches of jute twine, folded it in half, knotted it to creae a loop, and added beads and knots at various places along with the sheet music (as described in the video). The last step is to gently pull apart the paper around to form a circular shape. I love how it turned out!

There are many ways to vary the ornament: perhaps cutting smaller strips of sheet music, cutting the paper with fancy-edged scissors, using a different type of bead, etc.

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Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Em Pedroza
    Posted 15 December 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Joy !
    The little ornament is a wonderful gift to give to students and friends. I clicked on the blog and was tickled to see it was in Hungarian (My parents are Hungarian and I am fluent in the language). Also enjoyed your studio Christmas Carols chains. Keep sharing all your wonderful ideas with us. Merry Christmas to you! Em

  2. Em Pedroza
    Posted 15 December 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    This is my new studio e-mail.

  3. Kathryn
    Posted 22 December 2015 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks for blogging this, Joy. I made them for my students and I think the crafty ones especially liked the homemade gift!

  4. Dorothy Barnes
    Posted 8 January 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea !! I am definitely making these for my students next year.

    Thank you Joy for posting the video very helpful! You are so very creative!!

  5. Posted 9 January 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    So cute! With Christmas crafts and music you can never go wrong!

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