This is a fun project that can add a great designer touch to a music room, library, home office, and even a bedroom. You don’t have to play the piano to make this project either! Piano sheet music is a so pretty, especially aged music where the paper has turned yellowish. Whether you have some vintage piano sheet music or even some new sheet music, this is a fun project.
You should be able to make this sheet music clock for about $30 or less. The whole project should take you only an hour or two, with a little drying time in between.
To Make a Clock Using Sheet Music You Will Need:
Sheet of Birch or pie Plywood
Sheer Music (A few sheets)
Wood Gel Satin (optional)
Wood Glue (optional)
Small paint brushes
2″ Paint Brushes
Now, the first step is to have your sheet of pine or birch wood cut to size. You are not limited to the exact size of your sheet music, nut you could do that. I think 12″X14″ is a great size. This is big enough to have your sheet music clock be noticed, but not overwhelming.
Go ahead and predrill a hole through the middle of the board where the arms from your clock kit will go through. Be sure to drill through the entire piece of wood.
I also like to go ahead and attach my picture hanging hooks at this point. This way you don’t damage the front o f your clock face after all the time you spend making it.
Now, this next step is optional you can rip up your sheet music and apply it with decoupage to the board in pieces. Now, you can also cut it into squares and apply those as well. The other optional is to apply them in whole sheets. You will have to overlap them if your board is larger than your sheet music.
Tip: If it breaks your heart to rip up sheet music or you want to use a vintage piece that you can’t use for this project why not take it to Kinko’s and have it photo copied? No one will know what difference and you don’t have to ruin an original.
Tip #2: If you want to make this easy sheet music clock as a gift for a family member or loved on why not use sheet music that has special meaning to them. For instance, many people use Cannon in D for their wedding. That sheet music would really personalize this project and make it a very special gift. You can find sheet music for almost any song from rock to pop, so put some through into what the music should be!
I like to paint on a layer of decoupage medium then start laying on my sheet music. Then paint another coat of decoupage on top.
Now, let the decoupage dry and it will dry quickly. Once it is dry you can further age the sheet music by simply rubbing on some wood gel stain. You could also use acrylic paint to paint on numbers (before you apply the stain). If your clock kit came with plain numbers that you don’t like simply paint some on in any style you want. For some fun you could paint a music note where each number should be. We all know where the numbers go, so you will still be able to tell time without them!
Go ahead and poke through the hole you predrilled before the decoupage music sheet dry. If you forget you can drill through the sheet music when it is dry.
Install your clock kit according to the package directions. Drop in the battery and you are ready to go!