How To Wallpaper with Sheet Music

If you are a music lover or a musician yourself, you may consider making music sheets the medium for decorating your home. One unique way of doing that is by using them as wallpaper. Not only is it an inexpensive method of decorating an otherwise bare wall, but it can also provide you with the simple pleasure of being surrounded with music each time you enter the room. You can easily buy sheet music or music books in your local music store, or you may even have friends who have stacks of them that they no longer have any use for. If you have some idea about the art of decoupage, this is basically the same method employed when wallpapering with sheet music. Follow the simple procedures written below for using sheet music as your wallpaper.

  • Materials needed. For this project you will need your sheet music sheets, glossy polymer medium (as an under coat and final coat), a pair of sharp scissors, a craft knife (to cut out music sheets from your music book), a sponge brush, and a paintbrush. You can also make use of clear glossy water based polyurethane if you would want an extra protective glossy coat.
  • Prepare your music sheets. Lay them face down on a flat working surface. If you are cutting out your sheets from a music book, using a sharp craft knife is recommended so that the cutout edges are clean and smooth.
  • Apply polymer medium. Use a sponge brush to apply the polymer medium onto the wall surface, doing a small section at a time as polymer dries up fast. Place your music sheet over the still-wet surface, pressing down on it so that it attaches to the wall. Be sure to rinse your sponge brush so that you can use it again next time you need it.
  • Apply a thin layer of polymer medium over the music sheet. This will prevent the music sheet from forming suds. Repeat the same procedure with all of your other music sheets, overlapping their edges with one another as you would with a collage.
  • Seal in your music sheets to your wall. Use a paintbrush to apply a layer of water-based polyurethane to give the sheets an extra protective layer. You can skip this if you wish as your polymer medium can serve as both the music sheet’s glue and sealer. Should you decide to use polyurethane, you must allow it to dry up completely for at least 24 hours.

Another way to create a unique finish on your wall is by crumpling your music sheets and flattening them out again before affixing them to your wall. Make sure that your wall surface is clean and dry before placing your music sheets over it, to make it easier for them to adhere to the wall. If properly done, your sheet music wallpaper will look as if it has been there all along, transforming the room into a music lover’s paradise.


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