Friday, December 9, 2011

Music, Santas and Recycled Frames

I tend to hold onto framed artwork for whatever reason and while preparing for Christmas, I thought I'd create new artwork from my old for my dining room.  As I shuffled through my collection of old art, I stumbled upon these somewhat dated pieces of art with wonderfully ornate carved frames.

Notice the leopard needlepoint area rug beneath the pictures!!!

I was inspired by so many of the lovely holiday images on Graphics Fairy  and decided to incorporate backgrounds of Christmas music as well as my two vintage Santas. I copied two different sheets of music onto a textured cardstock and then transferred my Santas onto the sheet music. 

I removed the current artwork and touched up the frame's intricate detail with Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff.  If you have never used Rub 'n Buff, you have to try it!!!  Rub 'n Buff comes in 16 lustrous wax-metallic finishes that are perfect for antiquing, stenciling and other craft projects and it lasts forever.  You can literally apply it with your finger and just rub it on. 

My Santas now sit proudly in my dining room surrounded by my antique bottle brush Christmas trees.

Let me know what you think... 

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  1. Heather I absolutely love these and if I wasn't going completely crazy at this minute I'd be making my own versions right now!!

  2. I really love these pictures of the Santas on the sheet music. I am going to try making some after the holidays. Maybe using something other than Santas then.

  3. I absolutely love it! I think me and my sister will try this out soon! A great bonding project!!

  4. Love the combination of Santas and music. It's just so perfect for Christmas. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  5. Could you give a little more info about how you did this?

  6. Woow,,,,,,,lovley job :)
    and do not miss.....




    It´s fun :)
    HÃ¥kan ( The Roseman)

  7. Cynthia; As far as more detail, I downloaded the sheet music from Graphics Fairy and printed it. I then downloaded the two Santas and printed them onto the music sheet prints. That's how easy this project is.
    I then put plastic gloves on and spread the Rub'n Buff with my finger onto the edges of the frames. Again,sooooo easy.
    If you have any more specific questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Thx for visiting....Heather

  8. so pretty. I love your olden santas. sheet music is always so beautiful!


  9. Love rub and buff and those prints are great! So pretty!

  10. I love those vintage looking Santa pics, well done!

  11. soooo cute and the santas and the music sheets...just perfect for the season...thanks for sharing thisclever idea...I am a new follower...phyllis

  12. They look marvellous! (via Graphics Fairy)

  13. These are fantastic! Things with music always get my attention and I adore those vintage Santas!

  14. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  15. LOVE this, how beautiful!! The music make such a dramatic statement. Feel free to stop over anytime.

  16. What wonderful festive prints. Great idea!

  17. I have those exact Santa's in frames from when great minds look alike! My santas are from a needlepoint pattern book...where are yours from?

  18. Mary-Sweetwater; My Santas are from Graphics Fairy...she has the greatest selection of graphics to choose from. Please send a photo of your santas and I'll post on my blog. Heather

  19. These look so wonderful! I am your newest follower. Hope you will stop by and see me.

    Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

  20. I came across your blog through Roadkill Rescue and simply adore this project - thanks so much for sharing!

  21. I love this look. i have used music in the background for my card also. Wonderful!

    Lou @ Elle and Lou

  22. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  23. These turned out so nice! Amazing how three different things on their own are okay, but put them together and they are just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. These are just lovely! The sheet music with the Santas make a perfect pairing.

  25. these are beautiful I'd love it if you would add them to my What We Wore and Made link party over at

  26. Right now anything with sheet music gets my attention. I love this idea, and then the GF vintage Santa really add a special touch to it. Really very lovely. Thanks for sharing over at Sunday's Best, and for sharing your creativeness.

  27. What a gorgeous recycle project!

    Thank-you so much for joining up to our Pin'Inspiration Thursday Party. You have helped to make it a real success!

    Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button :-)

  28. What perfect works of art. I really like the Santas you chose, the look so good together.

  29. What a great job - an absolutely lovely project!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  30. Great project! You're one of my top 10 picks this week, hope you can stop over and link up again this weekend!

  31. This is so intriguing. I enlarged the picture of the completed framed piece and I am still wondering how you transferred the Santas onto the cardstock. It looks like the sheet music is still showing through the Santa's beard - which is very cool. I just didn't understand how you did that. Happy that you linked this project up to BeColorful's Motivated Monday.

  32. Beautiful idea! (I love your blog); Merry Christmas!

  33. Beautiful frames you have shown to us .Thanks for sharing.

  34. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  35. This is so adorable. I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Please share this great post by joining our linky party, What's it Wednesday this week. I hope you can join us. Have a fabulous Christmas!


  36. these turned out so pretty! thanks for sharing with us. have a lovely week!