Did you play an instrument when you were a kid? I played clarinet in the middle school band (because it got me out of class), then piano (because my parents made me), then took voice lessons (because it was harder for my music teacher to tell when I didn't practice singing than it was for her to notice I never practiced piano). Needless to say, I've lost all my musical skills (well, not all of them-- I can still rock a shaker), but still have my old sheet music.
I'm not sure what it is about them, but I'm in love with maps. But since I have the internet and Google Maps, I no longer use maps for their intended navigational purposes. Instead, I hang them on the wall (which makes my crib look cool and makes me look worldly and well traveled) and turn them into useful things, like packaging for DesignSea's jewelry.
Use the DIY links below to learn how to make simple cartography crafts that even Google can't make obsolete, and use the DIFY links to shop the items featured here. And while you're DIY'ing or DIFY'ing, click here to listen to awesome songs by people who clearly used their sheet music for the intended purpose.
1. World map by Art Pause
2. Origami ornament by Book BW
3. Paper garland by Peony and Thistle
4. Wall clock by Moon Ladders
5. Framed sheet music by The Hymn Shoppe
6. Sheet music wreath by Rose Flower
7. John Morrison art print by Rebecca Miller Art
8. Place cards by Marry Me Vintage Irish
9. Eco-friendly bouquet by The Paisley Moon
10. Notebook set by Papirea
11. Wedding escort tags by Granny Panty Designs
12. Paper garland by Brother Works
13. Happy birthday banner by 0namesleft
14. Bike art print by PRRINT
15. Gift tags by Taniths Odds And Ends
16. Vintage map of California from Banana Strudel
17. Cupcake toppers by Catch Some Raes
18. Envelopes by ExLibris Journals
What do you do with your old maps & sheet music? Navigate? Play music with it? Hmmm those are new ideas for me... I'd love to hear! Share your ideas in the comments and share our blog and pics with your friends, fans and followers.