sparkle craft: vintage christmas songbook
December 7, 2017
In the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! story “Singing Together,” when Mr. Weber invites Martin and Sylvia's family to come downtown to sing wintertime songs at the local shops, brother and sister only think of one thing: they might have to see Mr. Amos. Mr. Amos owns the antique store, and they've heard stories that he is mean and doesn't like children. On the night of the downtown singing, however, they learn how important it is to ignore hearsay and "see for yourself"!
It's a cliché to say so, but music is universal and never more so than during the holidays. No matter what language they're singing in — even if you're a (reputedly) grumpy shopkeeper — it's hard not to smile at an earnest bunch of carolers belting tidings of joy into the cold.
I have this Christmas dream of getting my whole family together to go caroling at our friends' houses. Amidst the merry business of the season, I've never quite been able to make it happen, but maybe this is the year, eh?
In hopeful preparation, I decided to put together a Christmas songbook for this week's craft project. Made from a vintage book and my pile of old Christmas cards, it's meant to be added to and cherished year after year.
The only real special equipment you'll need to make one for yourself is a packet of eyelets and either eyelet pliers or an eyelet setter. I happened to already own a set of pliers, so I used those. If you don't have pliers, an eyelet setter is less expensive, and is typically sold right next to the eyelets at the craft store. Any small-sized eyelets will work for this project — just make sure you get a setter that corresponds to the size of eyelet you choose.
Vintage Christmas Songbook
1 vintage book
Small eyelets with corresponding eyelet pliers or eyelet setter
2 large binder rings
Several old christmas cards
Sheet music or song lyrics (printed to fit in the book)
Mod Podge or glue
First, head to a vintage bookstore to find an old book with a Christmassy cover. (I fell in love with the tiny one in these photos, but, in retrospect, a larger book would have been better because the small book meant that my sheet music had to be small, too.) The book needs to have a hard cover and be relatively structurally sound, but otherwise any book will do.
When you get home, use a craft knife to cut out the book's pages and recycle them or save them for another use.
Turning to the book's cover, take some sturdy decorative tape and tape the inside of the spine. Not only does this make the spine look neater, it will also help reinforce it.
Now, flip the book over, so that the cover is facing you, and use the awl to make 4 holes — one each near the top and bottom of the front and back of the book's cover.
Fit an eyelet into each hole, and use the eyelet pliers or setter to crimp down the sides. Put a binder ring through each set of holes.
Next, make the pages. Cut a few old Christmas cards so that they're slightly smaller than the book, then tape or glue the sheet music or lyrics to the cards.
When the glue is dry, use a hole punch to make holes near the top and bottom edges so that the pages will fit in the book. Keep in mind that you can add pages every year if you want to. There's no hurry to make them all at once.
Secure the pages onto the binder rings, and then your pretty song book will be ready for caroling!
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.
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About Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures!
Martin and Sylvia can find fun and adventure just about anywhere they go! When the the brother and sister don their explorers' hats, the whole back yard becomes a new land waiting to be discovered. The spring brook becomes a rainforest river! The apple trees become hot air balloons! The neighborhood library is a wizard's castle! These stories delight in the children's adventures at home and beyond.