Sometimes old vintage items make for great home decor accent pieces in today’s decorating. Some items are harder to use and they need a new purpose. Mr. DD had an entire cabinet full of vintage piano scrolls, that just sat in the cabinet. Finally, after 16 years of marriage, I asked if I could repurpose them into Piano Scroll Wall Art.
The answer was yes, and I have sold over 60 pieces of these from my shop. It is a great way of finding a new use for these old piano scrolls.
How to Make Your Own
You can find these for $2 – $5 in your local thrift stores. I have also seen them on Etsy and eBay and you would have to pay for shipping, so try local stores first.
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Drill holes in both ends of piano scrolls.
Step 2 –
Make a cardboard template from an original scroll. This may not need to be done if you have a scroll that is in great shape, look for one that has its original pull tab and is not ripped. A lot of my piano scrolls were falling apart, really dirty or ripped, so I needed to make a new pull tab and cut out using my cardboard template.
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Use the original pull tab to make a template for the ones that were missing the tabs. I used bookbinding tape and traced the pull tab. I made 2, for the front and back to give it stability. If the piano scroll had its pull tab and the scroll was torn or dirty, I would cut off the tab and make a new starting tab by using the cardboard template.
Find the quote you would like, place it is a word document with the style of fonts and print on to a sheet of paper. Trace your quote onto the scroll.
Use a black marker over the tracing. Make sure you have a newspaper or scrap paper under your scroll before you use the marker. The scroll has openings and you will get marker on your surface.
Feed string of your choice through the tube.
Use a grommet punch or hole punch and add your embellishments. I liked how the grommet punch gave a finishing touch. I would only do this on the ones that were missing the original pull tab.
Use the original song titles on the scrolls, some of them I had to cut out and use double-stick tape to place them back on the scroll.
Piano scroll wall art would make a perfect gift for any music lover or for someone who remembers having a player piano when they grew up.
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