Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crafts to Make with Hymnal Pages

Yesterday I listed several vintage and antique hymnals in my Etsy shop, and I had a friend ask, "but what would someone do with an old hymnal...?"

Besides simply enjoying looking through it and being reminded of many of the traditional hymns that are no longer sung at church services, there are many wonderful ways you can repurpose them. In a way, repurposing will actually extend their "life." Something like an old hymnal that may be worn thin and have no value to most people can be turned into things that will be used and treasured for years to come. Below are just a few of the neat crafts I found on Pinterest that use hymnal pages.

One of my favorites, Miss Mustard Seed used old hymnal pages on a lovely dresser:

Music Sheet Dresser....I would like to do this with some of the old hymnals I have

On AJ's Trash to Treasure Blog, you can see that just about anything can get covered in hymnal pages, including lamp shades: 

10,7,10 CA projects110  SPECIAL HINT FOR LAMP SHADES:  Paper the INSIDE as well as the outside.  When the light shines through, all you seams and overlaps are OVERLY obvious.  By double layering your paper (one layer outside and one layer inside) it will minimize this.

The Picadilly Post turns hymnal pages in works of art:

I love this -- I think I would use the hymn 'The Old Rugged Cross' or 'In The Garden' or 'It Is Well With My Soul'...

Christmas ornaments seem like something doable even for the beginning crafter. These were found on Houzz

IDEA:  Hang on dining room window latches    in love with these diy cloth ornaments and color scheme for sun-room - all year

Use them to make a wreath. Here's a How-To from HomeTalk:

A Hymnal Page Wreath :: Hometalk

Here's an old blog post of mine where I used hymnal pages in a painting:

In my opinion the easiest and cheapest way to use hymnal pages is to simply frame them! In my home I have this framed song in our guest bedroom: 

Now let your imagination flow! 

Tips: You can link back to all sources. Hover in each introductory sentence to find the link.  If you are interested in purchasing one of the hymnals in my shop to use for a project or just to keep, go HERE. (Listed under "Books" on the left.) Depending on the day there's usually 2 to 20 available. I'm happy to check a hymnal if you're looking for a particular song, year, or church affiliation. 


  1. I collect old hymnals. Love these crafts with vintage hymnal pages. Grew up singing in church, my daddy was and still is the song leader. He is 86. I call him the walking song book. Keep up the inspiration. God Bless

  2. Actually they are still being sung at many traditional services in a lot of churches today. And Bible Study Fellowship International sings only hymns of the faith weekly. I have 15 hymnals and love to play them on my piano. I can probably play over 100 by memory. These crafts are very special and one way to maintain the memory in our homes and for gifts!

  3. I would love to learn how to play the piano just to play hymns.