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Hello everyone – Tracy McLennon here – the newest member of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine Design Team!

I know it’s not often that someone would come across a violin that they could make pretty. But I will admit that is one of the perks of having a band/music teacher husband that has other music teacher friends. It came up in conversation one night about how sometimes you collect broken and unusable instruments, instead of throwing them away. Then, there was mention of this 3/4 size violin, unusable and ready for the garbage. I put a stop to that!

I love to decorate for the holidays! My style is very classic, greens, reds and golds. So I knew what direction I would go with this piece. I started with a light sanding all over, so that the paint would cover a little easier. It took about 3 coats of the cream chalky finish paint, and only 2 coats for the gold.


Project Recipe:

 DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Gold Paint

DecoArt Chalky Finish Cream Paint

Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock

May Arts Ribbon1.5” Gold Satin Ruffle Ribbon, 3/8” Gold Silk Ribbon, 1/4” Gold Chain Ribbon

Tim Holtz for Sizzix Alterations Holiday Greens Die

My Mind’s Eye- Christmas on Market Street patterned paper

Prima Marketing- Poinsettias

Imagine Crafts IrRESISTible Green Dimensional Spray

Sand Paper


Hot Glue

I used the green dimensional spray on the evergreen sprigs of cardstock, I thought it added just a little ‘something’. Once I had all of my cardstock pieces cut, and other embellishments assembled, I started to hot glue. First with my greens and then worked my way up.

I added the gold chain ribbon around the side of the neck of the violin. You can see that best in the next photo. I also added a smaller cluster of embellishments up in the left hand corner of the violin body.

At the top of the neck of the violin I tied a simple bow using the gold ruffle and gold silk ribbon. I kept the ends nice and long so that it could hang down.

The next photo shows best, where I added the patterned paper. I simply cut 3 strips of striped patterned paper to the width of the inset section of the body and adhered it all the way around. I love that hint of the classic Christmas colours.

Thanks you SO much for stopping by to see my Christmas Violin.


To see more of Tracy’s work -visit her blog Scrappy Chick Designs




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  1. Gramma Dee Reply

    What a gorgeous final product! So much fun to apply your creativity to elevate an item ready for disposal. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  2. WelcomesTracy, what a beautiful and ingenious creation. Thanks for your ideas and imagination. Creativity is limitless, it is our attitude that can limit it. Merry Christmas.

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