Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Life for a Player Piano Roll

I am having more fun "shopping" in my studio, uncovering things I've purchased awhile back and, truth be told, have completely forgotten about (sad but true).

Last night I decided to check out what was underneath the sofa in my studio and I found these: vintage player piano rolls.  
I would like to say I have a player piano to justify the six piano rolls I thought I needed but that's not the case.  I found these beauties for $2.00 apiece and since one is never enough, I bought six.  Even the old boxes are cool.
Have you ever unrolled one of these piano rolls?  There is a lot of paper on one roll (the picture shows probably 20% of what is on the roll). 
 Enough rambling.....here is what I created out of one of the piano rolls.  Stay with me, I promise this will make sense. 
This project only required some measuring and folding to create "pockets". 
 Once I folded enough pockets I used a zigzag stitch to sew all the folds down on both sides.
I left a length of extra paper at the top and folded it over an old wood hanger and sewed it down (you're getting a sneak peek of how I'm using it).
The tab at the bottom of the piano roll had this little ring attached, perfect to hang some old skeleton keys.  The keys are not only decorative but they help weigh the piece down to keep it straight.
Now I can fill the pockets for any occasion.
Right now I've added some of my vintage Valentines but it will be great for photos, postcards, Christmas cards, travel souvenirs or any old ephemera.

Here's a 2nd option.
I still have probably 1/2 of the piano roll left.  I might have to cover some old books with it.

I'm linking to some fun parties:
White Wednesday with Kathleen @ Faded Charm (the piano rolls were white at one time)
and
Boring to Better with Kim @ Savvy Southern Style.

Jane

70 comments:

  1. JANE, oh I just passed on some piano rolls the other day out thrifting.
    This is an amazingly great idea for them.
    Pockets are perfect.
    Does your mind ever stop turning???
    Well you know that I just had the same problem in my studio, thus the make over. LOL
    Glad you uncovered them, I am sure you will think of something equally clever for the boxes
    Take care
    AMy

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  2. What a wonderful, inventive idea - how do you do it??

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  3. Wow very creative! What a fun project!

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great idea! I've been passing these up because I didn't want to store them, under the sofa.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xx Liz

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  5. Awesome! You are too much for words to express. Another wonderful project. I am with Chris... how do you do it?? laughing!!!! thanks for sharing

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  6. Oh my! You have outdone yourself girl! Awesome!

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  7. I continue to be amazed at what you can create. You are really talented Jane. These are very cute!

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  8. Very creative. I always see them and have never known anything to do with them (other than drape them on a Christmas tree). Very cute idea. Love the hanger on it also.

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  9. Hey Valentine!

    "Loving" this idea.....

    xxx

    z

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  10. Oh I love this! I always see them at the antique stores uptown and just didn't know what to do with them! I love the color of them as well! Great idea!

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  11. What a great idea! and you've got some wonderful vintage Valentines.

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  12. So beautiful and versatile, love this idea!

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  13. I just want to come and shop at your house! Yet another great idea. I am having a giveaway for a Valentine wreath you should come and check it out!

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  14. i just rediscovered 5 of these in my studio, too:) this looks absolutely fabulous - i love it! thank you for the inspiration...

    mary

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  15. Jane, there is absolutely boring about the projects you create. This is a terrific idea. You amaze me! ~ sarah

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  16. That is amazing! What a wonderful way to display items!

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  17. This is so neat! It would be so fun to think of ways to use that cool paper. Keep the great ideas coming.

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  18. Ingenious!!! I could never think stuff up like that. Seeing the old player piano music reminded me of my girlfriends house. They had one in their family room. Brings back good memories of when I was a teenager.

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  19. AMAZING! As usual! You are really a wonder!

    m ^..^

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  20. Just too stinking clever!! I love it.

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  21. Jane, my jaw dropped seeing what you did with that old roll...so creative! I could have looked at that paper for a year and never would have thought of that project! You inspire me with every post to think outside the box!

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  22. Hi Jane,
    Such a cute idea. Love it with all your valentines.

    -Danielle

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  23. Just brilliant! Love this, especially with the old Valentine's Day cards!

    Kimberly

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  24. Hi Jane,
    A book I tell you, write a book!
    xoxo

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  25. There you go again, creating something wonderful!

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  26. FABULOUS!!!! Love this, the zig zag, the keys, all of it! What a great place to show off all of those cabinet cards! I am trying to use what I already have too... it's amazing to see what I've squirreled away! Have a fabulous wednesday... Theresa xoxo

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  27. Another brilliant idea from Mamie Jane, just superb.
    Like everyone else I am in awe at the way your creative mind works.

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  28. Totally genius! I love the way you think!!

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  29. Hi Jane!
    You have the most amazing creative ideas!!! I just love the hanging folder filled with valentines.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  30. You have some of the best ideas. I have some of these rolls although no longer have the player piano. What a great use for these!

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  31. Clever!! I love it!! I have worked with piano rolls before and found them to be very brittle and easy to tear. I got so frustrated. Looks like yours were easier to work with. Maybe the ones I bought were just too old or weathered or something!

    That is one fabulous idea!! your valentine collection is fabulous!

    Polly

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  32. I feel like you create projects right out of my basement too! I have so many hangers and keep thinking that I want to hang organizers from them, but I think fabric all of the time. This is wonderful...and I have a box of piano rolls...somewhere!

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  33. Just how do you do it? Another cute and clever idea from something I would call leftovers.
    This is very cute.

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  34. Shop owners are going to be scratching their heads wondering what all the interest is in these rolls all of a sudden... So clever... I love it.

    You just blow my mind with the treasures you create. Perfect for your gorgeous vintage valentines. I would love one of these for Christmas cards.

    My BFF has a ton of these... I will have to show her your idea after I get my hands on a couple of them first... lol.

    Great job, Jane.

    Hugs, Deb

    Hugs, Deb

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  35. This is truly perfect! I saw somewhere in blogland someone "draping" their rolls along the wall and thought, I like that, but this is fabulous. I went out and ordered three from eBay for five dollars, the lot. I can hardly wait to get too work with them. Love your creative ideas and blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Marvelous idea Jane! I just pulled out some piano rolls myself from a bottom shelf in my studio - taking them to my booth and was going to hang them straight - but your idea is so much better!!! and the keys as weight at the end is brilliant. You are the best!
    amy of four corners design

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  37. BRILLIANT. You amaze me.
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  38. Jane, you are so darned creative...what a cool idea.

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  39. wow...i am soooo kicking myself right now! I saw rolls and rolls of those at a yard sale this past summer and i passed them up. who would have thought you could create something soo gorgeous and unique??? TFS! Your creative mind never sleeps!

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  40. Oh my goodness glory!!! Granny Walden had a player piano on her farm. As a youngen I would sit at that piano for hours on end. Eventually Granny and Pappy moved to town leavin' my bachelor Uncle Wilbert at the farm house. Can ya'll believe he chopped the thing up for FIREWOOD!!! Really!

    You my girl have a brilliant and creative gift.

    God bless and have a beautiful winter's day!!! :o)

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  41. HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH THIS STUFF!!!!!
    I want one!!!!

    There are no words how good In n Out was!! ha!

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  42. I LOVE THIS IDEA, TOO!!!! I find those piano rolls so charming, but I always wondered what I would do with them. Wonder no more, thanks to you. I can find those so cheaply here in Des Moines...I guess nobody really knows what to do with them. Thanks again for your inspiration! :)

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  43. Jane, your creations and ideas blow me away. I would love to live in your mind for one day. I would never think to do that with those rolls. So cute with the vintage Valentines. Thanks for joining the party again!

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  44. About two weeks ago I saw several of those old piano rolls at our Goodwill. I opened them, and looked at them, and then put them back because I couldn't think of a single thing to do with them! What a clever idea Jane, and now I have my fingers crossed that they'll still be there when I pop in tomorrow!

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  45. Genius Jane, that should be your new name! Wow!

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  46. Jane,
    I love this idea. I actually have one piano roll and it's been sitting, cuz I didn't know what to do with it. Now I do thanks to you. You are the most creative person with junk! Keep on comin up up with these great ideas!

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  47. Oh, this is so cool! I was wonderfing what you would create and this is so clever....I love it. hugs, Linda

    p.s. I have some of the same sweet vintage Valentines in my collection.

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  48. What a great display for the cabinet cards!!

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  49. Oh honey, you are better than good! You are the queen of creativity!
    Brenda

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  50. Jane you are soooooo clever. I love it!

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  51. Absolutely ingenious! Love it!

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  52. So cute with all of the sweet Valentines!

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  53. Do you ever sleep at night or do you just lay there and think of stuff to create??? This is so clever and cool! I love it with the Valentines the best! You amaze me...keep 'em comin'!! Smiles, Julie

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  54. Wow Jane, you are so talented and come up with the coolest ideas. Your mind must be constantly working on new ideas. I just love it, all of it. I would have never thought of sewing paper, until now, after being in Blogland :)
    Thanks for sharing

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  55. Too darn cute! That little creation could be used for a gazillion things... Another A+++ job. Wow, your creativity just makes my head spin!

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  56. What a great creative idea...I wouldn't have thought you could sew on old paper...I have tons of piano rolls (I have a player piano)....so I will have to try this for old photo's...I love how you hung the keys at the bottom...

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  57. I'm starting to feel a little stockerish, leaving you so many comments lately but, darn it, you just have the most fabulous ideas!! And energy to get er' done!
    Susanne.

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  58. As always, the creativity is extraordinary! Judi

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  59. Oh how adorable...I would love to find a roll
    of that...
    Have a Blessed day
    Tonja

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  60. Girl, You never cease to amaze me!!!
    You, above anyone I have seen, come up with the most unique and wonderful ideas!!
    Guess you know this girl is excited, because I have LOTS of piano rolls!!!

    Enjoy your break. We will look forward to your return!

    Blessings and thanks

    barbara jean

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  61. I shake my head in awe everytime I read your blog posts with your crafts. You are amazing!

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  62. This is such a cute idea for using vinatge piano rolls. I've always loved the texture and patina of these beauties and now I like them even more.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  63. Amazed. Again. As usual.

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  64. What a great idea! I have several old rolls left from my mother's old player piano. I will have to play around with them. I knew I always loved the paper, but never sure what to do with it. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Genius! I have a bunch of these...and this is the best idea yet! Now, I need to find someone who sews! lol...
    Take care, Laura

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  66. Your creativity is amazing - what a great idea!

    Chelsea

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