Piano Rolls on Parade

March 3rd, 2009 in blog, member junk     
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Place the piano rolls inside a candle holder or some similar glass object. Add a vintage music-inspired flash card for a bit of whimsy!
A touch of ribbon!
With a title like that, I think of my dearest hubby each time I read it!
Heres another version of the piano rolls with a lantern-style candle holder. This time I actually added a candle!
I can almost hear the piano in the background!
Change it up with a little spring attitude! An inexpensive Goodwill floral piece adds just enough pop of color! 
Place the piano rolls inside a candle holder or some similar glass object. Add a vintage music-inspired flash card for a bit of whimsy!

Place the piano rolls inside a candle holder or some similar glass object. Add a vintage music-inspired flash card for a bit of whimsy!

Piano rolls! Piano rolls! Who has piano rolls!? When I was very young, I had a babysitter who had a player piano that just mesmerized me. I remember sitting and watching the paper roll through the piano opening for long period of time.

What does one do with vintage piano rolls? Well, you've seen all kinds of brilliant ideas "roll" out of the JunkMarket contributor challenge so far. I've been amazed and astounded as each one was posted. Such creative people here!

Well, I hope you are not disappointed with my approach to this challenge. I am a junk purist at heart. What does that mean? It means I like to maintain the original state of a piece as much as possible. The piano rolls I received were in beautiful condition! Each came tied with a simple beautiful ribbon. Love it! After brainstorming potential projects for a couple weeks, I came down to one conclusion. I just did not have the heart to cut, dismantle, or modify the piano rolls in any way.

My solution...find some creative ways to display these pieces of history in their current condition. I hope you enjoy!


Pattern or design used: My own design - ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage
posted in: blog, member junk, tabletop, metal, centerpiece, plant holder, eclectic, glass, candle holder, whimsical, living room, study, great room

Comments (11)

whiteflower writes: simple, beautiful display. you have great style! Posted: 5:04 pm on March 7th
csudderth writes: I love your style--less is more sometimes and these are simple but oh so beautiful. Great job!
Christy Posted: 9:51 pm on March 6th
JunkArchitect writes: Amy,
I agree with your philosophy of junk purist. Although I went a little crazy with my piano roll project the actual roll was kept intact. You really have created a beautiful display.

Jim Posted: 11:04 pm on March 4th
CottageElements writes: Great displays and pictures, Amy! I know what you mean about keeping this in their original condition, but then sometimes I just can't help myself!! But, when you start out being a person interested in antiques, it kind of makes you afraid to alter the condition of something as it takes away it's value. I did go through a phase were I was painting everything that moved practically, but have since moved on to looking for things with their own age worn patina. I guess it's what you like best that counts. Thanks Amy for your input. Love what you do!

Lani Posted: 4:59 pm on March 3rd
writes: These are just beautiful. Nice job!

JennyK Posted: 4:08 pm on March 3rd
irishrovr writes:
Mission accomplished, Amy! You displayed these so beautifully!

Eileen http://ruralwisconsin.blogspot.com/ Posted: 4:04 pm on March 3rd
grannijo writes: What a beautiful display!!..so elegant!..would love to display it in my home...great job!.... Posted: 3:03 pm on March 3rd
georgiamoon writes: Amy what a beautiful way to display your rolls. I love them just as they are, not everything has to be dismantled to do something fabulous with it, and you showed us that for sure. I still want to do the whiteflower roses too...georgia Posted: 12:55 pm on March 3rd
shabbychick writes: Amy - what beautiful displays, and your version of the challenge certainly shows your great style.

Thanks for sharing! (and love the little touch of spring...)

Kathy Posted: 8:41 am on March 3rd
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

Here is Amy's take on the piano music roll. Display beautifully and TaDa! Stunning Amy! It isn't always about a project, display is a true art form. What I loved best about this challenge is that each contributor and member participant allowed their individuality to shine through in what they did. There is an old saying here at the JUNKMARKET, "Create your own style...one piece of junk at a time." That is exactly what happened in this challenge. Kudos to all!

Happy Junking,
Sue Posted: 8:37 am on March 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, drats! I wish I would have seen your post before I cut mine up. I absolutely LOVE this idea. Simply displayed as-is, but in a more fabulous way! Hmmmm. Maybe I can get away with this idea using my leftovers. After I make those Whiteflower roses, of course. ;)

Beautiful work, Amy!
Candy Posted: 8:20 am on March 3rd
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