Are you a Carrie Underwood fan? How about Keith Urban or Gretchen Wilson? Maybe you’re more the Rascal Flatts type.
If you’re a die-hard country music fan, you’ve probably been to your share of concerts. That might mean you have a collection of old tickets. You can’t bring yourself to throw them away, because they hold great memories – but what’s the use of just keeping them in a drawer?
Celebrate your love of all things country by using those tickets to decorate your home. It’ll bring you a smile on a daily basis, and give your guests something to talk about.
Cut a piece of poster board to fit inside a frame, and then arrange your tickets on the board. Lay them straight, create a pattern or make the display asymmetrical … whatever you fancy. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue the tickets down and attach the frame.
Hang the framed tickets on a wall with pictures that maintain the theme: photos of country artists, concert posters, autographs or programs.
Similarly, purchase a poster at a concert and attach its ticket diagonally in the corner of the poster. Put the layout into a poster frame.
You can also spread out your collection. Choose several tix from your very favorite shows. Mat each one and place it into its own medium-size frame. Arrange the frames in a line or square design on an open wall.
For another framing idea, use clear plastic box frames. Mount several tickets inside each box. Hang them in an area with a lot of traffic, and they become conversation pieces.
Lay ‘Em Down
Arrange tickets on a round pub tabletop. Cover it with a glass circle cut to size. The glass top holds the tickets in place and protects them from spills. After you’ve enjoyed another concert, carefully lift up the glass and position the new ticket.
You can do the same project with a glass-covered coffee table or desktop overlaid with Plexiglas.
Use a wall shelving unit designed for display. These typically have several small compartments of different shapes and sizes.
Arrange several tickets so they are easily seen. Every so often, change the tickets on display, rotating through your collection.
Make Music for the Holidays
Take time at the end of the year to memorialize the great concerts you’ve been to. Using a clear glass Christmas ornament with a removable top, place tickets inside the bulb. Make sure the printing faces out.
Tie a ribbon around the ornament’s hook. Write the year on a gift tag and attach it to the ribbon.
Make a holiday wreath from tickets and a few craft supplies. Buy a Styrofoam wreath base from a craft store, or make one out of heavy cardboard. You’ll also need clip clothespins. Decorate the base and pins with paint, glue or colorful paper.
Lay the clothespins in a circular pattern around the front of the wreath. Secure them with a hot glue gun. While you’re at it, glue a ribbon loop to the back of the wreath for hanging. Put a ticket into the mouth of each clothespin.
Toss tickets into a shadow box, and hang it on your wall. Let them pile up in a random arrangement. Every time you attend another concert, pop the ticket into the box.
Deposit all your tickets into a mason jar. Let them fall where they may. Choose a vintage jar or a spiffy new one.
Some modern lamps have clear glass cylinders for their bases. Fill one with your ticket stubs.
Turn a pair of wedges into wearable art. Use Mod Podge craft adhesive to attach tickets to the sides of the shoes’ platforms. To do this, you’ll have to be willing to cut the tickets up so they fit along the curves of the wedges and uppers. Seal the tickets with a coat of polyurethane.
For a very different Mod Podge creation, cover the flat area of a wooden serving tray with tickets. Do the Mod Podge and polyurethane thing, and you’re good to go.
You could also try reverse decoupage. This lets you decorate a plate but still keep it safe for serving food. Using Mod Podge, glue the tickets face up to the back of a glass plate. You should see the ticket front through the bottom of the plate. Make sure the tickets are flat and smooth.
If you’d like, use acrylic craft paint to add decorative touches to the plate’s underside. Cover the paint with more Mod Podge or polyurethane.
Don’t ever try to wash the plate in water! Wipe the front clean.
Ticket-coated coasters are decorative and practical. Use square metal or wood coasters. Overlap the tickets in a pleasing design. Get out the Mod Podge and polyurethane to affix the tickets and waterproof the coasters.
Stick to It
Attach a craft magnet to the back of a ticket. Stick it on your fridge, a cabinet, a frame … anywhere a piece of metal makes a handy display.
Sleep on It
Design a pillow after a favorite ticket. Make an enlarged paper image of one ticket alone or several tickets together. Then you’ll need special transfer paper for your printer that lets you print an image that irons onto fabric.
Iron the picture onto a pillowcase, and you’re done. If you can sew, iron the image onto plain fabric. Then sew up three sides and stuff the pillow with fiberfill. Stitch up the final side.
These decorating ideas will let your music memories take center stage in your home.
Megan Wild is a home decor and concert enthusiast who is listening to music constantly. When she’s outside hiking or improving her shot, she’s writing about her home ideas and thoughts on her blog, Your Wild Home.