An old drum, trumpet, violin, and vintage high school band photo found at a second-hand shop. That’s how this musical instrument Christmas and winter theme all began.
After discovering this long and narrow high school band photo while out Thrifting with the Gals a few weeks back at an antique shop, I came up with this idea to decorate with old musical instruments for the holidays.
This framed photo was taken at the Twenty-First Annual Vermont Music Festival on May 6, 7, and 8, 1948, in Burlington, Vermont. It is a gathering of all the high school bands throughout our state of Vermont.
How cool is this?
I hung the band photo over our two French doors that lead into our guest bedrooms, and just to the left are our built-in bookshelves. You may see them all decorated for this year’s holidays in the post, How to Decorate Bookshelves for a Vintage Christmas.
While staying in Maine a couple of weeks back, I picked up an old drum and trumpet while out antiquing at Sage Farms’ pop-up Christmas market. You may check it all out in the post: A Vintage Christmas Haul and 3 Holiday Wreaths.
I thought they would be perfect paired with an old violin that I already had at home.
And that is how our musical instrument-themed Christmas came to be.
I added a blue velvet bow to each instrument to make them look a little more Christmasy.
Keeping within my soft blue color theme for this holiday season, too.
Then, I decided to hang the trumpet and violin on each side of the bookcases using Command Strips so as not to put any holes into our newly painted shelving.
You may also enjoy the post, 32 Antique Christmas Decor Treasures to Look for in 2022.
Vintage music books and sheet music also partner well with old musical instruments.
Here, I leaned a large vintage music book and some smaller ones next to the drum.
You could also roll up some sheet music and tie it with a ribbon, twine, or jute.
You want to miss all this Vintage Christmas Decor on Full Display—Chock-full of holiday inspiration.
Which is your favorite old musical instrument?
I’d now love to find an old clarinet and flute to add to my collection.
And after Christmas, I’ll take the ribbons off and display them as part of my winter decor.
I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Vermont.
Be sure also to check out our Home in Coastal Maine, where we spend summers and weekends when we are craving a walk on the beach or a visit with old friends.
Where can I buy old musical instruments?
You can find old musical instruments in second-hand shops, thrift stores, Goodwill, local schools, antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and families with children who have outgrown their musical instruments. I have also found a few old musical instruments for you to shop online here too.
You may also want to check out the post, How to Vintage Shop Online.
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