Vintage Sheet Music Mini Christmas Trees

Vintage Sheet Music Mini Christmas Trees

So, these things- what should we call them? Receipt holders? Ticket Pokes? Paper spikes? Often found in antique stores (and most recently for me, a great estate sale), these guys are just begging for a new lease on life, aren’t they?

Antique receipt spike or bill spike for upcycling into mini Christmas tree craft project by Sadie Seasongoods /

What should I call you, little spiky friends??

Truth be told, I’ve picked up an antique receipt holder here and there over the years without a purpose in mind…but I was really drawn to the ornate bases…and how different each one was. Over time, I realized they reminded me of antique iron Christmas tree stands…

So OBVIOUSLY these needed to become Christmas trees. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

But, how?

Enter my $0.50 find at the thrift store- vintage sheet music. A 1912 printing of Handel’s “Messiah”- It was yuletide fate!

Vintage sheet music for upcycling paper crafts or paper craft projects and mini Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

I heart thrift stores!

Won’t they pair well together to become mini Christmas trees? Let’s find out!

Vintage sheet music and antique bill spike receipt spike for upcycling into mini Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ready to repurpose!

Upcycling Vintage Sheet Music into Mini Christmas Trees

Transforming a receipt holder into a mini Christmas tree is super easy…and they come together in no time. And if you don’t have vintage sheet music, an old book (preferably one that is falling apart, since I know crafting with books is a sacrilege in some circles) will also do.

And here’s the kicker- all you do is tear the vintage sheet music / paper into smaller and smaller squares. No scissors, no tape, no glue, no tools whatsoever! Definitely a craft for everyone.

Making mini Christmas trees from repurposed vintage sheet music and paper spike by Sadie Seasongoods /

Super easy!

Slowly build up the mini Christmas tree with your torn vintage sheet music, turning the squares to make your trees look full and fluffy!

Upcycling vintage sheet music to make mini Christmas trees as a paper craft by Sadie Seasongoods /

A tree is forming…

It really is just that simple! Stack and poke…twist the corners around to make your mini Christmas tree “full”…tear some more vintage sheet music and add it on. And BOOM- a whimsical tree.

How to make paper mini Christmas trees with repurposed vintage sheet music by Sadie Seasongoods /

And there it is!

Since I like things in an uneven-numbered cluster, there you go! These will definitely be integrated into our holiday décor this year- aren’t they sweet? Vintage sheet music is the perfect crafting medium during the holiday season- especially for these mini Christmas trees.

How to upcycle vintage sheet music to make DIY mini Christmas trees with antique receipt spike by Sadie Seasongoods /

So cute and so simple!

But back to my original question- what’s the verdict on what the stand is called?? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

And if you’re looking for more DIY ideas for a vintage, repurposed Christmas, please check out my other projects for inspiration!

Craft on!


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  1. Now, that’s thinking outside the box! Very creative!

  2. Very sweet! I just love decorations like this! Now, where to find paper spikes?! I will be looking as I go thrifting after the holidays. It will have to be a next year craft. Pinned!

  3. So cute and creative!!

  4. Suuuper cute!! I have a ton of old sheet music that would work great for this! Love those little “stands” too, no idea what they’re called! 🙂

  5. I will be on the hunt for these paper spike, receipt sticks or whatever they’re called, but I call your trees gorgeous!

  6. Sarah – cute idea! in fact, I have one of those paper spikes on my desk – I use it for its original purpose – keeping track of notes and receipts…they are fairly common…and it wouldn’t be difficult to make your own as well…great idea – and great photography! coming over from the vintage inspiration party…

  7. SO adorable! Absolutely love these. Thanks for sharing them with us at On Display Thursday!

  8. These are so simple and beautiful! I love that it took very little prep, too! 🙂

  9. What a wonderful idea! I love anything vintage, so I’m definitely trying this! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. What a great idea! My very musical hubby would love these!

  11. I love these! Such a creative use for these old note/receipt holders. I think I’ll have to put this on my “to do” list for next year.

  12. Adorable!!! Great creation! Thanks for sharing!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  13. Beautiful and creative!!

    We are so glad you shared with us at the Home Matters Linky party! Please be sure to come back to our next party on Jan. 9th. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. What a fabulous idea! Love these! Popping over from Make it Monday. Merry Christmas!

  15. Who cares what their official name is you made them extra special and adorable love any kind of paper trees especially ones with old music these are awesome thanks for sharing with us.Susie

  16. Girl, these are just gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with Found & Foraged! Pinned! Hope to see you Saturday night.

  17. Such a cute craft! And those paper spikes are amazing, totally look like Christmas tree stands. Thanks for sharing this at On Display Thursday! Come join us again tomorrow morning. 🙂

  18. My aunt and uncle owned a restaurant when I was young and I used to help out
    though I was very underage at that time. we called them receipt spindles. so I looked them up online using that name and found them for sale on Amazon. i am sure they have more ornate., vintage ones on Ebay and other resale sites I will be looking. I think even I might be able to do this craft.

  19. great idea I have serval of those I will try to make one. I use them in my office for notes and keys quit handy. thanks for sharing

  20. nancy dodson says

    they are receipt sticks. In groc. stores or other stores the owner would put his copy of a receipt on the “peg” and at the end of the day do his book work. back then most stores would charge things and people would pay at the end of the month on their bill. this was very common years ago when you could trust people to keep their word with a hand shake.

  21. Toni Sommers says

    Here in Ohio (in our neck of the woods, farm country) and years ago when ya used to say put that on my bill George, the “bill spike” housed the store owners receipt. I used one for years in my antique shop along with a mechanical cash register. Love outside of the box thinking 🙂 Have a great day! -Toni- of Rejuve Good Bones

  22. I live this. My dogs trainer is a pianist. He would love this except I can’t find any. Have been to a number of antique stores and they don’t have any.

  23. Tree base when i used it was called a Paper Spindel.

  24. Patti Trammel says

    I just had the thrill of one finding me this weekend! Will be dressing it for the holiday season in glorious paper from a vintage Atlas to remind me to enjoy the journey.

  25. Anne Shelton says

    They are “Stick Files” — I have used them in several places of employment in early years!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Gosh, yet another name for them!! This was one of my earliest projects and in the 6 years since it was first published on the blog, I’ve probably been told 10 or 15 different names for them, LOL. I like “stick files” a lot, though!!


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