We decided to tea stain the paper for a more aged look. I just boiled some water in my tea pot, added tea bags, then poured over the paper in the sink. I let it set for a couple minutes and even threw the tea bag on to bleed more.
To dry, I placed on cookie sheets with old towels underneath so drips didn't stain my counter top. For faster drying, I placed the second batch in a warm oven (turned off).
We tore up the sheet music into pieces about 1.5" to 2" long. Some were larger and some were smaller. Any size you choose is fine. The girls then used Modge Podge (purchased at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon) to glue the a paper on, overlapping and completely covering the letters. We used sponge brushes but you could just as easily use a paint brush. It is a messy job, but simple. However, it is time consuming (we made three sets of JOY letters). You can tell they had fun with it. Or at least at the beginning.
I did have to help touch up things a bit and tuck edges down. I also added a final coat of Modge Podge.
When dry, I took scissors and punctured a hole in the bottom of the J, hot glued a Christmas pick in and voila, we were done!
Here is the final product:
By the third set, I was rushed for time, so I didn't tea stain the letters. The girls liked the tea stained letters, but I don't think it looks bad this way. What do you think?