We all love music, but music lovers live for music. It's their passion. Music is literally mind-altering. Music researchers found correlations between the significance of music on brain development. Not only does playing music have the ability to improve the development of growing minds, it's the gift that keeps on giving.
"The link between music and brain function persists throughout adult life. Even when the brain is done growing, it's never done learning."
Building a better brain aside, music reaches deep into the core of our emotions, and we love to share it with others. Know someone who fell in love with a band this year?
These 10 DIY musically-inspired gifts are sure to strike a chord with the music lover on your list.
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10 DIY Gifts For Musicians
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." Charlie Parker
1. Music Folder
This tutorial for making a hardbound folder can hold sheet music or a music instruction book.
"I have so many opinions about everything it just comes out during my music. It's a battle for me. I try not to be preachy. That's a real danger." Neil Young
2. Record Clock
An old record, magazines and a clock make this repurposed record clock a piece of modern ecoart.
"I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know." Billie Holliday
3. Music Paper Box Garland
Ecocraft adds a festive touch to a music lovers holiday celebration, with an origami music box garland illuminated with LED string lights. Use folded sheet music and LED string lights, and slide each bulb into the holes of the individual boxes.
"There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another." Frank Zappa
4. Concert Ticket Stub Holder
For those audio adventures that collect old concert stubs, create a diary to keep the stubs organized. Who knows? One day, this diary may become a collector's item! Here is some inspiration for making a Concert Ticket Stub Holder.
"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." Jimi Hendrix
5. Record Bowl
This bowl made from recycled records is just rockin' with retro charm! All you need is a record and a heat source.
"It's much too late to do anything about rock & roll now ..." Jerry Garcia
6. Woven Guitar Pick Basket
A basket made from bamboo toothpicks and a guitar cookie cutter (see below) is woven into a guitar shaped basket to hold guitar picks.
"I don't know how I got to write those songs. Those early songs were almost magically written." Bob Dylan
7. Personalized CD Inserts
Use your digital photographs to make a personalized CD cover. Just choose a digital photo, add some text (like a playlist or a note or a dedication), and follow these simple folding and printing instructions.
"I've come to realize that life is not a musical comedy, it's a Greek tragedy." Billy Joel
8. Music Cookie Cutters
Using an empty cookie tin, heavy-duty scissors and pliers, cut and shape into a small guitar, or music note. Or, use sheet metal and this Instructables tutorial.
"I know what my job is: I write the songs, I sing them, I play them on the piano. Do you know what my job is: I write the songs, I sing them, I play them on the piano. Finona Apple
9. Personalize Christmas Stocking
Add felt music notes and instruments to this basic easy to sew Christmas stocking.
"My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts, me can say facts. My music will go on forever." Bob Marley
10. Music Quotes Frames
Using the quotes on this page (or your own), repurpose those hard to recycle CD covers and make these snazzy frames.