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How to Decorate a Violin

Decorate your violin to give it a personal touch.
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If you play the violin, you might be looking for ways to decorate it. Decorating your violin gives it a personal touch, and also makes it stand out from the other violins if you happen to play in a school band or a professional symphony. Recognize that certain types of decorations will impact the wood of your violin. It might not be possible to return your violin to its original condition.

Things You'll Need:

  • Violin
  • String
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft Glue
  • Paint
  • Embellishments
  • Stickers
  • Rhinestones

Paint the upper, middle or lower bouts of your violin with a craft paint that is compatible with wood. Base your paint colors and image on a personal interest. For instance, if orchids are your favorite flower, you might want to paint a giant white orchid on your violin. Or, you could paint a cactus with a coyote if you are a fan of the southwestern desert. Since violins are small, use a thin paintbrush so that you can paint the details.

Glue rhinestones onto your violin, if you are the flashy type. You can line the edges of the upper, middle and lower bout with rhinestones that glitter or catch the light, but avoid placing any rhinestones on the chin rest. You might also decorate the violin bow with the same rhinestones to create a matching pair.

Dangle embellishments from your violin's scroll. Use string to tie around the scroll, with the other end of the string tied around a particular embellishment, such as a silk flower, lucky charm or another type of trinket.

Decorate your violin with stickers. You might be able to find music-themed stickers, such as musical notes and images of violins, to stick onto your instrument. Keep in mind that once you put a sticker on the violin, it might be challenging or impossible to peel it off.


Do not attempt to decorate the neck and fingerboard of your violin, since that can alter the sound your violin produces.

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