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I love old keys. You can always count on finding me rummaging through a box of keys at a flea market or antique store. I am particularly drawn to skeleton keys (it's a nostalgia thing.....all the doors on the house I grew up in used skeleton keys) but any old key may end up in my collection.
Here's where my old keys meet Thrifty Thursday:
1) The keys themselves are a thrifty find because my rule of thumb is to not spend over $1.00 for any key (most of the keys I have collected cost between 25 cents and $1.00).
2) I use the keys not only for display but in a lot of my thrifty projects.
Here is a picture of some of my key collection. They are displayed in a $1.00 thrift store find, a beautiful divided glass and silverplated dish.
This next project cost a total of $2.00. I painted and distressed each frame (25 cents apiece), added an old book page for the background paper, then glued a flat vintage key (each key 25 cents) to the paper. I added a little wire for dimension and glued a button to the top of each key. I then glued the frames to a strip of black ribbon I had in my stash and added a skeleton key ($1.00) to the top to act as a hanger. This project was not only inexpensive but also very fast to create.
I have seen a lot of jewelry using old keys and decided to give it a try. Total cost was around $1.50. The key cost 25 cents and the beads cost me no more than $1.00. Jewelry design is not my specialty but I was happy with the outcome of the pendant.
If you have read my earlier posts you know I am creating snowman for an upcoming craft show. I have used old keys on several of the snowmen.....here are some of them pictured.
In this last thrifty project I took a framed picture I purchased at a garage sale for $1.00 and gave it a whole new look. I painted and distressed the frame, covered the original picture with a cream colored scrapbook paper (50 cents) and then wrapped that with crochet thread (thrift store purchase for 10 cents), keeping the thread about 1/4" apart. Once the picture was completely wrapped, it was reattached to the frame. I now had a blank canvas to create any number of different looks. The string is what holds everything together so there is no need for glue, tape, etc. In the example below I slid a vintage looking piece of scrapbook paper under the thread, added a black mat and vintage family photo, an aged tag with buttons, some lace (thrift store find for 40 cents) and (I'm finally getting to the key part).....my $1.00 skeleton key. NOTE: Come back and visit my blog tomorrow. I am going to show more examples of how this one frame can take on any number of looks, by just sliding different elements under the thread.