Saturday, November 14, 2009

Holiday Idea #3 - Framed Vintage Key Gift Idea

Today I'm joining Chari @ Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites.



"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past.  You can visit Chari and all of the participants here.

I wanted to "rerun" this project that I first posted on August 20th because I think this project would make a nice gift for someone for Christmas.  This project fits the criteria I promised for my holiday posts....simple, inexpensive and quick.

Here's the post as it ran back in August:

I got on the internet after work today and decided to get some inspiration from the pages of Pottery Barn and guess what they are showing.......vintage-looking skeleton keys.
(photo courtesy of Pottery Barn)
Their idea was simple and beautiful! So here's what I created using the Pottery Barn idea as my inspiration.

First I decided since my keys were not 4" to 7" like the Pottery Barn keys I needed to ground them in a frame rather than have them simply hanging on the wall. I took this thrift store frame I had on hand (this one cost 25 cents) and went to work.

After dismantling the frame and putting the glass away for another project, I painted the frame black, distressed and antiqued it. I tossed the original picture but kept the cardboard backing. I sprayed some spray adhesive on the cardboard and adhered some cream colored fabric that I had on hand. I choose 7 of my favorite skeleton keys and decided on their placement. I pierced small holes on both sides of each key and used thin wire to hold the keys in place. I attached the finished project back in the frame and project completed!

I love the finished project. It will look great hung with a grouping of pictures and photos. Thanks Pottery Barn for the inspiration!!

P.S. The Pottery Barn keys cost $19.00. My finished project cost $7.25.

45 comments:

  1. I really love that key wall hanging, and I would NEVER have thought of it!!!

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  2. I found you on Kathy's Creative Home Expressions...Love your idea-now to find keys!
    ~Nancy

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  3. nice idea, would be perfect as a gift for someone special.
    Molly

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  4. I loved this the first time I saw it. And guess what? I still love it!!! I just wish I had some skeleton keys to make myself one. I need to find some, cheap!!!

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  5. Hi Jane...

    Welcome to Sunday Favorites, my friend! It so very nice to have you join in with us today...and what a great post to re-visit...I love it!

    I have always loved the look of old skeleton keys...and have a small collection! They are sitting on a silver tray in my studio but I would love to do something like this with them! I love, love, LOVE your beautiful framed keys!!! Grand idea...thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talents with us today!!!

    This is my first visit to your delightful blog...I'm going to go and do a little snooping! Hehe! So very nice to meet you, Jane!!! I do hope that you'll join in with the fun of Sunday Favorites again!

    Have a super Sunday, my friend!
    Chari

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  6. Hi Jane...

    It's just lil' ol' me again! I just had to come back and leave you a little note after all the fun I had going through some of your past posts! You have the v-e-r-y BEST craft ideas...I saved many of your photos to my computer for future reference and inspiration! I seen several projects that I would love to try!!! I love, love, LOVE your gift packaging ideas for the gift cards...how awesome!!! So creative and so much fun!!! I especially liked the jar with the buttons and the tape measure rolled up for the bottle stopper or lid! Ohhh...and I loved the Halloween blocks with the wire for holding photos or cards...that's absolutely darling!!! I would love to make some of those for Christmas...to hold some of the prettier Christmas cards that I receive....or some of my old vintage Christmas postcards!!! Sooo...so many great projects!!! I really did love them all!

    I am soooo happy to have found your blog! I have added you to my list of blog follows and look forward to your upcoming posts...especially all of your Christmas craft posts!!! I'm so excited!!! You have one of the most creative crafting blogs that I've run into!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  7. Great stuff! I found one old skeleton key some time back and want to cross-stich a quotation with the word "key" in it and then decorate the frame with the key. One of those projects in my head that just hasn't made it to fruition yet. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  8. I just love this project. I have some old skeleton keys that used to fit my Mom and Dad's first house and some keys from the old farm house. They are just in a box for now, but won't be for long. I'm going to try your project.
    I love your blog. You are one creative lady!

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  9. Did I tell you that I picked up a frame at Goodwill to rip this idea off? I hope to get it done for the guest room before my company comes next week. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

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  10. i think yours looks way better than Pottery Barn's!! great job!!

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  11. Jane, Have I told you yet how full of talent you are?? : )

    Do you have an email address somewhere where I can contact you for more detailed instructions on the X-mas tree from the Tennis racket presses? I bought them the other day.

    Thanks Cathy

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  12. What a wonderful project. I am Pottery Barn fan and get all sorts of wonderful ideas from them.

    Carol

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  13. I love this idea, Jane! Simple yet elegant! I can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve for Christmas!

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  14. I love this idea, Jane! It would make a great gift!

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  15. Hi Jane,
    I loved this idea when I first saw it a couple of months ago, and it's probably so simple (but very attractive) that I could possibly do this myself, just?
    Thanks for stopping by in Normandy today, please join us for another walk soon.
    Maggie

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  16. Amazing project! It's beautiful. Thanks for revisiting and sharing with those of us that haven't admired the project.

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  17. Love this idea! I'm sure that looks great hanging on the wall. We had an old key like that to our front door when I was about 5. We didn't have a chimney, so Dad told me Santa had a skeleton key made so he could get in our house. Ha!

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  18. I love your creation! Now I'm going to look around your blog and see what other ideas you've shared.

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  19. Jane,
    I like your version better than Pottery Barns!
    Now that my ladies event is done, I'm hoping to have time to create something other than "pumpkins"! You have such creative ideas ALL THE TIME! By the Way... Zac's marching band came in about 17 out of 91 bands! We are very proud of the kids.
    Dee Dee

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  20. How beautiful! I love your idea, thanks for sharing!
    Michelle

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  21. I love this project! You made it seem actually doable! I certainly have the stuff...the keys I mean...just need to get started! Thanks for the inspiration!
    :) Laura

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  22. Oh!oh!Oh! I can actually do this one...and I am. I collect keys and would love to display them like this! Thanks Jane!

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  23. Love your new header photo - you haven't changed a bit!!

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  24. As for my wreath...it did take quite a while...maybe 4 hours? I worked on it over a few nights watching TV - and got quite bored with it at one point...haha...and my fingers still have a few blisters from burns...so I'm glad I made one, however it is probably the last

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  25. Jane, I LOVE this! I am going to have to look for some keys at antique stores and auctions. This looks so cool. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. I love it and I love how much you saved even more. Take that PB!

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  27. Oh, THis is a super project!! I love love love it! (<-- Haha, I mean it!) I adore your projects- you are so creative!

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  28. Love this!! PB is perfect for inspiration, (just not for spending your hard-earned cash on an over priced purchase.) ;)

    XO*Tricia

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  29. Great idea and really great look! Where did you get all the skeleton keys? Are they old? Oh, I do love your new header. I'm trying to figure out which one is you. LOL! That tree looks very familiar. :)

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  30. This is fabulous Jane!!! It's even better than the Pottery Barn version.

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  31. Hi Jane...

    Just wanted to come back by to say thank you for adding Happy To Design to your list of blog follows! I'm really looking forward to getting to know you, my friend!

    Have a marvelous Monday!
    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  32. Hey Jane, thanks for stopping by. I LOVE this project! It looks so much better than the inspiration. Great job!

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  33. I really like your key display in the frame better than just on the wall. Makes me wish I had kept my Skeleton keys which I sold some time ago. Great job putting them together.

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  34. so had you been collecting skeleton keys for quite a while? where do you even find them anymore? your framed keys are FAB!!!

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  35. Jane~it looks great...awesome collection you have here!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  36. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for coming over for a visit and commenting on my mirrors and candleholders.
    I would love to see a picture of your mirrors in your bathroom. How about it?

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  37. Hi Jane,
    I love your new Christmas blog! Very cute!
    xoxo

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  38. This is seriously beautiful. The fabric looks like burlap. This is such a timeless project it will never go out of style. Wonderful job.

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  39. Great project ideas here!
    So glad i found you.

    good idea to just wire keys on rather than glue, so if you want them off for anything in the future.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  41. Love this idea!! Where did you get your keys, to make your project only around $7??

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