Framed {Key} Art

I am SO in the mood to stash bust right now. This is probably partially because it’s Spring, but really it’s probably more about being VERY close to not being able to walk through the garage. So I’m slowly starting to look around and tackle some projects that I’ve been wanting to do. I’m trying VERY hard to not bring too many new things home. Trying, not necessarily succeeding.   
I had a box filled with old keys. Not skeleton key old, but definitely old. I had been holding on to them to create something. Did I mention it’s hard for me to throw something away that I think I will be able to use eventually? Hence the garage navigation issues! I decided to just grab the keys and create some unique wall art. I sat and played around with the keys for a bit until I came up with something I loved, using all of the old keys to form one large old key.
I had a picture frame that I found at a thrift store, surprise surprise. What I needed was a back for it. So I used a thin piece of craft wood and attached some burlap to the front of it. Then it was time to transfer all the old keys onto the burlap for gluing. Even though I worked very carefully to preserve the shape that I had laid out, this was actually a very time consuming process. 
When all the keys were properly arranged and glued onto the burlap, I popped it all into the frame and called it done. I love how all the little keys form one large skeleton key!
I love the look of all of the old tarnished keys together. It’s no secret that I love tarnished metals. 
It was a lot of fun creating this Framed Key Art. It’s unique and one of a kind. A fun way to display a collection of old keys with many memories attached to them. 
Linking up to these great link parties!!!


  1. Looks amazing Courtney! Very unique and original. x Julie

  2. Courtney that is awesome! You think of such clever things! Love the keys and the burlap!

  3. I would like to invite you to our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! I know my readers would love to see the cute keys, good job!

  4. What a fun and creative idea, LOVE it! I’m obsessed with key art right now, and the burlap is a perfect touch!

  5. Now THIS is adorable! I have got to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Simple and fun! What a great way to repurpose those old keys 🙂

  7. Cool Idea! I love how this turned out. I have a bunch of old keys lying around and now I know what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration. If you have some time I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog to check out the giveaway I’m having for a Ramsign Home Sign!

  8. This is FABULOUS! I love it!!!! I’m going to have to make one… love, love, love it! Very creative idea!

    Would really like to have you link it up to my party!


  9. COURTNEY!! You have got to stop by and link this up at our Naturally-Nifty Party!!!

    I absolutely love this!! So cute! I have some keys that I want to do SOMETHING with and have been wondering WHAT I should do! This is genius, and so cute! Plus I LOVE skeleton keys and have always wanted to make a skeleton key wall! This is an easy way to make one without actually having one! Great idea and it turned out awesome!

    -Brittany aka Natural-Nester Little Sis

  10. So cute! Really great idea. 🙂 I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award so if you could just hop on over to my blog and check out the rules that would be great. Thanks and congrats!

  11. What a marvelous idea! Keys as decors, lovely!

  12. This is amazing! What a great idea, I wish I had a bucket of old keys. I’d love for you to share this at my link party {It runs Tues-Sat}.

  13. So cute! Great idea it looks gorgeous!

  14. Ha ha! Great idea, so simple but so ingenuous! I love the metal on burlap texture and color effect!

  15. Very clever – great use of all the old keys we tend to accumulate (would be fabulous if each one had a story behind it!)

  16. Very creative! My MIL would love this for her kitchen, to pair with those giant decorative keys she has:)

    Hopping by and following your FB, twitter and Pinterest.

    Also inviting you to join my Yoplait Giveaway which includes VIP coupon for a free 4-pack of Yoplait Trix yogurt for kids and Yoplait branded items including an insulated lunch tote, ice pack, backpack, folder, zippered pencil pouch, pencils, erasers, and pencil sharpener (great for your schooling kid!). You may join here:

    Hope to see ya there:)

  17. I love this! Its so creative! 🙂 Thanks for the post!

  18. What a fab idea, I have a huge tin of old keys that I too have been keeping to do something with!


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