Vintage-Inspired Mounted Key

Did It Myself #9: Vintage-Inspired Mounted Key

I love when random items come into your life and inspire you to make something crafty. This white porcelain key was attached to a Christmas card my lovely sister-in-law made for my family. It had a piece of sisal twine on it and was meant to be a tree ornament, but I had another idea.

I thought it would be a nice addition to a gallery wall I’m currently working on (more on that project later) so I grabbed a few supplies from around the house and threw this doodad together. (I’ve taken liberties with the word “threw” as it actually took me a few days to make this. Not that it was difficult by any means, but work, toddler, cleaning, cooking, procrastination, blah, blah, blah.)

If you’re interested in creating something similar, here are the supplies you’ll need:

– a vintage-inspired key (You could use an actual antique key, but the big ones are really, really heavy and you’d need something more hardy than hot glue to make it stick. You could also leave it with the metallic look, or paint it any colour, but mine was already white and matched the rest of my gallery wall perfectly.)

– burlap (I like the laminated kind as it’s tightly woven, easy to cut and lays nice and flat.)

– lace (You’ll want to choose the width based on the size of your key and size of the piece of burlap you’re going to cut out.)

– cardboard backing (I just pulled a used coffee box out of my recycling bin.)

– wall mounting hardware (I used the kind with teeth so you can do the “little bit to the right… little bit to the left…” dance when hanging.)

– for assembly you’ll need a hot glue gun and glue sticks, a measuring tape/ruler, a pair of scissors and a pencil

The mounted key in its home amongst owls. More on the owls later!

I’m not going to go too much into detail on how to put it all together as I think once you know what supplies you need you can just look at the picture and then will it to assemble with your Jedi mind… or, you know, physically put it together yourself. But basically you measure and cut everything out, glue the burlap to the cardboard, glue the lace to the burlap, glue the key to the burlap, glue the hardware on the back. And done!

If only all DIY crafts were so simple… well, actually, that would be boring. I do like myself a challenge (although I don’t like receiving a third degree burn from an iron while making pillowcases, but again… more on that later).

What do you think? Have you ever made anything similar? Have you ever made anything not at all similar, but want to talk about it anyway? Talk away, my friend! That’s what comment sections are for. (Well, that and flaming perfectly nice human beings for your own entertainment… but don’t do that here. Of Houses and Trees is a “make love, not war” kind of place.)

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Posted on April 17, 2016

One thought on “Vintage-Inspired Mounted Key

  • April 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Interesting as always. Looking forward to seeing the changes next time we come over there.


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