I know how much the boyfriend and I like our key/leash holder by our front door - keeps us sane and the keys and leashes in one, predictable place (unlike everything else we own). So I decided to make one for my sis. This was another project made in the insane pre-Chrismukkah time so there aren't a ton of pictures of the progress, but I think that with some info and the pictures I do have, it shouldn't be a problem!
Here's how I made this little gift for my sis...
- Glossy Mod Podge and paintbrush
- Scrapbook paper
- Adhesive tape/dot roller
- Scissors, X-acto knife
- Small hooks from the hardware store (and drill with very small drill bit the size of your hooks)
From the picture above you can see that I covered the whole frame - including the sides. And you can get a better look at everything from the next picture, including how I took the X-acto knife to trim off the paper in the middle where the picture would go (if I was using this as a picture frame).
Once the frame dried/while it was drying, I figured out what I was going to put in the middle of this thing where the photo would go. I was leaning towards the word "keys" or something, but that seemed cheesy and I figured she might hang a coat or cardigan, purse, umbrella, etc. on one of the hooks so I didn't want to limit her with a word. Then I remembered that I saw these old vintage-y Duke ribbons on Etsy and I actually bought them figuring they'd come in handy for some project that I'd make for my sis. There wasn't a lot of any of them, but I figured that they'd be kind of perfect for the center of this frame. (I'm wondering now if I could have gotten a square of corkboard, put the ribbon over that and had a little memo center there, but that ship has sailed for this little key holder!)
So I cut a few strips of the ribbon and glued them to the little center card that was in the frame.
Then just put that card into the center and locked it in place with those little brad-like metal pieces that hold your picture in place.
Then I handed this over to the boyfriend and he measured and drilled little holes and put the hooks in like this...
And ta da! A nice key/coat/purse/leash holder that was free (because I had everything on hand), but realistically was less than $2 (frame for $1 and less than $1 for the hardware) for the main supplies!
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