Key Holder

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
  • Ribbons
  • 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)

I started with this frame that I got from the dollar section at Michael's awhile back. It was wood that I thought would be thick enough to accomodate some hooks and it already had the little metal wall hanger in the back (I think). Then I took this scrapbook paper that I knew matched my sister's living room pretty well and covered the frame with it. I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the frame and then to coat and protect it. I let that first coat dry and added another one or two to the frame to sort of protect the paper from the keys and whatever would be hung on it (or hopefully to protect it - no long-term test results available yet)!

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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  1. We've got a key holder by the door (though not nearly as festive as yours) and it's a lifesaver with keys and leashes lol

  2. Oh wow.. thats a lovely key holder.. Awesome!!

  3. There you go again. I have all of those things, so this will get made. Like probably this weekend. I love when you do that.

  4. nice project! thanks so much for sharing

  5. <3 the dollar section at michael's! lucky sister to get such nice handmade gifts from you! xo

  6. Nice key holder!! Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

  7. Great project! Thanks for sharing this idea.

  8. cool idea for a frame! I'll have to change the duke stickers to UNLV Rebel stickers :)

  9. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday! We hope you will share with us again next week. Have a wonderful week!

  10. Cute way to hang the keys! Thanks so much for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you will be back next Saturday to share more of your terrific ideas! -The Sisters

  11. such a great idea, Mel! I am sure your sister loved the gift!

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