This DIY framed key is a quick and easy project. An almost endless combination of frames and fabrics can be used to coordinate with any decor.
A couple of weeks ago, in the middle of February, the temperatures were in the 70’s. It sounded amazing in theory, but it was the middle of February so it just didn’t feel right. I had still been dreaming of a snow day. You know the kind where you have power and heat and plenty of food in the house but the roads are just bad enough that school is cancelled and everyone stays home? Those are the best.
It was obvious that a winter storm was not in the cards for our area this year though, so on that 70 degree day I sadly removed the “let it snow” sign from the mantle and packed away the snowflakes hanging in random spots around the house. I knew the upside was that I could replace it all with decor that’s a little more cheery and colorful and begin looking forward to Spring.
On that weekend I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to put out next, so the mantle and entry table have sat bare for the past couple of weeks. It’s been a little sad looking. So this weekend I started going through a few of my “everyday” decor items and came across this framed key. It’s a perfect transitional item in between decorating for the seasons, or really any time at all.
This simple framed key is something that I put out often and love that you can easily switch out the fabric to match a change in your decor or if you just want a new look. This project uses supplies that you may already having lying around your house and comes together in about 20 minutes.
- Frame (You can use any size or shape that you want, just don’t go too much larger than the size of your key to make sure the key is highly visible.)
- Fabric (Try to stick with a pattern that is not too busy and don’t choose a fabric that is too dark, again to keep your key highly visible; also a heavy-duty or upholstery fabric works best.)
- Skeleton Key (If you have a vintage skeleton key- lucky you! If not, these can commonly be found in home decor stores. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Begin by taking the backing board off of the frame and remove the glass. Save the glass for another use or in case you want to be able to use with this frame at a later point.
- Place the backing board on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Use a pencil to trace about an inch larger than the edge of the backing board on all sides. The line you trace does not need to be exact by any means, you just need to cut it a little bigger than the edge of the backing board so that you will have some excess fabric to wrap around it.
- At this point plug in the glue gun to begin heating up the glue stick.
- Cut the fabric along the line that you marked in Step 2. Place the backing board in the center of the wrong side of the fabric. Before moving on to the next step you may want to grab a pair of gloves in case the hot glue seeps through the fabric.
- Put a line of glue about 2 inches long across the top edge of the backing board. Quickly press the fabric down onto the glue and hold for a few seconds until dry. Next put a line of glue about 2 inches long across the bottom edge of the backing board. Pull the fabric taught (but not too much or you’ll tear it away from the glue at the top) and press the fabric down onto the glue and hold for a few seconds until dry. Continue around the rest of the frame until the fabric is secure. As you continue to secure the rest of the fabric, be sure to pull it taught to keep the fabric smooth on the right side. Also, you will have to create a few folds in the fabric in order to secure it all. When you are finished, the backside should like this:
- Place the fabric wrapped backing board back into the frame. You now have a framed piece of fabric.
- Place a couple of beads of glue along the key and immediately stick it onto the center of the frame. I eyeballed the center of the frame but you can definitely measure and mark the center point if you’d like. Hold the key in place for a few seconds until the glue is dry.
This simple DIY framed key is such an easy project and there are so many combinations of fabrics and frames that can be used. If you decide to try it I’d love to see it!