Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Key to my Art....

I LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVV key art! It has seemed to circle through all the decor magazines, and I knew when the time was right I would STRIKE and duplicate this amazingness for pennies on the dollar. Check out this key art at Res Hardware for $199:

Yep, $199...WHAT?!?!?!

So, I was on the lookout for some keys. Nearly wet myself when I spotted these brass beauties at a garage sale for a QUARTER a piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ummmmmmm....yes please. They got a couple of coats of glossy black. Then I got to work! For this project you'll need:

2 FANTASTIC shadow box frames from the Dollar Store for $1.59 a piece!
A book of OLD sheet music
Some wire (to hold the key in place)

First I laid the key on the backing and got it centered where I wanted it like this:

Then, when you find your center, cut a hole where the wire will need to go:

After you cut your sheet music to fit, poke a hole in that too, and then wire the key to the background like so:

After I took this pic I used a black sharpie to color the wire so the silver didn't show.

Then marvel at your frugalness and kick back and enjoy your AMAZING artwork...

Total cost...roughly $5...FANTABULOUS :)


  1. Oh, I like yours better. I've been buying keys up and sending them to my MIL she is totally into keys right now.

  2. Very cute idea. I found some of these keys at Hobby Lobby. Not as cheap as yours but a stand in if you were desperate. lol Thanks for sharing


  3. I love the way this looks! Great job!!!

  4. Now that's a reasonable price range! Great tutorial, and they turned out so cute!

  5. Yes I agree--TOTALLY fantabulous!!!

  6. Can't believe $199 for that! Yours are so much cuter! Thanks for linkin up with Making it Fantabulous!

  7. I had seen a project like this before on another blog and was excited the other day when I found keys at Michaels. They were in the $1 section. Can't wait to create my own key art!

  8. I am going to have to start looking for keys. I really love the simplicity of these pictures. They're beautiful! You have inspired me. I'm your newest follower and discovered you have a party on Wednesday, so I've added that to my party links. Great blog!

  9. Love key art too! If I had more walls in my house I would probably do something like this too. Thanks for linking up.

  10. Your pictures are beautiful!!! I like yours better than the image of the other one, because I love old sheet music! I might have to do this one. Thanks!