Saturday, January 21, 2012

Valentines "Key to My Heart" Frame

I keep seeing these cute frames on Pinterest, here's one, and I decided to make my own for Valentines Day. Here it is:

I found an old ugly frame at a flea market and painted it black

I used a scrap of wallpaper for the background.  (I picked up  3 wallpaper sample books from a store that was going out of business and I use them all the time.  Free paper.....yay!)
Then I made some hearts out of fabric that I stiffened with Modge-Podge.   I love this technique because so many times I find fabric that is cuter than paper and I want to use it without it getting all frayed. Check it out:
Don't worry, it dries clear in a couple of hours.  (I thinned my Modge-Podge out with a little water first.)  The end result is a fabric that you can do just about anything with including write on it!  So I traced some hearts on it, cut them out and then I spiffed up my hearts a little with a gold gel pen. Didn't they turn out cute??!!
I wanted to add a skeleton key.  I had some that I found in an old outbuilding at my in-laws old farm they were getting ready to sell.  They let me keep them.  (I've had them for 20 years and I'm finally doing something with them!) But, they were nasty and rusty and didn't look right with this project.  I didn't have the patience to clean them up, so I took one off and just painted it black.
I wanted to use some sheet music, but I just wanted a little piece and it was way too white.  I tore a line out and painted some antiquing gel over it to give it a more aged look.  Then I took all of the pieces and tried to figure out how to lay them out.
Oh....I also added a little tassel I made to the key, a black heart for background (cut out of wallpaper scrap) and a small ribbon rosette from my scrap ribbon box.  This was the layout I finally decided on:

I fastened it all down with a little craft glue.  I had to use E-6000 to get the key to stick. (Don't you just love that stuff?)
One of my favorite things about this project is that it can be removed from the frame and stored away with my Valentines decor, leaving that frame available for another seasonal project.  (I'm already thinking about St. Patricks Day!)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!

Wayward Weekend


  1. Fantastic idea! I love this style. :)

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  2. Love the key and frame! Great job!

  3. SO cute!! I love this idea! The key is perfect and I love that you repurposed the frame!

    Thanks so much for linking up!! I'm your newest follower!

  4. Thanks so much for linking up to the Manic Monday link party…it was a huge success! Make sure you check back Sunday when I feature the top 3 posts. I’ll be hosting another Manic Monday linky party this week- the theme is “Favorite Things”…details will be posted at noon.

  5. Awww, the key to someone's heart. I love that skeleton key! Great creativity here - thanks so much for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  6. So cute, love fabric and I love the ragged edges on fabric. This is really adorable, and like the addition of the key. I also love matchbox tic tac holder. Your one creative girl. Again, thanks for sharing all your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  7. Very cute! I love anything with an old key; they are so cool. I really need to get into the Valentine's spirit and decorate!!

  8. Love the tip about stiffining the fabric. I have been gluing mine to cardstock! It cuts SOOO much easier!


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