Antique Skeleton Key Art

I recently saw these framed antique skeleton keys on Design Sponge.

I love skeleton keys and thought this was a great way to use them for an art piece. So, I decided I would create my own framed skeleton key piece!My bathroom is currently a deep purple color with gold and brown accent colors. I had hung this candle holder on the right side of my mirror when I first moved in because I had it in my previous bathroom. But, since my wall color is already a darker shade, the dark brown candle holder and candle just weren’t standing out on that wall like I would have liked it to.

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I thought this would be the perfect place to add some skeleton key artwork!

I scored these bronze antique skeleton keys from Pick Your Plum not too long ago and was excited to use them for this project.

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I had also found and bought this white distressed frame from an antique store in town several months ago for only $6! I wasn’t sure at the time where I was going to put it, but the time has come. I decided to use it to frame the keys.

Antique Picture Frame

A white frame is just what I needed to lighten up this particular wall.

The next thing I did was to look for fabric to use as the backing behind the keys. I found this beige paisley printed fabric from JoAnn’s. Since one of my accent colors is gold, I thought this would go well in the space. I also wanted the keys to stand out, so I wanted to have a more neutral/light background to achieve this.

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The frame came with a piece of cardboard backing. I used this to trace my fabric and cut it to the frame’s size. Then I hot glued the edges around the cardboard.

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Once I had the fabric backing in the frame, I arranged the keys how I wanted them.

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I added a little hot glue on the back of each key and stuck it to the fabric. And there you have it.

Framed skeleton key artwork!

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I love how it looks on the wall too. Definitely brightens it up.

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(P.S. sorry for the overexposed picture. There was a lack of natural light in the bathroom..)So, what do you think? Would love to know if you’ve done anything with skeleton keys.

I’m linking this up on Home Stories A to Z, Today’s Creative Blog, Not Just A Houswife,ย The Shabby Chic Cottage,ย Serenity Now,ย Thirty Handmade Days.

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  1. says

    I really love this! I'm going to have to start keeping my eyes open for keys. I hope they're cheap, as I'm a cheapskate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. says

    You are too cute! I love this idea…I pinned it! I have some skeleton keys…now I know what to do with them ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for checkin' out my lamp makeover, feature away!

  3. Kat says

    Hi Megan….

    You have good taste! I need your help, friendy.

    I've been looking all over for unique, pretty skeleton keys like the ones posted on your blog. I've left a message with pick your plum. Any ideas where I can find ones like yours. They are perfect and exactly what I've been looking for for months.

    Thank you for your great blog!

  4. says

    Hi Kat! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the keys, I did get them from Pick Your Plum and they will occasionally offer things again that they've done in the past. I would suggest subscribing to their email list and keeping an eye out. I do think that I've seen keys like this at Hobby Lobby if you have one of those near you and you might have some luck finding some at an antique store. Hope that helps!

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