Easy heart frame keyholder.

Easy heart keyholder - made from a $1 frame

Have you ever thought about turning a heart frame into a key holder? I think it’s a great idea. Especially when you can do it on a budget, and make it as cute as Man Podger Walter did. There are heart frames like you see above available at Michaels for $1, and think of how many gifts you can make with Mod Podge and supplies from your stash. As someone who can’t find their keys on a regular basis, this keyholder is perfect – and the message is universal. I’ll let Walter tell you how he made it.

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I am a big fan of theses unfinished frames from Michaels; how can you beat them? A buck for a hardwood frame is not bad. As with most craft store finds, I like to think about what can I do to transform it. I am thinking, organization . . . key holder? I LOVE the way this came out!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

• Unfinished $1 heart frame
• Paint (FolkArt, Engine Red)
Mod Podge Gloss and Sparkle
• 4 small wooden hearts
• 4 wood screws
• 4 cup hooks
• Rubber Stamps (Type)
• Black Pigmented Stamp Pad
• Sawtooth Hanger
• Awl
• Drill
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Two rubber bumpers or raised stickers

Step 2: Paint the whole frame and four wooden hearts (shown bare above), let dry for 15 minutes. Then I lightly sanded the edges of the hearts. Wipe sanding dust off of each heart for the next step.

Trace the frame onto the paper, cut out and then Mod Podge (with Gloss) to the front of the frame. Let dry for 15 minutes before putting on a top coat.

Step 3
Step 3: I love TYPE rubber stamps with black pigmented ink. Add each letter of “L-O-V-E” to the wood hearts. Let dry before touching or it will smear . . . I used my heat embossing gun to accelerate the drying time (optional).

Step 4: I used an awl to make a pilot hole on the bottom of the heart. And, then I attached one cup hooks to the bottom of each heart.

Step 5: Drill four countersink holes on the bottom back. Attach the hearts by inserting a wood screw through the back, and tighten while holding the heart with your hand. Repeat till completed. Seal with Mod Podge Sparkle on the hearts and sides and back of frame.

Step 6: Attach a sawtooth hanger to the TOP of the back of the frame. Attach rubber bumpers/raised stickers to the back (bottom) of the frame so that when you put on and take off your keys, the wall doesn’t get scratched. Insert a favorite photo and hang on a wall! And, of course, hang your keys.

Easy heart frame keyholder

Thanks Walter – hey, that’s me and the piggies inside your picture frame key holder!

Comments

  1. Frazzled Mom of Five says

    This is adorable! So glad I stocked up on these frames the last time I was at Michaels. I have been mod podging the two heart frames for Vday swap partners!
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

  2. creativejewishmom/sara says

    Love, love love it! And the general idea of a picture frame and a key holder with cup hooks is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to “see” you again!

  3. Vikki says

    This is gorgeous, I am rubbish at drilling and screws etc though so I think I would use an instant bond adhesive like “no more nails” to stick the hearts on! Would love to give this a go though, I am awful at leaving my keys all over the place and the mad dash to find them at the last second before I have to leave! Love your blog x