Aug 26, 2010

Key Holder

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!!!! I finally completed one of my projects for Tim!!! 

While out junking with friends, I’ve  been collecting  “treasures” to put in my new craft room.  One of the pieces  I found was this cool metal (of course) key holder with all the numbers still on there except for one.  I thought it would be fun to put some old keys on it for my room.

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When I was looking at the fun products Tim sent I saw the paper with all the old pictures and  knew I wanted to use it to help tell a story for this key holder.

I love the history you preserve when you find “old treasures” to repurpose, and since I’m becoming an “antique” the older I get – I tend to place more of a value on old pieces!

The key holder makes me think of all the people who lived in some  apt. place where this piece might have held the spare keys to their lives. What were their names, their jobs, where were they from, how many children, etc.  I loved thinking about how each person in the different apts.  might have affected one another's lives, so I decided to make it a collage so I could show the connection. 


I loved that the numbers were already shaded with time, and the one that didn’t have a number on it was a blank canvas.  I used 4 different size hardware nuts to help me achieve the different heights to back the pictures.  It’s hard to tell in the pictures all the different layers.


I had the top metal piece in my “junk jar” where I store smaller metal treasures.  I wanted to be able to add some words or a quote that tied everything in.


Keeping with the theme of the keys – I added the door plate. I love how it stays with the theme.


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How can you go wrong with a cool, unique key holder, some rusted metal and Tim’s great vintage pieces?  Loved how it turned out and excited to finish up the next project!



Products used:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found Paper

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Keyholes

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Keys

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ornate Plates

Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks - Black Soot, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen

Scotch ATG 700 tape

Liquid Nail Glue

Quote- Printed on Close to My Heart Adhesive-Backed Twill

Brown Ribbon – May Arts

Small Variegated Ribbon – Fiber Goddess

Nuts from the hardware store

Flower – one from my collection – sorry, don’t remember where I got it!


  1. Oh, this is soooo great - I just love it!! What a wonderful idea!

  2. What a wonderful project and I'm sure if it's "wow!" online, it's incredible in real life! Love it!

  3. The collage is so lovely. It really makes one think.

    I just loved this post and your musing over the people pictured. Every old picture will draw me in in a new way.

  4. WOW! This is fabulous! I love your find, and I love how you altered it! It's just fantastic!!

  5. Hi Renee! I'm a new follower. Love your work! This metal key holder is amazing. Very creative to start out with a stark metal piece and giving it so much life and personality! It is a beautiful piece!

  6. OH What a wonderful finish . I am impressed!!

  7. This is truly awesome Renee xxx

  8. <--- Totally blown away!!! What an amazing transformation and celebration of that piece! I love the heirloom and sentimental vibe, it's outstanding!!!

  9. This is very cool great job Renee, Tim will love it

  10. WOW WOW WOW - this is so freaking awesome!!! I love it, what a treasure!

  11. Totally COOL!!!! I love it! Absolutely LOVE it!


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