I have been seeing these skeleton key pictures around blog land and I wanted one. I have seen a few of them in the stores but they were too pricey for my tastes!
Hobby Lobby has a clearance sale now on some home decorator items--80% off...I liked that!
I was browsing and found this framed piece. The frame was more like a shadow box, so I thought it might work for my skeleton keys which I had purchased on etsy.
When I saw the price tag, I was sure I could make it work. Yes, that's $3.60!
I spray painted the frame black. There were two wooden mats inside, I spray painted the top one chocolate brown and the bottom one black. I pried off the cross on the inside wood and sprayed a heavy duty adhesive on. I cut out a piece of flax colored felted wool and stuck it to the back.
Then I marked the area that would be visible inside the mats and arranged the keys as I wanted them. I realized then that the keys were close to the same color as my background. So out came the black spray paint again and I just hit the keys with a very light coat of black paint. I attached the keys with a dot of E6000 which is my favorite glue of all time!
I really love the finished product! And my total price was...$7.60! I already had the adhesives, the wool,and the paints, so that made it even better!