DIY: Easy Key Art

We recently moved out of our first apartment, to a renovated unit down the street. Our new apartment is much nicer and easier to decorate, because our old one was totally built in the 70s. Haha. As you may have read here, or seen on Facebook or Instagram i’ve been trying really hard to make our apartment feel like a home, especially because we’ll be having family over this summer! Although we’re super excited about our new place, i wanted to do a little something to remember our first home.

I decided to do an easy key art, but because we live in military housing we couldn’t keep our keys. A great alternative to just scratching the whole idea off was tracing the outline of the key into a piece of paper and covering it with gold washi tape, you know to give it a real key feel. I also added our apartment number, the base we live in and Okinawa, Japan. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think this little frame will be a keeper for life.

If you want to re-create this DIY, here’s what you need:

– Cute frame (mine is super tiny but it has our living room colors and it’s from Thailand!)
– Key (or tracing of the key)
– Washi Tape (any color will do!)
– Scissors
– Paper
– Computer (i used PicMonkey’s ‘Learning Curve’ font)

This was seriously the easiest DIY i have ever done! All you have to do is trace the key (if you can’t keep the original one), or trace any key, it’s really the thought that counts. Cover your trace with washi tape. Figure out how you want to display it in the frame, i had an idea in mind but later changed it when i decided to add our address. Use your handwriting, pretty calligraphy or be like me and go to your computer open up Microsoft Word, PicMonkey, or any other application that has a font you like. Write your address, print it and tape the key (or trace). Frame it, hang it and you’re done! I think it’s a cute addition to any household 😉

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • I love the key keepsake ideas. This looks like a DIY even I could do. The frame is so cute!

  • Absolutely love this! As we're getting ready to move on to a bigger (and better) place I'm starting to get a bit sentimental about our first home together and have been looking for a way to commemorate it so we'll always have a little keepsake 🙂 this is a great idea!

  • Stephanie

    Such a cute idea 🙂

  • abby – little city adventures

    cute idea! And lovely tutorial!!

  • This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Pretty Lovely

  • Love this Idea!