DIY: Framed First Key Together

This is a DIY throwback from Valentine’s Day that was in Sam’s basket of goodies but I decided that I’d post about this one too!  It’s the key to our first home together.  When we moved out of that flat Sam kept badgering me to leave the key to the landlord (even though we had made this copy out of pocket ourselves).  And I kept saying “Okay” even though I had no intention of doing so.  Eventually I had to start making up lame excuses for me to keep my key because I knew I wanted to keep it for this DIY, and Sam seemed determined to make me return it.
This came with us to Stratford and I’m just about to hang it!

Here are the things you’ll need:

Picture frame
Map of where you live (or something else meaningful to you two)
Hot Glue Gun

So this is a really quick and relatively easy DIY. First take off the back of the frame and use that as a stencil to outline where to cut your map.  Obviously center it over the part of the map you want. Cut it out and hotglue it (in each corner) to the front of the back of your frame.  (The side that doesn’t have the legs and hook).

Next take your key and paint it your favourite colour/your partners favourite colour/something that shoes up nicely against your map.

Once the key has dried center and hotglue it to your map.  Like this:

(The key on mine is pointing towards London where we lived first togehter. But when I cut out the map, I made sure to keep in Nottingham where Sam went to University.  (Did you notice that Sam? I bet you didn’t.))
Awesome. Now all you have to do is assemble your frame as per usual and then turn the picture frame over and on the back of it write with your Sharpies. I’d promote writing a personal message and including the address of that first home.  There’s no picture of that here, because a) it’s personal and b) don’t post your current or old addresses on the internet, people!
(Ooh la la)

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  • Aw this is an adorable idea πŸ™‚

  • Woo simple and lovely idea! I will surely make this DIY if I get any piece of map.
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    Aree With Umbrella

    • Thanks! I’ll head on over and say hi right now πŸ™‚ xx

  • Hey Amanda! Thanks for stopping by today! I’m absolutely LOVING this DIY project! I’m going to have to make one this weekend!


    • Thank you so much Jamie. This project is so easy and is cute enough for both of you to appreciate without being too girly. xx

  • This is adorable. I now hope to find somewhere where I can illegally reproduce my house key.

    If I get caught, I’m telling them who told me to do it!


    • What is it with illegally making copies of keys?! Just yesterday I needed to make a second set of keys for the apartment we just moved into and was informed that because of security measures added to these keys I have to take them to a specialty locksmith. Which sounded okay, until I learned that the nearest one of those guys was 30 minutes away by train.

      That being said I’d be more than willing to take the fall for your key copying shenanigans πŸ™‚ xx

  • I love this and can’t wait to make this!

  • Thank you Bobi! It’s never too late! Any special home is worth it! xx

  • Cole Nemeth

    I love this idea! It’s so cute.

  • Jen Showers

    This is perfect for us because the apartment we first had together had to replace their locks anyway because they weren’t working properly so my key isnt illegal πŸ˜€

    • You’ve raised a very good issue I didn’t really think about – there’s a good reason to return keys (safety of the next tenants etc) but we were subletting/housesitting for the owner who was a friend so I knew he/she knew I was keeping a key for a crafting project for Sam. But advising people to only do it if the locks are going to be changed or just buy an old key at a carboot sale and just pretending would be best.

      Maybe an old photo of something from the city that you did like? Something that made you both happy in an area that you didn’t particularly like? x