Crafty Fridays: Framed Button Monogram Key Holder

by Shawnda on January 13, 2012

in Crafts,DIY

Pinterest Projects: Framed Button Monogram Key Holder

Do you spend hours and hours on Pinterest, pinning pretty crafts, genius ideas, expensive dresses and shoes you’ll never buy, and delicious recipes that you can’t wait to try? Me, too. Hi.

I’ve resolved to be more crafty in the new year and turn some of those Pinterest hours into real life stuff. My first project was a framed button monogram, but converted into a key holder. Because our current key drop is the small ledge on the bar… where I like to put the mail. I’ve had to dig keys out of the trash more than once because they got caught up in the junk mail.

Pinterest Projects: Framed Button Monogram Key Holder

It was simple enough: you glue buttons onto card stock, overlapping and layering to hide the paper beneath, and following the outline of a large letter (I lightly drew an H with a pencil). Larger/Accent buttons go down first, then medium-ish pieces, followed by the smallest pieces to cover any small gaps that remain. It took me 4 hours and many, many hot glue burns to finish.

Cat in the Hat Party Decorations

I’ve since done a second button monogram project for my daughter’s Cat in the Hat birthday party. It only took me 1 hour… But I do think that I got the same amount of hot glue burns.

The supplies:
1 piece of cardstock (JoAnn Fabrics)
2 packs of Favorite Finds buttons (JoAnn Fabrics)
1 pack of Favorite Finds mini-buttons (JoAnn Fabrics)
1 pack of coordinating jewelry beads to fill in the tiny gaps (JoAnn Fabrics)
3 accent piece buttons (2-3 to a pack)
1 frame with an 8×10 cutout (JoAnn Fabrics)
4 nickel-finish hooks (Home Depot)
Hot glue gun + glue sticks

I scored 40% off on everything from JoAnns making my total project cost ~$35. And I have a ton of buttons leftover that I’m not sure what to do with. Maybe I’ll hunt down a site with lots of crafty inspiration. What I do know is that the first person who complains about missing keys gets a hot glue gun thrown at them :)

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