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 :)


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black January 13, 2012 at 7:11 am



2 Nikki January 13, 2012 at 8:29 am

Really cute! It’s always fun to see what Pinterest crafts others have actually completed, instead of just pinned. I’ve got a lot of pins to accomplish…. ;)


3 Erin January 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

That is really cute! I need to find more time to do crafty things.


4 Tina @ mylifeasamrs January 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE… oh my goodness, totally wishing i did this instead of buying a key ring holder from anthropologie (totally over priced! hah)


5 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker January 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

This is so pretty! I love how inexpensive and easy it appears to be!


6 Joanna January 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Shawnda, maybe this is a stupid question, but how did you get the hooks into the frame? Were you able to screw them in, or did you glue them, or something else? thanks!


7 foodiebride January 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

I screwed them in. I measured, punched a small ‘starter hole’ with my husband’s drill (although after I did that, I realized it was overkill – I could have just lightly tapped the hook onto the frame with the hammer for the starter hole), and then just screwed them in!


8 Kristy January 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This is so cute! I love the colors you chose, too, really catches the eye.


9 Cara January 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I would love to be more crafty too.. but I don’t think it’s gonna happen this year! (Adding to my list of things I’ll do once I’m able to stay home!) Awesome job :)


10 Melissa January 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I love Pinterest too. Your key holder looks great.


11 Sarah January 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Oh, good lord–I spend way too much time on Pinterest. I also keep planning on actually using all of those ideas I keep pinning. Love your frame–so cute!


12 Joanne January 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Well I’ll be. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a key holder look so snazzy!


13 Kathryn January 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Isn’t Pinterest fun? I’ve just spent the last thirty minutes playing and pinning. =D You did an amazing job on the key holder – love it!


14 Krystal @ {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} January 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Love it, it’s so chic and simple. Pinterest makes everything fun and exciting!!!


15 yolanda March 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I love this idea! Really cute!


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