I had started a collection of vintage skeleton keys a few years ago, but stored them in a drawer. I really love skeleton keys because the 1950s home I grew up in had keys
like this, although most of them were fazed out for newer, safer
keys when we moved in (but one of these may or may not be the key we still need to open the shed). For a long time, I was stumped because what do you do with skeleton keys? One day, it dawned on me: frame them!
Silk ribbon (I used silk because the sheen is a nice contrast against the patina of the keys)
Skeleton keys (I used 5 – I like odd numbers)
Straight pins (5)
How to display vintage skeleton keys:
- Tie a ribbon around each key, at various lengths, securing the ribbon with a bow
- Slide a straight pin through the back of the bow (to hide it)
- Push the pin into the shadow box
- Fuss a little to arrange the bow so it looks nice
- Re-insert the glass and call it a day!
|. . . are a-okay!|
For now, my collection of vintage skeleton keys is displayed Hubby’s new DIY desk. Because my shadow box has room for a photo, I added a picture taken in Budapest Hungary that features some ironwork because the colour and texture really complement my arrangement of keys.