Unlock Happy Memories With a House Keys Shadow Box
Create a design-friendly keepsake that's perfect for first-time homeowners, new parents, college grads and more.
Renting your first apartment, purchasing your first home, moving in with your S.O. — they're all memorable moments that can be displayed on a dime, and with little crafting know-how.
Materials + Tools
- shadow box (here: 5"x7")
- swatch for background (card stock, fabric, wallpaper, etc.)
- 1-3 keys
- spray adhesive
- pen or pencil
- scissors or utility knife
- mini tags (optional, for labeling)
1: Gather your materials in a well-ventilated workspace. If you want to change the backdrop of your shadow box, use scraps of wallpaper, gift wrap, fabric or card stock.
2: Remove the back of the shadow box, and use it as the template for your new backdrop. Trace with a pen or pencil and then cut out.
3: Attach the backdrop to your shadow-box backing with spray adhesive. Attach slowly to avoid air bubbles. Let dry.
4: Determine your labeling method. You can use miniature, store-bought price tags, strips of paper or simply write onto the fabric with a pen. Add any details you want, from simply "first house" to the home's city or address number. This is completely optional, as keys look beautiful displayed alone, too.
5: Place your house keys on the new backing and determine the proper spacing. One by one, spray the back of each key with a strong adhesive and place onto the backing. Let dry.
6: Once the labels are attached, ensure everything is dry before adding the backing back into the shadow box. Hang it on the wall or place it on a shelf.