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Shabby Chic Christmas Santa Key’s

It is a few months past Christmas {and certainly nowhere near July} but as I was going through my pictures I wanted to take the time to post a few of my favorite little Christmas Crafts I made this year.

Since moving to Texas three years ago I have partially fallen in love with shabby chic. {Coming from a very modern Seattle is quite the change}. I thought I would have fun chalking up and distressing a few frames. I bought all of my little frames for $1 at the Canton Trade Days. The metal keys were purchased ornaments from Walmart which I took the hangers off of and spray painted gold.

To distress I simply sprayed the frames a dark brown. When dry I painted over with two coats of white chalk paint. When completely dry I hand sanded around the frame to look distressed. {Can you say easy peasy??}

Since the frames I purchased were “open frames” I simply took cardboard and a box cutter and made my own back that would insert perfectly in place. Then I used a burlap grain sack and cut it down to size, wrapping it around the cardboard back and securing it with hot glue. To finish off the back and look “professional” I cut brown paper and glued onto each back and then hammered down hardware for hanging.

To make the words I used a small set of alphabet stamps. I simply stamped with Stays-On ink directly onto linen fabric and then frayed the ends.

The tassels on the ends of each key are made from several different types of lace and ribbons. One of the ribbons says “Merry Christmas” in gold. I also added other fun findings in my box of goodies like a string of tiny white pearls. To attach them to the end of the metal key simply used jute twine. Everything is adhered in place with hot temp glue.

Using the same technique I made these sweet pieces out of antique shell buttons of all sizes. Some are also plastic craft buttons. I like to buy ones that are varying shades of white for a monochromatic look. The typewriter keys are stickers that you put onto metal circles. The burlap underlay is simply a grain sack. Tiny jute twine bows accent the top of each tree and wreath.

These are all small enough that they also look adorable as Christmas Tree ornaments. They are the perfect size to gift friends and light up their day. I placed these pieces in my sister’s shop, Nostalgic Thread, downtown Idaho Falls.

I used the following supplies {or similar} to make these projects:

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