Some businesses will frame the first dollar they made. Some actresses will frame the title page of the script of their first professional acting job. And some homeowners will frame their very first house key.
Now, I should point out that this project is hung up in an area very, very far away from any possible entrance. The last thing you want to do is hang up the key in an area where someone might be able to get their hands on it.
So, really, finding a place for the project that won't entice burglars is probably the hardest part about this project. All you need is a frame, some pretty paper or cardstock, a key, and paint. I decided to hand brush the key, but you can always use the hooked top of a coat hanger and dip the key in.
You can also use a page of a book for the background as well -- or the corner of a newspaper with the date you closed on the house. The possibilities really are endless.
It's hard to believe that, around this time last year, the original owners accepted our offer on what is now our humble abode. We didn't officially close until the middle of July -- we had to do that whole "cross-country roadtrip" thing -- but the date is still worth noting. A lot has changed since then, both in and out of the house, which only makes keepsake projects like this all the more important.