Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder

I used old fence to make this wood sign and then added hooks along the bottom for my keys. I had another plan to decorate a key holder until I came across how to use your home printer to transfer letters to wood on Pinterest. I had to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

First thing I did was build the sign. I used three pieces of wood fence and two pieces of scrap wood for the back. I nailed them together and lightly sanded the wood.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

I first saw this tutorial for transferring letters to wood on Pinterest from Upcycled Treasures. I printed the saying I wanted to use with my ink jet printer in reverse. Place the letters face down on the wood. Instead of using a brush to wet the paper I used a damp sponge. I think it allows a little more control to how wet you get the paper. If you get it too wet, the ink will run.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

Working small sections at a time, I used the cap of my sharpie to rub the back side of the letters, transferring the ink to the wood.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

After I finished transferring, I filled in the letters with sharpie markers.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

My fence wood was a little old and blah, so I used a natural colored stain to bring out the wood grain.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

I drilled small holes for the hooks. This wood was very old and dry and I didn't want to take a chance of it splitting. 

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

The last thing I did was add some hardware to the back so I could securely hang it on the wall.

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree

Recycled Wood Sign Key Holder, Over The Apple Tree


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24 comments:

  1. This is so cute! Love how you brought out the woodgrain as well!

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  2. I love this! It came out beautiful and I love the saying.

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  3. What a nice key holder! What a great idea!! Super creative! This would be a great addition to Making Memories Mondays that is going on now! I would love to see you there! :-)
    Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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  4. I really love this! It's so neat!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  5. Hi Laura, wow you made a great key holder. TFS the tutorial how to make one.
    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We hope to see you again.
    Julie

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  6. So cute! I was given a bunch of cut up pieces of fence a few weeks ago and you are giving me all kinds of ideas! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  7. This is so adorable. I have never tried this transfer method before. I think I will give it a try.

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  8. What a great idea! We certainly need a place to keep our keys. Love this sentiment!

    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thanks so much Virginia! See you next week for the party.

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  9. This looks great. I love the rust look and the quote you used.

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  10. Really like this! :) Pinned to Trash 2 Treasure Highlights.

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  11. I hopped over from Pinworthy Wednesday to check out your DIY sign. It is so awesome. I can't wait to try this technique. I'm pinnng and sharing.

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  12. This is so cute and looks easy to do - I'm rather craft challenged. Looks very professional. Appreciate you sharing.

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  13. Hi Laura, Love your new key holder & the quote. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight Party @DearCreatives See you again soon!

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  14. Thanks so much for linking these up at our Bewitchin' Projects Block Party last week! I chose you as one of my 3 features at www.recreateddesgins.com. Love this idea and love the great idea to use a sharpie! Thanks again and have a great week. Hugs, Lisa

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    1. That's fantastic Lisa thank you so much!

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  15. Laura it is so cute I love it -Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  16. Oh my! This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week, so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. Hi Laura, I hope all is well with you. Have a nice week.

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  18. Your project is so cute! I like its simplicity and the message, too.

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  19. I loved this idea and cannot wait to try to make it myself. I have recently been working with a locksmith who is remaking all of the keys to my home and I have been trying to find a beautiful way to display the old keys that I have. I think I have found it by reading your new blog!

    Earl Mark @ Eastway Lock

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