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Vintage Key Art

Create this vintage key art with gold frame. An easy and inexpensive project using gold gilding and other simple craft supplies.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Although we typically don’t do much to celebrate the Irish tradition, I thought it would be fun to join a group of other Canadian bloggers in creating something gold. For these projects, we used gold gilding, gold leaf, gold paint and more.

Of course, I went to my old stand by, liquid gilding, as it hasn’t let me down yet! (Take a look at my gold gilded bird art and fabric pin board to see a couple of the projects I’ve done using gold gilding.)

This vintage key art project is super easy and will definitely add a bit of sparkle to your space.

DIY Vintage Key Art with Gold Gilded Frame

DIY Vintage Key Art


  • Shadow box
  • Vintage keys
  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid gold gilding
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Scrapbook paper or wallpaper
  • Magnets and/or superglue
DIY Vintage Key Art Supplies, Including Gold Gilding, Painter's Tape, Frame and Antique Keys

How to Make Vintage Key Art

  1. To begin, lightly sand your shadow box frame and tape off glass portion with painter’s tape.
  1. Apply a coat of gold liquid gilding to entire box (inside and out) except for the back (which will be covered with paper).
DIY Vintage Key Art with Gold Gilded Frame
  1. Once it’s dry (overnight is best), cut the paper the same size as the back and hold in place with glue or magnets (depending on if your shadow box backing is magnetized or not).
  1. Finally, attach the vintage keys with magnets or superglue. That’s it!
Framed Antique Keys with Gold Frame

For now, I have this antique key art sitting on a side table. Perhaps I’ll add it to a gallery wall I’m planning on installing soon.

Gold Gilded Shadow Box with Vintage Keys

More Gold Craft Ideas

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas? Be sure to check out these projects using gold.

15 Gold Craft Projects

DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug & Irish Coffee Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
“Mommy Loves Me” Heat-Transfer Onesie by It Happens In A Blink
Gold-Dipped Tear Drop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
Gold Lettered Vintage Plates by The Sweet Escape
“Don’t Miss The Colours of the Rainbow” Printable by Clean and Scentsible
Golden Pencils by The DIY Dreamer
Gold Speckled Eggs by Craftberry Bush
Kate Spade-inspired Coasters by Suburble
Gold-and-Black Layered Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects
Vintage Key Art by Satori Design for Living
Gold Bowties by Fynes Designs

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Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Love this!  Simple yet elegant!  Easy to do, too – my kind of project.  Pinned for later!

  2. I love how simple and elegant this project is, the focus is completely on the lovely vintage keys! Thanks for a great giveaway Shauna :)

    xo, Tanya

  3. So pretty Shauna! This picture could go in any room….it is so elegant! I love anything to do with keys…pictures, motifs, etc. I have a giant key hung on the wall in our front entry. Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  4. I love vintage keys – this is such a simple, but elegant piece, Shauna! Thank you for joining the hop, lady! 


  5. This looks like a fun and easy project, that turns out pretty darn good! I love old keys and this is a great way to display them.
    Debbie :)

  6. Beautiful…isn’t is amazing what gold leaving can do?  It really add class to your projects!

  7. Love vintage keys and I love Gold! So many great ideas on this contest, cant wait to try them! Thanks for this Shauna

  8. I really like your project, Shauna! I love its simplicity, and of course, the vintage flair. Great job – I still have yet to use liquid gold, but am dying to find the right project to give it a go!

  9. Your vintage keys art looks great Shauna! We have some old keys like that at our house but we use them in the doors. The kids really find them interesting and they usually go missing… I should frame them (without the glass!), then they would stay put – thanks for the idea and for the awesome giveaway!

  10. I love shadow box art. I have so many RIBBA frames at home that add that something extra to a gallery wall. Great project, love the keys!

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