Saturday, August 11, 2012

Our Key Map

 Shortly before we moved into our new house, I saw this great idea for a key map on LearnVest. It's a shadow box with the keys of every place you've ever lived in... a "map" of your homes. I love stuff like this - cute, not overly done (i.e. not everyone has it hanging in their home), it celebrates our past together, and is a nice change from typical pictures.

Since we were still in our apartment (the first place we lived in together), it was perfect timing to get this started and have a key from every home we've shared together. So I got a copy of my apartment key made before we moved out, and then once we took possession of our house, got a copy of that made as well. A trip to Michael's landed me the shadow box and I had the labels already.

It took almost no effort to do this and it was quite cheap (under $15). If/when we move again, we can add to this and years from now, we can look back at the various keys and remember the fun times we had in each home we shared together.

Cost of materials:
Copying keys - $2.81 x 2
Shadow box - $7.84 (I got a great deal at Michael's. The regular price was $16.99)
Labels - free as we already had some.
Total cost: $13.46


  1. What a great idea! I'm kind of bummed that the hubby and I have already moved a bunch since being together... 7 times! And unfortunately I don't have keys from any of them. I guess I could kind of fudge it for the past and do it for real going forward. Thanks for the idea :)

    1. Wow - 7 times! You must be a moving wizard now!

      Glad you liked the idea.