I've been looking for a big trunk or chest for our living room (no luck so far) and checked out several consignment shops last Saturday. At the Mona Lisa consignment in AF, there wasn't a trunk, but there were these little wood plaques that had old seed packets mod-podged onto them. I loved it, so I made my own (the plaques, about 2"x4", were 12$ a piece). Here's my version:
this one, sans butterflies), and the burlap, and got the seed packets at walmart for 20 cents a piece. I also tried to age the packets a little bit, but you can't tell in the picture. I crumpled them up and folded them a bunch and rubbed them on the burlap to make the creases look old. I also added some dirt.
My next framing idea was inspired by something I saw at Gardner Village forever ago, and then was reminded when I saw the skeleton keys at the consignment shop (for 4-5$ each- I remember being in high school and going to Star Mill before it was all prettied up and getting a whole jar of skeleton keys for that same price). Anyway, since I didn't want to spend that much on them, I just googled "skeleton keys" and found this place and bought a bunch there for a lot less. I actually already owned that first big jailer's set- I got it at Tai Pan awhile ago. So, on my bookcase I now have this: