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Crafting with Keys
If you're like me, you have a junk drawer (or two or three) with loose keys. You don't remember what they went to. Maybe one was to that house you sold or a friend's house key they wanted you to keep, but you've lost track. Put those keys to good use and make some key crafts.
Some of the craft projects listed below use just one key, and some use a whole mess of keys. I've also included clip art of keys for when you want to decoupage a key onto something.
Decide what you want to make and get busy. Most of these crafts are easy and quick, which is just what I like in my crafting projects!
Graphic Source: The Graphics Fairy
Use Clip Art of Keys for Crafts
Crafting with clip art or graphics is a fun way to decoupage a tired item to give it new life. The Graphics Fairy is just one place online to grab free vintage clip art of things like skeleton keys. (The skeleton key shown here is courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.)
Keys are good images to use on all sorts of things like:
- light switch covers
- dressers or boxes
Let your imagination go wild and use key clip art. Links to more clip art of keys are provided below.
Graphic Source: The Graphics Fairy
Clip Art of Keys for Crafting - Use key clip art in crafting.
Use this clip art of keys for crafting or scrapbooking. Add keys to graphic design projects at work, too: "You're the key to our success!"
- *The Graphics Fairy LLC*: Vintage Clip Art - Ornate Key - Steampunk
Today we have a wonderful Ornate Key from an 1870's Science Magazine! I've made a second version, that's a silhouette, to give you some options.
- The Vintage Moth..: Happy All Hallow's Eve! Negative of Skeleton Keys
Vintage Moth offers some photos but the negative (instead of the normal positive version), including some skeleton keys.
Loose Keys for Crafting - Plum outta keys? Here you go! Get your own instant key collection.
Key Crafts Using Lots of Keys - Gather those stray keys and start crafting!
Get new ideas for using keys in crafts. Visit these links for ideas for making wind chimes, key racks, and more!
- Sun Hats & Wellie Boots: Magical Key Wind Chimes
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- Collecting: Vintage Alphabets and Numbers | Just Something I Made
Collecting: Vintage Alphabets and Numbers -- Scroll down to see the collection of keys: This wonderful old numbered board once held hotel keys from an establishment along the Mason-Dixon line. It was a gift from my friend Karen and now displays a few
- Discuss Crafts - old keys
Welcome to La Vida Crafty. Discuss Crafts - old keys. Several ideas for crafting with keys.
- Repurpose Key Holder DIY
This project is a twofer. With a piece of wood, screws, and some pliers, I transformed the castoffs into a rack to hold and organize my current stash.
Steampunk Art Uses Keys - Make a One of a Kind Widget Using Keys
Get new ideas, get inspired!
Key and Thimble Wind Chime
Use old keys and a thimble to make a windchime
Make an easy wind chime with old keys and a thimble. The tinkling of these three brass keys make a nice, mellow tone. To find the perfect tone for your wind chime, try out keys before hand to get just the right sound.
Directions for making this craft are available at my Thimble Crafts article.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Keys in the Kitchen - Craft some molded chocolate keys or just open a cold one with a church key bottle opener.
Keys for Crafting
Keys for Kindness
When you have too many keys to craft with. Wait. Is that possible?
Keys for Kindness is a non-profit organization that combines recycling with raising money for Multiple Sclerosis. From the Keys for Kindness Web site:
"Keys for Kindness is an idea that began long ago when a family member was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Kathy wanted to find a way to help raise money for the M.S. society. Recycling has been a family way of life for many years. We realized that combining the two and finding a unique way to help out Kathy and her family would be great .
A drawer full of metal keys sparked an idea. Why not ask others to clean out their drawers of old keys and send them to us. We then recycle them, which in turn allows us to donate more to the M.S. Society, L.I. New York division/ Team friends , while also helping the Go Green effort. Every little bit counts.
If you want to donate cash, please do not send it to us, click on Kathy's personal page and it will take you right there. Kathy has raised her goal for the coming year to $2000. If you cannot send keys, please send what you can to Kathy, no amount is too small. Help her reach her goal any way you can. send the old keys to us. Thank You, it really means a lot."
Photo Credit: Just Something I Made
Make Keys Glow in the Dark - Use Glow in the Dark Mod Podge
Make your keys glow in the dark so you can find them in your purse with Glow in teh Dark Mod Podge.
Amy at Mod Podge Rocks has a tutorial for you so search for it and get busy!
Keep Your Keys Organized
Key Wall Art - Display those keys in art for your wall.
- Refurbished key portrait. - Mod Podge Rocks!
My friend LollyChops is going to love this project - it uses shades of her most favorite color, TEAL! I found this sad little piece of key art, broken and golden, at Hobby Lobby. I'm sure it wasn't supposed to be broken, and what likely happened is s
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DIY Trash to Treasure Quick Projects Sometimes you might just need a "Project Fix". Well you are in the right place. These are all quick projects to get you thorough those times when you have more creativity than time. Several projects using keys--sc
Jewelry Made with Keys
- HelloGiggles; Item of the Day--Little Key Necklace
Item of the Day by Jennifer Still -- How cute is this little key necklace? I particularly like the antique feel without losing its modern touch. I don't need a mess of rust and moss growing on my jewelry for it to have that nice antique-y vibe. It's
- Lark Crafts
Beautiful vintage keys painted with nail polish!
- My Salvaged Treasures: Visions of Spring Repurposed Jewelry
Signs of spring direct from my jewelry stash. I'll take it anywhere I can find it, and at least these won't die.
Crafts Using Keys - Get more ideas for key crafts here.
- Discuss Crafts - old keys
Welcome to La Vida Crafty. Discuss Crafts - old keys.
- Uses for Old Keys | ThriftyFun
This is a guide about uses for old keys. Old keys cry out for a new crafty life. There are many interesting projects you can undertake to create something fun and useful from old keys.
- Craftside: How to make a key and knife frame holder inspired by the book Steampunk Chic
It's Wednesday and that means Craftside Giveaway Day! Whoo hoo! Today's book is Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair from Recycled Finds and the project I have to share with you is my spin on the book's plant stake tutorial. But first...
Snowman Ornaments -- Key Crafts
Hide a Key - Don't get locked out again with the help of these cute friends.
Make Your Own Key Holders - If you've got the keys, here's how to make a holder.
- LOVE Valentine's Day keyholder. - Mod Podge Rocks!
Have you ever thought about turning a frame into a key holder? I think it's a great idea. Especially when you can do it on a budget, and make it as cute as Man Podger Walter did. There are heart frames like you see above available at Michaels for $1,
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