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Key Crafts

Updated on October 9, 2014

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

Vintage clip art of skeleton key.
Vintage clip art of skeleton key.

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

- candles

- canisters

- 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!"

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!

Steampunk Art Uses Keys - Make a One of a Kind Widget Using Keys

Get new ideas, get inspired!

Use a few supplies to make this key and thimble wind chime. Click the photo to visit Thimble Crafts for instructions. Photo Credit:  Peggy Hazelwood.
Use a few supplies to make this key and thimble wind chime. Click the photo to visit Thimble Crafts for instructions. Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood.

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 Crafting
Keys for Crafting
For keys you want to keep, consider adding a decal to decorative keys like this one from Just Something I Made.
For keys you want to keep, consider adding a decal to decorative keys like this one from Just Something I Made.

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!

Snowman Ornaments -- Key Crafts

Snowman Ornaments -- Key Crafts
Snowman Ornaments -- Key Crafts | Source

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More Crafting Fun

Silverware Crafts
If you've seen wind chimes made from vintage silverware, you have an idea of what silverware crafts are.

Book Crafts
Books may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of crafting, but book crafts can be fun and when you're done,

Costume Jewelry Crafts
Costume jewelry crafts are simply crafts made using costume jewelry. This can include using a piece, such as clip on earrings,

Button Crafts
Crafting with buttons is one of the most fun ways to show off pretty buttons whether they're vintage buttons or new ones.

Lace Crafts
Lace crafts can be delicate and beautiful. Embellishing items with lace, using lace as a stencil, or creating lace by knitting or crocheting

Rope Crafts
Crafting with rope can be a fun hobby that results in some useful objects with textures you just don't get with another medium.

Jar Crafts
I usually recycle my glass jars, but I also tend to keep a whole bunch of them for crafts.

Making Bookmarks -- Book Thongs
Making bookmarks, like book thongs, is a fun craft that ends in a useful bookmark to use to keep track of where you left off.

Crafts Using Tins
Do you have empty tins that you hate to just throw away? These crafts using tins will give you lots of ideas.

Matchbox Crafts
Matchbox crafts are a way to craft in miniature, especially if you choose to use the small matchboxes that measure about 2 inches by 1-3/8 inches.

Crafting with Bandanas
Bandanas are patterned handkerchiefs that often have paisley designs making for a lovely square of fabric perfect for crafting.

Bottle Caps Crafts--Making Art With Bottle Caps
Bottle caps crafts range from simple bottle cap necklaces or magnets to this grand lady shown here with bottle cap arms and legs.

Rock Painting -- How to Paint Rocks
I saw an article online about rock painting and decided that I had to try that! I don't consider myself to be artistic at all, but I do love crafts.

Let me know you dropped by to check out Key Crafts.

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    • jmchaconne profile image


      5 years ago

      Thank you for an informative lens, very well done. I'm going to use it as a related lens on one I've just published about keys.

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      How did you know about my junk drawer with the keys? ;-) I've always loved the old skeleton keys best. That thimble and keys wind chime is darling. Love the Keys for Kindness initiative. What a fabulous mission.

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      5 years ago

      I love keys -- there's just something mysterious and magical about them, kinda like the way certain papers feel when you hold them between your fingers ... or like other things: artistic wine labels, for instance. I enjoyed some of the outbound links you highlighted, especially the blog: My salvaged Treasures; I really liked what she did with her keys! Thanks for this article. Best wishes!!!

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      5 years ago

      I love keys -- there's just something mysterious and magical about them, kinda like the way certain papers feel when you hold them between your fingers ... or like other things: artistic wine labels, for instance. I enjoyed some of the outbound links you highlighted, especially the blog: My salvaged Treasures; I really liked what she did with her keys! Thanks for this article. Best wishes!!!

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      Never heard of Keys for Kindness, thanks.

    • lisln profile image


      6 years ago from Denver Colorado

      This is a great idea I have never heard of a key craft before how interesting. I like the monkey keys they are so cute.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      6 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I love the look of old looking antique keys. You have an awesome collection going here and the snowmen ornaments are adorable.

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I never knew there were so many things to do with old keys - I love the snowman keys, and the Keys for Kindness is a marvelous idea!

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      Winter52 LM 

      6 years ago

      Love the snowman keys ;)

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      6 years ago


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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love the Keys for Kindness... I've got to do something with my keys!

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      6 years ago

      Keys are beautiful! Wonderful lens! :)

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      6 years ago

      I'm glad I learned about "Keys for Kindness" today, thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I love the idea of a key necklace. I think that is mostly because my Godmother used to wear her house key on a necklace so she didn't have to carry a purse. That reminds me of her :)

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      6 years ago

      I just got such a kick out of you wondering if you could have too many keys for crafts...and Keys for Kindness sounds like an excellent solution to a key problem. There are so many possibilites and one you get started using keys for crafting, I'm thinking it gets a little addictive, I especially like the old keys and many can still be found in junk drawers and rummage sales as well as antique shops. Very creatively done!

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      I'm a bit of a steampunk loving nerd, so I love skeleton keys and pocket watches so I love this stuff, great work.

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      6 years ago

      I should have found this when we were cleaning out my in-laws house. My dad-in-law never ever threw out a key. What a collection!

      I think you've covered all the bases, here! Lots of fun key crafts and ideas!

    • Thankfultw profile image


      6 years ago

      Lovin' the skeleton keys! My favorite. Wonderful lens.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      When I was a little girl I used to play with my mother's keys. She would have loved seeing this!

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      Laura Hofman 

      6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Lots of great ideas here! I too have a drawer full of old keys. Now I need to get busy crafting! âº

    • blue22d profile image


      7 years ago

      Excellent lens. You do have a way with crafts. I love keys. I believe it has something to do with the fact they link to history, especially if it is an old key. You never can tell what was behind that particular door, safe or box!

    • Belle13Dreams profile image


      7 years ago

      Love keys! Like the key symbolism!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      You have the most interesting ideas. Love this lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I love old keys and was fortunate to have my sister pass me an old one that I carry with me for luck. I just like how it feels so it makes me feel lucky.

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      7 years ago

      Some great ideas here for crafting with keys. I have a drawer with several keys in it and some mysteriously lock something - I just don't remember what!

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      desa999 lm 

      7 years ago

      Fascinating look at keys from an unusual perspective. Well done.

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love antique keys, they have such great fancy designs. Nicely done, I am sure there are many projects that could be inspired by old keys.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I display some nifty old keys on my wine cork board to give it a little extra dimension and interest.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: Thanks, Joan! I appreciate it!

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      I came by and pinned this under "Projects."

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      7 years ago

      I love keys, especially those fancier types. Great lens! Lots of useful resources :D

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      7 years ago from United States

      I love finding old skeleton keys in junk piles, they're a craft goldmine :)

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      A very interesting source of ideas and help for key crafting, one theme I have not tried -yet. Great lens - blessed.

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      7 years ago from McLaughlin

      What an interesting lens. I have a sister with MS. I didn't know about this non-profit.


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