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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!"

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 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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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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.

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