Uses for Old Keys

August 2, 2006
Craft Uses for Keys

Information Tags

You can use a Dremel (or similar brand tool) to both cut the "teeth" section off the key and engrave information on the large section. Similar to a dog tag. You can then use these "tags" for identify pets and belongings (luggage perhaps?) Small key rings are available at most hobby and craft stores, as well as Walmart.

By Michael Carter

A Key for Santa

If you know of any small kids who live in a house or apartment that doesn't have a fireplace they may be concerned about how Santa Claus will get into their house. Go on the internet and do a search for "Santa's Magic Key". You can use any kind of key but the larger the better. You run Christmas ribbon through it and print out one of the poems that comes with the instructions. I print out the poem, laminate it, punch a hole and run it through the same ribbon. You may spend about a dollar per key, and you can sell them for up to $5.00. I've been doing this for a couple of years and I always sell a few and give away a few. Good luck!

By Margaret

Wind Chimes

Drift Wood and Fishing Line

I made a windchime from some "unknown" keys. I used old house keys, trunk keys, lock keys, etc. I put with the lighter, smaller ones at the bottom of each row and them tied at different levels with fishing line. I hung them from a small piece of driftwood. I used small eye hooks to hang 5 rows of 4 to 5 keys, and 2 larger eye hooks at each end on top of the driftwood. Love the other ideas here too!

By Reen1960

Pop Bottle Wind Chimes

Use the top of a 2 liter pop bottle and cut it where to top of the label is. Then poke some holes and hang the keys from the holes. It's a good craft for kids.


Key Box

I once saw a small box covered with glued on keys. It was really cute. Maybe paint the box black so the silver and gold keys really show up.

By Ginnee

Key Bracelet

Many years ago I saw in a movie magazine a lovely bracelet made by an actress. It was made of a variety of keys, it was very "antique looking" and was really attractive. The bracelet itself was a chain to which the keys were attached.

By Miranda.

Keeping Drapes Straight

If you want to keep the drapes and curtains straight - put keys in the hem.

By Susie

Old Key Necklace

I made a necklace out of part of my collection of old keys. There is 11 keys on the necklace with a one inch space between each key.

By Jennifer

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January 25, 2010

Create a simple decorator touch for your family room or front hallway using old keys. Gather a few old keys from rummage sales or flea markets or ask your friends or family if you can get a few.

key wall hanging


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September 23, 2012

Purchase an inexpensive Styrofoam cone, actually more of a pyramid, at a craft store. Get one about 8-10 inches tall, that has sides (or larger, if you have a lot of old keys and only want to make one).


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March 11, 2010

With keys and locks being a fashionable jewelry theme right now, you can make trendy pieces for very little. I put a large key from an antique store on a ball chain for a great casual necklace.


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October 8, 2008

I love to find new uses for old things. I have tons of keys and was wondering if anyone had any idea what could be done with them?


October 8, 20081 found this helpful

A wind chime? Use fishing line to tie them to a stick


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October 8, 20081 found this helpful

Make a Christmas wreath with them. Paint them green, red, or gold. Sprinkle with glitter. Hot glue to a circle of wood, styrofoam, etc.... Add bows or whatever.

October 8, 20080 found this helpful

How about "Santa's Magic Key". Make the note below and attach it to the key with a ribbon.

"We don't have a chimney for you to climb through, but if you don't visit my our house I don't know what I'll do.


Some say you are magic and can use any old key. As long as we hang it out in a place you're sure to see.

So we're leaving this old key right outside our door
Saying our prayers, jumping in bed, and we won't worry anymore."

October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I've also seen them framed in groups or by themselves in shadow boxes. You could use old newspaper or scrapbook paper to get the look shown.

October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Okay, two more ideas and I'm done! :)

Making some jewelry (earrings, bracelets, pendants or even keychains) would be cool.

Another idea is to embellish addressbooks or scrapbook pages with them. Good luck!

By okwes (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

My sister is collecting them to make a squash blossom style necklace.

October 8, 20080 found this helpful

I've seen them used in bird cages for the birds to play with.
Or make a "keyring" for the little ones to keep in their purses. Or put a few on a split ring for the babies to play with.


(sterilize first) Or, slip them in the hems of curtains to weigh the curtains down so they will hang straighter.

By GINGER (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

If you have a framed mirror or can find one cheap. Glue the keys to the frame in whatever order or fashion you want. It is great for changing your boring old mirror into something that will make people stop and say wow!
You can also use the keys in card making or scrap booking, altered art. Their are many many uses for your keys. Just think outside the box!

By caroly51 (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Our daughter made a beautiful sounding wind chime from old keys. The top of the wind chime was the bottom of a two liter soda bottle. Holes were punched with an icepick and nylon string used to hang the keys.


It has lasted 18 years; this year I restrung it. It has a beautiful tone.

By Cheryl P (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

Please don't give old (or new) keys to infants or toddlers. They are a lead poisoning hazard.

By Beth (Guest Post)
October 11, 20080 found this helpful

If you have any left and want to be done with them, you might want to give them to a school - - to use as "counters" to help younger kids with math skills. I had a small box of them in my second grade classroom and the kids loved them!


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October 12, 20080 found this helpful

I saw a TV show where they soldered/welded them together to make tables, plant stands, and other stuff. You need lots of keys, planning, and a great bit of imagination, but the items looked really neat.

October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Use as a paper weight.

April 18, 20160 found this helpful

make beautiful antique necklaces.....

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December 18, 2011

I want ideas on what to do with different kinds of keys? Thanks.

By Sue from IL


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December 19, 20110 found this helpful

Make a card that says you hold the key to my heart, and glue it on the card.

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November 17, 2011

Does anyone know of any organization collecting keys for children whose homes have no chimneys? I have a bunch to get rid of and would love to donate to this specific program.

By gem from Gordonsville, VA


December 12, 20111 found this helpful

I teach kindergarten and would love to make these for my students. My address is PO Box 58 Barrackville WV 26559 if anyone has any donations!

Thanks, Kindergarten Connie

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December 17, 2015

This is a page about key wind chime. Many people enjoy the soothing sounds of wind chimes. You can make your own using old keys.

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