DIY, or do-it-yourself crafts are becoming more and more common activities in our society, and that’s no surprise. With the proliferation of Google and the rest of the internet, it’s become more and more easy to research, create, re purpose, and recreate ordinary objects that would normally be thrown out into fantastic new objects. One particular DIY craft that people are catching up on is the re purposing of keys. If you’ve gotten your locks changed or re-keyed you might be left with a bunch of old keys – you don’t want to hang onto those. They will just add clutter and perhaps be confused with your new, working keys and cause you inconveniences. The best thing to do is to take the opportunity to de-clutter, clearing off some of those keys from your key ring and making DIY crafts with them. Here’s some ideas.
Make a Key Box
If you’re the type of person that likes to hold on to memories or keepsakes, making a key box is an excellent option. Take a wooden box, and glue a bunch of old keys to the top so that they link up together. It’s a fantastic way to store any ephemera or memories and makes a fantastic way to box a gift for a friend or loved one. This key box can be a fantastic way to keep old jewelry, pictures, fliers, letters, toys, or really, anything you want!
There’s endless possibilities here. There’s a billion ways that one can go with this sort of craft. There’s tons of ways to utilize old keys in jewelry design – whether you want a hanging bangle, like earrings, a bohemian chic necklace, or a headpiece. Just get creative and try something that you’ve never tried before!
Make a Key Rack
This is a fantastic and kooky organizational tool. It’s a key rack meant to hold on to your functioning keys…made from old keys. In order to complete this DIY project, simply bend old keys into 90 degree angles and attach them to a board – then simply pick out a color to paint it, or leave it bare, and a perfect wall or spot to mount it to – and you’ll have a custom, totally unique key rack that will add a touch of whimsy – as well as functionality – to your home.
Make Wind Chimes
This craft is great if you have an outdoor space, or even a window that opens at the top. All you need to accomplish the project is around 20 small keys, some eye hooks, some driftwood, and some fishing line. Use the fishing line to tie keys at a bunch or varying levels and attach them to the driftwood using the tiny eyehooks. When you’re finished, you’ll have a cute custom windchime to hang outside!
Make Custom Strange Decor
You can absolutely utilize old keys for everyday decor or even a party decoration. For those looking for sort of a lived-in, post-industrial, or even Victorian throwback steampunk aesthetic, old keys can provide the perfect mood. Make a key-board, attach keys to napkin holders, frame them on doorframes – the possibilities are endless. We recommend visiting Pinterest.com and searching for do-it-yourself projects that you can complete with a bunch of old keys.