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Ideas for upcycling old keys

My husband surprised me with a gift of a rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present… It has led to contemplation about crafts with keys. We’ve had fun playing with and coming up with ideas to repurpose old keys.

If you don’t happen to have a bunch of old keys great places to look for them are a flea market, car boot sales, rummage sales, thrift shops. Alternatively if you have any friends involved in letting agencies they may have some old keys in their office. Old vintage keys may take some patience to find.


Do you have a bunch of old keys? wondering what to make? Great ideas for upcycling old keys #oldkeys #upcycle

On a rather wet and miserable day, my husband and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the sculptural animals. No searching Pinterest for upcycling old key ideas for them, they just got stuck in and had fun.

Such creativity.

Upcycling Old Keys, have fun making creations/animals with keys

As you can see they played with keys, threads, screws and a piece of wood.

My thoughts wandered to wall art – I played with layering the keys up to create snowflakes. You can read more about this key project on Hometalk.


Repurposed windchimes by Domesticallyblissful – this idea is just super cute – I love how the keys dangle in the wind.



Or how about a picture representing where you and your partner met? Use customised maps to make this a truly unique gift, perfect as valentine token.


UPcycle Keys into Heart Picture


Or how about setting them in resin to create coasters? Find the tutorial here.



This DIY key wind chime is a great upcycling project to make with children, the fun DIY is bright and colourful – what’s not to love?? This fun project makes unique gifts for grandparents.



Wondered about how easy it is to bend keys? DIY Caitlin has you covered with this gorgeous driftwood coat hanger – find the full tutorial on their you tube channel, the bent key is a great hook for coats.



Australian Upcycler Michael Moerkerk upcycles older keys into a variety of upcycled sculptures. Key bowels are beautiful, I have to admit they are beyond my skill level and I have no tips as to how to achieve this!



These are just ingenious – I have to admit I am not particularly a Harry Potter fan but that doesn’t stop me loving the DIY flying key mobile inspired by the first Harry Potter movie.




I hope you have been inspired by these awesome DIY ideas.

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K-Dawn Bennett

Sunday 18th of September 2022

Give me a jug of old keys instead of dinner out any day!! Great ideas and cute projects. I made windchimes using an old horse shoe and keys. Keep the ideas coming! Thanks for sharing!

Carol m

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

The coaster idea was great.It looks simple to do.and beautiful results.

Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

What great ideas! And wow, so many pretty old-fashioned keys! Any tips on getting screws through the keys? Did you just use a drill or is there some trick to doing it? Great job, Vicky! :) Lisa


Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

I would make a mobile for outdoors.


Friday 27th of January 2017

Some lovely ideas, here. Thanks for sharing them. I particularly enjoyed seeing the snowflake design. I live in hope of some day getting hold of a nice collection of old and interesting keys. I'd love to make a hanging mobile, or perhaps 'bunting', but with keys instead of fabric triangles, to honour my Goddess, who has keys as one of her primary symbols. Xx

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