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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 DIY projects involving keys.

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

My thoughts wandered to wall art – I played with layering the keys up to create snowflakes. 

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? Find the tutorial here.

UPcycle Keys into Heart Picture


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


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Caren K

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Super! Sus!

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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