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.


12 thoughts on “Ideas for upcycling old keys”

  1. Ooo, I saw these keys when you shared them on Instagram and wondered what you had in mind.
    I love the animals and the sign of course (I’m very diplomatic!) and I’m racking my brains to think what I would do with them.
    A windchime maybe, or bend them to make something else. Are the easy to bend? Could they be made into hooks? I’m sure I’ve seen real keys incorporated into peoples mixed media art canvases, that might be fun. Or could they just be used as weights in a coat or jacket. I’ve never used weights in a garment but I believe that is a thing! Oooo, or as weights on a tablecloth for the fab summer we are going to have this year…or round a cover to keep flies off a jug or dish of food outside. I’m thinking as I type, can you tell?I’ll stop now, I’m sure you have bucket loads of great ideas.

  2. I love old keys, they remind me of a reading scheme story about a magic key that ended up in a picture and the mum had to buy it for the kids because they wanted it back! I love the snowlflakes especially πŸ™‚

  3. The snowflake keys are so precious and original! What wonderful, artistic creativity you share with others. ❄️❄️❄️

  4. Love old keys, also, and enjoyed this site…so how about some earrings, especially ones that don’t match each other. A friend sent a pair to me that ended up broken during shipment but the way they broke made them perfect to wear…a 2 inch and a 3 inch. Then there is the possibility of brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and probably a myriad of other items along the jewelry line that others can think of. I have an encaustic art piece that incorporated two keys that is also really nice.

  5. I would do two things. First, make a display with a handmade little rat…a packrat. He would have a key around his neck with an old piece of hemp or torn rag. Then I’d add other found items to his little “home” box that would make it cozy for him.

    The second thing would be to make a necklace using an old key and attach a stamped metal sign with the key that says something like “dream” or “wish” or “love” along with a few charms.

  6. 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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