If you are in possession of a nice collection of old keys and you don’t know quite what to do with them, then I have the perfect Christmas ornament DIY project for you!
I happen to have several old keys and wanted to diplay them in some way on my Christmas tree. After a little thought, I came up with a plan to create something that looked like a Christmas ball……only flatter.
Those circular woodsies (or wooden disks) that you can buy at a craft store were exactly what I needed for the base of my project. I purchased the three inch size which was about the right scale for the size of my keys.
Here is what I did:
1. To give the wood base a design, I cut out and decoupaged vintage song sheets to each side of the wood —because I am a huge fan of old song sheets and use them wherever I can! However, you could use any kind of decorative paper that you have on hand. Even newspaper would be a cool look. I used Mod Podge matte finish decoupage. First I brushed a layer on the wood and back side of my paper. After adhering the paper in place, I then brushed another layer of decoupage over the top of the paper and let dry before doing the other side.
2. I glued one key to the center front of each ornament with E6000 craft glue. I left the top of the key overhanging the wood so that I could use that key hole to thread my hanging string.
3. Finally, I cut a section of jute string and threaded it through the top of the key. I tied it in a knot to form a loop for hanging and that was it!
Here are some of the finished ornaments:
The only thing left is to hang some on the tree: