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Vintage Key Christmas Ornament DIY

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:

vintage Christmas ornament

vintage Christmas ornament

vintage Christmas ornament

vintage Christmas ornament

The only thing left is to hang some on the tree:

song sheet Christmas ornament

Happy Crafting!