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 display 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.

Christmas Ornament DIY Instructions

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.

homemade vintage key Christmas ornament

diy vintage key christmas ornament

vintage key christmas ornament

diy vintage key christmas ornament

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

songsheet and key christmas ornament

Another Christmas ornament idea using vintage songsheets is to cover a ball with pieces of the songsheet.




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  1. too cute! Inspires me to make the circle with wood slabs.

  2. What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing!

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