Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sara ponders what to do with: OLD KEYS

Between moving my whole family and cleaning out new rental properties (my bread n' butter, as it were), I have amassed a growing collection of old house keys. Being thrifty, crafty, and attracted to shiny things, I find it difficult to just throw them away. So now the obvious question is- what the hell to do with them?

After about 30 seconds of Googling, I have come up with two crafty possibilities... *DRUM-ROLL*

Jewelry or wind chimes! And I probably have enough keys to do both!

Arguably, the use of old house keys as jewelry or wind chimes could be gloriously steam punk-ish... or right up there with gluing dry pasta to a piece of construction paper. I'm hoping for the former rather than the latter.

Exhibit A: Hardware Jewelry and Old Keys

Exhibit B: Bike Punk Wind Chime

Suggestions are welcome! And, to allude to my previous post, antique keys are definitely a hot item to find at estate sales or any other junkin adventure.

See also: PART II of "what to do with old keys..."

Stay turned for: Eventual results of key crafting!


  1. I know people who incorporate keys into artwork. Either sculptures or mixed media pieces. The cool thing about old keys is what they symbolize. It conjures up ideas about what the key is/was to. What did it unlock? Is there a lonely lock out there pining for it's better half? Anyways, my point is old keys are way to cool to just trash. I'm with you, use em to make radness.

  2. i'd spraypaint them in a monochromatic or complementary color scheme and arrange them in some sort of display case. Or on top of a jewelry box. I like the wind chime idea, too.

  3. @Shea, I'm with ya on the symbolism and I'd personally love to get my feet wet in mixed media. I've been kinda into paper crafting and since I'm not a scrapbooker- the best use for all the awesome textures and finishes of cardstock out there is MIXED MEDIA. *sigh*

    @K- yes on the painting! I've about decided I'm ready to spray paint stuff again. (Just not fucking furniture)