5-Minute DIY Vintage Key Necklaces

5 minute DIY vintage necklaces

I sort of have a thing for vintage keys… and simple DIY’s with big results. Add the two together, and I present to you the ultra-simple 5 minute DIY key necklaces! (yes, I meant that to be read with the same awesomeness of a circus announcer). Things you’ll need:

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Necklace Chains

Jump Rings (Charm Hooks)

Vintage Keys

Nail Polishes (one in a bold color & one in gold)

Clear Nail Polish

Ribbon & String 

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how to make a vintage key necklace

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retro style DIY key necklace

1. Paint nail polish onto the keys in thick short strokes, and let dry completely.

2. Once dry, apply the clear coat.

3. Attach jump ring through the cutout in the ring.

4. Tie red string to the jump ring.

DIY glitter key necklace

Repeat step for the first key, with glittery gold nail polish. Then tie black velvet ribbon around the middle.

diy rustic key necklace

For a rustic look, leave a key as is, and tie ribbon to the jump ring.

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It’s almost too easy for instructions, isn’t it? Have any tips or ideas? Let me know!

5-Minute DIY Vintage Key Necklaces

5 minute DIY vintage necklaces

I sort of have a thing for vintage keys… and simple DIY’s with big results. Add the two together, and I present to you the ultra-simple 5 minute DIY key necklaces! (yes, I meant that to be read with the same awesomeness of a circus announcer). Things you’ll need:

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Necklace Chains

Jump Rings (Charm Hooks)

Vintage Keys

Nail Polishes (one in a bold color & one in gold)

Clear Nail Polish

Ribbon & String 

_________________________

how to make a vintage key necklace

_______________________________________________________________________

retro style DIY key necklace

1. Paint nail polish onto the keys in thick short strokes, and let dry completely.

2. Once dry, apply the clear coat.

3. Attach jump ring through the cutout in the ring.

4. Tie red string to the jump ring.

DIY glitter key necklace

Repeat step for the first key, with glittery gold nail polish. Then tie black velvet ribbon around the middle.

diy rustic key necklace

For a rustic look, leave a key as is, and tie ribbon to the jump ring.

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It’s almost too easy for instructions, isn’t it? Have any tips or ideas? Let me know!

Comments

  • intomind

    12.16.11

    this is so pretty. i’m glad i found your blog!

  • Jennifer

    12.16.11

    OMG, these are so darling, I love it!

  • hanneke

    12.16.11

    Love this! Great idea.

  • Ashley

    12.17.11

    Where do you find your vintage keys and what’s the best place to look out for some?

    • I actually had a bag of them sent to me recently as a gift (from Seth’s mom), but i’ve had the most luck finding them in old antique shops (not nice, new shops), and estate sales.

    • Jennifer said:

      I had the same question, try ebay, i saw quite a few listings.

      • So true! The best question would be what is Ebay not good for.

      • Alexis said:

        ebay will be expensive, i have an obsession with skeleton keys. I would suggest thrift stores or antique places. and patience, dont spend too much on the first ones you see. happy hunting

  • Hilary

    12.17.11

    So classy!

  • Evelyn Stice

    12.23.11

    This just gave me the best idea! How cute and easy would it be to cut out key shapes from card stock, paint/glitter them up, and use them as part of gift wrap or other craftinesses?

  • Lost In Seine

    12.30.11

    So cool! I will definitely try to do it, I just need to find the vintage keys :)

  • Ana

    12.30.11

    Hi! Have you tried the crackle nail polish for this? I wonder if that would make for a more distressed look? Idk…hmm perhaps I’ll have to try… Lovely blog doll, have a nice day!

    • I haven’t tried the crackle nail polish but that idea is brilliant!

  • harper hanson

    01.05.12

    I saw Maize Hutton share a tutorial exactly like this last summer.

    • I’m not familiar with Maize Hutton, but I’ll have to check it out! I’m new to the blogging world :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelly

    01.23.12

    Oh my, so cute! I never thought of painting keys with nail polish; what a great way to revamp them! And the ribbon is an adorable touch. If you’re into key jewelry, you might like this project we have on our site:

    http://www.allfreebeadedjewelry.com/Wire-Necklace/Secrets-at-Midnight-Necklace

    It has a little lock too!

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try :)

    • Let me know how it works out for you! And thanks for the link!

  • Sandra

    01.28.12

    Amazing! What a cute blog. The kind i always wanted to have but been too lazy to build :(
    Keep it up, so happy to check it everyday :)

    • Thanks Sandra! You’re the reason I try to keep up with it :)

  • Kate

    04.16.12

    what gold glitter nail polish did you use?

    • Ashley said:

      Hey Kate! I used Glow Up Already by OPI and added a few sprinkles of Martha Stewart Gold glitter while it was still wet. Let me know how it turns out for you :)

  • ikumi

    04.28.12

    hey! I stumbled upon your site and found this post help and inspiring! thanks for sharing :)

  • guy

    12.09.12

    Vintage malls… best place for a vintage key!