Glitter Key Ornaments

I’ve had these keys hanging around for over a year. I’ve been wanting to make them into framed keys, but I figured if I hadn’t done it by now I was never going to.

I used a spray primer at first, but it didn’t take well and they just turned a light chocolate brown. So I just took my chances and used the silver metallic spray paint and it worked perfectly, plus it dries quickly.

Then I got out my silver glitter and went to town. I couldn’t wait to make glitter key ornaments. I swear glitter lasts forever. I just poured the extra back into the bottle and it looked like I had it all back. I have to say Martha Stewart is my favorite glitter.

Our Santa Key broke from last year (I think Ammon was sticking it in all the doors) so I needed to make a new one. I only have 2, maybe 3 more years of believing in Santa, so I’m milking it for all it’s worth.

I used a store bought tag, dipped the edges in glue, then glitter. I used stamps to make the letters and design on the tag.

And then attached it to the glitter key with ribbon. I hung it on the door knob, but then thought of my grandsons and moved it.

Our Advent Tree is starting to look a little bare so I hung it there. And it’s by the front door. On Christmas Eve we hang it on the outside by the front door. We have a gas fireplace so Ammon knows Santa won’t fit down the chimney.

I hung the other glitter key ornaments on the Advent Tree too.

It’s still looks a little bare, so I’m also going to add the glitter sleigh bells I made last year.

Now this girl is covered in glitter. Ammon was working on his homework by me and now his paper is covered in glitter. Apparently I can’t control my glittering.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • TerriBoog December 17, 2010, 2:00 am

    I LOVE your key idea! Very clever and super pretty!

  • Andy Porter December 17, 2010, 7:28 am

    Totally love it Leanne! Great work!!

  • Shelly December 17, 2010, 8:27 am

    I know how you feel about having something around for a year before deciding what to do with it! Your keys are fantastic!

  • Courtney {a thoughtful place} December 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    Just darling. I love how they sparkle. What a clever idea. Merry Christmas.

  • Michelle @ {Loving Every Second} December 17, 2010, 11:53 pm

    So cute!!! What a fun idea – and I love the glitter!

  • Charlie - Attempting Aloha December 18, 2010, 3:20 am

    Coming over from Tatertots and Jello. Super cute idea! Now if only I had some of those awesome keys laying around… Hmmmm ((wheels turning))


    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,

  • Anjanette December 18, 2010, 10:09 am

    They are so cute.

  • Kira @ Kissing the Joy December 18, 2010, 11:09 am

    Oh those keys are beautiful! Where in world did you find them? Love the santa tag too; I would have never thought of that and it’s such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kassi December 20, 2010, 10:19 am

    Love this idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • Diane @ home sweet homemade December 20, 2010, 11:16 am

    Totally adorable! great job & thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Dana December 20, 2010, 2:11 pm

    I found you through Polly Want a Crafter and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that ends in a few days! I also have a link party going on this week! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

  • Michelle December 22, 2010, 9:13 pm

    Adorable and fun idea! I have tags and glitter… just need keys. Thanks for the idea!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  • sandy October 19, 2011, 12:34 am

    oh my goodness love your santa keys … thank you for sharing will have a go at these for my darling grandchildren … happy crafting and love sandy xx

  • Lisa November 11, 2011, 8:02 pm

    Love this idea! We will be featuring it tomorrow on Over the Big Mo0n!

  • Kayla November 23, 2011, 9:03 pm

    I know this is a year late, but I just found your site. I am going to try to make a Santa Key for our home. I love the idea!!! Thanks for all you do!!!!


  • Kathy December 1, 2011, 11:36 pm

    Beautiful……I just “luv” your keys!!!

  • cassie {hi sugarplum} December 2, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Love these!!! the glitter is so fun and sparkly too. Thanks for linking up!

  • Molly Young December 14, 2011, 4:10 pm

    HI i love this idea! Where could i find keys like this?

  • Kristin December 17, 2011, 6:29 am

    Love this idea! Santa is visiting us tomorrow and is going to give the kids a magic key to hang on the front door. Did you put the glitter on right after the paint or let the paint dry, cover with glue, and then glitter? If so, what kind of glue did you use?

  • Amber December 19, 2011, 6:26 pm

    I am working on mine right now! Waiting for the glitter to dry before I seal it. For those that are asking, I found the keys at Hobby Lobby. A couple are different, and a couple are the same as the ones shown. They are with all the metal stuff.

  • Tara October 18, 2012, 8:17 am

    Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my “100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations”! Have a great day!

  • Trish November 29, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Can you buy fake keys like that anywhere?

  • leanneja January 29, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I bought them at Tai Pan trading and have seen them on line at other stores.

  • rnament March 2, 2021, 2:08 am

    Hi, The best part is that they could be re-used. I hate how much Christmas stuff ends up in our landfills. What a cute idea! Seems like it wouldn’t be too hard or complicated either. These gift tags are adorable! Thanks for sharing them at Motivation Monday on Mom home guide.

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