Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments

Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments -

Everyone has extra keys lying around that are of no use anymore. Don’t add them to our growing landfills, turn them into festive snowman ornaments to keep or give as gifts!

Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments -

My daughter’s boyfriend works at a hardware store that has one of those key cutting machines. One day he brought me a 2-liter bottle full of discarded keys and asked if I wanted them for crafts. Smart lad.

With the holidays here, I thought this was a good time to turn some of those discards into something cute and useful.

Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments - CraftsbyAmanda.comThere are full printable instructions below, but here the basic rundown.

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As always, a full printable supply list and instructions are at the end of this post.
For this project you will need the following supplies:


Make hangers from floral wire, you can add beads too if you like. Attach the hangers to the keys. I had already spray painted mine white.

Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments - CraftsbyAmanda.comEmbellish time! Pom-poms and pipe cleaners make great earmuffs, and fabric scraps and yarn are perfect for scarves. Some pink paint for cheeks and black for facial features and bam. You have snowman keys. Woot!

Recycled Key Snowman Ornaments


  • Recycled keys
  • White spray paint
  • Floral wire
  • Beads
  • Poms poms
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Fabric
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire snips
  • Scissors
  • Pink
  • Black
  • Orange glitter paint (I used DecoArt Glamour Dust)
  1. Spray paint keys white on both sides, two coats should be sufficient.
  2. Create hangers using floral wire. Bend the wire in half to create a loops and twist to secure. You can leave your wire plain or add beads before twisting to secure through the hole in the top of the key.
  3. Add earmuffs by hot gluing pieces of pipe cleaner across the top of the key, covering up the wire. Add a pom pom to each side.
  4. Create scarves using fabric, yarn, pipe cleaners or even old t-shirts. Use hot glue to secure.
  5. Dab pink paint onto a scruffy paintbrush and dab off the excess onto a rag. Lightly tap onto the key to add rosy cheeks.
  6. Use a toothpick dipped in black paint to add eyes and mouths, then use a toothpick dipped in orange glitter paint to add noses.
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  1. Megan says

    ok I appreciate your help :-) I’m making these for our Yankee swap . Every year we all makea gift & do a Yankee swap. that way the gifts are more sentimental than a gift card. I am excited to see if whoever gets mine likes it :-) thank you!

    • says

      Hi Kristin! Check your local hardware store (if they have a key cutting machine) or Home Depot. I got mine from the hardware store, another reader told me she got hers from Home Depot. :)

  2. pam says

    Tooooo cute! I am an Activity Director at a nursing home – I’m going to do these with string “hangers” instead of wire so my ladies can wear them as necklaces – they love any jewelry project.

  3. Jane says

    Amanda, these are soooo cute. Does the spray paint ‘stick’ easily to the keys? I tried just painting them but the paint scratches off.

  4. says

    Found these adorable guys on The WHOot a few days ago. My friend’s daugher thought they were wonderful! I do, too. So I put them in my blog.

    Thanks for such a great way to use up things most of us have stashed in a box or drawer. Even better is to collect them at the home centers! I’m good buddies with most of the people at Lowe’s in Franklin NH, so getting them should be an easy thing!


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