My oldest son and I were going through an old bag this weekend, because he wanted to use it. I hadn’t used it in a while, but it still had a bunch of stuff in it. One of the things we found was a ring of old keys, keys that I had no idea what locks they opened. I wanted to see what I could make with them, and I found this great DIY on SierraClub.org. I am always losing my keys, and am really in need of a place to put them when I come in the house. I have a pretty big key chain, It only has 4 keys on it, but I keep lots of small tools hanging on there as well, so I always have what I need. This would be a great way to keep my keys in the same place every time, and to make something that looks cool to hang by my door!
- Place a key in the vise and carefully bend the stem into a hook with the pliers. (This is one thing I would do a little differently. I would use a needle nose pliers, and apply a small amount of heat so that I could bend the keys up a little more without breaking them.) If you don’t have a vise, bend the key by gripping the stem with the pliers and pressing the head against a hard surface. Repeat with the remaining keys. (Note: If you are using very old circular keys, you will need metal working equipment to heat and bend them).
- Line up the bent keys on the piece of wood. Measure and mark the points where you want to attach them.
- Attach the keys to the wood with nails or wood screws (for a nice touch, use decorative furniture nails).
- Attach to the wall using picture wire, or screw the wood directly to the wall.