The Key to Creativity: Unique Ways to Decorating Your Keys

home key on stuck in the door knob

Fumbling through a cluster of keys on a keychain as you try to open the door to your house or office could take some time and can potentially be frustrating, especially when you’re on a rush. Even if you have keys of various brands, it’s hard to know the difference, especially when you’re hurrying.

Of course, you can just find some masking tape to write over or a labeling machine to put a sticker on your keys to find it easier, but where’s the fun in that? So, let’s explore some rather unique ways for you to decorate and differentiate your keys to make them easier to use and discern:

Nail Polish

Using nail polish to color-code and differentiate your keys is one of the easiest and common “artsy” way of doing so. You’ll only need to use whichever nail polish you have lying around, pain the key head until they’re coated well, and then have them naturally dry or dry off using a hairdryer.

If you have a thin brush, the skills, and the patience, you can even label them.

Laser Engraving

If you’ve got access to the hardware, CO2 laser engravers could allow you to design and label your keys in high-tech fashion intricately. In fact, there are relatively cheap laser engraving machines on the market that you can purchase start your own laser engraving business for customized/personalized keys, key chains, coasters, glasses or more.

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a decorated/patterned adhesive tape that you can buy at your nearby school, arts and crafts, or scrapbooking shop. You’ve probably seen it all over social media being used for all sorts of crafts and decorations, but you can use it to dress up your key head.

There are countless available washi tape patterns and designs you can use to cover your key head. To make sure that it’s protected from moisture or getting scratched, coat your washi tape-covered key head with clear nail polish.

If you’re unable to find washi tape, you can also use scrapbook paper or other patterned paper, cut and glue them on the key head, then apply a protective layer of clear nail polish. You can put a label on the key by using a colored pen on the washi tape (or scrapbook paper) before applying nail polish.

Threaded Covers

You can decorate your keys by covering them in glue and using yarn or embroidery thread to cover it. Simply apply glue over the key head, use yarn and then wrap and thread the material over the key head.

This will give you a textured and colorful decorated key head, you can even play with patterns by using different colored yarn.


keys with a house keychain

Decorating your keys uniquely can help you remember and differentiate each key you have in your person, making it easier and quicker for you to unlock your house’s or office’s doors. But apart from that, the craft of decorating your keys is actually a fun little activity that can take your mind off things and help you de-stress.

Whichever way you choose to decorate your keys, make sure to have fun with it.

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