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DIY Painted Key Necklace

Did you see our last key project? I’m in love with these tiny keys and the projects that can be done with them. If you don’t like an aged look, then making a painted key necklace may be just the right thing for you. You can use whatever colors you’d like for this adorable, easy DIY project.

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The supply list for a painted key necklace is pretty short.

  • Vintage Key (available here)
  • Necklace Chain (see here)
  • Paint (your choice of colors here)
  • Paintbrush (see here)

I would also recommend preparing some sort of surface for painting. It can be a small surface.  DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

And now the steps to make your necklace.

Squeeze out two small blobs of your paint colors if you choose more than one. I chose aqua and gold metallic paint because I was trying to mimic the aging of copper in a shabby chic way.

DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Get “blobs” of paint onto your brush. You don’t want to mix the colors, but dipping the brush in the paint works to get small dots of paint onto your brush.

DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Then start painting your vintage key.

Use short brush strokes to paint the key. If you keep going over and over the key, the colors will mix, which is not the goal. You want an uneven coat of paint with both colors unevenly showing on the surface of the key.

Also, be sure to let it dry and turn the key over to paint the other side. It’s ok if some of the key’s original metal color shows through here and there.

DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding BlogDIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Let dry, add the chain, and you are ready to wear your painted key necklace. So adorable!

DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

If you like this project, be sure to take a peek at how to patina metal to make your own aged key here. Both ways are are easy, budget friendly and oh so cute!

DIY Painted Key Necklace Vintage Metal | Hill City Bride Virginia Wedding Blog

Take a peek at our time on Daytime Blue Ridge, which shows how to age metal and also how to make these super easy painted keys.

  • Cia Black - I really love the vintage feel that is inspired by this basic and simple little trinket that can add the perfect touch for a wedding.This would be so cute with an attached table seating card.

  • Quirky Homemaker - What a cute idea for a bridal party gift! Love how the little vintage key necklaces turned out.

  • Noelle Lynne - What a wonderful craft idea, I really really love that you also included Etsy links (love this shopping platform, really really cool)!

  • Jennifer - I love supporting other makers! <3

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I really like mine and plan to make more. <3

  • Ashlee | She Can Social - This turned out so gorgeous! I love the shabby chic look, definitely a cute addition for a wedding.

  • Jennifer - Thank you so much! It’s on my to-do list to make more. <3

  • Melinda - What a cute, simple, and inexpensive project! This would make a fun activity at my daughter’s 10th birthday party!

  • Miljana - Omg, what a cute necklace!

  • Journa Ramirez - Making your own accessory looks so fun for me. I am going to try this as soon as possible!

  • Kelly Edgar - What a great DIY idea, looks like something fun to do and the the end result is so pretty!

  • Elizabeth O - This is a lovely and creative idea, it looks really easy to make too. Well done!

  • Lisa Rios - This is so cute! I think it would make for a great group activity or gift.

  • Jennifer - A group activity is a great idea! 🙂

  • Razena - I love seeing such creative diy projects because I have the creativity of a doorjamb. The aged look is very pretty with the gold and light blue and makes an attractive piece.

  • Jennifer - Ha! This really is an easy one. 🙂

  • Doreen Pinto - A great idea as I have many old keys around my home. Never bother to throw them away, great post to try

  • Twinspirational - What a great DIY project. Love the pictures and video.

  • Jennifer - Thank you! I love doing the videos with the local TV station for sure. <3

  • Laurence - oh wow, this is so artsy necklace 🙂

  • sian ryan - Such a simple and chic idea, would make gorgeous and unique keepsakes for guests and party bags!

  • Jazmine - Thank you for this informative article. Will have to try making one of my own.

  • Jennifer - So true! I love them as favors. <3

  • Jennifer - They are super easy to make! 🙂

  • Angel Strunk | Next Level Blogging - This is so cute! I love making jewelry and I may try this as an ankle bracelet charm.

  • Monika - Love it! Such a great idea.

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