DIY: Personalized Key Covers from Scrapbook Paper

Got some colorful paper? Dress up your keys in just a few minutes! I recently color coded my keys and am excited to share this easy tutorial with you all today. I love this DIY project, because not only is it a practical way to help identify your keys, but it's also a great way to add some color and handmade flair to your key chain. Just pair up any of your keys with your favorite scrapbook paper and you've got a personalized little accessory of your own. I think this technique would also be nice to try on vintage keys and string them on a chain to wear as a necklace. I might have to try that soon!

Follow the steps below to create your very own.

• Key
• Pen or pencil
• Scissors
• Small X-acto knife
• Small piece of scrapbook paper
Mod Podge or any other decoupage medium
• Brush

Turn your scrapbook paper upside down and place the top half of the key over it.
Trace around the key and in between any holes. Make sure to use a pen or pencil with a thin tip (like a lead pencil) in order to easily reach inside the smaller holes.
• Cut around your tracing.
• Use an X-acto knife to cut out the small holes at the top. It's best to do this on a hard, flat surface, but be careful not to damage your table.
• To ensure the paper will fit properly, place it over the key and trim off any excess if needed.
• Brush on a layer of Mod Podge over the top half of the key and place the paper on top.
• Press firmly for a few seconds making sure there are no air bubbles, then brush another layer on top of the paper to seal it in. The Mod Podge will dry clear. (Tip: You can use a toothpick to remove any excess Mod Podge that may ooze out)
• Let completely dry and repeat on the other side if desired.

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  1. What a cute way to give your keys a makeover! I love this. xx. McKenna Lou

  2. I don't have enough keys to cover but if I did this would be perfect. Also like the idea of decorated vintage keys!

    Gemma typically.pretty.english

  3. OHOHO!
    Nice and useful!
    We won't search for the right keys for hours :)

  4. Gorgeous! Will try this with glossy junk mail.

  5. So pretty and useful!

  6. Such a cute (and easy!) way to prettify the keys!

  7. That's so cool! I love it! I'll have to see if I have any nice fabric laying around, hah! <3


  8. Anonymous4/30/2013

    Adorable! Need to revamp my boring house keys!

  9. These keys are so fun! What a great idea. =)

  10. Love the idea. It always takes me forever to find the right key because I have a few keys that are very similar. This just might do the trick! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Anonymous5/10/2013

    I like these key covers because they seem to be a genius alternative to what my Nana does (painting them with nail polish) and less bulky than those key covers you can buy. Thanks for the tips!


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  12. Going to give this a try! TFS!

  13. What a gorgeous idea for keys' makeover. This is helpful to identify which key should be used to stick to one of the doors at our place!

  14. This is an awesome idea! I used to have those little plastic key covers and it makes it much easier to find the right key. I love that you can make pretty ones like this. I'm going to have to try this for sure.

  15. very nice and original!

  16. Anonymous8/04/2013

    How long do those hold up? I would think sanding the keys first would give them a bit more staying-power. Great idea! Spray paint made for metals, and a hand made stencil would also be nice. :) Thanks for the post!

    1. Didn't think about sanding them, but that might help! I've been using mine everyday since April and it's held up fine. A few weeks back, one of the corners started rising, but I added more Mod Podge and it's fine now.
      - Natalie

  17. We have been put in charge of so many emergency house keys that it's hard to keep track of them all. This is a really pretty way to tell them apart, and since it's paper, it'll be easy to write names on them before they're sealed. Thanks for the update on how well they hold up. I've wondered about that.

  18. hey this is really a nice idea to sort out keys!

  19. You could do the same with color duct tape

  20. Anonymous3/18/2014

    Thatt's the same tutorial than http://conideade.com/blog/como-personalizar-tus-llaves-con-papel-scrapbook/2320

  21. Great idea, I am so tired of looking for the right key.

  22. Great idea, I'm so tired of searching for the right key. Thanks

  23. Saw this on pinterest. What happens if they get wet?

  24. Anonymous8/30/2014

    Love it! Tired of messy nail polish.

  25. Anonymous1/03/2015

    Love this idea to indentify keys and lable before you brush Mod Podge.


  26. very cute idea for decorating keys
    loved this idea

  27. Ishita3/08/2016

    Cool way to transform your keys into such a masterpiece. :D


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