We love DIYs that allow you to make the most of cool thrift store finds or some of the forgotten items in your home. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Upcycling is not only good for the environment but also for your bank account — as a bonus, the vintage style is popular for decorating right now. If you have any old skeleton keys around, this DIY will help you turn ‘em into fashionable home decor hooks that can hold your car keys, house keys, and more by using self-adhesive magnets! 

What You’ll Need:


  1. Once you’ve picked out a few good keys, you’re ready to get started! Take out a pair of pliers and a vice, if you have it. If you don’t have access to a vice, no worries! Just bend the key into a hook by gripping the stem with your pliers and pressing the top against a hard surface, like a table. You want to make sure the top of the key is flat and the bottom is facing outwards, like a hook. 
  2. Repeat the previous step for all your keys. Make sure you’re paying close attention while doing this step as you could have a fragile key, or, a really strong one that can be hard to budge. We suggest using work gloves to be safe. 
  3. Next step — magnetize! Secure a 1/2" x 1/16" adhesive backed neodymium magnet, to the back of the magnet head and repeat for all the keys. 
  4. If you want to take it a step further, you can take a wood board and glue your key hooks to them. Now you have a functional key hook to hang by the front door!

And, you’re done! You can stick your newly magnetized upcycled keys onto your fridge or office desk to hang small items on. 

Apex Magnets Can Be Used Anywhere!

These stylish hooks are a functional and fun magnetic craft for adults! Let us know on our Facebook page if you try out this DIY— be sure to share a picture while you’re at it. For other fun magnet crafts, check out our magnets for crafts section of the blog or sign up for our newsletter for some ideas (and coupons) sent to your inbox each month.