DIY Door Charm
I used to lose my keys all the time. Every single time I needed to go somewhere I would spend five minutes looking for my keys only to find them either in my purse or on the counter, exactly where they were supposed to be. In my defense I didn’t have anything on my key chain other than a plain black remote for my car and about 3 keys so it was easy to lose.
My mom gave me a bell that she kept on her door to attach to my key chain. I could clip it onto my purse and I would always know when I heard the jingle that my keys there.
The bell worked fairly well but the constant jingling made me a little nuts. Eventually, I replaced the bell with a bright purple lanyard. The lanyard worked like a charm. I haven’t lost my keys once since I attached it.
I decided to jazz up the bell and put it back where it belonged, on my door. Putting a little bell on your door is an easy way to add a little extra security to your home. If someone is trying to break into your house they will usually test the door knob by trying to turn it. Even if the door is locked the bell will jingle and you can hear it in other parts of the house, especially at night when the house is quiet.
This easy craft uses spare beads, jewelry wire and chain as well an antique skeleton key to make a funky little door charm.
- 8 inches of jewelry chain
- Assortment of beads
- Jewelry wire 18 gauge and 24 gauge
- Skeleton key
You can find vintage bells and skeleton keys on Ebay or Etsy. You can also find new, vintage-looking bells and keys at the craft store if you don’t mind them not being authentically vintage.
Start by taking the 24 gauge wire and loop it around one side of the key, attach one end of the chain and then keep wrapping until it’s secure. Trim the end with wire cutters. Do the same with the other side of the key.
For the bell, slip the 18 gauge wire through the hole and twist it around itself to secure. String on some beads and then wrap the wire around the beads.
Make a loop at the end and wrap the wire around itself and then twist it around the beads until you get to the bottom. Twist it around itself to finish it off and then trim with wire cutters.
Now you have two pieces, the key and the bell. Attach them together by taking the 24 gauge wire and wrapping it in the middle of the key and attach the bell. Then keep wrapping to secure it.
Trim with wire cutters and then you are ready to hang you door charm on your door knob.