Magical Santa Keys | Christmas house keys for santa

Magical Santa Keys | Christmas house keys for santa

Magical Santa Keys #JustAddMichaels | Experiencing the excitement, wonder and awe through the eyes of a child is one of the best parts of the holiday season. While we do face some challenges, we try our hardest to keep the magic of Christmas alive in our home.  From our elves on the shelves and story boards, to our homemade reindeer treats – creating a special magical environment for our little guy is something we hold very dear to our heart.

Santa's Magic Keys
All of the fun, festive activities that many enjoy during the holiday season can be overwhelming and difficult for an individual with autism to process. With this in mind, each year we try to introduce our little guy to one or two new traditions.  This year it’s magical santa keys.

Magical Santa Keys are nothing new.. how do you think Santa has been getting into the homes without chimneys for all these years? This, however, is an easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself take on the keys – creating a little keepsake to use for years to come.

Magic Santa KeyMaterials Needed:
Unfinished Wooden Craft Boxes
Stain or Paint
Free Printable (link below)
Scrapbook Paper
Metal Keys
Rub n’ Buff (optional)
Wooden Tag

Unfinished Wooden Craft Boxes
I found these wooden craft boxes at Michaels. They come in a set of two –
the smaller box (4 1/4 X 4 1/4) was used for this project.

Stained Wooden Gift Boxes
Since the box is unfinished it can either be stained or painted. I used the Early American stain left over from our easy tree ornaments.

Santa Key Box
Once completely dry, the Magical Santa Key printable was added to the top of the inside lid – along with some decorative scrapbook paper, placed on the bottom.

Double sided tape or a thin coat of glue can be used to hold both in place.

Magical Santa Keys Printable
I made four different printable poems to perfectly fit the (4 1/4 X 4 1/4) smaller sized box. Simply print them here – Magical Santa Key Printable – right from your home computer.

#JustAddMichaels Metal Keys
The metal keys also came from Michaels.

Michaels Dollar Spot
They were in the fun ‘dollar spots’ found near the front of the store.

Santa Keys
A tiny bit of Antique Gold Rub ‘n Buff was applied to each key to brighten up the dark bronze finish.

Although this step is not necessary, I love the golden luster it adds to the keys  – I think it makes them more ‘magical’.

Wooden Chalkboard Tags
For the key tag I found these pre-cut wooden tags, again at Michaels. They an unfinished version as well as a chalkboard version for just 29 cents a piece.

Magic Santa Key
I picked up the chalkboard version and used my Silhouette to cut a vinyl label.

The keys and tag were tied with some ribbon – long enough to hang from the front door knob on Christmas Eve for Santa’s arrival.

Christmas Keys for Santa
Until then, everything tucks safely away – right inside the wooden box.

Magical Santa Keys

Keys for Santa

Christmas Keys for Santa


  1. Very nice. Thank you.

  2. Oh, this is absolutely adorable! What a precious idea! You are so talented, my friend!



  3. Wow! Amazing! :o)

  4. I simply “LOVE” this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy Holidays!

  5. That’s an awesome project! I love those pre-cut wood tags, I had no idea you could buy such a thing.

  6. Love this ! Very creative . Wish they had left our Michaels store here , but we lost it . Might have to order online .

  7. What a great tradition you are starting with your son. I really believe that traditions are very important to children as they will carry them on to their own families.. Love the Magical Key box – thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. So stinkin’ cute! Thanks so much for sharing.

    There’s just nothing like the magic of Christmas as seen through a child’s eyes. I just might have to make a couple of these for the Grands.

  9. This is a great idea, wish I know about this when kids were little, now just have to save for when the grandkids start coming. Thanks

  10. I am so excited to go and find these keys! LOVE! I am a new follower…would love if you could follow back if you get the chance

  11. do you have the cut file for the “Santa” part, or can you tell me where to get it to cut on my Silhouette….? pretty plz

  12. What cricut cartridge was used for the Santa tag?


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