SANTA’S MAGIC KEY – This special Christmas key lets Santa in through the front door if you don’t have a chimney or a fireplace. You can make Santa’s key yourself with this easy tutorial and print the poem that goes along with it!
How does Santa get in on Christmas Eve if you live in an apartment or a house that doesn’t have a chimney?
The answer is simple! With Santa’s Magic Key, of course!
No Chimney? No Problem!
I grew up in a home without a chimney, and I remember wondering how Santa would get in on Christmas Eve. My parents said they always left the door unlocked that night but in this day and age, and depending on where you live, that may not be wise.
A magic Santa Key is the ideal solution if your home doesn’t have an obvious way in for Santa Claus. It’s shiny and red, just perfect for Santa, and its shimmery sheen give it a magical holiday look.
It’s fun and easy to make too!
Hang this special key on your front door on Christmas Eve, and with Santa’s magic touch, the key will turn the lock so the Jolly Old Elf can slip right in and get to work.
When Santa has stuffed the stockings, placed gifts under the tree, and had his fill of cookies and milk, he can hang his magic key on your Christmas tree and let himself out.
Let me show you how I made our Santa key and then you can make one of your own and print off the poem, and you’ll be all set for Christmas Eve.
To make Santa’s Magic Key, you’ll need:
- an un-cut key from the hardware store
- a bottle of red nail polish
- a bottle of sparkly nail polish
- a piece of festive ribbon
- our printable Santa’s Key poem
- a hole punch
- baking rack
How to Make your Santa Key
How to Make a Santa Key
- Purchase a new un-cut key or use a key that does not actually fit in your door.
Because you’ll be hanging this key outside your front door Christmas Eve, to prevent intruders, use a key that does not work in the door.
- Paint your key
With red nail polish, paint the front of your key. Place on a baking rack and let it dry before painting the back of the key.
- Apply a 2nd coat
When the first coat is dry, apply a second coat of polish to the front and back of the key. You can use the same nail polish as the first coat or finish with a sparkly nail polish.
- Attach a ribbon and printable poem
Print off the Magic Key Poem using one of the links in this post, punch a hole in the poem and attach your Santa Key with a festive ribbon.
To make your key, simply give it a couple of coats of red nail polish.
I was working with an instant-dry nail polish so I had to work quickly as it was tricky to smooth out any thick areas of nail polish before it dried. A slower drying nail polish would be easier to work with.
Paint one side of the key at a time, setting it to dry on a baking rack between coats and before painting the other side.
When the front and back of the key are completely dry, give it all a coat of sparkly nail polish to add some glitz and glamour.
I wish you could see the way our key shimmers in the light but it was difficult to capture the sparkle with my camera.
I let my key dry for a couple of hours between painting the front and the back with my sparkly nail polish. I wanted to make sure the finish was hard and durable.
While you’re waiting for your key to dry, print off our poem.
You can print your poem on regular printer paper but I printed mine on white card stock so it would have a little weight to it.
Print your Santa’s Magic Key poem!
Just click the image below to download the poem for printing!
Cut out the poem, punch a hole in the corner, thread your ribbon through, and attach your key!
Now you’re all set for Christmas Eve!
On the big night, have the kids hang the key on your front doorknob before they go to bed.
Because the key is un-cut, there’s no fear of anyone but Santa being able to use it. His magic touch will allow the key to turn your lock so he can let himself in.
More Fun Christmas Eve traditions for families:
How about making some Reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn for Rudolph and company on Christmas Eve? (Laughing Kids Learn)
Check out these Santa Binoculars! The kids can stand watch at the window on Christmas Eve, looking for signs of Santa. (Meri Cherry)
And my very favourite! How about a trip on the Mini-Van Express? (Confessions of a Homeschooler)
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.