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Santa Magic Key Craft (No Chimney Friendly!)

If you don’t have a chimney for Santa to come down, this Santa magic key craft will allow him to come inside and leave his presents! It’s so easy to make.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can make this project. You’ll be tearing paper and glittering.

Santa Magic Key Craft (No Chimney Friendly!)

Hey guys, it’s Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas here to share a last minute Christmas idea – a magic Santa key! I know that everyone probably has all they need finished for the holidays, but this is something that a lot of people need and may not even know it yet!

Do you have a chimney for Santa to come down? We don’t, and my 5-year-old was EXTREMELY sad about it.

So guess what showed up at our door one day? The magic glitter (free printable on my blog). This “magic glitter” is so cool, because once you put it on a key, it gets activated by Santa’s Christmas magic.

DIY Santa Key

On Christmas Eve, the magic makes the key fit your door and open it up for him to visit your home. Who wants to give me a virtual hug right now?! Let me show you how I did it!

Gather These Supplies

Applying Sparkle Mod Podge and scrapbook paper to a gift tag

I started by ripping a piece of decorative paper to the size of my largest gift tag. Using the Sparkle Mod Podge, attach the paper in place. Let dry.

Stamping Santa on a tag

Then on my second, smaller gift tag, I used stamps and put Santa’s name on it.

Add Mod Podge to a key

Now, onto the key and all the magic!! We started with using the Sparkle Mod Podge again; because the more sparkle, the better! I decided just to put it on the top of the key.

Place glitter on the Mod Podge

Quickly after putting on the Mod Podge, sprinkle your “magic glitter” over the top of the Mod Podge until fully covered. Let it sit until completely dried and then tap off the excess.

Make a Santa key if you have no chimney

Once both tags are dry, I put the smaller on top of the large one. I strung some twine thru both to hook them together.

Then I put a red ribbon just thru the large tag, and used the twine to connect the tags to the key. Tie it all in place and there you have it – your magic Santa key craft is complete.

DIY Santa key

Of course the kids had to add a little extra glitter to the whole thing, just to make sure it would help the key work.

They also made me promise to let them put the bag of excess glitter outside. Why? Just in case Santa needs more of it to make it work!

Santa magic key for Christmas

I’m hoping that with all of this, they will be comfortable with the idea of Santa being able to get into the house on Christmas Eve to eat his cookies and leave his Christmas cheer!

Yield: 1 key

Santa Key

Santa Magic Key Craft (No Chimney Friendly!)

Learn how to create Santa's magic key for those littles without a chimney! Easy to make and ensures Santa will still be able to drop off gifts this Christmas.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Skeleton key - metal or plastic
  • Glitter
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Wooden gift tags
  • Stamps & other embellishments
  • Ribbon


  • Paintbrush
  • Ink pad
  • Scissors


  1. Rip the scrapbook paper to the size of the largest gift tag.
  2. Use the Sparkle Mod Podge to attach the paper in place. Let dry.
  3. On the second, smaller gift tag, add the stamped letters "Santa." Let dry.
  4. Add Sparkle Mod Podge to the top of the key. Sprinkle glitter and let dry. Shake off the excess.
  5. When both tags and the key are dry, string the tags together with twine and add the key with ribbon.

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Here’s another fun Christmas craft you might enjoy doing with your kids: salt dough ornaments. They double as gift tags and are so fun to make! I’d also love for you to check out these other ideas:

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