Are you looking for ways to hide keys? Here are several ideas to get you started, and they’re all inexpensive and easy to do.
Locked yourself out of the house again? We’ve all done it, so go to the store and grab some spray foam. We’re going to talk about some key-hiding hacks, let’s get started
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A few quick notes on what not to do. Don’t hide your key underneath your welcome mat or door mat, and don’t hide your key underneath your flower pot. Don’t put it in your mailbox.
Where are good places to hide keys?
Hide Keys instructions
1. Hide a Key in Faux Dog Poop
For this first hack grab some insulation spray foam. Pull off the lid, screw in the top, and give it a shake.
I did a practice run inside a box and continued playing with the foam giving it a variety of shapes to create the design that I was looking for.
I waited for the foam to dry completely then painted it with Apple Barrel burnt umber paint. You can use any paintbrush you like. I’m using a chip brush because I wanted to get into the grooves, creases, and crevices. I painted the entire piece of foam with the burnt umber paint and let dry completely.
Next I’m going to add a key to the bottom of this foam. All I have to do is place the hidden key somewhere on my grass. I’m not sure I know anyone who’d want to go looking for a hidden key in something like this.
2. Hide a key in a metered box
We have meters and boxes all over the walls on the outside of our home and many of them have doors that actually open.
Just add a little tape or putty and hide your key inside one of these boxes. Close the door and you’re all set.
3. Hide a Key in a Fence Cap
Depending upon what kind of fence you have you might be able to use fence caps for this hack.
Remove the fence cap, add a piece of tape to a key and place it inside the fence cap. You could use any adhesive of your choice. Place the fence cap back onto the post and now you have another spot to hide a key.
4. Use your patio furniture to hide keys
You can use your patio furniture to hide a key. I took my key and I was able to place it inside the lip of my table. It simply slipped right in there and stayed in place.
5. Use a Real rock to hide a key
You can also create a hiding space using a rock. Add a key to a piece of tape and put it on the bottom of a rock.
Place it in an area with a bunch of other rocks and it’ll blend right in. Using a real rock will look way more natural than the fake rocks they sell.
6. Hide a Key In Your thermometer.
This is our indoor and outdoor digital thermometer.
The unit is outside and whether you have a regular thermometer or a unit like this all you have to do is remove the unit place a key on the back of the unit and then hang it back up.
7. Hide A Key Inside of siding or Column Cracks
I tied a piece of fishing line to a key. The line is almost invisible to the eye.
Look for cracks and crevices in your home. Often you can use your siding or in this case I’ll be using one of my columns. I took that key with the fishing line and I was able to stick it inside this hole. It’s inconspicuous and when I need it all I have to do is pull on the string and out comes the key.
8. Hide a Key in your Hammock or other furniture
This is a hammock that sits in our yard.
I removed the cap from one end of the hammock stand and placed the key on the fishing line into the hammock stand then returned the cap. Now I have another place to hide my key.
9. Hide A Key In Your OutDoor Decor
You can use Decor outside to hide keys. This is a lantern that hangs outside in my backyard. All I did was open the lantern and place the key inside. Now I have a great unexpected hiding place .
Here’s another Lantern example. This is an enclosed lantern with frosted edges. I simply put the key inside and then hang it up in my yard.
Here is a decorative ceramic bird that I have in my backyard. There’s a hole in the bottom and I simply place the key inside and put the bird back on display.
10. Hide a Key in your Gutter
Another fantastic place to hide a key is your rain gutters. All you have to do is place a little adhesive onto a key and place it on the top side of your gutter.
11. Hide your Keys under a Brick Ledge
When looking around your house look for places like this brick ledge. All I had to do was add a piece of tape to a key and I could place it underneath the ledge.
12. Use a Magnetic Lock Box
I love these magnetic key lock boxes and I’ve used them for years. You just put the key inside and then close it back up. You can use this to hide under metal boxes, and underneath or around anything metal.
This works on anything that’s metal for example lock boxes or one of my favorite places, the grill. Simply place the magnetic lock box under the outside ledge of a grill or inside the door space below.
13. Place A Key under a Storage Bench Or Dog House
You can place your key under a storage bench or even better underneath a doghouse. Most people don’t want to hand around if they think there’s a dog around.
14. Hide Your Keys behind your OutDoor Art
If you have any wall art hanging outside the back of that wall art is another great place to hang your keys. Just place a piece of tape and a key on the back & and then hang it back up.
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Hide Keys Q&A Section
If you are going to hide your house keys, make sure to find a good spot that a thief or burglars cannot find. Here are some hiding spot suggestions
inside the dirt of a potted plant
fake sprinkler head
smart lock or lockbox
under the dog house
on a nail under the deck
inside decor like a garden gnome
magnetic box in your grill
in between your vinyl siding cracks
inside your porch light
A rock in your landscaping where it blends in
In a tree, not in plain sight
at your neighbor’s house
In today’s world, I would opt to have a keypad put on my door instead of hiding my key out in the open. It really depends on your neighborhood and how safe it is, and how good your hiding places are.
If you liked this post, you might like some of my other tips and hacks:
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