Introduction: Make Emergency Homemade Spare Key With TicTac Bottle or Credit Card in 2 Minutes

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Make a Key in minutes By using Expired Debit Or Credit bank card or any similar type cards or an Empty Tic tac mints plastic container we can make emergency spare key for lock, The resulted key can be used up to 10 times because its not metal it will bend so make it in less than 4 mins and keep in your wallet and use i an forgotten or an emergency situation.It is the most Usefull and easiest life hack using plastic bottle or a card.

Tictac container

unused gift or expired cards

Clear tape and a

lighter or a candle

Step 1: Take the Necessary Things

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take empty tictac bottle or unused bank card or any other similar cards and take the original key and lighter or a candle and now we get into our work

Step 2: Smoke One Side of the Key

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use lighter and flame one side of the key smoke accumulates on the surface of the key now place key aside and let it cool down

Step 3: Make the Trace of Key

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By using the clear tape stick it on the smoky side of the key and the print of the key transfer to the gummy surface of the that means smoke particles sticks to tape and it gives clear print of the key

Step 4: Sticking Tape on Card and Cutting

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Stick the tape on the card and by using the scissor cut it exactly take time for exact cutting if you are not good at cutting after cutting your key is ready

Step 5: About Key

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In the above picture you can see the cut portion of key matched to the original key so cut softly and exactly

Step 6: Using Tictac Mint Container

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I made similar spare key with tic tac bottle in the same way

Step 7: Test

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After making test them they will work , after making several keys i got to know they will work up 10 to 15 times because they are plastic they will bend but even though it is cheap home made trick to copy key and use them in emergency situation make it and keep it in your pocket it will be useful at any time

Thank you

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NancyW127 (author)2017-11-17

I don't think it would work on newer cars because my car doesn't have a key hole in it and I want to be able to use it for the ignition because they condition would recognize something foreign and it would not work

NancyW127 (author)2017-11-17

I don't think it worked on newer cars

AlinaA22 (author)2017-01-22

Very nice idea to make key by using tic-tac bottle in less time.

SerenaM3 (author)2016-02-05

Cool Idea.

Aeshir (author)2015-12-22

i reckon keeping a lockpicking tension wrench with any of these copies would be a good idea, put the workload on the wrench instead of the flimsy key

Androgynous14u (author)2015-12-17

The point in not spending your $2 at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc., etc. is to be able to make a spare key in a pinch or emergency. Better yet, if you are someone who happens to misplace your keys often, this is a fantastic idea. I like this primarily because the keys are not made by a metal, which therefore cannot be detected. Very cool instructable!

FredL2 (author)2015-12-04

This is a whole lot of work for nothing. You can have a key made at any big box store (Home Depot, Lowes, Menards) or hardware store for under $2. Why waste the time making one?

krazykred (author)2015-11-23

for those who are stating plastic key issues i made another instructable on making metal key please do watch it and i m thinking they will have less issues

Skangster76 (author)2015-11-22

I think that what you "save" on this might get pretty expencive if this breaks in your lock....

BennyB4 (author)Skangster762015-11-22

Yeah! good point!

Kreat0r (author)2015-11-22

i think PVC is stronger (will not bend or break inside the lock) and easier to cut to shape with the appropriate tool

harstaddesign (author)2015-11-22

This is a cute idea and it's cool if it works, but, why not just spend the couple bucks it costs to have a real key made! Also, unless you have some high tech door, most people know that if you ever lock yourself out, you just take a card and slide it between the lock and door frame and it unlocks. Then you can still use the card after.

bythebayC (author)2015-11-22

i think i'd be more likely to use an exacto knife for the cutting.

ThomasK19 (author)2015-11-20

Cheap keys for cheap locks.

acastlenut (author)2015-11-17

Very nifty idea. A better base material is a discarded CD or DVD. They are harder to cut however, but I use tin snips for larger cuts and a sheet tin nibbler for the detail. Old DVDs are great for all sorts of fabrication projects requiring insulated material.

AllenS10 (author)acastlenut2015-11-19

You could temporarily glue your key to a CD case... then use a rotozip (or even an engraver) to trace the key... or a file if you are not comfortable with those tools.

Once trace is done, you could remove the plastic from the key gently... and then clean off dried glue.

AllenS10 (author)AllenS102015-11-19

I didn't mean to type case... i was referring to CD/DVDs.... i might try this... make a spare of house and car keys to keep in wallet (these would be slimmer than metal copies).

I was thinking of using an old credit card - cut out 2 areas roughly the shape of each key - facing each other but offset. Then I could place the spare keys in those blank areas and use clear tape to lock them in. That way, 2 keys can be kept in the space of 1 credit card... and it won't leave that key imprint on my wallet.

cneibarger (author)AllenS102015-11-20

Good idea, but if your wallet was snatched, they'd now have your keys too. I'd keep it somewhere else than in my wallet/purse.

The case is not a suitable material, they are really brittle, the CD/DVD itself is polycarbonate and extremely tough.

TheNecromancer13 (author)2015-11-16

Burglars everywhere are going to love you for this...

Cool instructable!

If the burglar already has your key, you are in trouble anyway! :)

DC11 (author)bfullyalive2015-11-19

yep because people decide to hide keys obviously under the fake rock, potted plant, welcome mat, above the door, or whatever. i mean the would be burglar need only walk up to a house not protected by alarms and just walk in pretty much. this reminds me of a show that use to be on TV that was legit about showing how easy it is to break into peoples homes. even the ones protected by alarms.

But now he can make a copy of it without stealing your key, thus he won't have to act before you change your locks.

Burglars around here just kick the door in

Actuallt they use bump keys.

I like your comment

ag3 (author)2015-11-19

any issues with the plastic shearing in the lock?

BlackSheep1 (author)2015-11-19

Great ible. Wonder if you could do something similar using a tin can for a longer-lasting key?

damyar (author)2015-11-19

May be , thak key breake , and make me angry

Tilley2 (author)2015-11-19

Neat. You save money by not going to the hardware store for a extra key. Good job.

Phil_S (author)2015-11-19

These "Yale" type key and locks are only slightly more secure than a one lever cabinet lock and key and are not difficult to crack by many methods.

Traditional "night latches" with Yale keys don't meet insurance company specs and now (in the UK at least) have to be Kite marked. Top notch 7-pin anti-bump, anti-shear will take a bit of cracking, but nothing a decent drill wouldn't see off - but then you leave an evidence trail.

Nice demo, none the less.

cdanila11 (author)2015-11-19

This won´t work with depth-dented keys.

moonpuppy (author)2015-11-19

Cool 'structable. Only thing I would add is using a candle instead of a lighter. They give off a bleeping ton of carbon and you don't have to hold the thingamie down on the lighter. Good job, dude!

ziggybass (author)2015-11-19

Great Idea! I Love bright ideas. Doyou have one for making a key you have lost. Now that I would find extremely useful as I am the world champion key loser!

Amaries (author)2015-11-17

Very nice instructables, so the groove in the key is there for no reason?

kevin.mark.young (author)Amaries2015-11-19

It's meant to be a guide to smoothly keep the key in place so the notches connect properly to the pins... Without that grove it could be tricky to ensure all the pins are at the correct height in the tumbler...

DealerForTheCIA (author)Amaries2015-11-19

It also makes it harder to pick the lock. The ridges and grooves get in the way of the picks and force you to use thinner tools.

For the record, I'm a magician/escape artist, not a burglar. :)

timsbro2000 (author)Amaries2015-11-18

I'm figuring that the plastic in question is thin enough that it will go in regardless of the groove. Perhaps bending slightly if necessary.

Schalk cobs (author)Amaries2015-11-18

Asuming the plastic is soft enough to give way?

krazykred (author)Amaries2015-11-17


AndrewG57 (author)2015-11-19

Very useful if you need to duplicate one of those keys that are stamped "do not duplicate"

thestalkinghead (author)2015-11-18

and i had just finished my full body (secret blueprint) tattoo of the prison where my brother is on death row, now it seems a bit over the top and unnecessary

kitty771 (author)thestalkinghead2015-11-19

awesome! Don't fall in love with the prison doctor.

cap826 (author)thestalkinghead2015-11-18

thumbs up

mkondrich (author)2015-11-19

I think it would be much easier to go get a key cut at the hardware store. Now you have a spare key and it won't break off in the lock.

silvia025 (author)2015-11-19

That is so ingenious and with the price of keys very handy. Thanks

BlondeLebanese (author)2015-11-19

Great idea! You made it look easy!

NiG1 (author)2015-11-19


Isaiahb (author)2015-11-19


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