This instructable shows how to make a key holder from an old car seat belt buckle. It’s quite an easy project to do. Apart from being a great place to store your keys, it can also prevent your keys from being stolen! There has been a large increase in the number of car key “fishing” cases in recent years. It’s where thieves use fishing rods or telescopic poles to fish out your keys through your letter or mail box and then steal your car.

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Step 1: Have a Look at the Video Below.

Have a look at the video above to see how I made it or follow the guide below. The finished size of the holder is 10 inches (254 mm) x 4 inches (102 mm) x 1 3/8 inches (35 mm) but it could be made to any size.

Step 2: Get the Parts.

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Locate an old car and cut out two of the belt buckles and latches. I used bolt cutters to cut them out and a scissors to cut the strap.

Step 3: Marking.

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Using a pencil I marked the shape of the buckles onto a piece of wood which was about 5 inches wide (125mm) and ¾ inch (18 mm) thick.

Step 4: More Marking.

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Using a square transfer the lines over to a second piece of wood (the same size as before) and mark the shape of the buckle again.

Step 5: Routing the Wood.

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I used a router (could be done by hand with chisels) to remove half the thickness of the buckle on each piece of wood.

Step 6: Gluing Step 1

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I glued the buckles to one piece of the wood using an expanding glue and clamped it in place until cured.

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Step 7: Gluing Step 2.

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Then applying more of the expanding glue and some wood glue I glued and clamped the two pieces of wood together.

The other glue I used.

Step 8: Cutting to Size.

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After the glue had dried I cut the holder to the size I wanted. Doing it this way allows for a more seamless glue joint in the wood.

Step 9: Routing the Letters.

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Then with a marker I wrote the word”keys” on the face of the holder and with a ¼ inch bit in my router I cut out the word freehand. It goes about ¼ inch into the wood.

Step 10: Painting the Letters.

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Using black paint I painted the letters. After the paint dried I sanded the wood to give the letters clean edges.

Step 11: Finishing.

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I thought the wood looked light in colour so I applied a stain and then a few coats of varnish as a finish.

Step 12: Cutting the Latch.

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I used an angle grinder to the cover on the latch and cut it to size.

Step 13: Drilling Holes.

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I drilled a hole with a metal bit to attach the key ring. Be careful to hold it firmly when doing this as it can spin.

Step 14: That's It.

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Attach your keys and away you go! That’s it. You could always make it bigger by adding more buckles and using a longer piece of wood.

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marhar (author)2017-08-12

Really nice! Creative idea and nice craftsmanship, and the video was nicely done too!

eamonwalshdiy (author)marhar2017-08-13

Thank you very much marhar!

JohnS55 (author)2017-08-09

This is awesome! If you can't find old seat buckles, I found some extenders on ebay which should work fine!

eamonwalshdiy (author)JohnS552017-08-10

Thanks John. Good idea with the extenders I am sure they would work perfectly as well. Thanks for the tip!

maniacse (author)2017-08-09

Thank you very much for sharing! I just love all ways for repurpose seat belt buckles (dont know why). Thanks for this new idea!

eamonwalshdiy (author)maniacse2017-08-09

Thank you maniacse for viewing! I love to reusing and up-cycling lots of things not just seat belt buckles :-)

bossman777 (author)2017-08-07

That is a good idea. You do fine. I am going to repeat it.

eamonwalshdiy (author)bossman7772017-08-07

Thanks bossman777

clayswenson (author)2017-08-06

Great and ingenious project. I would figure a way to stand off more from the wall so the keys do not rub the wall.

Great idea clayswenson will keep it in mind for the next one. Thank you.

kristin.howard.169 (author)2017-08-06

What a wonderful idea. I'm gonna attempt this, thanks eamonwalshdiy!

Thank you very much Kristin! Sent me a pic when you do I would love to see it.

Ace Gambit (author)2017-08-04

That's a really creative way to repurpose seat belt buckles. I never thought of that.

eamonwalshdiy (author)Ace Gambit2017-08-04

Thanks Ace!

drmillerm1 (author)2017-08-03

that poor volkswagen

eamonwalshdiy (author)drmillerm12017-08-04

Ha. It had a good life though! :-)

3366carlos (author)2017-08-03

if the keychains are too heavy, you can use thinner aluminum to make your own latches.

eamonwalshdiy (author)3366carlos2017-08-04

Thanks for the idea!

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eamonwalshdiy (author)3366carlos2017-08-04

Thanks 3366carlos!

megustacantar (author)2017-08-03

This is amazing! I love the buckle re-purposing, it is ingenius, smooth and looks elegant on the key chain. Well played, Eamon.

Hey megustacantar, thank you for the nice comments.

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