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DIY Wood Key Holder Tutorial

Learn how to make a DIY wood key holder that’s a perfect beginner woodworking project. It has space for keys, keychains, and other small items like sunglasses.

Learn how to make a DIY wood key holder

A few days ago, my friend texted me and asked if I could make her a key rack that she could hang on her wall to keep her keys away from her toddler. Her little girl is now old enough to reach the countertops, and keys have become a fun new toy for her (especially the car alarm button).

She also asked if I could include a spot for her husband’s wallet, which he’s always losing. A challenge? Count me in. A week later, I ended up with this the masterpiece. When I hung it up in my apartment to get some pictures of it, I liked it so much that I decided I had to make one for myself!

I think I’m going to add a little holder for envelopes for mine, though. That way we can ditch the bulletin board we have that’s usually half empty anyway. If you want to make a hanging wooden key holder, check out the supplies I used and steps I took below!

DIY wood key holder project

Here’s what I used:

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Body of the key rack

  • Two pieces of wood; one main piece (mine is 19″ x 7.5″) and one shelf piece (mine is 8″ long x 2.5″ deep)
  • Minwax stain in English Chestnut and Polyurethane in Semigloss
  • Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive and two clamps (use something else that’s heavy to apply pressure in a pinch)
  • Chip brushes, great deal on those here at .45 cents each. They are over $1 each at most big-box stores
  • Assorted sandpaper

Hardware for the key rack

Pot—purely for decorative purposes

And here’s how I made my DIY wood key holder!

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Step 1: Cut and stain wood

First I cut my two pieces and sanded them. As a reminder, my key rack measurements were 19 inches by 7.5 inches (it was a piece of 1×8) and 8 inches by 2.5 inches. You can adjust these sizes as necessary.

Stained each of these pieces in Minwax English Chestnut and finished them with two coats of Minwax Polyurethane in Semigloss. I also attached the d-ring hardware on the back before doing any work to the front.

staining a piece of wood and adding D rings

Step 2: Add the shelf piece

Next I attached the shelf using Liquid Nails and two clamps. Since this shelf will probably only hold a wallet, I felt that glue would be enough. If you’re doing a larger shelf or want it to be sturdier, you can hammer a few nails into the shelf through the back of the key rack.

gluing the shelf to the DIY wood key rack

Step 3: Add hooks and pot clip

Once that dried, screwed in three screw hooks. I also added a flower Pot Clip for a little planter. The hooks were cold and the pot clip was silver, so I spray painted them all in Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze so they’d all match. (Obviously did this before I attached them to the key rack.)

adding hooks to the DIY wood key rack

Step 4: Add flower pot

Just for fun, I wanted to add a little flower pot. This is a tiny pot from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. I wanted something lightweight, so I put a faux succulent bloom in it. This fits perfectly yin the pot clip.

For the pot color, I spray painted it using Colonial Ivory, taped off the lip using Frog Tape, and spray painted the lip and the inside using Metallic Gold. When it dried, I slid it onto the Pot Clip, and hung the key holder using two nails.

painted pot and faux succulent

For more easy woodworking projects, check out my DIY raised pet feeder, simple hairpin leg plant stand, DIY scrap wood mini plant stand, and DIY printer/Cricut machine storage stands!

Here is the final DIY wood key holder piece…

Didn’t it turn out awesome? You can use the tiny hooks for stuff other than keys, too. They’re pretty versatile. And if you wanted to, you could remove the flower from the pot and use that for storage, too—maybe pens? Or just more hooks.

diy wood key holder
diy wood key holder
diy wood key holder

And here’s the one I made for myself! I swapped the faux succulent and pot for a little area that I can put mail and other stuff like stamps and a notepad. I just used a large drawer pull for this. We’ve been using this for several years now, and it’s still super helpful! You can see it here—

small navy entryway with a DIY wood key holder

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  1. Theresa says:

    We need one of these in our house. Love your DIY. Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Shared

  2. Lori says:

    What a cute idea! My daughter would love this! 🙂

    Would you consider sharing this at our weekly Dishing It & Digging It Link Party? We are live every Sunday @4pm. We’d love to have your creative ideas.

  3. Antonella | White House Crafts says:

    I absolutely LOVE this project. And that you added space for a small plant – so genius. I hope you will stop by The Crafty Corner link party and share it with us!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Thank you so much!! Now I just need to get this hung back up in my new house.

  4. Carli says:

    I love this definitely my kind of project! I did something similar for a bedside sorta valet. Pinning!

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Thank you! Now I just need to get to painting our entryway in our new house so I can hang it again…that’s my next project after the ORC!

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