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!
Here’s what I used:
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
- Two d-ring picture hangers
- Screw hooks (these are already painted in oil-rubbed bronze!)
- Flower Pot Clip, which I had left over from a previous project–remember to bring these to the store with you to make sure your pot’s lip fits
- Rust-Oleum spray paint in Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- Drill (this is my drill)
Pot—purely for decorative purposes
- 3″ diameter terracotta pot with a 1.5″ lip
- Kylon spray paint in Metallic Gold and Colonial Ivory Chalky Finish
- Frog Tape
- Faux succulent stem, browse here
And here’s how I made my DIY wood key holder!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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—