Decorative Key Holder

We’ve been working on our kitchen command center, and Mellow man has installed coat hooks for our coats and Frog’s backpack along with a cork board to keep track of important functions.  Now that that area is coming together, I decided to create something that would help us neatly organize and hold our keys.  I have a bad habit of losing my keys, and I know that sometimes Mellow Man misplaces his.  Over the last year or so, we’ve added a couple of little cup hooks to the wall next to the door, to help us keep track of our car keys.  However, the hooks were getting a little chipped, and weren’t particularly attractive.  Then I got this great old fashioned key from Pick Your Plum, and I knew exactly how I wanted to use it.  I decided to make a decorative key holder and place it close to the door.  I figured if it was near the door, we’d remember to hang our keys on the hooks.

My Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder

As I mentioned in on of my last posts, Mellow Man has been playing with his router, and I’ve been collecting his scrap wood.  After admiring his work, I actually asked him for a piece that would hold the big key that had smooth edges.  He cut a smooth beveled edge with the router, and then we used sandpaper to smooth it down.  Once it was smoothed out, I painted several coats of white paint on the front of the key holder (Doing my very best to wait patiently between the coats, of course!)  It took about 3 to 4 coats to get decent coverage of the white paint.  I then used a dry brushing technique to distress the white paint with some green to match the colors of our kitchen and family room.

My Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder

As soon as there was enough green to make the board look sufficiently distressed, Mellow man and I positioned the key in place, and he helped me drill holes in the wood and secure the key to the wood with some thin wire.  We had to carefully thread the wire through the drilled hole and secure the big key in place by wrapping the wire together.

DMy Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder

The wire isn’t terribly visible when you look at the key attached to the board, but if you look carefully, you’re be able to see the wire that holds the key in place on the board.

My Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder


I took 3 white cup hooks and a scrap piece of wood.  Mellow Man drilled three holes in a piece of scrap wood, and attached the cup hooks into the wood to allow for easy spray painting.  By having the hooks stand straight up, it was easier to insure that the hooks received good and even paint coverage.  Let the paint dry and then apply a second coat if it is needed.

My Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder

I then asked Mellow Man to drill holes in the bottom edge of the wood, so that we could attach the 3 painted cup hooks to the board with the key.  Alternatively, if I wanted a slightly different look, I could have attached the hooks to the front of the board.   In order to make sure that the board would stay securely attached to the wall, he use a drill to create 4 small holes.  He then attacked the Key Holder to the wall with small nails.  We put all of our keys on the hooks, and it is plenty strong enough.  If we ever have a need for more hooks for another set of keys,  I can easily attach another one on either side of the 3 we have installed.

My Mom Made That: Decorative Key Holder

What do you think?  How do you go about keeping track of your keys?

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  1. How charming! I just bought one similar, but like yours much, much better and it’s made with your own 2 hands.

  2. Very cute Emily! I would love for your to link up a few of your projects to my party @

    Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too

  3. Hi! Cute key holder! I just saw some keys like this at an antique shop this weekend. Found you on the Ducks ‘N A Row party!

  4. what a great key and I love what you did with it! xo

  5. I totally LOVE this!! Such a cute idea and it turned out great!

  6. That is so stinking cute. Love the idea!

  7. I need to start working on my Giant Key Holder…I’m always loosing my keys among other things and your creation would be so helpful to keep everything in one place!…Pining to my JIf I only had board! I really need this!

  8. Love it! Right now I’m tossing my keys in a bowl on the foyer table. Not organized by any means, way too cluttered and messy. Thanks for sharing your solution. I look forward to meeting you at Haven!

  9. What a fun project! I love how it turned out and now that I think of it – I could totally use one of these 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Very handy! Love the old key! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!


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