DIY Key Holder With Modern Farmhouse Style

12 Materials
2 Hours

No more searching for keys all over the house. This DIY key holder turned out so cute! Can you believe it was made from a thrifted sign, paint sticks and recycled leather and NO nails?

Since we’ve lived here over a year a half now, the keys are always floating around – which can be pretty frustrating when you’re trying to leave the house. Enter the DIY key holder!

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1. Paint Back of the Sign. Just like when you’re installing faux shiplap on a wall, you definitely want to paint the wall behind the shiplap with the same color that you’re painting the shiplap.So just slap on some paint with a foam paint brush to the back of the wood sign. 

2. Cut paint sticks down to size to create mini shiplap background. Simply cut them with the miter saw at varying lengths. I cut them one by one and laid it out inside of the sign so everything fit perfectly. 3. Paint Wood. Once all of the small pieces of wood are cut, paint them with the same white paint and a foam brush. I did two coats of paint. 

4. Attach wood to sign. Once the paint is dry, you can attach them to the sign. You don’t even have to get the nail gun out for this one! You just glue them right onto the back of the sign using DAP Rapid Fuse All Purpose Adhesive.

5. Wrap frame with leather. Using the rotary tool, cutting mat and acrylic ruler, you can cut the leather down to size and then attach to the frame with the Rapid Fuse. Remember to hold it in place for about 30 seconds until it sets.

6. Attach wooden letters.7. Add hooks. The simple cup hooks are the perfect size to hold keys, but aren’t too big and distracting.

This little DIY key holder turned out so freakin’ cute. I can’t believe just how easy it was to make it using an old thrifted wooden sign that only cost $3 ! 

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1 question
  • N. G. Londonderry
    on Dec 31, 2019

    I didn’t see any frame on the original sign. Did you make it or was it hidden on the back or the sign?

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  • DJ
    on Jan 4, 2020

    Love this! We rent and aren't allowed to put nails in the wall. I could easily do this with a frame that has a stand! Thank you for sharing!

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jan 5, 2020

      You can also hang whatever you'd like using Command Hooks - they're removable.

  • Huggles
    on May 28, 2020

    This is adorable. It would make a cute gift.

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