Super Cute Use of Scrap Wood, A Wall Key Rack

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I was getting fed up with the amount of time I spent looking for my keys before I left the house. So I decided to make a wall rack for them, the idea being that I hang them up on the rack so I know exactly where they are. So far it's worked!

This key holder is a truly a junk project, I made it using scrap wood and rusty nails. It, however, is super cute and is supposed to look like the houses in my street. Except, of course, we don't have flowery roofs, unfortunately.

To finish off I stamped my streets name onto the rack. These racks would make a lovely gift as you can personalize them by stamping on the recipient's own street/neighborhood name.

The first thing I did was saw some scraps of wood to make the houses.
I used a hacksaw for this and cut 3 blocks with about 2 inches high and 1inch thick.  I sawed the top to form pointed roofs.
I also cut a bit of baseboard (skirting board) for the base of my key holder.
To make the houses I painted them different colours. I painted on windows and doors and stuck fabric scraps on the roof to make them decorative. To finish off the look I added an old nail for the chimney.
I also made the cute tree by needle felting some green wool into a ball and used a large rusty nail as a tree trunk. (details on the blog).
To make this key rack extra special and personal I used a letter stamp set (see here) to stamp my street name onto the rack.
I hammered in 3 bent large rusty nails in to make the key hooks. The houses were added to the top of the key holder using a hot glue gun.
Since putting my key holder up lots of family and friends have requested one too. So I've been on the hunt for my rusty nails and will be making lots for presents. Stamping their street names onto the rack.

If you liked this project then you may want to check out some of my other scrap wood projects such as my scaffolding board bench.
Claire at Pillarboxblue
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Gilda Gilda on Jul 03, 2017
    How did you make the pitched roof? The blocks are flat with no pitch at all,yet when the cloth is applied it looks pitched.

  • Jjqq Jjqq on Jul 03, 2017
    I thought you had painted the roofs - but went back and read after a cup of coffee and I was paying more attention -- fabric was genius! Could you explain how to make pointed roofs --

  • Monika Monika on Jul 30, 2019

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Probably best project I have seen in a long time.

    Well done!

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  • Joanie Joanie on Feb 09, 2020

    Perfection isn't always the answer....something on this order of a project puts a smile on my face.....THAT say's something to me........Thank you!!

  • Ka Ka on Nov 26, 2020

    Yes, i would love to do this. Claire this appeals to the hearts of so many! You really could sell these. I like that they aren't perfect! You are amazing!!!!!