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A Few Nifty Key Holders & Racks To Make {Plus Tips}

Here are a few different ideas to keep your keys organized and stylish at the same time, many needing only basic supplies and simple diy skills:


Decoupaged [1]: Made with 4″ wide pine board, a bit of acrylic paint and decoupaged with pretty paper.

Wooden Hotel Version [2]: Frame assembled planks, add a bit of stain, metal label frames, a few cup hooks and voila! you have a lovely piece that is sure to be admired.



Scrabble Style [3]: This is a simple project that will take, at the most, a couple of hours to accomplish.

Crafty Bird House Hooks [4]: A sweet little project made with wooden craft birdhouses, paint, picture hooks, Japanese washi tape, PVA glue and more.



Simple Frame [5]: Nice! Cover a piece of Homasote fiberboard to fit inside a picture frame, cover with fabric, add hooks & labels.

With Paper Flower [6]: Made with a piece of cardboard, wire coat hanger and layers of book paper cut in flower shapes.


(Originally published September 9, 2008) Your day will start with a hectic pace if you find yourself running from room to room digging in pockets or emptying purses and totes in a panic trying to find your keys.

Try using a keeper so you always know just where they are right when you need them. The system is so simple to implement that if you don’t already have one in place, you’ll wonder why you resisted against setting this up for your household!

If you do have a system in place but aren’t having much success using it consistently, I have a few tips below that may help:

Once you’ve developed the habit of using a keeper ALWAYS, you’ll never again be in a panic looking for keys–they’ll be exactly where they should be.

(Originally published December 8, 2006) You need a thin, sturdy piece of metal with teeth or a hook of some kind to do this.

Tool Suggestions:

jigsaw blade
piece of coping saw blade
scroll saw blade
hacksaw blade
dental pick
Any piece of thin metal with a ‘hook’ on the end that can grab the broken piece

Step One:

Step Two:

Step Three:

If you can fiddle and move the piece out far enough, try grabbing it with needle nose pliers, tweezers, nail clippers, anything that will grab the edge allowing you to pull out the rest of the piece.

Potential problem: if piece just won’t budge, look closely and check that the lock cylinder is in neutral position and not turned slightly. If so, adjust and retry.