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DIY key holders: Guide for making a minimalist key hanger for homes

Ashutosh Singh Avatar Ashutosh Singh


  • 2 slats of wood
  • Wood glue
  • Wood drill
  • Table saw
  • 4 Screws
  • Paint
  • Cork
  • Cord
  • Wire
  • Permanent marker


I always forget where I keep my keys at home, so when I was looking for DIY key hanger ideas, this one seemed like an inexpensive and easy one. I made it with the equipment and tools that I have at home, but if you don't have them, you can borrow it from a friend or get a carpenter to help you with some of the steps. This key holder stand looks perfect in my house, which has modern décor, as its minimalist look blends in effortlessly. Moreover, I have placed the wall key holder in the entrance passage of my home so that I can hang up my keys on it as soon as I get home and needn’t worry about hunting for them later! So, let's begin the step-by-step tutorial on making a key holder for wall mounting at the entrance.

12 hoursDifficultyEasy

Step 1: Measure and cut the base for the wooden key holder for walls

Cut two 20 cm x 4.5 cm slats of wood. I used these measurements for my key holder, but you can change the size to suit the size of your wall or the number of key holders you will hang on it.

Step 2: Mark the depth of the gaps

The key hanger will have gaps into which the holders will be hung, so place the slat of wood beside your table saw and adjust the blade height to make cuts around halfway through the wood.

Step 3: Cut the gaps

Now, use the saw to make cuts in 2 cm intervals, as shown in the image.  

Step 4: Glue the slats together

Place the two wood slats at a 90-degree angle from each other and join them using wood glue, so they form an ‘L' shape. Take care not to glue the edge with the gaps that you cut.

Step 5: Secure with two screws

Once the glue dries, make the slats extra secure by adding two screws – one on each end of the slats.  

Step 6: Paint the key holder

Paint the key holder in the colour of your choice. I used white for the minimalist look, but you can select any shade that matches your home décor. Wait for the paint to dry.

Step 7: Make a key chain with a cork

First, drill a hole through a cork, from top to bottom.

Step 8: Pass the wire through the cork

You need to pass a piece of cord through the cork, but before you do that, take a bit of folded wire and insert it through the hole until the loop comes out at the other side.

Step 9: Insert the cord

Now, fold the cord and pass it through the looped wire, as shown in the image. When you pull the wire loop back through the hole, it will act as a needle and pull the cord through the cork.

Step 10: Knot the cord on both sides of the cork

Take the cord and double-knot it on each end of the cork so that it stays secure. Now, you can turn it into a key chain. 

Step 11: Mark the keychain

To help you remember what key is hung on the key chain, use a permanent marker to write on the cork. That way, you won’t get confused if you have more than one cork key chain hanging from the key holder stand.

Step 12: Hang up the keys on the wall

You can hang up the key in the wall key holder by inserting the cord through the gap, as shown. The cork will rest over the top of the cut, and your keys will hang at the bottom.

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