How to Make a Wood Cutout Key Holder
by Cabin Annie
(Loup City, NE)
Wood Cutout Key Holder - Finished
Mom needs a place to store her keys, so why not make it an attractive piece of the decor? I'll show you how to make a pretty wood cutout key holder. This is a great project to help kids make for Mom, because they can help with the decorating.
Materials for Wood Cutout Key Holder
~ 1 piece of ¾" wood 6" x 11 ½ "
~ 18" of ¼" dowel
~ Acrylic paint or
~ Wood sealer, stain, varnish
~ 5 cuphooks
~ 3 mini clothespins
~ 3 15" green pipe cleaners
~ Scraps of fun foam
~ Cardboard for pattern
~ Tacky glue
~ Drill and ¼" bit
The size of your board is up to you - I ended up using a piece 6" by 11 ½". I used a larger piece because I wanted to cut a design out with the jigsaw and leave room for the keys to hang.
How to make Wood Cutout Key HolderBoard
Drill three ¼" holes evenly spaced along one long edge of the wood board. With your sheet of paper make a pattern the size of your wood then draw your cutout design or print out mine to use. Here's the design I used:
Click here to download template for wood cutout key holder
Drill a hole in each leaf, then insert your jigsaw blade into that hole to cut out your leaves. After you get them all cut out round the edges over with sandpaper. Sand all surfaces until smooth and apply wood sealer, stain and varnish or paint. Use rub-ons to decorate or finish however the kids want. Flowers
The middle picture (top of page) shows a closeup of one of the flowers. To make your flowers, cut three pieces of ¼" dowel rod 4, 6 and 8 inches long. Paint the dowels green for stems.
Draw three flower petal shapes on cardboard and trace onto your foam. Cut out 15 petals of various colors. Arrange them in three flowers using 5 petals each and put a metal clasp in the bottom through all 5 petals. When your dowel stems are dry open the clasps put a drop of glue of the end of the dowel and fold the clasp around the dowel. Put a generous amount of glue around the dowel and clasp to secure them together.
You are now ready to assemble your key or note holder. Put a drop of glue in each drilled hole, insert your three dowel rod pieces into the holes. Leaves
Cut 3 pipe cleaners in half, then bring the ends to the middle and twist together. Repeat with the other side and with the two more pipe cleaners. Wrap the center of the leaf unit around the stems; open up the pipe cleaner to look like the outline of a leaf. Repeat with each leaf unit. Put a drop of glue on the back of each unit where they are wrapped around the dowel.
Attach a mini clothespin to the leaves - they can then be used as note holders. They're so small they're a bit hard to see in the photos. Finishing
Screw in the cup hooks and you have finished!
Have the kids autograph the back with their name and the year if they are helping make this as a gift for Mom.
Anything else you'd like to share about your project?
You can you any design you want to cut out or perhaps decorate with rub-ons or decoupage on a design.