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Table with vase of flowers and 2 types of timber key hooks


Leaving the house requires not just your phone and wallet, but your house keys. Make sure you don’t forget any of it with this D.I.Y. wall key holder!

Using simple materials and techniques, you’ll be able to create a specific spot to hang your keys and other important items, perfect for a hallway or entryway. 

All you’ll need is a couple of basic D.I.Y. tools and a spare afternoon and soon enough, you’ll never find yourself locked out again.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Tools for the job, tape measure, pencil, dusk mask, safety glasses, earmuffs, circular saw.


Using a tape measure and pencil, measure and mark out 35cm on your fence paling.
Using a tape measure with a pencil marking out measurements on fence paling.

3Cut to size

Cut at the mark using a circular saw, making sure to apply a dust mask, safety glasses and earmuffs before turning it on.

Cut timber with a circular saw.


Sand the timber with a sander to allow the timber finish to go on smoothly. You could also use sandpaper and a sanding block. Wipe away the excess dust.

Sanding timber with a electric sander

5Apply finish

Lay down a drop sheet or material to protect your work surfaces. Then, open the timber finish using the can opener and stir using a paint stirrer. Apply the finish to the timber using a paint brush.

Leave to dry. You could also use paint if you’re after a different look.

Painted timber drying on white cloth

6Mark spaces for hooks

Once dry, it’s time to mark where you’d like your hooks. Use a tape measure and pencil to measure out even spaces across the breadth of the timber, marking where you’d like to put your hooks.

Using a tape measure with a pencil , marking out to added in hooks

7Add key hooks

Screw the hooks in the marked position.

Using a power drill and drilling in hooks into timber

8Add framing hooks

Apply the framing hooks to the back of the holder with the drill. You can now add your own unique touches, writing your name or another label with the grout pen, or go straight to hanging your new key holder on the wall.

Using a power drill and drilling  into timber with screws

9Make your own!

Explore our range of hooks for your next key holder!

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.