Decoupage Key Hooks

The reality in our home right now is that in less than two months we will have a third licensed driver in the house and a third car in the driveway. Aagh... I know it's going to be okay, but I am having a difficult time with this transition. It seems like yesterday when my baby was still, well, a baby.

I decided that I would try to embrace this change with a project. More cars means more keys, so I am going to try to be organized with some key hooks. We have an area in our kitchen where phones, bills, checkbooks and what not all collect, so it seemed that would be a perfect place for the keys, too.


  • 4 wood plaques
  • white paint (acrylic or latex)
  • 1 or 2 paint brushes
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • paper cutter, paper punches or die cut machine
  • Mod Podge
  • decoupage gloss sealer (optional)
  • drill
  • 4 cup hooks
  • 4 small sawtooth hangers
  • hammer
  • needle nosed pliers (optional)
  • poster tack (optional)
  • 4 small nails


Begin with your four plaques. You can get these at your local craft or hobby store. I chose square ones, but they come in a variety of shapes.

Paint each plaque. Let the paint dry. If you need to, apply a second coat of paint.

Cut out the paper shapes you would like to apply on your plaques. I used my Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter but you can use another type of die cut machine or even shape punches or scissors.

If you use a Silhouette, these shapes are from a set is called "basic icons 2" and you can purchase it on the Silhouette America web site.

Now it's time to decoupage.

Place one of your die cuts on a painted plaque and position it the way you like. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous coat of Mod Podge over the top of your paper shape.

If you are unfamiliar with Mod Podge, it's like a really liquidy glue that dries clear. It will soak into your paper and adhere it to the wooden surface.

Use the Mod Podge to attach your die cuts to each plaque. Let the Mod Podge dry.

I like to spray on a coat of decoupage glass sealer to make my projects more durable, but it's your preference. Let the sealer dry.

Mark where you will be placing the hooks on each plaque. I chose to put mine in the center.

Drill holes where the hooks will be inserted. You don't have to drill all the way through the wood, just enough to get the hooks started.

Don't screw in the hooks quite yet.

On the back of each plaque you will need to attach the sawtooth hangers. Make sure they are positioned in the same location on each plaque.

Protect your fingers. You may want to use a needle nosed pliers to hold the tiny nails while you hammer.

Once the hangers are on, turn the plaques over and attach the cup hooks.

Your key hooks are ready to hang on the wall.

Since the keys will be placed on the hooks and taken off again, I stuck a little ball of poster tack on the back of each plaque so it wouldn't be jostled around.

Finally, add your keys for some pretty and practical home organization.



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Decoupage Key Hooks
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