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I lose my keys, I don’;t know, like five or six times a day. So I decided it was time to create something to hang them from, right by the front door. I grabbed a wood plaque from Michael’;s, some screw-in hooks, a little paintpillow cases vintage, fabric, and mod podge, and here’;s what I came up with. I even added an extra hook for the Prudent Dad, though he is usually the one finding my keys, which are usually buried in my purse. But that’;s not the point: The point is that you can make one of these very easily!You know what was really funny, was that Carleton totally loved this thing, and immediately hung his keys on it, then when we went to leave the house to go trick or treating, we could not find his keys anywhere. It took us ten minutes to realize they were hanging on the keyholder, HA.

Anyhoo, Get the full DIY Key Holder Tutorial after the jump…;

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And this week’;s prize for fave comment is a little starter set of mod podge, fabric, and sponge brush so you can take a go at making your own. Just leave a fabulous comment and you could win it!DIY Key Holder

1. You’;ll need a wooden plaque. These are a few bucks at craft stores, depending on shape and size. You could make a big one with lots of hooks and shelves and whatnot, that would be cool.

2. I started by cutting a bird out of the gorgeous Alexander Henry Birdsong fabric from Fabricworm that I’;ve been hoarding since the Duvet Cover tutorial. Unfortunately it’;s sol out everywhere, but I am giving away my last 1/4 yard as this week’;s comment prize!Here is my cut-out bird. I actually went back after this and trimmed off the frayed bits. Frayed bits are the enemy of decoupage.

3. I wanted to stain my wood but I couldn’;t find my stash of wood stain. I should probably find it. That’;s not the kind of thing you want to lose in a house with a kid. But anyway, so I painted the edges black with a foam brush and a house paint sample. I probably should have sanded it first, but I didn’;t, so there.Let that dry.

4. Now trace your plaque onto the back of your background fabric:Cut it out. Lay all your stuff out on your plaque to see where you want it:Decide where your hooks will go and mark:Drill holes for the hooks:Also poke them on the fabric:

5. Now smooth on a layer of mod podge:PLace your background fabric on it and smooth out the air bubbles:Let it dry for at least 20 minutes.

6. Now apply another layer of mod podge:Put your next fabric bit, in this case my bird, on top and smooth out any bubbles:Let it dry for at least 20 minutes, then apply another layer of mod podge on top. You can apply more if you want. If you have sealer spray then use it when your mod podge is dry, then your key holder will be water resistant.

7. Screw in your hooks:

Done!

Many of the products Jacaranda Living carries can be custom embroidered/monogrammed with names and designs.

As I mentioned in the first installment of this series, when I found out I was pregnant, a fastidious friend passed along?a spreadsheet?to me of all the baby essentials I’d need for the first six or so months. My secret skill is that I am a powerhouse Googler, so I ended up using my friend’s list as a jumping-off point to satisfy my need to obsessively research every possible thing on planet Earth. Now, two kids later, and as founder of?a maternity company, I am waist-deep in mama/baby/parent stuff all day, every day. I’ll admit that I’ve probably gone deeper than most (sane) people are willing to go, and have since created my own Google doc that I email around to any friend of mine who I find out is pregnant. I’ve easily passed this on to 40 friends who have in turn passed it on to their friends in the sisterhood of the traveling spreadsheet fashion. I edited it once after the babe arrived, once more after babe No. 2, and then one more time after hearing from some of my best friends who had kids. The first post featured products for sleeping, changing, feeding and pumping, and transporting. This one includes clothing, bathing and grooming, playing, first aid, and gadgets (plus some things that other parents swear by but that I didn’t find particularly useful.)