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Weekend Project: A Place to Hang Your Keys

6/17/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: diy projects, diy decor, weekend project, storage, organization, organize, key storage

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailSince my son Stacey started driving six months ago, we’ve spent countless hours searching for his lost car keys. “You need to put them in one place as soon as you get home,” I advised him the other day. This weekend I’m making him that place.

Former Natural Home & Garden art director Susan Wasinger came up with this simple little project, which turns a discarded cigar box into handy key storage. I’m going to put this right inside the front door, with a hook for my keys, too. (Stacey’s not the only one who’s been known to misplace keys.)

key storage box 

Screw hooks intoa used cigar box and use it to hide keys. Never waste time looking for lost keys again.  Photo by Susan Wasinger 

cigar boxes 

Susan picked some up these boxes from a Boulder, Colorado, smoke shop that sells them for $1 and donates the proceeds to the local Humane Society. Photo by Susan Wasinger 

key storage hooks 

Depending on the size of the box, you probably can get three rows of keys across and two or three down. Get tiny screw-in hooks with a short shank (short enough that the screw end won’t go out the back of the box). Use a thumbtack to mark and start the holes you will screw into and pliers to screw in the hooks. Photo by Susan Wasinger 

key storage knob 

Find a fun, attractive knob for your key box. The screw that comes with the knob will probably be too long as it is made to attach knobs to thicker cabinet doors. Replace it with one that is about 1/2 -inch long or less. Drill a hole about 1 inch in from the opening edge of the box and about halfway down, then attach the knob. Photo by Susan Wasinger 

 



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