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A Rustic key holder for National DIY Day

Saved by Scottie DLawless Pure Bond Ryobi disclosureHave you heard of National DIY Day? It’s April 2nd , and I am of course ALL over it. National DIY Day was created to celebrate creativity and the art of “making”. I am honored (and super excited) to be one of the 2017 National DIY Day Ambassadors. What does this mean? Well, in addition to promoting this great day here on the blog with this rustic key holder project; I will do a facebook live event, post another DIY project on the National DIY Day blog, host a community event and even make a tv appearance in Baltimore to show others how fun and fulfilling DIY can be!

National DIY Day isn’t just about bringing attention to crafting by hand. National DIY Day has partnered with Across the country educational budgets are being slashed, forcing teachers to buy much-needed supplies with their own money, stretching their already tight budgets to the max. Organizations like are doing their best to ease that burden for teachers- that’s a cause I can support completely.

As the child of a teacher, I love the mission of this organization. I remember how much money my mother would spend on school supplies and the struggle to weed out stuff when it came time to move every three years. The investment she’d put in over the years made that really hard, the overages on weight made it necessary. Re-buying all those supplies was frustrating for both my parents.

When the gals at National DIY Day approached me, I was asked to come up with project ideas- of course hardware and plywood immediately came to mind. I reached out to DLawless and Pure Bond and am thrilled to be working with both of them again!

A few months ago I found a really neat rustic key holder on a website and was totally bummed when it was sold out. I took a look at it and knew I could make it with the right hardware. When I found what I needed on DLawless’ website, I got super excited.

I started with a piece of plywood from Pure Bond. I didn’t have set dimensions in mind so I waited until I got the hardware to figure it all out. The label holders are about 3 ½ inches wide so leaving about 4 inches in each spot plus the trim on each side gave me a width of about 21 inches. Honestly, I just eyeballed the height to what seemed to look good (which in this case was about 8 inches). I used my Ryobi table saw to cut the pieces out and then lowered the blade to make the grooves. I made sure they were just  touch deeper then that first layer of plywood.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder grooves

Once I had the grooves cut, I measured out the trim and used my Ryobi sliding compound miter saw to cut the right length and angles. I laid it all out to make sure it all fit together properly, then used Shabby Paints ReVAX in a gray custom color mix (Black, White, and Sheer) to stain the raw wood (2 coats).

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder reVax stain Saved by Scottie rustic key holder grooves and trim pieces Saved by Scottie rustic key holder second coat stain


ReVAX dries really quickly so I was able to glue and brad nail the trim (with my favorite Ryobi AirStrike brad nailer) almost right away.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder assembled with Titebond and brad nailer

Next step was marking the holes for the hardware, pre-drilling the holes, and screwing everything on.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder hardware attached

BOOM! It’s really that easy! Now we have a better place to store the keys then a jumbled up mess on the kitchen counter… or lost on the coffee table… or a chair… or… well, you get the idea. It’s really easy to misplace keys around here.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder complete

This rustic key holder is the project I will teaching on National DIY Day this April 2nd locally. If you’re interested in coming, please let me know. I will be sure to share all the details of the location and times as soon as I have them.

Saved by Scottie rustic key holder complete in place

There are other National DIY Day Ambassadors all over the country. To find a National DIY Day event near you, and get more details about the whole “shebang”, check out the site,


Be sure to check out too for more information on the great work they are doing. As a National DIY DAY ambassador I am proud to support and their mission to give teachers a hand by providing much-needed classroom materials so that their students can learn and succeed. National DIY DAY and Saved By Scottie are committed to supporting classrooms and providing tools for students and teachers to enhance the creative learning experience

Support by Texting a Donation Today! Text the word “Give” to (678) 582-8594 and you will be prompted through a secure system to make a donation of your choice! 

Saved by Scottie Challenges teachers face infographic

I would love to hear what you think of this project and hope you are as excited about April 2nd as I am!



(Products have been provided to me by DLawless Hardware, Pure Bond plywood, and Ryobi in exchange for sharing them with you. All opinions are my own and always will be)



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  • Reply
    Renee Huepper
    March 16 at 10:32 AM

    Love it Scottie! Wish I could hire you to make one for me!!

    • Reply
      March 16 at 5:35 PM

      Thank you Renee- I wish you were close enough to come up and make your own at the workshop!

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