This farmhouse style wall key holder is perfect for a small entry way, mudroom, office, or any room! Whether it’s your keys, purse, umbrella, jacket, scarf…you name it…this piece will hold it for you.

And look pretty doing it.

It is easy and inexpensive to make. I made two of them to give away as wedding gifts and spent around $25 for both. Read on for the tutorial and a link to those awesome hooks!

DIY Key Holder with Mail Slot

DIY Wall Key Holder 

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Materials needed

  • (1) 1x4x8′ barnwood shiplap trim board, cut into 4 equal pieces (2′ ea.).
  • (3) 1×4 scraps cut at 12″ for the paper slot
  • (1) 1×4 scrap cut at 12″ for the top piece
  • (2) 1×10 scraps mitered at 15 degrees (scroll down for details on these cuts)
  • Decorative hooks. You can find the ones I used here.

Tools and other supplies used

Step 1: Assembling the Back Board

First off, I headed to Home Depot to grab some pine 1×4’s for this project when these shiplap boards literally stopped me in my tracks. They’re a little more money, but I decided they would give this piece the farmhouse look I was looking for, so I splurged.

Plus, did I mention they were speaking to me? Wood and I are tight.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

LOVE this grey reclaimed wood shiplap trim! It made the cutest wall piece!

To assemble the back, simply apply wood Glue to the sides and clamp together. Let it sit for a while (at least 20-30 minutes).

Wall Key Holder with Mail Slot! I love the look! Definitely making one of these!

Do the same thing with the short pieces. This will make up the front basket.

DIY Wall Key Holder with Mail Slot. Making this this weekend!

Step 2: Cut the “Pie” pieces. 

The side pieces that hold the basket came from a scrap piece of 1 x 10 mitered at 15 degrees.

Don’t be scared.

If you don’t have a miter saw you could make square cuts to size for the sides and bottom. Glue and brad nail them together. But, If you want the slanted look, read on.

It’s not that hard, I promise!

Set your 1×10 piece on the saw and set the miter angle at 15 degrees (move the miter adjustor to the right until it points to 15 as shown below). Notice the blade is set down as far to the right as possible while still hitting the bottom edge of the board.

Wall Key Holder. Super Easy to Make!

Once you make the cut, you should end up with a piece like the one below.

Miter cut for the wall key holder. Super easy!

Here’s a tip for the second piece: Turn the board over so the bottom side you see above faces up (as shown below). Excuse the writing on my board. I told ya it was a scrap piece 🙂

Miter Cut on Wall Key Holder

Set the miter back to zero. Then make the cut, as shown below.

Cuts for DIY wall key holder

Congratulations. You now have two equal pieces for the sides.

Easy as pie.

Side note: These make great door stoppers if you want to cut a few more.

Side Pieces for wall key holder. Tutorial at

Step 3: Assemble the Basket

Glue the pie slices to the front piece, flush with the top. Make sure the 90 degree angle is facing out.

Wall Key and Mail Holder with Hooks

Step 4: Sand and Stain 

At this point I sanded and stained only the top trim piece and the basket. Then I gave them a coat of dark walnut stain. I left barn wood pieces pieces raw because they are beautiful just the way they are.

DIY wall key and mail holder

Step 5: Attach Basket and Trim Piece

Once the stain was dry I glued them to the back piece and reinforced with my cordless nail gun.

Wall Key and Mail Holder

Step 6: Attach Hooks and Hang!

You’re there! Attaching the hooks is pretty easy with this awesome cordless drillI used 3/4″ wood screws. I’ m kind of partial to cordless stuff. What can I say, I trip easily and compressors scare me.

Super Cute Wall Mail Holder

I am also utterly addicted to Hobby Lobby’s knobs and pulls. Good grief, could they be any cuter??? You should see the ones I used for my bathroom vanity, and my entry way shiplap wall. They are all so gorgeous. And at 50% off, who can resist?

Farmhouse Style Mail and Key Holder. I need one of these for my tiny mudroom!

To hang on the wall, I attached D ring hangers to the back of the piece. You can use nails or even command strip hooks to hang it on the wall, like I did for this one, since I knew I was giving it away.

I hope you like this and give it a try! Think of the possibilities.

I think my next one will have hinge clips and chalkboard paint.

What do you think? Tell me in the comments. I love comments! 🙂

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Build this farmhouse style wall piece to hold your keys, jackets, purse, umbrella, you name it! Gorgeous raw barnwood and metal hooks complete the look. Easy DIY!!

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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Claire

    Love the hooks and the letter rack, the whole thing looks great.

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much, Claire!

  2. Anika

    This looks amazing!! It turned out so great!! What an awesome wedding gift!

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much, Anika!


    Wow loving this – and that wood tone is gorgeous! great project 🙂

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Medina!

  4. This turned out so awesome! Love the colour you stained it and the hardware you used Janice.!

    1. Janice

      Awe! Thanks Sam!

  5. Carolann

    I just love how this turned out! Everything about is perfection!

    1. Janice

      How sweet are YOU!? Thank you!

  6. Dyan

    LOVE this! Thanks so much for the detailed instructions, especially for the angle cuts.

    1. Janice

      Welcome, Dyan!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Sam

    I just made this. Love it, but wanted to point out a couple of discrepancies between the photos and the plans. I assume the shiplap you found is not actually 3.5″ wide as is typical 1 x 4. I used 1 x 4 for the backing as per the plans, so 4 strips are 14″ wide (not 12″ as per the plan). Also, 3 strips of 1 x 4 for the mail basket is too deep for mail. The pics appear to be less than the 10.5″ deep that mine turned out to be. Anyway, these are minor issues but wanted people to know so they can alter accordingly. My wife and I both love it.

    1. Janice

      Hi Sam! Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate you sharing your experience!

    2. Michelle

      I noticed this when reading the instructions! I am an absolute beginner. What measurements should I use instead?

  8. Clarence

    Very cool plan and design, going to try to adapt it to some leftover pallet wood I’ve got lying around. One note on the nailer, which I’d like to get for this. Your link above goes to a Ryobi crown stapler, but it looks like link below is the one you’re using from the picture?

    1. Janice

      Hi Clarence!
      Thanks for your comment! Yes, you are correct. I have fixed the link now 🙂 Thanks for catching that and good luck on your project!

  9. Bonnie

    I absolutely love this! Definitely gonna try it or a variation of it. One question, what is”step 4″? Is it missing or is it just an error in numbering? I do that all the time!!!

    1. Ha!! Good eye Bonnie! Definitely an error 🙂 I’ll have to edit that! Good luck with your build!

  10. Penelope

    How big is the back board like in feet and would you mind sending me pictures of the project with a tape measure like measuring it so I know exactly how big to cut it my email is

    1. Hi Penelope,
      The back piece is made up of 4 boards. Overall it measures 14″ wide and 24″ tall. I currently don’t have plans drawn out for this project. Sorry! I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Katelyn,
      It’s been a while since I built this, but not than much. I would say $15-20 including the hooks.

  11. Juan Perez

    Hi I am trying to build this amazing piece in my woodshop class and I was wondering if it was posible to replace the top board with another mail holder. Like would it cause any harm to it or would it stay together like normal? I need a lot of space for mial and so this is why I’m asking.

    1. Hey Juan! I think that’s a great idea and would not change anything at all. You’ll just want to make sure there’s enough room between. Good luck!:)

  12. Tom

    I let one of my woods students construct this in class. She put out a beautiful project! Thank You

    1. Love it!! Thanks for sharing Tom. I’d love to see a photo of the finished product to share on Instagram.

  13. mike

    Hi looks great one question. in the photo there is a 1×2 on the back. is this just for hanging?

  14. Gabe

    How much board footage is this project

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