DIY carpentry: How to make a key holder

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DIY projects are in huge demand and especially when it concerns kids. In today’s post Vidyashankar explores a DIY carpentry idea to make a key holder.

Kids are naturally curious and creative. It’s up to us parents and caregivers to explore avenues that nurture and encourage this trait in them. With this DIY carpentry idea that is both safe and educational, kids will learn how to make a key holder.

Workshop for kids

The idea DIY workshop for kids was to initiate children into a fun way of creating useful knick-knacks at home using simple and safe tools. As a DIY carpentry enthusiast I get a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest.

We think it’s a life-skill and a beautiful way to teach kids to respect nature and cultivate a habit of conserving resources whenever possible. And, when it becomes a fun and engrossing activity, it’s a win-win situation.

The workshop (for kids aged between 7-12 years) which was spread over 2 days started with a short theory session that gave the kids a brief insight about the different kinds of woods and tools available and their functionality.

Keeping in mind kids’ interest and difficulty levels, two main creations were chosen for the workshop: A key-holder and a key-cum-jar holder. The choice of wood was pinewood for its easy availability, low cost, durability and flexibility.

A step-by-step guide:

Some kids might need assistance from adults with a few of the steps.

  • The huge, raw wood was pre-cut into long pieces to ease out the difficulty level.
  • The pre-cut wood pieces need to be further cut into appropriate sizes for the holders. Clamp these on a work bench and cut the desired size using either a hacksaw or a crosscut saw.* The jar holder requires 3 pieces of equal length to be cut. One as a base to hold the jars and the other two form a wall-like structure on either side of the base. The front piece has a lesser width compared to the other two.
  • The walls are fixed to the sides of the base using Fevicol.
  • The front part can be further designed to have hooks like that of the key-holder which gives this piece a dual purpose; a key-cum-jar holder.
  • Mark the places on the wood for the hooks of the key holder.
  • Using a nail and hammer, drill a small pilot hole at the marked area for the hooks to be screwed in.
  • Sand the wood using the 180 grit sand paper.
  • Depending on the finish colour desired, add stainer to the polish colour and apply at least three coats of polish to the wood surface. The first coat is 100% stainer and for rest of the coats, the polish and stainer should be in equal proportion. You can choose to have a walnut colour, rosewood colour or even a natural finish.
  • Once the colour has dried off, assemble the hooks into the holders.

DIY carpentry for kids

The pictures show a jar clamped to the holders. It’s an optional activity for which you need a pipe clamp that holds the jar and is screwed to the wooden surface.

*Note: None of the above require a power supply and are safe for kids to handle on their own.

So, how did you like this activity? We thought it was pretty interesting and simple to do. Do write in with your thoughts.

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