Introduction: DIY Magnetic Key Hanger

About: Maker based in ATL, I love to make new things and learn along the way. I want to share my learning experiences with others so they can be inspired to make the things they want as well.

Have you ever lost your keys, wallet, or sunglasses? Well not anymore because this week we’re making a simple magnetic hanger for your keys, with a little shelf for your wallet and whatever else you’d like to put on it.

Step 1: Materials and Tools


1x12 Oak Board

1x2 Oak Board

Keyhole Hangers:

Neodymium Magnets:

Varathane Stain:


Miter Saw:

Drill (Tool Only):


Step 2: Cutting the Shelf

The first thing I did was cutting off a 3 1/2" wide piece off the large oak board. This would be the larger shelf.

Step 3: Mark Your Holes

I marked the places where I would drill the recesses for the magnets.

Step 4: Tape and Drill

I taped off the Forstner bit to make sure I don't drill too deep. Masking tape works great for this.

Step 5: Cut the Backboard

After drilling all the holes for the magnets, I figured out the length I wanted the backboard to be and cut that to length.

Step 6: Mount the Shelf

Next, it was time to mount the shelf, to do this I clamped it on and then used a square to mark where the holes needed to be.

Then I used a countersink bit to drill the holes for the screws and then screwed the shelf onto the back.

Step 7: Sunglasses Shelf

To make the sunglasses shelf I just cut it to length and screwed it through the back just like the lower shelf.

Step 8: Add the Heyhole Hangers

First I marked the hanger locations, then drilled in the areas where they go with a Forstner bit to make the recesses. I cleaned up the recesses with a small chisel and then screwed in the hangers.

Step 9: Stain

The next thing I did was stain it, I used Varathane Ebony Stain, but you can use whatever color stain you prefer to match your walls.

Step 10: Glue in the Magnets

I just used some Clear Gorilla Glue to mount in my magnets.

Step 11: Final Finish

To give it it's final finish I used glossy spray Polyurethane from Varathane to give it a nice glossy finish.

Step 12: Hang It Up

To hang it up, I just marked my holes and just screwed screws right into the drywall, I was originally gonna use drywall anchors, but I didn't really need them so I decided to skip them.

Step 13: You're Done

And that's it, you're done! Now you have a place you always know you can go to to get your essentials for leaving the house.