Summer Camp Craft | Key Holder

Summer Crafts with Walnut Hollow, decoupaged and painted key holder

Wood crafts were always a favorite part of summer camp for me!  Today I’m sharing a fun craft that you can make with the kids in your life.  Plus it will be helpful if you’re a family who loses their keys like we do!

Supplies needed for summer camp craft, key holder

Supplies & Tools


This is a great way to teach kids about recycling.  Start by tearing a small stack of junk mail into strips about 1″ across.  Decoupage them onto the River Road Signboard.  Decou-Page dries extremely fast so you won’t have to wait long to paint.

Decoupaging the Walnut Hollow River Road Signboard

Paint a thin coat of Americana Acrylics in Warm White over the strips to soften the look.  The decorative edge on the board gives you a perfect place to add two strips of color.  Peacock Teal and Watermelon Slice are shown in this example.

Walnut Hollow River Road Signboard Key Holder

Allow the white paint to dry completely.  Make a pencil mark 1″ above the bottom edge, approximately 2″, 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″ across the board then screw in the cup hooks at those marks.  (I had a piece of tape measure washi tape that I used.  It was very handy but not necessary.)

Adding cup hooks and stenciled labels to key holder

Each child can decide how to personalize their key holder.  Have them write out the names they want to give to each hook and show them how to find the center of each word.  The washi tape will guide the stencil placement.  Stencil the center letter of each word directly above the hook and work out from there.

How to make a sign without a stencil

The large word “Keys” can be done without a stencil by (1.) printing the word with your computer on a plain sheet of paper.  (2.) Turn the paper over and shade the back of the word with the side of the pencil.  (3.) Place the paper on the board where you’d like the word, stick down with washi tape, and trace the outside of the letters.  (4.) This will leave a faint pencil mark to follow with paint.  Fill in the letters with paint, dry, add a second coat if needed.

When everything is completely dry flip the board over and nail in the hanger.

Key Holder with Walnut Hollow River Road Signboard

You’ll find lots more summer crafts on the Walnut Hollow blog this month!  Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite camp craft was.

Ann's PictureI’m Ann Tatum from Duct Tape and Denim.  I’m a jewelry designer but I can’t contain my creativity to just jewelry!  From childhood I’ve loved just about every craft I’ve ever tried.  And my studio currently looks like I’m enjoying every craft!  I especially love upcycling vintage finds.  I raised two daughters who are now married, have one grandson, and live with my musical husband and the boss of our house, the cat.  Follow our adventures on

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