Handy Helpers: DIY Animal Key Holders

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Using a plastic animal toy, wooden plaque and a touch of your favorite spray paint, make this freestanding “handy helper” to hold keys, sunglasses and other entryway odds and ends. Your new animal friend will add personality while acting as an organizational lifesaver.

Things You’ll Need

  • Plastic animal toy
  • Wooden plaque
  • Protective covering for your work area
  • Gold spray paint
  • Gray spray paint
  • Super glue

Plastic animals can be found at most craft stores, right along with the wooden plaque and other supplies needed, to make this adorable key holder. Look for animals that have antlers, tusks or extended arms — these will act as the “hook” to hang keys or rest a pair of glasses on.


Choose a wooden plaque with an area slightly larger than the plastic toy. The plaque will add a bit of elevation and help provide an even distribution of weight when hanging keys from the antlers.

In a well-ventilated area and over a protective covering, apply thin and even coats of spray paint onto the plastic toy and wooden plaque.


Allow each layer to dry before applying the next. Three layers should provide plenty of coverage; touch up any small crevices as needed.


Allow to fully dry, about two hours, before moving onto the next step.


Note: We chose gray for the base so the golden-colored moose would stand out. Use any colors you like, keeping in mind that lighter, brighter shades will contrast when paired with more muted tones.

Apply a small dot of super glue to the feet of the moose, using less than you think, to avoid spillover.


Position and hold the moose down on the plaque, applying light pressure for 30 seconds while the glue adheres.



Scour your home for keys, sunglasses and the other accessories that tend to get lost, and introduce them to your new little friend, who will happily help keep them in one place, greeting you as you come and go.



Love the look of this revamped plastic toy? Learn how to use them to make adorable succulent planters with big character. For a simple organizational solution with big impact, check out how we made magnetic kitchen helpers from metal spice tins. Or make a leather catch-all tray to keep keys, coins and clutter contained.

Mary & Tim

Keep up with Mary and Tim’s adventures in DIY, home and gardening on their collaborative lifestyle blog, 17Apart. Find them on Instagram (@17Apart) and page through delicious recipes on Tim’s food blog, E.A.T.

Photo credits: Mary & Tim Vidra

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