How-To: Make a Family Name Key Holder Board

Something you may see in a lot of my posts are projects I’ve made for my family. I love when people can give me ideas and I can make it happen! My sister and I joke that she is the ‘idea girl’ and I’m the ‘make it happen girl’. This project is for my sister, she has been asking me to make her a wood key holder board for a while. I told her I would make the board for her. All she would have to do is pick the type of hooks she wants and put them on.

I went to the craft store (my favorite place!) and bought a piece of unfinished wood.  There were many shapes and sizes, so I picked a basic rectangle for this project. This allowed enough space for a large decal and a spot for hooks (from a hardware store) along the bottom.

I painted the unfinished wood with beige and brown acrylic paint. To give the board more depth, I painted the edges of the board brown.

I took the vinyl decal and the painted wood board and laid the decal on top of the board.

I wanted to place the decal higher on the board to make sure there was room for the hooks that would be added later.

TIP:  I also made four very light pencil marks for where the corners of the transfer tape should be. You can erase these after you have the decal where you want it to be, if it won’t erase you can always cover the markings with a little more paint.

I peeled back the transfer tape (sticky white paper with red lines) and placed it on the wood board, making sure to line it up with the light pencil marks I made before.

I used a hard piece of plastic (like a credit card) to push all the bubbles out of the decal and secure it to the board. Then I removed the transfer tape, making sure the decal was sticking to the board.

The following is an optional step, but you could stop here and it would be perfect! I wanted to do a clear coat to seal the board to make sure nothing would pop up in the future, since I’m sure the will use it for a long time.

I used a container of Mod Podge and a clean sponge brush.

The Mod Podge is one I’ve had for another projects, there are many versions of it that would work for this project. I liked using a matte so it didn’t leave a shiny finish.  It really depends on what you prefer!

I did two thin coats of the Mod Podge, making sure it was completely dried in between coats.

The board is all done and ready for the hooks to be applied. The hooks can be found at any hardware store.

If you would like to make a family name vinyl to put on a board or even a wall, take a look at my etsy shop or contact me! I’d love to make your idea a reality!

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