Work of Art Key Hangers: DIY Christmas Gifts

I love kids’ art. It’s a good thing. I have bins, boxes, folders, and stacks full of it. My kids like to draw and paint me pictures and I have a really hard time letting them go.

Now what’s nice is when kids’ art can also be something really useful, right?

That was the inspiration for the super-easy project in todays’ DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make.

DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make Key Hangers

Voila! The kid-decorated key hanger! These are so easy.

Key Hanger Supplies

Canvas with wood frame (size is up to you — ours were 5×7)


Paint brushes

Cup hooks

Decorative Key (optional — we got ours in the dollar spot of our craft store)

Glue Gun (optional)

DIY Christmas Gift Key Hanger Heart

Key Hanger Instructions

Put down a table covering, spread out the paints, and give every child a brush and canvas. Let them enjoy a bit of creativity as they design their masterpiece on the canvas.

DIY Christmas Gift Key Hanger Painting

We did tell our kids they would be able to glue on the decorative key, so they were all sure to figure out where they wanted to put it and leave a space.

DIY Christmas Gift Key Hanger Paints

Once the paint dries, screw the cup hooks into the wood at the bottom of the canvas. We spaced three hooks evenly across the bottom of the canvas.

DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make Key Hangers Hooks

Glue the decorative key onto the canvas using the hot glue gun.

That’s it! This little project could not be easier. You could add a saying, verse or quote if you wanted using a paint pen
. Be sure to have the artist sign the canvas or inscribe it to the receiver on the reverse side.

DIY Christmas Gift Key Hanger Paint

These will hang on the lip of the canvas frame or you could add a ribbon hanger to the top if you want.

These practical, yet thoughtful gifts are wonderful for teachers, family members or special friends. The hooks could also be used to hang sports awards or hair ribbons if they wanted to gift it to another child.

DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make Key Hangers Selection

For more great DIY Christmas gifts kids can make be sure to check out our landing page with ideas, tutorials, and printable downloads.



  • What an awesome and fun gift! My kids could totally make this for their grandparents!

    (And I love your new design! Thumbs up.)

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Thanks so much. Part of it was from your site critique this summer! Grandparents would love this.

  • How cute! I bet the kids love that their art is being useful!

  • Laura says:

    As a grandparent, I would LOVE this!! And as a former teacher I love that it isn’t a “thins is what this craft is supposed to look like” craft. The kids have a basis to start with but get to totally use their creativity!

  • Tara says:

    This is a great idea. Something my son can use creativity to make and something useful that we actually need! (my husband loses his keys way too often!) Thank you for sharing!

  • Christie says:

    A very cute idea!

  • Brandi says:

    Adorable craft! My kids would love it!

  • Jill says:

    How cute Pam! These would make the perfect gift made with love for my kids to give anyone. Pinning and sharing 🙂

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