Do It Yourself Gifts Project:
Homemade Photo Key Chain

This is an adorable key chain project to make for any occasion! Follow the step-by-step instructions carefully, and you'll have a one-of-a-kind gift in no time!



ITEMS YOU'LL NEED:

  • Photocopy of a photo
  • Decoupage medium
  • Foam brush
  • 2-2.5" diameter wooden disc
  • Sand paper
  • White glue that dries clear
  • Pour on resin
  • Drill with small bit
  • Split ring or chain
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Find a favorite photo and make a photocopy of it, or simply print it on your printer using your home computer (I used plain white printer paper for my photo, and it worked great.)

2. Using decoupage medium, adhere the photo to the 2 or 2.5 inch wooden disc (any size disc will work--it depends on the look that you're going for). You may even chose to put a photo on each side of the disc--it's up to you.


3. After the decoupage dries, use sand paper to sand off any rough spots that may have formed around the edge.

4. Paint the edge and back of the wooden disc with your color of choice. I used silver because it reminds me of a key chain color. This is an optional step...if you like the look of the natural wood, feel free to keep it the way that it is. After you paint the back, you can write something on it with permanent marker--perhaps the person's name, a quote, or a phone number to call if the keys are lost. For my project, I used my printer and a funky font to print the name of each of my children out, and glued them to the back. They want to hang their key chains from their school back pack, which will help teachers identify who's back pack it is.

5. After you have the back and front completed, cover any photos or sayings with a thin layer of white glue (that dries clear). This will help protect the items from the resin.

6. After everything is dry, use your drill to put a small hole in the key chain for the ring to go in. The size drill bit you use depends on the size ring you have.

7. Mix the resin in a disposable container (it will harden and ruin whatever you put it in, so make sure you don't use one of your good bowls.) Follow the directions on the back of the resin can to find out how to mix the two-part resin mixture together.


8. Dunk the disc into the resin to fully coat it. Try not to put too thick of a coat on it, or it may crack when it dries. If you want a really thick coating, you need to do it one layer at a time (let one layer completely dry, then put another layer on it, after that layer completely dries, add another layer...you get the idea).

9. Using a toothpick, put it through the hole of the wood disc and pull it up out of the resin. Poke it between two egg cartons with a piece of aluminum foil or a piece of cardboard (something that is thick and it won't be able to soak through) beneath to catch the drips. This will allow the key chain to dry without touching any surfaces. Note: How you choose to pull the key chains out of the resin and dry them is completely up to you--maybe you'll come up with an even better idea than I have, so don't limit yourself to what I've done here.


10. Drying times vary depending on the thickness of your coat, the temperature of the place it is drying, etc. Once the key chain feels completely dry, remove the toothpick from the hole (you may have to break it off and drill through the hole again if it's stuck in there.)

11. Put the key ring or chain through the hole, wrap it in a unique gift box , and you're finished! Great job...wasn't that fun?





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