Glow-in-the-dark key toppers.

Glow-in-the-dark key toppers

Last year, I got my hands on some Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge for a Halloween project thinking I’d make some fun home decor with it. But then I realized – hold the phone! – GITD Mod Podge has some awesome practical applications too. How often do you find yourself rummaging for keys in your deep, dark purse? Today, I’m going to show you how to make cute key toppers to help keep track of which key is which and easily find them in your bag.

Supplies
Glow-in-the-Dark Mod Podge
sponge brush
keys
rubbing alcohol
paper towels
waxed paper/aluminum foil
scrapbook paper
scissors
x-acto knife
acrylic sealer or clear nail polish

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Directions

Clean all of your keys with rubbing alcohol and let dry.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Toppers

Cut your scrapbooking paper into strips that are about 3/4 of a centimeter by two inches. Apply a thick layer of GITD Mod Podge to the top of one side of a key with a sponge brush.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Place a rectangle of paper onto the Mod Podge, adjusting to keep the holes of the key uncovered.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Flip the key & paper over, apply another layer of GITD Mod Podge, and fold the paper in half to cover the back of the key.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Paint the whole top of the key (both sides) with GITD Mod Podge and let dry. I recommend letting these dry on waxed paper rather than aluminum foil like me, but I’ve been doing so many messy projects lately I ran out of waxed paper! If you are desperate and use foil, just be careful to rotate your keys as they dry so they don’t glue to the foil and get ruined. I speak from experience…

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Using an x-acto knife with a fresh blade, carefully cut away the excess paper from each key, as shown.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Apply another thick coat of GITD Mod Podge over each key, particularly on the edges of the key to seal the cut edges you just created. When your keys are completely dry,
use an acrylic sealant or a layer of clear nail polish to seal them.

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Quick tip about using GITD Mod Podge: If you’re finding your keys glowing less than you’d like, set them in the sun for a couple hours to “charge” them. Also, the more GITD Mod Podge you use, the better your glow will be!

Glow-in-the-Dark Key Toppers

Since there wasn’t enough light to capture the glow-in-the-dark effect in action, the above left image is simulated.

Like this project? Check out how Heidi also made a flask glow in the dark, and follow Hands Occupied on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for more tutorials and inspiration.

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