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How to Make a Keychain on a Budget

Make a keychain using old wood scraps, your favorite image and Mod Podge. It’s a great way to personalize a gift – you can use photos too!

Skills Required: Beginner. Even if you’ve never Mod Podged before, you can make this project. The decoupage area is small enough that you’ll be fine and won’t have to worry about wrinkles.

How to Make a Keychain

One of my favorite things to do with Mod Podge is make gift items. Man Podger Walter has come up with a great way to use old wood scraps and make a fancy keychain gift for a friend.

One idea that came to mind when Walter showed me this project was a keychain with my blog logo. Wouldn’t that be fun to do something meaningful like that for yourself? Here’s how Walter did it!

Here’s how you can make a key chain with any images that you fancy. I used an image of a fish, because I just love fishing. Why not use images with typography? I am thinking monograms? Names? Images from favorite places? You have so many options!

Step 1

How to Make a Keychain

Gather These Supplies

  • Assortment of smaller wood pieces, like kid’s building blocks or small scraps of wood. I never throw any scrap pieces away!
  • Acrylic paint
  • Decorative paper
  • Screw eyes
  • Keychain findings
  • Mod Podge (I used Hard Coat)
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Pencil
Step 2

Step 2: Prime the piece of wood with FolkArt, let dry. Lay out the images in the order to how you will decoupage. I used Hard Coat to decoupage and seal the final result.

Remember, this is a keychain that will be heavily used, hence a strong sealer is ideal for durability. Let dry.

Step 3

Step 3: Use an awl to mark center of the top part of the keychain for the screw eye.

Step 4

Step 4: Attach the screw eye hook.

Step 5

Step 5: Attach the keychain link to the screw eye using pliers.

Project Completed

Add your keys to this keychain and project completed! I am very pleased with this simple and yet durable item. Are you ready to make a keychain?

Yield: 1 keychain

Make a Keychain

DIY personalized keychain

Learn how to make a keychain using scrap wood and other basic materials. These can be personalized and make great gifts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Small scrap of wood
  • Acrylic paint
  • Decorative paper
  • Mod Podge Hard Coat
  • Screw eyes
  • Keychain findings
  • Sandpaper


  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Pliers


  1. Trim a small scrap of wood to the desired size using a saw. Sand to smooth.
  2. Trace the wood onto paper. You can trace all six sides or just the main two. Cut out the paper and set aside.
  3. Paint the wood with acrylic paint. Let dry.
  4. Attach paper to the wood using Mod Podge. Let dry and then give two additional coats. Let dry.
  5. Use an awl to mark the wood for the screw eye. Attach the screw eye hook (push firmly).
  6. Attach the keychain link to the screw eye using pliers.

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