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DIY Photo Keychain for Mother’s Day (Gift Idea!)

Create a photo keychain that comes together in a matter of minutes (excluding dry time). This picture keychain is a perfect gift!

Skills Required: Intermediate. This is a great project to try for your first photo transfer. You’ll learn how to transfer photos to wood – you need some prior crafting experience to master this technique.

DIY Photo Keychain for Mother's Day

Are you ready for Mother’s Day? I wasn’t, until recently – when I made this photo keychain! This one was created for my mom, with a photo of me and my younger brother when we were kids since we don’t live near her anymore.

I think it’s a good gift to make for someone who has older kids, younger moms or even fur moms. You can create a basic one (like the one I made), or fancy it up with charms and other embellishments.

If you like DIY keychains, add this Mod Podge photo craft to your list of projects. Join me to see how easy this picture keychain project came together!

Make a Picture Keychain

Gather These Supplies

Step 1. To create a ‘long’ piece of wood perfect for your photo keychain, I used a 3″ x 3″ wood square. Mine were soft enough to cut down to size with just a box cutter or X-Acto knife – you just need patience and a steel rule to guide you.

If your wood squares are thick, you may need another tool to cut the wood. Rather than mess with it, you may just want to purchase wood rectangles with holes already cut. I’ll let you decide!

Cutting a 3 by 3 wood square into three pieces with a box knife

Step 2. Once you are done creating your wood rectangles, sand the edges as well as the front and back surfaces with fine-grit sandpaper.

Two wood pieces and a piece of sandpaper

Step 3. Drill a hole on the top to accommodate your keychain ring later on using a drill with small drill bit – the size would be relative to how big or small your keychain ring would be.

Two wood pieces with holes drilled in one end

Step 4. Now, it’s time for the fun part! Print your image – don’t forget to flip it before printing. Base the photo size on the size of your wood strip, in my case 1″ x 3″.

Create a photo keychain that comes together in a matter of minutes (excluding dry time). This is a perfect gift for Mother's Day!

Step 5. Apply a thick coat of photo transfer medium to your image, and lay it face down on your piece of wood. Use a brayer to push out bubbles and flatten the image onto the wood.

Create a photo keychain that comes together in a matter of minutes (excluding dry time). This is a perfect gift for Mother's Day!

Step 6. Once dry, wet the paper and carefully rub the paper until your image shows. Be careful with rubbing the paper too much unless you want a really aged look to your keychain.

Rubbing paper off of a photo transfer keychain

Step 7. Once you are done removing the excess paper, let’s ‘antique’ it. Use antiquing wax and apply it on the edges of your keychain.

Create a photo keychain that comes together in a matter of minutes (excluding dry time). This is a perfect gift for Mother's Day!

Step 8. Using the same brush (unwashed), apply a layer of Matte Mod Podge. The remaining residue from the antique wax will mix with the Matte Mod Podge to create a slight sepia sheen. Make sure the faces don’t have any stray specks of wax or paper before it dries.

Homemade keychain with a photo and Mod Podge Matte

Step 9. Attach your keychain ring and you are done!

DIY keychain with a Mod Podge photo transfer image

I’m pretty sure my sentimental mom would love this photo keychain, and I hope yours would too! It’s something easy, simple and from the heart that you can give to your mom or make for yourself.

I’m going to be making one of these DIY keychains with a photo of my furbabies too! I know my mom likes this plain so I kept mine simple, but you can definitely personalize it even further with different embellishments or charms.

Yield: 1 keychain

DIY Photo Keychain

DIY keychain with a Mod Podge photo transfer image

Create a photo keychain that comes together in a matter of minutes (excluding dry time). This is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Dry Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Wood Square
  • Photo (laserjet printed)
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Antiquing Wax
  • Keychain Ring

Tools

  • Metal Ruler
  • Cutter
  • Drill with bit
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. To create a ‘long’ piece of wood perfect for a keychain, I used a 3″ x 3″ wood square. They’re soft enough to cut down to size with just a box cutter or X-Acto knife. You'll want a steel ruler and patience, as well.
  2. Once you are done creating your wood rectangles, sand the edges as well as the front and back surfaces with fine-grit sandpaper.
  3. Drill a hole on the top to accommodate your keychain ring later on using a drill with small drill bit – the size would be relative to how big or small your keychain ring would be.
  4. Print the image – don’t forget to flip it before printing. Base the photo size on the size of the wood strip,.
  5. Apply a thick coat of photo transfer medium to the image, and lay it face down on your piece of wood. Use a brayer to push out bubbles and flatten the image onto the wood. Leave to dry overnight.
  6. Once dry, wet the paper and carefully rub the paper until the image shows. Be careful with rubbing the paper too much, unless you want a really aged look to the keychain.
  7. Repeat step 6 until all the paper is removed. Then, let’s ‘antique’ it. Use antiquing wax and apply it on the edges of the keychain. This step is optional, but it's a fun effect.
  8. Using the same brush (unwashed), apply a layer of Matte Mod Podge. The remaining residue from the antique wax will mix with the Matte Mod Podge to create a slight sepia sheen. Make sure the faces don’t have any stray specks of wax or paper before it dries.
  9. Attach the keychain ring and you are done!

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What are you planning on making for Mother’s Day? I’d love to know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other keychain ideas. Have fun crafting. . . .

Jennifer @ JenniferMaker

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

This is a fun idea ... and not overly complicated! I'm sure my mom would love this. I even have both the matte Mod Podge and the Antiquing Wax! Thank you for the idea. :)

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