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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!

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 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? 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!
  • Screw Eyes
  • Key chain findings
  • Papers  you like
  • Mod Podge (I used Hard Coat)
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?

Are you wondering how to decoupage napkins on canvas? Learn how to do it with this emoji canvas project. Such a fun idea and very easy!
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Sara @

Saturday 26th of May 2012

Very cool! It looks easy enough and even kids can make them!


Thursday 24th of May 2012

Love it Amy, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope all is well. I just posted a nice mod podge project yesterday, check it out! oxoxoxoSara


Wednesday 23rd of May 2012

like it!

Jessica Bruno

Monday 21st of May 2012

You are right, great idea for fathers day :)


Saturday 19th of May 2012

Looks great and easy.

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