This project is so much fun to make and very rewarding when you're done!! I know you're all going to love this tutorial!!
Wood shapes ("Woodsies")
Crop-a-dile (or other strong hole punch)
Acrylic craft paint
Decorations (photos, scrapbook paper, ephemera, lace, etc.)
Charms or beads (optional)
Metal jump ring
Step 1: MAKE WOOD BASE
The wood shapes I purchased were inexpensive and relatively thin so I chose to use 2 for each base. If your wood shapes are made of a heavier wood, you could get away with just using one.
Pair up 2 wood pieces that are the same shape and size.
Punch a hole at the top center of one. Line up your two pieces and mark where to punch the hole on the 2nd piece and then punch that hole.
Add a layer of glue (preferably wood glue) to the back of the two pieces and press them together.
Clamp the 2 pieces together using clothes pins or other method and let dry.
Once the glue has dried sand off the excess glue and any rough edges.
Step 2: DECORATE
There are so many possibilities for decorating these keychains!! I'll list some of my ideas after the tutorial.
Paint the edges of your wood base using acrylic craft glue; you may need 2 or more coats.
Using a decoupage medium glue and seal your decorations onto the wood base, making sure to seal the painted edges too.
Step 3: ADD KEYRING & A CHARM
This is where we turn the little decorated wood shape into a keychain!!
Using pliers, add about 1" of chain to the keyring.
If you want to use a bead, rather than a charm, you'll need to add a headpin and a pair of round-nose jewelry pliers.
Once you have your bead/charm and keyring ready, add them to the wood base with a metal jump ring as shown above.
As I mentioned in the tutorial, there are so many possibilities when decorating your wood base!! Here are just a few of the ideas I was able to come up with:
Vintage ephemera (shown in tutorial)
Photo(s) of a loved one
Mini scrapbook page
Map or image of a favorite place
Mini collage of something you enjoy
This list could go on and on!! I'd love to hear your ideas so feel free to add them by commenting!!
Thanks for reading!! Until next time...