If you’re into crafting like I am, then I think you’ll agree that we’re always on the lookout for small, DIY projects. Whether it’s for stocking stuffers, Valentine’s gifts, or party favors, if something is cute and can be mass produced- it’s usually a keeper in my book!
These little key chains fit the bill. Pop in a photo of a beloved pet, or an old family photo, or some eye-catching photography, and it’s a simple gift that won’t take up too much space (because that, along with time, is one thing that we don’t all have!).
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- pendant trays
- clear glass domes
- key rings
- tacky glue
- paint brush
- jewelry pliers
- 110# cardstock
- photo printer
Choose and crop photos
Start by choosing your photos and cropping them into ovals measuring 1″ x .75″ (I use PhotoScape to do the cropping and editing). After cropping them, import the photos into a Publisher document (or something similar) to size them.
Print the page of photos on a sheet of cardstock (you’ll need a heavy weight, I use 110# cover weight) and cut them into separate squares.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of a glass piece. You don’t want the glue to be too thick, but it should be thick enough to easily cover the pendant. If there’s not enough glue it will be more likely to leave air pockets in the pendant.
Press the pendant (glued-side down) onto one of your photos, pressing firmly and checking for air bubbles. Place it under a heavy book and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
Trim the excess paper around the edges.
Finish key chain
Paint a thin layer of glue into the pendant tray and press the pendant in. Let it set for a couple more minutes.
Slip one of the jump rings onto the end of the key ring chain, and then the pendant onto the open jump ring. Close securely and make sure that the pendant is completely dry before attaching it to your key fob.
And that’s it! See? You can easily mass produce these. And if an oval pendant isn’t quite your style, there are many different pendant trays in various shapes and sizes available on Amazon!