DIY Photo Key Chain

DIY Photo Key Chain

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!).


  • pendant trays
  • clear glass domes
  • key rings
  • tacky glue
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • jewelry pliersĀ 
  • 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 photos

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 glue

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.

DIY Photo Key Chain

Trim the excess paper around the edges.

DIY Photo Key Chain
DIY Photo Key Chain
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.

DIY Photo Key Chain

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.

DIY Photo Key Chain
DIY Photo Key Chain

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!

If you’re interested in more of my DIY projects, please visit here!

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