DIY Personalized Keychain Using Polymer Clay

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This DIY personalized keychain is very easy to make and the ideal gift for any celebration. Here’s our step-by-step guide!

Hello, everyone! Lisa here and I am thrilled to share my latest craft: a DIY Personalized Keychain that uses polymer clay.

How to make personalized keychains using polymer clay

With my husband’s birthday coming up, I wanted to give him something with meaning. This Personalized Keychain is budget-friendly and because it’s a DIY, you can custom-make it exactly to your gift-receiver’s liking!

How to Make Your Own DIY personalized keychains

This DIY is my first venture into polymer clay and you know what? I am totally in love! I am eager to use polymer clay again and this personalized keychain is a really easy project to start off with.

What you need: 

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Craft/DIY Tools Needed: 

Tools needed to make personalized keychains - polymer clay and small craft pliers.

Supplies Needed: 

Polymer clay, key rings, tooth pick and pliers.

Instructions:

1.break up the clay

Take 1 ounce of each color of your clay (you will want to use two for one letter) and divide them into small chunks.

Orange and blue polymer clay broken up into small chunks.

2. press the colors together

Press the clay colors together and begin kneading to create a “marbled” look. 

Kneading polymer clay to create a 'marbled' look for our DIY personalized keychain.

3. roll out the clay and press the letter

Using a rolling pin, roll out the marbled clay until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick.

Use a cookie cutter to cut out the letter of your choice.

Creating the letter shape out of polymer clay for our DIY personalized keychain project!

4. Create a hole on top

Using a toothpick, shape out a hole towards the top of the letter. This is where you will attach the ring for the keychain.

A blue and orange marbled letter J made out of polymer clay.

5. bake until set

Place clay letters on a lined baking pan and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. Allow the clay to cool before moving forward with the next steps.

Marbled letters L J and L made out of polymer clay.

6. assemble jump rings

Using the precision pliers, open a jump ring and insert it through the hole of the clay letter. Add two more jump rings to create a chain.

Assembling jump rings for our DIY personalized keychain project
Assembling jump rings for our DIY personalized keychain project

7. add the keyring

Loop the letter pendant through the keyring and voila! It really is that easy!

This DIY project for a cute personalized keychain is the perfect gift idea for your loved one.

For this particular keychain, I put three polymer clay letters (my initials, my son’s and that of my husband’s – we’ll be giving them to my better half for his birthday!).

This DIY project for a cute personalized keychain is the perfect gift idea for your loved one.
What else can you use besides polymer clay to make keychains?

You can make keychains out of beads, string, and even paper. We have a tutorial for making paper jewelry that you can turn into a keychain really easily.

What is the best size to make a clay keychain?

This all depends on your preference. Most people like smaller keychains, around an inch from top to bottom.

Can you bake polymer clay in your kitchen oven?

Yes, we baked this in the oven at 375 degrees.

This DIY project for a cute personalized keychain is the perfect gift idea for your loved one.
A close up of a personalized key chain made out of polymer clay.
How to make your own personalized keychain using polymer clay.

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