Buying cool keychains can start to get expensive. This is gonna show you how you can make them yourself. The picture shows a few that are finished that i have already made. Hope you enjoy:)
Step 1: Materials
what your gonna needs:
styrofoam board (or heavy duty paper or watever like matt board. should be thick tho)
scissors (i prefer to have a couple different sizes)
knife (exacto knives work too but i didnt have one so i just used a sharp kitchen knife)
your image (printed off pc, taken with a camera, drawn, just any kind of picture)
needle (or something sharp to make the hole with)
i know in the pic theres ribbon too but i didnt use it so yeah. theres also a hole bunch of optional stuff you could use too like glitter, sequence, stuff like that.
Step 2: "Trace" the Image
so in the title i put trace in quotations because you want to draw around your image but not so its identical. what i mean is that the area youre going to cut from the board has to be bigger than the image you chose. the picture i chose is in the shape of a circle. i cut out a bigger circle out of the board than what the image was. ik ik its confusing but if you dont get it skip to the step where you glue the image onto the board so that you can see what i mean about the board being bigger than your image before you draw or cut anything.
Step 3: Cut the Board
1st pic: sort of demonstrating cutting out board piece thing (also sorry that the first picture is sideways)
2nd pic: what it should look like after you cut it but didnt punch it out yet
3rd pic: what it should look like after you cut and punch it out
Step 4: Prep Stuff
for this step all you really do is cut along the top and bottom so that it looks nicer and not so tornish like. If you want to glue the image on befor you do this so that you dont cut off too much thats perfectly fine.
1st pic: after cut
2nd pic: before
TIP: you dont want to cut off too much. just enough so that it looks nice. you dont really have to do this step but i find it helps when your cutting the excess board off to have clean edges.
Step 5: Glueing
Step 6: Cut Off the Excess
TIP: if you want you can color the back of the board to match the picture. my picture is a greyish black kind of colaboration so i colored the back of my board black instead of leaving it black.
1st pic: what you want it to look like after you cut off the excess
2nd pic: the back colored in
Step 7: Making the Hole
To make the hole, push the needle through the top (or where ever you want the hole to be) of the board/pic. I put the hole in the top in the center. Once you have your needle in, move it in a circluar motion so that the hole gets a little bigger.
1st pic: the needle actually in the board
2nd pic: the result after the hole is in it
TIP: dont make too big of a circle! you dont want to rip the top.
Step 8: Adding the Key Ring
1st pic: the result
Step 9: Strengthen the Hole (OPTIONAL)
TIP: The glue i used can discolor some things because it will make it darker so i recommend just doing this on the back.
Step 10: Add the Chain
1st pic: the attached chain
TIP: if you have tools (pliers and such) i would recommend using them.
Step 11: Add the Key Ring
Add the key ring to the chain just as you would if you were to chain it to a key chain.
1st pic: The finished project