Introduction: Paper Mache Heart Keychain

This Instructable is actually my sister's. She was excited to show off her paper Mache skills, so I'll just let her take it from here.

I've really grown to love paper Mache over the years for both its practicality and many uses. Here I made a keychain that you too can make to show off your unique interests.


A sheet of cardstock

Pencil or pen

White craft glue


Acrylic paint


Nail file

Hole punch


Clear nail polish (optional)

Step 1: Step 1: Trace and Cut Out the Heart on the Cardstock

Cut about a 2 inch square out of the cardstock and cut out a heart shape. After you have the size you like, trace that heart as many times as you like onto the rest of the cardstock. I was able to fit 27 hearts on one sheet. Cut all the hearts out of the paper.

Step 2: Step 2: Making the Keychain Hole

Next, use a hole punch to put a hole in one of the hearts. Use the hole to mark where to punch out the holes on all the other pieces.

Step 3: Step 3: Gluing the Heart Together

Squeeze about a half a tablespoon of glue into a paper cup or plate and use a paintbrush to evenly apply the glue to a cutout. Stack another heart on top and repeat the process until you reach the desired thickness. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

Step 4: Step 4: Smoothing Down the Edges

Use the scissors to trim the excess off the sides of the heart, then use a nail file to smooth the edges.

Step 5: Step 5: Finishing the Keychain

You can be as creative as you’d like and decorate the heart with any design you choose. I used acrylic paint here. After the paint has completely dried, you can apply clear nail polish to the heart which adds extra shine and protects it a bit more from paint scratching off. Attach the keyring and your keychain is ready to go!

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