Acrylic keychains are a great way to personalize your keys or to give as gifts. They can be made with your favorite quotes, images, or even your own designs. And with washi tape, you can easily match your keychain to your personal style or mood. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to make your own acrylic keychain and show you how to pair them with washi tape for an added touch of personalization.
Before we start, you’ll need to gather a few materials. You’ll need:
- Acrylic sheets (preferably 3mm thick)
- Keychain rings
- Jump rings
- Hole puncher
- Printer and paper (or a pen if you’re drawing your design)
- Clear packing tape (or transfer tape)
- Washi tape
- Design your keychain
The first step is to decide on the design for your keychain. You can use a design software like Adobe Illustrator or Canva to create your design, or you can hand-draw your design on paper. Keep in mind that your design should fit within the size of your acrylic sheet. For a standard keychain size, you’ll want to keep your design under 2 inches.
- Print or trace your design onto the acrylic sheet
Once you have your design, print it out onto a regular sheet of paper. If you hand-drew your design, you can trace it onto the acrylic sheet using a pen. Make sure to leave a small border around the design so that it doesn’t get cut off during the next step.
- Cut out your design
Using scissors, carefully cut out your design from the acrylic sheet. If you have any areas that need to be removed, like the center of a letter, you can use a hole puncher to make a small hole and then cut around it with the scissors.
- Apply clear packing tape (or transfer tape)
To protect your design, apply clear packing tape or transfer tape onto the front of the acrylic sheet. This will also help you transfer your design to the keychain later on.
- Punch a hole for the keychain ring
Using a hole puncher, make a hole at the top of your design where you’ll attach the keychain ring.
- Attach the keychain ring
Take a jump ring and thread it through the hole you just made. Then, attach the keychain ring to the jump ring using pliers.
- Apply washi tape
To match your keychain with your personal style or mood, add some Custom washi tape to the back of the acrylic sheet. You can use one or multiple patterns to create a unique look. Make sure to apply the washi tape evenly and press down firmly.
And there you have it, your very own custom acrylic keychain! Repeat these steps for as many keychains as you want to make.
Tips and Tricks
- If you’re having trouble cutting out your design with scissors, try using a craft knife or a laser cutter.
- If you don’t have access to a hole puncher, you can use a small drill bit to make a hole.
- To prevent the washi tape from peeling off, seal the edges with a clear sealant or mod podge.
Personalizing your own keychains is a fun and easy DIY project that doesn’t require a lot of materials or time. With just a few steps, you can create your own custom acrylic keychains and pair them with washi tape to match your personal style. Whether you’re making them for yourself or as gifts for others, acrylic keychains are a great.