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DIY Monogram Clay Keychains

DIY- Monogram Clay Keychains

Have I told you before that I collected keychains as a child?  Only the cool kids did it, and I know this because I was the only person I knew who was doing it.  Oh does that mean it’s not a popular thing?  That’s not what my mom told me…

So yea, I have a soft spot for keychains, and a good thing about this DIY is that you can pump out a million in 5 minutes (rough estimate) and hand them out as little gifts for everyone you know (Christmas is tomorrow).  Or, just make one or two for yourself because it’s cute.

Materials:
-clay in black, white, and granite
-rolling pin
parchment paper
clay cutters
clay embossing kit (the circle and rectangle cutters came with this)
-toothpick
-assorted jump rings
-keyrings
-two pliers

clayWorking on top of a cutting board covered with parchment paper, roll a piece of clay into a ball, then use a rolling pin to flatten it out.

clay cuttingCut out the shape from the clay and remove all excess before removing the cutter.

clay embossing kit-2Load the letters into the stamper from the clay embossing kit, then stamp it into the clay.  Side note: clay embossing is addicting.  It’s a sensation unlike any other.

clay embossingFeels so good.

hole and cutUse a toothpick to poke a hole near the top, moving in small circular motions to enlarge the hole.  Cut the parchment around the clay and transfer to a baking sheet.  Bake at 230F for 40 minutes (I did this for 10 clay pieces total) or until clay is hardened.

jump ringsBend a jump ring open and slide it through the hole in the clay.  Before bending the jump ring shut, hook on a smaller jump ring.  Slide this smaller jump ring onto a key ring.

Monogram Clay Keychain DIY

Make 10 more, why not.

DIY Monogram Clay Keychains

DIY Monogram Clay Keychains pair

DIY - Monogram Clay Keychains

Monogram Clay Keychains DIY

DIY Monogram Clay Keychain

I like how the granite clay turned darker once baked, and while at first I thought the silver glitter specks were weird, they really give that interesting dimension.  I’m thinking the granite circle is my favorite of the bunch.  What say you?  What color and shape would you make yours in?

47 comments on “DIY Monogram Clay Keychains”

  1. omg! Loved it what a great share. I find myself always spending crazy amount of money on cute Key accessories but this is awesome just pinned a must try thanks doll :)

  2. I totally made your coasters in a previous post and I’m so glad I did. Because I have so much excess clay to do fun stuff like this with! Also my coasters are adorable. (I’ll be sure you send you photos soon.) I have never played with clay so these have all been so fun. Thank you <3

    1. Aww yay! That kind of explains why I might come out with a bunch of DIYs in a similar category- I like to use up excess materials, too! Thank you, Anna. <3

  3. I saw this post first thing this morning and fell in love! It’s simple, adorable and useful! I think I’m going to make these for friends & family as a part of their holiday gifts.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m obsessed. (possibly one of my favorite DIYs to date)

  4. Wonderful tutorial, thank you. Will definitely try this. I am kinda intimidated by clay, but this is so darn cute. My daughter and her boyfriend need new keychains, as they moved in together last week. I decided to buy a turbo key chain from this store for him. He usually doesn’t like keychains since they are bulky, but this one was definitely worth it. As for my daughter, I remembered that I recently saw a basic tutorial on the web for making clay necklaces. Your article is all it took to trigger my memory and get the juices flowing.

  5. I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love. I had a go myself today using white granite effect clay but I think I prefer the type you used.

    Thank you for sharing this idea! So simple and easy to do. I can’t wait to give the keyrings to my friends.

  6. Hi! I love these… But am not especially crafty and work is busy leading to the holidays. Any chance you would take a commission for a few of these? Email me if so and we can talk specifics!

    1. Hi Alexandra! I’m so flattered and grateful you love my work enough to inquire about a commission. Unfortunately, I currently am not offering that service, though I hope to eventually be able to do that. Thanks still for reaching out so that I can gauge the amount of interest for something like this in the future!

  7. Thanks for the inspiration for our little Christmas DIY-gifts that we can do together with kids! Greetings from Finland as well :)

  8. Hi Amy! I’m hoping to make keychains just like these for my whole family for Christmas because I think it’s something they will love and they’ll have something they can actually use! What kind of pliers did you use?

  9. I’m sorry for asking this probably not so smart question but where do you buy the clay? Especially the black and granite.. Im new at this and I need some help.. The key rings are soooooo beautiful by the way!!! ❤️

    1. Hi Manon! I got all the clay at Michaels and specifically used the FIMO brand. Thanks for your question, and good luck with making them!

  10. Hi there! So at school, we have a annual project where we have to make soemthing and sell it to the parents. I really love the idea of these keychains! I was just wondering how thick they were, what the diameter was of the circle ones and how much clay you had to buy to make 11? And like I know for each colour you made around 3-4 (I think) did you have any left over clay? What was your biggest challenge as well? I would really appreciate your feedback! please respond ☺️

    1. Hi Anneka! The circles are about 1.5″ in diameter. I got one square of clay for each color and had maybe 1/3 of each square leftover. My memory is a bit blurry on that so take it as a rough estimate! Biggest challenge was whenever the clay would stick to the cutter. It didn’t happen every time, but when it did I’d have to use my fingers to push the clay out and it would get warped. It might be a good idea to oil the cutter so that this doesn’t happen.
      Good luck!

      1. Thanks for replying! I was just wondering whether you coated the keyrings with any type of varnish as well? and if you didn’t, whether you think they would need to be coated?

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