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Easy DIY Keepsake Keychain

This clever notebook paper-looking keepsake idea will make the perfect DIY Mother’s Day Gift. The best part is that your children can make it in under 5 minutes.

shrink plastic notebook paper keychain with child's writing.

Supplies You’ll Need

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  • Keychain, Magnet or String
  • Scissors
  • Plastic Shrink Film*
  • Drawing Materials (red and blue colored pencil and permanent marker)
  • Hole Punch
  • Tassel (Optional)
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Sheet
  • Clear Coat (Mod Podge or Resin)
  • Ruler

We are huge fans of making all sorts of DIY plastic shrink keychains. This DIY keychain design is so easy to do.

How To Make A Mother’s Day Keepsake

Before You Begin

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 1: Cut A Rectangle

Cut the shrink plastic film into a rectangle. 4″ x 6″ is great size to work with.

hole punch, colored pencils, ruler, marker and shrink plastic.

Step 2: Create Notebook Paper Design

Use a ruler and draw one vertical red line and several horizontal blue lines across the rectangle.

hand using ruler on frosted shrink film to draw notepaper design.
If using colored pencils, you need to draw on the rough side.

Step 3: Write Message

Use a permanent pen or colored pencil to write your special message across the notebook paper design.

Step 4: Punch Hole(s)

Make sure you leave enough space on the edge when punching your hole. You can punch one hole or 3 along the sides like an actual piece of paper.

4 images showing putting keepsake notepad plastic in oven.

Step 5: Melt Your Shrinky Dink

  1. Lay your shrink plastic flat on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 to 3 minutes. 
  3. You will see the plastic curl and twist as it heats up.
  4. Wait 30 seconds after the last shrink plastic is lying flat.
  5. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
  6. Let the plastic fully cool.

Step 6: Clear Coat or Add Accessories

If you want extra protection for your DIY keychain add a thin layer of Mod Podge.

Once dry, you can also add a keychain, magnet or string for a unique DIY keepsake gift.

notebook paper keychain with kids writing and drawing.

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Tips

  • Don’t worry if your notebook paper lines aren’t perfect. When they shrink it won’t be noticeable.
  • You could also use a red and blue permanent marker to make the notepad design.
  • A regular tip permanent marker will make your note and drawing stand out more.
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Have fun creating a wonderful keepsake. You will love looking back at your child’s handwriting and drawings for years to come.

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Keepsake Mother’s Day Keyring

Learn how to make customizable DIY keespake keychains in your oven.
Print Tutorial
notebook paper keychain with kids writing and drawing.
Prep:2 minutes
Creating:5 minutes
Total Time:7 minutes

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Baking Sheet
  • Oven or Toaster Oven

Supplies

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut a 4" x 6" rectangle out of your shrink film.
  • Draw your notebook paper design with colored pencils and a ruler on the rough side of the frosted shrink film.
  • Use a marker to write your message or draw an image.
  • Use a hole puncher to add a hole or holes on the side.
  • Lay your shrink plastic flat on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • You will see the plastic curl and twist as it heats up.
  • Wait 30 seconds after the last shrink plastic is lying flat.
  • Remove the cookie sheet from the oven.
  • Let the plastic fully cool.
  • Once plastic is cool, you can add a protective clear coat.
  • Let dry.
  • Add jump rings, keychains or tassles to your DIY keychain.

Notes

  • If your shrink plastic curls and gets stuck, carefully use tweezers to pull it apart. You need to do this while the plastic is hot.
  • Baking time may vary. Pull your keepsake design out of the oven 30 seconds after it lays flat.
Author: Erin
Cost: under $5

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