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This is a project I made for my husband's Christmas giveaways. I also made colorful beaded wire trees which I will be blogging about soon. Right now, let's check out how I made these personalized keychains.
First, I printed these license plate designs on a white copy paper and cut them out. My husband made the template, that's an acronym for their department in the office.
I then prepared the plates. These are made from air dry clay. I flatten sheets of clay about 2mm thick and cut out rectangles according to the size of the printouts. I just added a little space on the sides. These are about 6.5cm x 1.5 cm. I made holes big enough for a jump ring to fit in for easy attachment to the chain.
There are other materials that can be used for the plates like wood or a thick and sturdy cardboard.
My clay plates have some rough edges so I had to smoothen them with a nail file.
The hardened clay has an off-white color so I painted it with with bluish white acrylic paint to match the color of the paper printouts.
When the paint was dry, I adhered the paper on the plates using Mod Podge, my favorite decoupage medium.
To seal and add gloss, I coated all sides with a thin layer of Mod Podge and let it dry.
I attached the finished mini license plates to the key rings and chains using my ever reliable pliers.
And they're ready. I made 36 pieces of this design.
I just added this personalized tag and viola! A cute token for the Holidays.
Easy and simple, and I think it would make a nice gift. You can just put on a friend's initials or just any word you like. I hope you like it. Thanks for dropping by!