Quick and easy crafts that make great gift ideas are some of my favorite little projects to make. These monogrammed wooden keychains can be made easily with just a few simple supplies, and they really pop with metallic sheen from the fabulous new FolkArt Color Shift™ paints. Ready to see how to make a cute monogrammed keychain of your own? Let’s get started!
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To make a Monogrammed Wooden Keychain, you will need…
- FolkArt Color Shift Paint (available in 2- and 4-ounce sizes)
- Wooden Tag Embellishments (I found mine in the scrapbooking section at Michaels)
- Plaid 2 in 1 Wood Burning Craft Tool with Letter Tips
- Painter’s Tape
- Paint Brushes
- Keychain Findings
- Tassel Embellishments (optional)
- Small-Gauge Metal Chain Link
- Needle-Nosed Pliers
To begin, use the wood burning tool to carefully burn a monogram letter at the center of the wooden tags.
Affix a section of the painter’s tape over the monogram to form a mask over the burned portion of the piece. Use the paint brushes to apply 2-3 even coats of the FolkArt Color Shift paint over each side of the unmasked portion of the tag. Mix and match different colors for a bright, fun look!
What I love about the new Color Shift paints is how the color literally shifts in changing light to give projects a really eye-catching metallic look. And there are so many gorgeous colors to choose from! (My personal favorite is the Green Flash.)
You can see here how the color of the dried paint magically “shifts” in changing light. Isn’t it pretty? FolkArt also recently launched Brushed Metal paints that have a similar metallic effect in 10 gorgeous metallic shades. Both are easily brushed on and are water-based for easy cleanup, and they are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. (And they are all made here in the USA!)
Paint the reverse side of each tag with 2-3 coats of the Color Shift Paint, and set the tags aside to cure overnight.
When the paint on both sides of the tags is completely dry, it’s time to assemble the keychains!
Affix one link of the metal chain to the hole in the top of each tag using the needle-nosed pliers.
Connect the keychain finding and a small tassel or other embellishment (if desired) onto the chain link using a small jump ring. (My keychain findings came with a jump ring already attached.)
Your monogrammed wooden keychains are complete!
These are so simple to make, and they are a great project to complete with friends at a craft night. And because they are easy to make in large batches, they make terrific gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and more! I plan to hand these out to my kids’ teachers for Staff Appreciation Week at our school this year.
Although the tassel embellishments aren’t required, I think they add a pop of style to this project.
In addition to the standard use for organizing keys, these look super cute attached to a purse, gym bag or diaper bag!
My fellow Plaid Creators also took the FolkArt Color Shift and Brushed Metal paints out for a spin. Click around below to see the other fabulous projects they created!
Looking for even more fun craft projects that can be made in minutes? Check out these other great ideas!