Thursday, December 29, 2011

Personalized Cork Keychain


I know I just made some lovely keychains for Christmas gifts, but it inspired me to make some more 'manly' keychains.  Since gift ideas for men are so minimal, I decided to come up with something for my husband that he might actually use.
Here's what I came up with:


A personalized cork keychain.  
I chose cork because it's a type of wood (and my husband builds houses and works with wood, so it seemed appropriate) in the shape of his first initial.  
I wasn't sure how cork would stand up to the wear and tear of being in a pocket and dangling next to sets of keys, but it passed!
Let me show you how I made it.

Get yourself some cork (I used leftover cork tiles that were 1/4 inch thickness), key rings, a stencil, utility knife and mod podge.  I also used a clear polyurethane spray paint (if you don't have it, you can use a clear coat spray paint or skip it altogether).



For a stencil, I used chipboard letters (for scrapbooking).  


Trace your letter with a dark pen or thin marker (so you can see it).


Next, get your utility knife.  I would recommend using a small one like I have shown, it makes it easier to cut the little spaces.  Also, be sure you are VERY careful with this step.  Don't be overzealous or you might seriously hurt yourself.  The cork can be a little tough and difficult to cut through, but take your time and BE CAREFUL!



Once you've cut out your shape, take an exacto knife or a toothpick and poke out where your want your key ring to go.  Don't make the hole too close to the edge or your it may split your cork.



Then, get your mod podge and apply a thick layer over your letter.

 

To save time, I applied the mod podge to both sides, then stuck the toothpick in halfway and propped it up to dry.
Once dry, add another heavy coat to both sides.  (You could do 3 or 4 coats if you aren't planning on applying a clear coat).


I then sprayed both sides with a polyurethane spray paint to give it extra durability.


Once it's dry, you can place it on your key ring and you can gift away!



Enjoy your new keychain!  Have a great day!!

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35 comments :

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so unique and creative!! AND CHEAP! What a great gift this would be for male or female. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! I love it! Thanks for linking it up this week!

Kim @ Too Much Time said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Get your but over to my place and link it up-haha. No, seriously, you really should! xxx


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Christine said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun and easy! I'll have to put this on my craft list! Thanks for sharing!

MiaB said... Best Blogger Tips

How neat and fun!! This would be a great gift for the hubby on Valentines day :) stopping by from TGIF and am your newest follower.

~MiaB
www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

cameronhomemade said... Best Blogger Tips

I found you from Here's to Handy Andy - great gift idea for guys! Thanks!

Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute idea. Good gift.
Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

karlamcurry said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute idea! I have a bunch of cork tiles that ended up being too think for a project; they'd probably be great for this!

Mary Ellen said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute idea for using up spare cork!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea Vixen! Definitely a great gift for a man! Thanks for sharing the tute!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Megan Hellrung said... Best Blogger Tips

This keychain is so cute ! I would love for you to share it here at my new link party, Some Good Stuff: http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-1.html

Megan

Buffie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! You make it look so easy... thanks for the post.

Buffie
http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com

Zoe Sanderson said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea makes it so personal XOXO Zoe

Etcetorize said... Best Blogger Tips

Neat idea! This will sound weird but it reminds me of those old school packets of sesame seeds~ Did you see your Friends Feature last week over at Etcetorize????

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute idea & it came out GREAT! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Happy New Year,
Beth =-)

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kara @ Mine for the Making Thanks so much, Kara!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate Thanks, Jenny!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kim @ Too Much Time Thanks for the reminder, I am all linked up!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Christine Awesome, thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@MiaB Hope you get to make one! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@cameronhomemade Thanks so much!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA Thanks! So glad you stopped by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@karlamcurry Definitely!! Thanks.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mary Ellen Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thanks, Jill!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Megan Hellrung Great linky party!! And thanks.

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Buffie It is pretty simple! Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Zoe Sanderson For sure! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Etcetorize Really? Ha!! Thanks.. I think.. Just kidding!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) Thanks so much, Beth!

Maureen said... Best Blogger Tips

SUPER CUTE! I love it!
Just made it one of the freshest projects of the week! Thanks so much for linking up :)
-Maureen

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

This really turned out great! we are featuring it on the blog today, facebook, twitter and Pinterest, too!

Have a fab weekend!

Hugs,
Lelanie

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Maureen Thanks so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks for the feature!!

Nicholl Vincent said... Best Blogger Tips

love this super creative project!

come say hi over at nichollvincent.blogspot.com

have a wonderful day!