Many people like to collect and use interesting keychains as a way to express their personality and give their regular items a little bit of individuality. Custom keychains can be made from a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic, and even wood or glass, and come in a wide variety of styles and designs, from cute and whimsical to quirky and offbeat. Acrylic keychain is one of the most popular type. This article will focus on paper keychains, however. Keep reading if you enjoy making unusual, distinctive keychains, because we’ve included a DIY for doing so…
WHY PAPER KEYCHAINS ARE AMAZING?
Paper keychains are getting popular because of a number of reasons the first one will obviously be its portability as paper keychains are lightweight and easy to carry. You can make a variety of them as they are very inexpensive and can be custom printed with designs and messages.
Not only for personal use but paper keychains are great for branding and advertising purposes as they’re affordable and cost-effective for promoting brands or events.
Another amazing thing about paper keychains, they are eco-friendly and way better than plastic ones as they can be easily disposed of without causing harm to the environment.
MAKE A KEYCHAIN OUT OF PAPER
A customized paper keychain serves as a unique and personal souvenir. There are several ways to make a keychain out of paper, but a straightforward method is to use origami.
Start making a simple paper keychain using origami with these simple steps:
- CHOOSE THE BASE:
Start with a square piece of paper. You can use any size or color of paper you like. You can also select a design that represents your personal style, interest, or a special memory. And print the chosen design on standard-sized paper and use it.
- FOLD PAPER ACCORDINGLY:
Fold the paper in half diagonally to create a triangle then fold the triangle in half again to create a smaller triangle.
Now fold the top corners of the triangle down to the center crease, creating a smaller triangle with a pocket at the top.
Finally, fold the pocket up to create a 3D shape.
- PERSONALIZE YOUR KEYCHAIN:
Except for the paper design you can also use other materials like beads, leather, or fabric to make your keychain more personalized. Design options for paper keychains may be limited compared to other materials. But you can also give a unique and personalized touch to your paper keychain by adding your own design or message.
- LAMINATE THE PAPER:
Laminate the paper to protect it from damage and make it waterproof. For this, you have to have laminating sheets. Peel off the backing paper of a self-adhesive laminating sheet and place the sticky side onto the front of the paper.
Smooth out any air bubbles and wrinkles. And repeat the process with another self-adhesive laminating sheet on the back of the paper. Finally trim any excess laminate with scissors, using a ruler and cutting mat for straight cuts. You can also seal the edges of the keychain with clear tape to prevent fraying and further damage.
- HOLD IT TOGETHER:
Apply glue on the bottom side of the keychain or punch a hole in the same side of the keychain to insert the keyring.
If you are using glue place a key ring on the glue and allow the glue to dry completely before using your new keychain.
Paper keychains are not as durable as other keychain materials and can be easily torn or damaged. They can also become damaged if exposed to moisture. That is why they need special care. Laminating the keychains is the best way to make them more durable and water-resistant. You can also use a clear protective sleeve to protect the keychain from scratches and dirt. Handle the keychain with care and avoid rough handling that can tear or damage the paper.
Making paper keychains is a fun way to express your artistic abilities and ideas, it serves as a creative outlet for your artistic skills and imagination. You can show off your collection on your different belongings and preserve it as a keepsake, or you may give paper keychains as gifts to friends, family, or coworkers to express your gratitude and affection. Who wouldn’t want a bit of love made with hands?
So, follow this simple tutorial to create an artwork of your own and make a statement with something that reflects your individual style.