Sunday, 8 May 2011

How to make Personalised Photo Keyrings. Great Father's Day gift.

With Father's Day coming at the end of June, I thought I would show you how to make Photo Keyrings which make great personalised gifts for family and friends!
These keyrings are made from flattened bottle caps which hold you photo or an image, covered with a protective self-adhesive clear epoxy sticker. They are quite simple to make.
You can use your photographs or print out images with your name or a short message.
The flattened bottle tops and stickers can be purchased here via my Folksy shop. (If you do not have a drill, I can pre-drill the bottle caps for you on request)



Here are the instructions:

You will need a flattened bottle top and a clear epoxy sticker (sold in my Folksy shop), small clip, jump ring or a strong chain link to attach the bottle top to the clip, photo or a printed image, glue, scissors, pliers, small drill, ruler


First of all, you need to drill a small hole at the top of the flattened bottle top. This is so that you can attach the bottle top to the clip. It is useful to mark the hole with a sharp pointy tool so that your drill end doesn't slip when you start drilling. 
 
 
Then you need to choose your image. You can use a photograph you have, just draw a 1 inch circle around the image you want and cut around with scissors. You can print your image out on your PC, either as a 1 inch circle or cut it out after printing into a 1 inch circle. Instead of photo, you can also print out an image with your name, message etc.


Once your image is cut out into a 1 inch circle, 
stick it into the deep side of the bottle top using some glue. 
Once the glue is dry, attach the clip with pliers to the bottle top using a jump ring or a open chain link.








All you have to do now is to stick the self-adhesive sticker on the top of your image to protect it. Make sure you do not touch the sticky side of the sticker with your fingers as this would leave finger marks. Press firmly onto the photo and your personalised keyring is done!











If you are feeling more adventurous, you can attach a small chain between the clip and the bottle top. You can then attach various beads and charms to the chain to create a personalised charm keyring. Here are some examples:



  
To read or print these instructions from Folksy Making, please click here.

To purchase these flattened bottle tops from my Folksy shop, click here.
(If you do not have a drill, I can pre-drill the bottle caps for you on request)
Or if you don't feel like making a personalised gift, just purchase one from my Folksy shop at http://folksy.com/shops/PersonalisedPhotoJewellery.

8 comments:

  1. Excellent tutorial. Maybe you could think about selling the bottle tops pre-drilled for people like me who aren't very confident with a drill or don't have one at all.

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  2. Very good! If I ever get some spare time, I may well have a go at this. :) x

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  4. Hi Averilpam, Thank you for your comment.Very good point about the drilling. Maybe I should sell it in a pack - pre-drilled bottle top + clip+ jump ring.
    Have a good day.

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  5. Oh wow they are just gorgeous :-) Have to agree that pre-drilled bottle caps is a very good idea. Will pop over to your shop and hope you still have some in stock x

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  6. @elegantcraft: Thank you for your nice comment. I am going to add to the listing that I can pre-drill the bottle caps for people free of charge. I know that not everybody has a drill.

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  7. Would you sell them pre-drilled as i don't own a drill, and if i did, i wouldn't be safe to do it myself, i once did try and steam the windows and cracked the bedroom window, so i am not safe LOL! but love the fobs, i have seen your store before on folksy xx

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  8. Hi Nirvana Bliss, I can definitely sell them pre-drilled, we don't want any accidents on your side...Thanks for the nice comment. Martina x

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