DIY ACRYLIC KEY CHAIN WITH ADHESIVE VINYL
Acrylic key chains are a blank that everyone should own in their crafting stash. Today I want to show you how to DIY an acrylic key chain with adhesive vinyl. They are super cute, very trendy, and so easy to personalize.
These step by step instructions for how to make acrylic key chains are easy to follow and simple to understand. You can have a personalized stylish key holder to show off to your friends, give as gifts, and keep for yourself in no time.
Making your own key chain with vinyl has never been easier. Using the supplies I have listed below and following the step by step tutorial, you too can have a beautiful acrylic key chain. It’s so much fun to use vinyl designs to create everyday items.
If you are more visual or want to follow along with us, scroll down and you can watch us put them together.
SUPPLIES FOR DIY ACRYLIC KEY CHAIN WITH ADHESIVE VINYL:
- Acrylic Key chain
- Adhesive Vinyl
- I used these Lily inspired prints in my example.
- Cutting machine
- Silhouette or Cricut
- Weeding tool
- Transfer Tape
- SVG File (this should come free with the key chain)
- please note that it is the correct proportions but might need a little re-sizing (keeping the balances the same) to get it to match… and you can always trim off the extra with an Exacto knife if needed
- Decorative Tassel (optional)
- Needle Nose Pliers
The first step to making your key chain is to cut out the SVG file on your Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine. Because we are using adhesive vinyl, you probably won’t need to mirror the design.
The SVG designs come free with the acrylic blank, and if for some reason yours doesn’t pop up in your order history, make sure to shoot CSDS vinyl a note, and they will send it right over.
The files are proportionately correct but might need to be slightly re-sized (with the proportions locked) depending on your order’s size key chain.
Next, it’s time to weed the vinyl design. If you aren’t quite sure what I mean with this head over to this post where we decode the crafter lingo for you.
I used a Lily inspired patterned vinyl for the acrylic blank to really help make it pop. I also used these free wreath frames for the circle design.
This is the part where you can let your creativity shine. I think it’s fun to add in names, initials, school colors, bible verses, or really whatever you want to your designs.
Here is an example of some of the prints I used:
If patterned vinyl is used make sure you are aware it’s not double-sided with patterns on both sides. If you are using solid color vinyl then the solid color will show on both sides. Once all of your vinyl designs are weeded out, you can continue onto the next steps of your DIY acrylic key chain.
Using transfer tape, it’s now to to apply the vinyl design to the acrylic key chain. Double check that the coating is peeled off your blank first. Also at this point try to minimize touching the key chain because it leave finger prints really easily.
This is what the blank looks like before the coating is removed.
Keeping the vinyl on the transfer tape, bring your blank to the vinyl and transfer tape instead of the other way around. Line up the key chain with the keyhole on the vinyl design. Press it down firmly to allow the acrylic key chain to attach firmly.
Peel off the transfer tape so that the design is left on the acrylic. For our best tips on how to peel off transfer tape head over to this post here.
If there are multiple layers of your design use registration marks to line everything up first then apply all at one time. Check out the tutorial for how to layer adhesive vinyl here. In the video below I applied the vinyl in layers but either way works and it just depends on my mood of which route I go.
What’s really nice is the blank acrylic key chains come with the chain and hook to connect to the ring included in your purchase. To finish off the project, connect the hook and add the key chain. This is where you can also add in the decorative tassels.
I’m going to recommend using needle nose pliers to close and secure the hook tightly to ensure it doesn’t accidentally open up and fall off.
TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL
Several people asked about sealing the design and here are my thoughts. Some people do use resin and epoxy to coat and seal the acrylic blank. If that is something you are comfortable working with then I say go for it but if not, you project is going to be just fine.
As long as you are using permanent adhesive vinyl, you can trust the vinyl to stick on its own. Without the seal it is more susceptible to peeling and scratches. These aren’t sealed but I might experiment with that in the future.
Making your own DIY acrylic key chain with adhesive vinyl is the perfect craft to do with your kids, girlfriends, or even as a teacher gift throughout the year. This is an easy to make project to gift for birthdays, teacher appreciation, end of year teacher thank you gifts, or even for a relative who enjoys homemade gifts. It’s a good idea to have a few blanks on hand for when the occasion arises.
I think my favorite part about the project is that it has so many variations that you can create. Speaking of design variations, I want to see what types of key chains you make and how you pair your vinyl, shapes, and monograms!
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