Father’s Day Presents from your Kids!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to think of fun things to make for dads! We came up with a fun project that you can do with your kids that fathers will enjoy all year long: homemade keychains! Every dad needs something cute from their kids dangling from their keychains, and your kids will love making these. Get out some plain paper and markers and let them create one of a kind art work!

To make these fabulous keychains, you’ll need the following: paper, permanent markers, Elmer’s Glue, bezel pendants and glass domes that fit them (we used a 32x25mm bezel and 20mm glass dome), a couple of jump rings, maybe a charm or two and a lobster claw or you could connect it straight to a keychain ring. Oh, and your kids of course!

To start, outline the size of the circle on a piece of paper. Make a few circles for each kid, just in case they mess up or are super creative! Once your circle is set, start coloring away! We were inspired by Ed Emberley’s drawing books for our designs! Make sure you use permanent markers or your pictures will bleed (we used thin Sharpie markers).

Once you have your design all set, punch or cut out the circle. We used the 13/16” Paper punch, but if you don’t have one, you can always use scissors and carefully cut the circle out. Using Elmer’s glue, we then glued the image into the bezel. Let that set for a second and then you can glue the glass dome in. It might look foggy at first, but be patient- it will eventually dry and be clear! I let ours sit overnight. (here’s a link to a technique with step-by-step pictures!)

Once they are all dry, connect the jump ring and clasp and maybe add a charm or couple of beads to customize it even more. And you’re DONE! Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! You could even let your kids make one for themselves at the same time to use as a backpack tag!

What are you making for the special dads in your life for Father’s Day?

Happy Father’s Day! – Katie

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