Kids are back to school, and store aisles are filled with every supply you can think of! It’s an exciting time for parents and kids alike; and picking out new supplies and outfits is just the tip of the fun and learning ahead! Kids especially love to show off their style and personalities with fun and unique backpack accessories. From stuffed animals and toys to trinkets from summer travels, the options are endless! If your child loves to embellish their backpack with colorful key chains, give these easy personalized versions a try!
These key chains are fun and simple to make…older kids can likely do it themselves! Letters are on the front of each key chain to show off a simple monogram, but you can use paints, paper or even decorative tapes and stickers to decorate the backs and make each one unique!
These key chains come together in a matter of minutes and use basic and inexpensive supplies, many of which you might already have around the house.
Here is what you need to make one key chain:
The wooden tags and letters (available in many different sizes, styles and shapes) and the key chain hardware can all be found at any craft supply store. Just be sure to pick letters that fit nicely on top of the tag; and don’t pick a tag size that would be too cumbersome on a backpack or lunchbox!
Start by painting both the front of the wooden tag and the front of the letter in two different shades of acrylic paint. You can pick two contrasting colors or two shades of the same color based on your preference. Depending on the colors you choose, you may need to apply 2-3 coats for good color coverage.
Once the paint is dry on the tag, turn it over and coat the back with a generous layer of Mod Podge (below left). Then place the Mod Podge-covered side down onto the WRONG side of your scrapbook paper (below right). (NOTE: My cardstock was printed with patterns on both sides of the paper…the side shown is the “wrong” side of the paper.)
Using a very sharp craft knife and a self-healing cutting mat, carefully trim away the excess paper around the wooden tag. Take care to go around curved edges and other details with precision to achieve a clean edge.
With the paper cut away, flip the tag over to reveal your trimmed down paper secured to the backside of the tag. Give the backside of the tag (as well as the edges where the paper meets the tag) 2-3 more coats of Mod Podge, allowing ample dry time between coats. Not only will this ensure the paper is fully secured to the tag, but it will give the tag a professional glossy appearance and protect it from wet weather!
Once the final coat of Mod Podge on the back is dry, flip the tag over to the front. Secure the letter to the center of the tag with more Mod Podge and allow it to set. Once dry, give the front of the tag 2-3 coats of Mod Podge, just as you did the back.
The final step is to add the key chain hardware through the hole in the wooden tag and put it on any bag that needs a little personality and color!
Not only is this is a fun and easy project for kids to do for their own backpacks, but they are also a great “back to school” gift for the whole class, scout troop, carpool, sports team or best buddies! Consider using school/team colors or decorating them with glitter, rhinestones, stickers and other adornments to make them truly unique! No matter how they are decorated, your kid(s) will love personalizing their backpacks with such a fun handmade accessory!