How to Make Your Own Acrylic Key Ring

Written by carole ellis
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Key rings are a fun way to express your creativity. Acrylic key rings are clear and offer the advantage of allowing you to see personal photographs of people or scenery. You can make a variety of acrylic key rings for yourself, family and friends, or use them as party favours by inserting photos with a common theme. Before you begin, be sure to assemble all of the required supplies.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clear flat acrylic shapes with pre-drilled holes
  • 8-mm (or larger) jump ring
  • 1 1/8-inch (or larger) split ring
  • Photo
  • Scissors
  • Jeweller round nose pliers
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Trace the outline of the acrylic shape over the portion of the photo that you want to show through the acrylic. Use the pencil and bear down hard so that you will be able to see your pattern once you have removed the acrylic shape.

  2. 2

    Cut out the photo. Follow the shape as precisely as possible so that the photo matches the key ring exactly.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin line of glue around the edge of the front of the photo if you want to see the photo through the acrylic. Put several small drops of glue to the back of the photo if you want to cover the acrylic with the photo.

  4. 4

    Press the glued side of the photo to the back of the acrylic shape. Hold it in place for at least 15 seconds to allow the glue to set. Let the glue dry completely, which can take from 10 minutes to 24 hours depending upon the type of craft glue that you are using. If you are making multiple key rings, use this time to assemble all of the photos and acrylic pieces.

  5. 5

    Open the jump ring with jeweller pliers. Hold the ring open firmly with your finger. Clasp one side of the partially-opened jump ring. Move the pliers away from you until the ring opens.

  6. 6

    Assemble the key ring. Insert the jump ring into the pre-drilled hole in the acrylic shape. Insert the clasp ring onto the jump ring. Close the jump ring with the jeweller pliers. Hold the jump ring with two fingers firmly. Take the pliers and clasp one side of the opened jump ring. Move the pliers towards you until the ring closes.

Tips and warnings

  • You can buy a variety of acrylic shapes in many colours. You can also use photos from magazines or even drawings that your children have created to make a personal key ring.
  • Be careful with the pliers so that you do not pinch your fingers.

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