One of the gifts our teenager received for Christmas in his stocking were the very much coveted keys to the house.   It's not that we had been deliberately not giving him a set, but having moved house 6 months ago, we simply kept forgetting to get another set cut.  So we thought this would be an inexpensive, yet very well received gift.   You may remember that I made him a keyring the year prior for Christmas too.  Of course this one got broken.

I had good intentions of hand-making a cute, I mean very masculine keyring for him (before Christmas) but with the gifts that I made for Marisol & Flynn (a dollhouse and barn) taking up much of my crafting time before the Holidays, I simply ran out of time.

Better late than never though, right.

Clay keyrings are very easy to make.  All you need is a keyring, stamp, pen and Polymer Clay.

polymer clay keyring tutorial

I started by working the clay with my fingers for a couple of minutes, then used the keyring to form the shape I wanted.

polymer clay crafts

Then using my kids play-doh roller I smoothed over the surface.

handmade keyring tutorial

Using the stamp, I imprinted his initial into the surface and with the pen made the hole for the keyring.  Then I baked it in the oven at 275F for 15 minutes (based on the instructions on the Polymer Clay package).

handmade gifts for teenagers

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[email protected] act January 11, 2010 - 11:36 pm

Nice one!

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