DIY Travel Photo Keychains

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We’ve been dreaming, big time, about travel this month. One of our fantastic DIY interns, Mar Espanol, came up with this fun project inspired by the photos she takes of architecture during her travels. Rather than leaving her photos on her laptop or camera, Mar decided to print them on good old Shrinky Dink paper to make miniature reminders of her trip that she can use in her everyday life. We loved them as playful keychains, but you could easily make them even smaller and glue them to pins for a customized travel map. xo, grace

Materials:

Shrink Film
– keychain ring
-hole puncher

(Approx. cost $15)

Steps:

  1. Gather your favorite travel images, edit them and resize, keeping in mind that all images will shrink by 50% when baked.
  2. Print Images on Shrinky-Dink paper. (Tip: Place one sheet of shrinky dink paper on top of a small stack of regular printer paper to help it feed smoothly through the printer)
  3. Cut images out and hole punch.
  4. Preheat oven and bake according to your Shrinky Dink papers instructions. *We found it helpful to cover each image with a piece of wax paper or cardboard to prevent curling during baking.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Add Keychain Clip. Ta-da!
  1. charity says:

    in love with this idea! hell of a lot prettier than most travel souvenirs i come across. :)

  2. Amanda says:

    Awesome! Love shrinky dinks so much. Nice to have a “grown up” excuse to play with them.

  3. What a great idea! Good answer to what to do with all those holiday photos.

  4. Jenny says:

    My favorite souvenir to buy when we go somewhere is a Christmas ornament, but usually the ornaments they have are lame and expensive, so I buy keychains and turn them into ornaments. This would be a great idea for those times when they don’t have what I’m looking for!

  5. Natalie says:

    This is SUCH a great idea! I never bother printing anything unless it goes on the wall…I’ll have to start printing again.

  6. I remember putting chip packets in the oven as a kid to make ‘shrinkies’. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane!

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