A simple DIY craft using sublimation on a plastic keychain.
A cute way to display upcoming birthdays, personal notes, or photos.
Having a fun way to show off your events and photos is always nice. A place to look at for memories and reminders. Here is a cute way to display those using a plastic key chain and a few other materials.
Have you worked with sublimation before?
Have you considered trying out sublimation but the process seems complicated or too pricy? Well, Artesprix Sublimation Markers is a great way to start experimenting with sublimation. It’s a handheld way to transfer your creative creations onto polyester items. Try them out!
Materials and tools you’ll need for the key chain:
- Iron on Ink Markers
- Blank Plastic Key Chains
- Plain Copy Paper (a few sheets)
- Heat Tape
- Protective Paper
- Heat Source (home iron, heat press, etc.)
Materials and tools you’ll need to complete the keychain float (all of the above plus:)
- Wood Hearts
- Mini Clothes Pins
- Yarn/Hemp String
- Hot Glue Gun
Additional tools (I used:)
- Silhouette Cameo
Step 1: Start by tracing the keychains onto a plain sheet of copy paper.
Step 2: After that, draw, stamp, color and create what you’d like to see on your keychain using Artesprix Markers. I used a Silhouette Cameo to outline my images. Meanwhile, you can set a home iron to the highest setting (no steam) or a heat press to 400º F.
*To have my tracing line up with the Silhouette Cameo I scanned my traced copy paper and opened in Silhouette Studio.
Step 3: With your design complete cut around it leaving space to secure with heat tape to the keychain. Place the keychain over your design and tape it down. (See photo)
Step 4: Now create a “sublimation sandwich” by placing protective paper down, your heat taped keychain (design up), and then finally another protective paper on top.
Step 5: With your heat source prepared place the “sublimation sandwich” down and press for 60 seconds or 3 minutes with an iron. After pressing time is completed, let cool.
Step 6: Reveal your design by pulling the protective paper off and heat tape away from the keychain. Add the key ring tab.
There you have it, a sublimated plastic keychain.
To create the rest of the keychain float:
Step 7: Using a glue gun glue the mini clothespins to the wooden hearts.
Step 8: Glue yarn/hemp string to the back of the keychain and the wood hearts down the yarn/hemp string. I braided my strings.
A fun way to display memories or important dates.
That completes the keychain float. Hang it on a decorative hook or a push pin and add personal notes and photos! This could be a great small gift to gift someone also. You can find all of the materials on the Artesprix website. If you liked this project and would like to see more visit all of the fun tutorials the Artesprix Design Team has done here. Remember you can always connect with Artesprix by visiting them on FaceBook, Instagram, or joining the Artesprix Iron-on-ink Inpiration Group.
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2 thoughts on “An Artesprix™ Plastic Keychain Float!”
Courtney this is such a great idea! These little creative items could be such an awesome holiday tree decoration or even a simple gift for family members during the holidays. Would these markers work and creative a bright image on a solid piece of wood or is does it require a specific material? I will be sure to go check out the Artesprix website for more information and ideas. Thank you for the inspirational ideas!
Hi Brett, yes these would be great simple gifts and even a great activity to do with loved ones during the holidays. The only specific material you do need is polyester so as long as it consists of that you’re good to go. I would search for ways to do that if you are interested in sublimation on wood. Thanks for the comment!