Father’s Day is coming up, and wouldn’t it be great to give the special guys in your life a handmade gift to show how much you care? These handmade key fobs can be personalized with any name or message, and they’re so easy to make that you can have several done in no time!
I used leather scraps from another project, but this would be a great way to re-purpose an old belt or worn out handbag that is beyond repair.
Step one: Cut the leather piece so it is 1 inch wide by 5 inches long. Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in both ends.
Step two: Use the alphabet stencils to spell a name. They are adhesive, which makes it easy to align your letters and minimize paint smearing.
Step three: Apply the paint to the stencil. To prevent paint bleeding, I let the paint dry for several minutes before removing the stencils. (Tip: Use wet wipes to clean off your stencils!)
Step four: When the paint has dried, fold the leather in half to align the two circles, and attach a grommet or large eyelet to hold the pieces together. You can use the Crop-A-Dile or a grommet setting tool.
Step five: Attach the split key ring to the key fob.
Step six: As a final step, I decided to paint over the leather with Mod Podge Fabric to seal the paint. I didn’t want to risk having it flake off with use. I used MP Fabric because it dries with no tack and it’s meant for fabric, so it is flexible and won’t crack or peel.
You can make the key fob longer or wider to suit your preference. I made two for Father’s Day, but you could easily make these for any occasion! How do you like my World Cup key fob? Go team USA! Personalize your own key fob with a team name, a special date, or location.
Have fun crafting and creating!