{chipboard key chain}

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Y’all know how much I love personalizing anything and everything, and what could be better than a darling key chain?  (I sound so Texan with that “y’all”, don’t I?  ☺ )  As soon as I saw the new chipboard by Silhouette, I knew it would be the perfect way to make one!

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Seriously people, isn’t that SO cute??!!!  I just want to carry around my keys all day!  The front has darling scrapbook paper embellished with my stamped initial, and the back features a picture of my kids, which I LOVE.  (It’s missing baby Caroline…time for an update!!!)

chipboard key chain | simplykierste.com

These are super easy to make, and make the best gifts.  Think Mother’s Day, Father’s Day (not as cute-sy, of course), birthdays, teachers, Christmas or an anytime gift!  Here’s how I did it:


-chipboard (I used Silhouette brand–it’s on the thinner side)

-scrapbook paper

-distress ink

-printed photo


-small hole punch

-mod podge & foam brush



1.  Create the base for your key chains in the Silhouette software.  I used a fun label that already had the hole punched in it, which made it super easy.  The chipboard is on the thin side-not as thin as a cereal box, but not as thick other types of chipboard. For this reason, I knew I needed to stack several pieces on top of each other to make it durable enough for a key chain.  I ended up printing a whole 12×12 sheet, just because they will also make adorable gift tags!!!   You’ll also want to cut one matching piece out of cute scrapbook paper, for the very top piece. My pieces are all sized to 2.5 inches.

2. Once they’re cut, glue the tags together, lining them up on all edges. I used 6 pieces total.  I love Scrapbooker’s Glue by Scotch…it has a fat end and a fine point end, so it works for lots of projects and types of application.  Next you’ll glue on the piece made out of scrapbook paper.

3.  Insert a picture into Word, and size it just a *tiny* bit bigger than your chipboard pieces.  Print onto white cardstock, and cut it out.  Trace the chipboard onto the back of the picture, and use scissors to cut it out.  Match it up with your chipboard, and mark with a pencil where the hole is, then punch out with a small hole punch. Adhere to the back side of your chipboard key chain, then go around the edges with scissors to trim off any excess.

chipboard keychain | simplykierste.com

4.  Distress all the edges, then use embellish as you like.  I used a stamp to create a simple initial, and I love it!!! Seal the paper with a coat of mod podge, and once it’s dry, use jute to tie a tight knot onto your key ring!!!

chipboard keychain | simplykierste.com

chipboard keychain | simplykierste.com


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

4 thoughts on “{chipboard key chain}

  1. This is great. Chipboard is light so it won’t weigh down the keys. I love the children’s pictures. I think I would like to do that with my grandchildren’s pictures. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!

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