Learn to use UV resin, vinyl and acrylic blanks to make your own DIY keychains. There is no mixing epoxy and it only takes minutes to cure.
I am learning the in’s and out’s of UV resin and I love the results I am getting.
I am not going to lie, it takes a little bit of trial and error but these DIY keychains that I made for teachers and back to school are my best project yet.
This is my 3rd time using this process. The other two turned out pretty good but these are too cute.
When you pair them with vinyl from StyleTechCraft you cannot go wrong.
Cute keychains are the perfect small gift. Everyone has keys, right? My DIY wine cork keychains are fun to make too.
DIY Keychains Using UV Resin
Keychains are a dime a dozen…I know but I love to make them. I recently started using the UV resin and it is perfect for these keychains.
There are so many things you can use the resin with and keychains is just one of them.
I am going to use StyleTechCraft opal and Gloss Craft vinyl on my keychains. The opal will shimmer in the background and make the text stand out.
I choose some of my favorite colors for these keychains.
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- StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl
- StyleTechCraft Crafty Glossy Vinyl
- Transfer tape
- 2.5″ acrylic circle keychain blanks
- SVG cut file for keychains
- Thank you for helping me grow SVG file
- UV Resin
- UV Light
- Toothpicks and/or popsicle sticks
- Cricut Joy
Making A Cute Keychain
Step 1: The cut files
First you need to find your cut files and download them onto your computer. I got my keychain pattern from Creative Fabrica.
This is a membership site but you can also purchase files without a membership. There a lot to choose from on this site so look around if you want something different.
If you love fonts like I do they have some really nice fonts and there are thousands to choose from. It can be a rabbit hole. LOL
I created the cut file “Thank you for helping me grow!” It is perfect to use with flower or plant designs and works great for a teacher. You can find it in my Resource Library. Look in the Cricut and Silhouette cut files section.
After you download the cut file
Downloads usually go into your “download” file on your computer. You will want to find it in there and right click on the file.
When you right click on the file choose “Extract All”. Click on “Browse” and find the file where you want to save this file. Then click extract.
Upload to Design Space and cut the design
The next step is to get your file into the Cricut design space software.
Instead of writing and snapping a screen shot of each step. I decided to make a short video.
If you are wondering about settings for the Cricut Joy or how to cut two colors of vinyl at the same time then please watch.
Step 2: Weed and add the transfer tape
Once the designs are cut, weed them and place a piece of transfer tape on top.
This is the blue opal leaf design partially weeded.
This one is completely weeded and ready for transfer tape.
Step 3: Place design onto keychain
Now you are ready to place the design onto the acrylic keychain.
The keychains come with a protective paper on each side so first remove these pieces. I used my weeding tool to get them started.
They are completely clear without the protective paper.
Carefully line up the design and place it down. Then remove the transfer tape.
Step 4: Add the UV resin
Before we add the resin be sure to have your UV light plugged in and ready to go. These are the lights used to dry gel nails. They work great for this.
Ours has three buttons on the top. 99 seconds, 60 seconds and 30 seconds. I always start with 99.
Add a little resin to the top of the vinyl.
Use a toothpick or a popsicle stick to move the resin around to cover the top. Get it all the way to the edges. It will stop and not flow over the edge if you are careful.
This resin is self leveling too so once you move it around it levels and gets smooth.
Be careful around the hole for the keychain. It will top and not go through if you move it slowly.
I made the mistake of going too fast and it went into the hole and got on the back of the blank. If this happens don’t panic.
I got a napkin and wiped it all of the back. You have to do this before you put it under the light. Otherwise it will cure it on the back too.
Take your time!
You don’t have to move fast so take your time. If you need more resin just add a little more and keep spreading it over the top.
I didn’t notice the little bubbles in mine until it was too late. But here is a great tip I learned.
Before curing the resin, use a lighter to go over the resin before curing and it gets rid of the bubbles.
Place it under the light and cure for 99 seconds.
When mine came out is seemed a little tacky but I left it for now.
I did the same with the other pink opal design.
Once this layer is cured add the text layer of vinyl then repeat the resin and the lighter process.
This layers the vinyl between layers of resin and gives the DIY keychain some depth.
They were still tacky so I kept putting them under the light for 30 seconds at a time until they were no longer tacky. I even took them outside and put them in the sunshine for a few minutes. It seemed to take a while but eventually they were no longer tacky.
When they are finished add the keychain parts and the fun tassel to the super cool keychain.
The opal vinyl is perfect for the background. It shimmers and changes color with the light. I love it.
Here are some printable instructions for you if you want them!
- Choose round keychain svg files to use and download them to your computer
- Download the Text svg file from the resource library
- Upload and cut from Cricut Joy - see video for detailed instructions
- Weed designs and add transfer tape
- Remove protective paper from acrylic keychain blanks
- Apply the opal background design
- Add UV resin and smooth to the edges and around the hole for the metal keychain
- Use the lighter to get rid of bubbles in resin
- Cure under the UV light for 99 seconds
- Add cut text over the cured UV resin
- Apply more resin and smooth out as before - use the lighter to smooth out bubbles
- Cure under the light for 99 more seconds.
- Keep placing under the light for 30 or 60 seconds at a time or take outside to the sunshine until the resin is no longer tacky
- Add the metal and the tassel
- Give as a gift to a deserving teacher
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