Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Keychain to Ornament Tutorial

One of our traditions is to buy ornaments from the places that we have visited or lived. I've been searching for the perfect San Francisco ornament since we moved to this area. I just wasn't finding it. We recently made a trip down to the Fisherman's Wharf and while I was browsing a souvenir store, I found a keychain that I liked a lot.

"Why don't they make ornaments like that?" I asked myself. It took only a moment for the light bulb to go off in my head - I would make my own ornament! I got so excited that I snatched up a few keychains to make gifts for others as well. They were 3 for $10, so they were quite a steal! I brought them home and got to work. I was so happy with the end result that I thought I'd share a quick tutorial here!


The first step is to find a keychain that you like. I don't really have any tips on which ones to pick out but I would avoid ones that look "tacky." Think about your tree - what would you like to see hanging on it?


The next step is to disconnect the chain part from your key chain. I normally would use pliers but when I went to create the ornaments, I couldn't find any of our pliers. (As it turns out, they were right under my nose the whole time as my husband kindly pointed out when I asked. I'm still wondering where the pair from my toolbox went though...) Since I couldn't find pliers, I improvised with scissors. I used them to separate the chain from the bridge. Since there was a small metal tag labeled "Golden Gate Bridge" attached to the key chain, I had to close the bottom ring after opening it to hold the tag on - I wanted it to be a part of the ornament. This step will look different for different key chains.


The last step is to add an ornament hook and possibly a ribbon to turn it into an ornament. Ornament hooks and ribbon can be picked up for under a dollar making this an inexpensive craft. Each ornament cost less than $4 each to create. When you've finished creating your ornament, hang it on your tree or wrap it up for gifting.


Do you have a special ornament tradition? How do you select which ornaments go on your tree? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!


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