Thursday, June 16, 2011

diy {jenga keychain}

A while back ago I purchased a Jenga wood block game on sale for just $3.99. I thought to myself, "I'm sure there's something cool I could make with all these wooden blocks..." So I brought them home and began to think of a way to use them and this is what I came up with, Jenga keychains! These make great gifts and are sure to liven up any old set of keys. Going on a trip this summer? Save a map from your vacation and make your own souvenir keychains with your kids.

Here's what you'll need:
-wooden block
-decorative paper (scrapbook page, map, sheet music, pretty wrapping paper, pages of a book, ect...)
-screw eye
-key ring
-round nose pliers
-mod podge
-brush
-pencil
-scissors
 Use the pliers to screw the screw eye into the top of the block.
Trace the sides of the block on to the paper and cut them out. I cut mine slightly smaller so that I could have a nice wooden border around each paper.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of each paper and place them on the Jenga block. Make sure to smooth out the paper to prevent air bubbles.
Allow a few minutes to dry completely and then apply a thin layer of Mod Podge around all the sides. It will go on white but dies clear and provodes a protective seal.
 Now just attach the key ring, throw on a few keys and admire your lovely new keychain!
 I made this one from a map that we used when we went to Yosemite last summer
 So many possibilities... What are you going to put on yours?

32 comments:

  1. You are so creative!! I love these! :-)

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  2. The souvenir keychain is a great idea. They're all wonderful, but I love the idea that kids could learn to make their own souvenirs. Much more memorable, thrifty, and meaningful. Wonderful idea.

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  3. Great idea!! I think this will be a Father's Day project for next year.

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  4. Ahhh those are so adorable and super creative. I see a Jenga game on sale and think how I wish my husband loved playing games! Props to the awesome key chains!

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  5. Hey! Was browsing craftgawker and came across your jenga keychains! LOVE THEM! So cute! I just bought jenga, and i'm going to make some for gifts! Love your blog, all your DIY projects! Another favorite was the fingerprint! Your photography is beautiful too. Keep up the great work! So inspiring. Jesus Bless!

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  6. What a great idea! I think I will try some favorite quotes in different fonts and colors!

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  7. Sarah, You are a girl after my own heart! I too look for items that otherwise go un-noticed as a craft project. A friend said I could make anything out of anything. I feel that us 'creative' people are on the edge on the world. We are never bored. Hugs to you and yours. :)

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  8. These are so cute! Do you know if fabric would work or does it have to be paper? I have some beautiful bluebonnet fabric I would love to try on one.

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  9. Thank you everyone for all your kind comments :)
    @Karisa- Yes! You can absolutely use mod podge on fabric. I would love to see how it turns out for you.

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  10. Found your blog through Pinterest. This is such a wonderful project...my family and I just moved to New Zealand from CA. I'm going to find a cool map of our new country and start creating keepsakes for my girls. Thank you for this!

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  11. I love this little doo-dad. I must make one, ( one of these days that is - I already have a project list that's way too long! ) Oh yeah, I'm finally following you too. Love your blog.

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  12. This is a great easy project, you're so creative! Love it!

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  13. I found your blog through Craftgawker, and I think these keychains would make great, personalized stocking stuffers. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  14. Just came across your blog and I can't wait to try some of your crafty DIY ideas! I love this keychain. I could make lots of these for gifts.

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  15. This is such a great idea! I found this on Pinterest and I am so gonna do it:)

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  16. Love your project! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it today on my blog Sew Rockin'. You can check it out at: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/09/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-8/

    Awesome job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

    Jamie

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  17. Seriously??!!??!! I just joined Pinterest and this is one of the 1st things I see and love. I grew up at Bass Lake. I spent almost every summer there. I still take my kids and grandkids there to stay with my Aunt for a week. I love this more than you know, and I am making everyone in my family one of they keyrings.

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  18. This is so cool...my sister just moved to Maine so I am going to make her one with the city of her home back here in Michigan. Thanks for the great ideas!!

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  19. What a great idea, and what a great look! I love the map and the black with cream polka dot keychains. : ).. Awesome!

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  20. That is so clever! I am always looking at old games and trying to figure out new uses but I wouldn't have come up with this!
    Peggy
    p.s. I am a new follower

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  21. I can't wait to make this for my bff, her dad passed away in February and we had a running joke about how he pronounced Jenga (his version came out "junga"). I'm going to use a map of the beach they vacationed at every summer, and one of his hometown. This way she can always carry a part of him with her.

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  22. I made my own here: http://www.misanthropycreations.com/2012/04/new-key-chains.html
    Check them out!
    Thanks for the idea!

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  23. Great ideas Sarah!! I am pinning some of your ideas for later use. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  24. Great idea!! I am pinning some of your items for later use!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  25. This is a great idea! I coach a dance team and am getting ready for awards night and needed something for all of them. Well this is perfect because it can be personalized & have our show theme from this year on it :-) thank you for such a great idea!

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  26. I love this! Pinning these and your beautiful bird necklaces. I feel like there must be 80 other things in your back pocket to do with Jenga blocks, and I can't wait to see some of them!

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  27. Thinking of using your idea to make client gifts for Christmas this year for my photography biz! So clever. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. I just came across this and am going to use in in a support group I lead for moms who have lost babies during pregnancy or shortly after birth. Thank you!

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  29. Sarah, what size screw eye did you use? Do you remember? I'm making these with a large group and trying to order some antique bronze screw eyes off of Etsy. They all seem fairly small.

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    1. Hi Julie,
      I looked up the package that I bought at the hardware store:
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-16-Pc-Anchor-Wire-121104-Zinc-Plated-Assorted-Screw-Eyes-/280909913485
      It doen't say any sizes on the package so I'm not sure but maybe the photo will help give you some reference.
      Hope the crafting goes well!
      Sarah

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