My 18-month-old granddaughter and I created a Mother’s Day gift for my daughter-in-law yesterday afternoon. (Shhh, don’t tell!) This thumbprint keepsake keychain is easy to make and a perfect gift for mothers, grandmothers, and teachers.
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I was inspired by the finger print key chains by My Life of Travels and Adventures. Krystal made a version for under $10. I used a special heart-shaped metal and glass locket because we were creating a gift for Zoey’s mom only. I wanted to add lockets for photos of Zoey, but any type of charm could be added to the keychain.
Be sure to check out the key chains at My Life of Travels and Adventures to see an inexpensive version that would be great as teacher appreciation gifts. An inexpensive version would also work well if you want to make the project by students in a classroom.
Here are links to Amazon products, although I found all the materials at Michaels craft store.
- Sculpey Clay
- Wilton Double Cut-Outs (Set of Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters)
- Blue Moon Beads Metal and Glass Locket
- Charmalong small heart-shaped locket charm (found at Michaels craft store)
- 11 mm jump rings to attach lockets and thumbprint heart (found at Michaels craft store)
- 32 mm Split Ring (for keyring)
- DecoArt Metallic Acrylic Paint (Berry – the color I used)
- Mod Podge to preserve finish
Steps to Create the Thumbprint Keepsake Keychain
1. First, I kneaded the Sculpey clay and then rolled it out to 1/4″ thick on waxed paper.
2. Then Zoey used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the clay heart. Obviously, you could do this step if you wanted to make this with a baby.
3. I helped Zoey use her thumbprints to make a heart on the clay heart.
4. I used a straw to make a hole in the clay heart. You could make a smaller hole if you wish.
5. I baked the clay at 275 degrees F for 30 minutes.
6. After the clay was cooled, I painted two coats of metallic acrylic paint on the top, bottom, and sides of the clay heart.
7. When the paint was dry, Mod Podge needed to be added to keep the paint from chipping.
8. Later, I attached the lockets and clay heart to the keyring using the jump rings. Zoey and I love how it turned out!
See my handprint keepsake tutorial (with free editable, printable poem) for instructions on how to make Zoey’s first Mother’s Day gift.
What are your favorite Mother’s Day or teacher appreciation gifts?
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