Gift Card Keychain

A couple of things have always sort of bugged me;

1.  Where do all those expired credit cards and used gift cards go?

and

2.  Why do they make wallet-sized photos, when you hardly ever open your wallet to show them off?

Are we filling our landfills with millions of plastic cards now?  Are they recyclable?  Why don’t more people want to see my gorgeous children?

IDEA!

How about repurposing expired and empty gift cards to create cute keychains?

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Just about the same size right?  It’s like it was meant to be.

Mod podge one side of the gift card and adhere the photo in place.  Cut around the edges so that it’s a perfect match size-wise.

Then mod podge a second photo or scrapbook paper, or even a business card to the other side and cut down to size.

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Don’t worry, you won’t see this in a few minutes.

I gave my card a very light sanding to smooth out some of the lumps and bumps (and finger prints), and then punched a hole through all three layers of my new photo keychain.

Then you can coat with clear nail polish, epoxy, crystal effects or spray paint (clear coat) in a gloss finish – which is what I did here.  Update:  laminating your photo keychain works the best.

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You’ll want two, three maybe even four coats to ensure the photo doesn’t get damaged as the keys rub against it.

I’ve made a couple of smaller photo keychain versions here so you could see what a scrapbook paper version would look like.

Let dry and then attach to your keys!

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Now you can show off your kids, pets, home, self ALL THE TIME – whether people really want to see them or not. lol

You could print an inspiring quote and use that as your photo keychain, or a weight watchers calorie chart.  What about a list of family birthdays so you always have it on hand?

Just no personal information – even a phone number can be reverse-searched.

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One thing; if you decide to use an expired credit card don’t use the microchip section.  I also hammered the raised numbers flat as well.  No use tempting fate.

The best part, the flat card makes it easy to tuck your photo keychain into your back pocket when your hands are full.

A small thing, but helpful when unloading groceries.

 

Have a great one!

 

Too funny: so why do we do them?

 

 

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2017-11-03T13:27:23-04:00April 15th, 2015|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, GIFTS, KID'S CRAFTS|0 Comments

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