DIY: Personalised Photo Keyrings

Make your own Personalised Photo Keyrings

DIY: Personalised Photo Keyrings

We show you how you can use your own printer and inexpensive blank keyring kits to make your own personalised Photo Keyrings at home.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video of the process in action. Here's how it's done:


You Will Need:

  • Acrylic Blank Photo Keyrings – We bought in bulk from Amazon, perfect for making gifts but smaller packs are available:
  • Inkjet Printer – Your trusty home inkjet printer will be perfect, nothing special required here.
  • Your preferred photo paper – We used our 190gsm Matt Photo Paper but any quality photo paper should work provided it's not too thick.
  • Guillotine– To cut your photos nice and straight.


How it’s Done:

1. Print your Photos at the correct size using the highest quality setting on your printer.

For our Keyrings we printed the photos 46mm x 32mm for a perfect fit. If you buy different keyring blanks you may need to experiment to find the perfect size for you photos.

We also set the paper type on our Canon MG5750 printer to 'High Quality Matt Photo Paper' and selected 'Best' under the quality settings.

2. Cut your photos using the guillotine.

Regular scissors or a craft knife will do just fine but we found using a guillotine gave the sharpest edges and best results.

3. Stack the cut photos 'back to back' and insert into the Keyring.

Once everything is positioned correctly the back cover should just 'snap' into place.
We found some of the back covers had little bits of excess plastic than prevented a good fit but these broke off easily.

4. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! These personalised keyrings also make fantastic gifts for friends and family!

Here’s The Video:


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DIY: Metallic Effect Christmas Gift Tags

Make your own professional looking metalic effect gift tags this Christmas

DIY: Reactive Foil Transfer

Our resident 'craft expert' Tom shows you how to make some fantastic looking metallic gift tags at home using your trusty laser printer, a standard laminator and inexpensive reactive foil.

We’ve even put together some fantastic Free Gift Tag printables for you to download and use:

  • INKredible Gift Tag CollectionDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Light) Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Christmas (Dark) Gift TagsDownload
  • It's Cold Outside Gift TagsDownload
  • White Christmas Gift TagsDownload
  • Merry Xmas Gift TagsDownload

If you're more of a 'visual learner' you can skip below to see the video of the process in action. If not, here's how it's done:


You Will Need:

  • Reactive Foil Transfer – We got Gold and Silver from Amazon here:
  • Laser Printer – A black only (mono) one will do, you won’t be printing in colour.
  • Your preferred stock – Paper, Card, we used our 130gsm Matt Photo Paper and some brown ‘Kraft’ card from Amazon:
  • Scissors / Knife– To cut the foil.
  • 2 sheets of plain paper – To protect the foil from direct contact with the laminator.
  • Standard office or craft laminator – The heating process is what transfers the foil to the toner and keeps it there.


How it’s Done:

1. Print your image in black onto your desired stock (card, paper etc.) using a Laser Printer.

For this process to work you must use a laser printer, images printed using an inkjet printer will not work.
As a work around you could print your image with an inkjet printer and then take this to be photocopied onto your preferred stock. Most large photocopiers use toner rather than ink.

2. Measure the amount of foil you need to cover the area you want to coat and lay it over with the ‘mirrored’ side up.

The foil will stick to any toner but not to any of the unprinted surface.
Any unused foil that goes through the laminator cannot be re-used so make sure to only cut enough to cover what you need.

3. Sandwich the Card / Foil between two sheets of standard copy paper.

This protects the foil as it goes through the laminator.

4. Send the layered assembly through the laminator.

The heat setting will depend on your laminator but we found a medium high heat worked best for us.
Too cold and the foil will not adhere properly to the toner.
To hot and the foil will ripple, and un-foiled toner areas will be damaged.
It is best to experiment with your laminator / card / foil combination before going for your final product.

5. Stand Back and admire your work!

You've done it! Now you need to resist the urge to foil everything that comes out of the printer!

6. Have Fun! Experiment with different styles!

Try different shapes, inverting the printed areas of your design or layering up different paper types.

Here’s The Video:

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Free Christmas Card Printables

Free Printables

'tis the season... FREE Christmas printables to print at home.

All cards come in a handy Pdf ready to print onto A4 paper / card of your choice and fold neatly into an A5 card.
To make it even easier why not pair them with one of our Greeting Card Kits and get that 'professional' look at home.

Want more free stuff?

Check out the Rest of our 12 Days of Christmas and see what's up for grabs.

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