Skylander Party Favor Keychains {Tutorial}

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posted: 01/07/13

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You may recall that, last month, before the tinsel and gingerbread I threw together a tiny little shindig to celebrate my 13 year old’s five year old’s birthday.

After going just a tiny bit overboard for Quinn’s Rainbow Party, I decided to take it down a notch (Could you tell? Were you wondering when I became such a slacker? I know. Me too.)  So I decided to just make keychains. Because, as my brother said, five year olds are always needing a place for all their keys. Yeah. His second language is sarcasm.

Skylander keychains! With a character on one side, and the party guest’s name on the other side. These of course would be just as awesome with Disney Princesses or some other character your kid is obsessed with. Well . . . I suppose “just as awesome” depends on who you ask . . . Gavin would probably chuck a keychain that his name on one side and The Little Mermaid on the other.

Anyway! Want to know how to make them? Great!

The first thing you need is the right font. It’s Pincoyablack, and you can download it here. It’s not the perfect Skylander font, but it’s pretty close.

Then you need to Google the images of your favorite Skylanders. It helps to keep an eye on the dimensions of the images. You want something that is bigger than 400 by 400 pixels.

I put it all together using Silhouette software (which is free here) and then of course cut it with my Silhouette using the print and cut feature. If you don’t have a Silhouette, given that you are doing such a simple shape, you could just print it out and cut the old fashioned way (read: scissors).

I got a bag of wooden squares at Michaels for like $1.50 with a coupon, and it had about a gagillion wood squares, and fortunately there were 20 that were the size I wanted (1 1/2 inches). I used some rubber cement to glue the paper (printed and cut on heavy card stock), to the wood. Don’t skimp on the glue or you will end up with a bubbly keychain.

Now add Mod Podge to give it more of a seal and a finished look. I did my Mod Podging on wax paper, which worked well.

It works a lot better if you are smarter than me follow the directions on the back and slowly add thin layers, letting them dry between each layer. Each craft project I do gives me deeper insight into what an impatient and lazy person I am.

Once they are all dry, drill small holes in them. I used an open cardboard box to drill on and didn’t end up with a single hole in my table!

The keychain rings and hooks were found at Michaels in the jewelry making section, and when I used a coupon to buy them, they were less than $4 for both. So this whole project cost about $5 for 20 keychains! Not bad.

And I’m not under some strange delusion that the kids that came to Gavin’s party are treasuring their keychains (especially the kids who have never even heard of Skylanders), but they did seem to think it was kind of cool to get something from the party with their name on it. And I didn’t especially expect keychains to compete with bags full of sugar.

But they made my little Skylander obsessed birthday boy happy.

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  1. Amy of While Wearing Heels says

    Ok, that is impressive. You used power tools. That part I usually turn over to my husband. Those key chains turned out adorable and they seem relatively so easy to make too.

    • Lisa says

      Whenever I use the drill, I feel super awesome about myself : )

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Love these! I feel like even I, Uncrafty Queen, can make these for Jordan’s rock star party. :)

  3. Sarah says

    We were just introduced to these Skylanders…so much to learn! If we come to it as a party theme, I shall outsource them to your talented hands! Love them!

  4. Cathy Trochelman says

    You have some serious skill. And some serious love for your kiddos…what other mom would make Skylander keychains, a Skylander dessert table, and a Skylander portal cake…especially if it meant perpetuating the already super intense Skylander obsession? I think I would have cried. But you? You did a great job :)

    • Lisa says

      Oh. There were tears. : )

  5. Donna from Alberta says

    LOVE everything that you did for your son’s party! My youngest son is turning 6 and is insistent on having a Skylander’s Giant’s party. Can’t wait to attempt to make the keychains :)

  6. Donna from Alberta says

    LOVE everything that you did for your son’s party! My youngest son is turning 6 and is insistent on having a Skylander’s Giant’s party. Can’t wait to attempt to make the keychains :)

  7. Donna from Alberta says

    LOVE everything that you did for your son’s party! My youngest son is turning 6 and is insistent on having a Skylander’s Giant’s party. Can’t wait to attempt to make the keychains :)

  8. Rebekah Cooksey says

    I am so impressed with the key chains. I will attempt to replicate them for my son’s party (turning 6 also). Actually, though, am more impressed by your writing style! I laughed out loud a couple of times while reading this. Possibly something to do with the glass of wine in MY hand, but nonetheless, I’m following you on Pinterest now! :-)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Aww, thanks so much Rebekah!! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have someone read what I write AND actually laugh :) Thanks for following along!

  9. Secretlife9 says

    I love the way you did the keychains. My daughter is also a BIG skylanders fan! I will DEFINITELY use your ideas for her skylanders/legend of zelda/make your own* party!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks! I hope your daughter loves it all!

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