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Make a Keychain with New Mod Podge Rocks Stencils

Today I'm sharing an idea to help show off these cool new stencils created by my friend Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks. She's come out with a number of different stencil designs and I chose to play with the old style keys. Combine the designs with Mod Podge, glitter and a little illustration of your own, and voila! a unique piece of art is born! I turned mine into a keychain, with a bit of a worn and weathered look. Take a peek…

Stenciled Mod Duct Tape and Mod Podge KeychainStenciled Mod Duct Tape and Mod Podge Keychain
Stenciled Mod Duct Tape and Mod Podge Keychain

I love the swirls and the ornate look of these stencils, there's a ton of fun things you can do with them. The stencils themselves are sticky on one side so you can easily create pretty art on non-smooth surfaces. You can use them with Mod Podge, paint, stamping ink… play with them, I'm positive you'll be creating master pieces in minutes!

Mod Podge Rocks stencils from Amy Anderson and Plaid
Mod Podge Rocks stencils from Amy Anderson and Plaid

Now for this project I was thinking it would be cool if I made a leather keychain, but I don't have scraps of leather just sitting around the house. I do, however, have rolls of Duck Brand duct tape. Layer up that tape and you have a leather-like material that is more durable than paper or cardboard.

How to Make a Key to My Heart Keychain

Materials you need:

Steps to make this cool keychain

  1. Create the main material by layering duct tape on to itself. Make sure to layer on both sides so you don't have a sticky side remaining. Cut whatever shape you like. One of my pieces I cut using my new Cricut Explore. The heart I cut by hand.
  2. Apply the stencil to your surface, make sure all edges are flush against the material to be stenciled.
  3. Using the spouncer, gently apply Mod Podge to the exposed areas of the stencil. Don't apply too much, but make sure you do cover all areas. Carefully remove the stencil before the Mod Podge dries.
  4. Gently add glitter to the wet stenciled design. Allow to dry.
  5. Using a paint brush, carefully brush away excess glitter.
  6. Using your pen, add whatever doodles or hand drawn art you'd like.
  7. Carefully apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the entire piece… glitter, drawings and all. Allow to dry. This will help protect your art from rubbing off with use.

Extra: To create the keychain, I created a second layer of decorated duct tape, slightly larger than the first layer. Then I used a crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the duct tape shapes. I then added an eyelet with the crop-a-dile and a keychain hook.

Tip: You can skip #6 if you'd rather leave the key stenciled art all on it's own. I think this looks really nice too. But you know me… I have to add doodles on everything!

Other ideas? You can find tons of fun Mod Podge project ideas over on Amy's site, Mod Podge Rocks

layered duct tape
layered duct tape


Cut duct tape shape and apply stencil
Cut duct tape shape and apply stencil


apply Mod Podge with pouncer
apply Mod Podge with pouncer


remove stencil - wet Mod Podge remains
remove stencil – wet Mod Podge remains


apply glitter
apply glitter


gently blow off excess glitter and allow to dry
gently blow off excess glitter and allow to dry – do not brush until dry


brush off remaining excess glitter
brush off remaining excess glitter


hand draw art accents
hand draw art accents


Have you used stencils before? Tell me about it!


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Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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