last minute gift for boys DIY keychain

Yesterday I promised to give you a twist on the “Last Minute DIY Tutorial For Gifts For Girls” and give you one for boys. So, without further ado: Do you need an easy idea for a gift for a boy that only involves things you probably already have at home? That can be made in ten minutes? That your kids can make? I give you the “Last Minute DIY Tutorial For Gifts For Boys”! It looks a lot like the one I did yesterday. If you read that just jump to the pictures for reference.

The kids and I like to add a little handmade flavour to our Christmas gifts. Here’s one of our very easy projects made from old toy animals.

All you need is:

  • toy animal
  • little eyelet (if you don’t have one you can easily make one out of double metal wire)
  • key ring or key chain
  • glue (we used superglue – not intended for kids so you’ll need to help the kids with the glueing part)

Optional: A glass of glögg or mulled wine for the adults. (Big, Scandinavian tradition. I prefer the white version and also add almonds and raisins the Scandinavian way), Christmas music on the stereo and loads of good stuff to munch on.

Scroll down for the “But I Don’t Have – List”

German Shepard toy key ring

How to:

Make a little hole in the back of the chosen animal with a small, sharp object like a nail or a screw or use a small awl if you have it. Put a drop of glue in the hole and mount the eyelet in the hole. Leave to dry.

Tips: Make your own eyelet with double metal wire. Make an eye around a small object like a bamboo skewer, twist the ends a few turns and cut away excess metal wire.

Balance the animal when mounting the eyelet. Put it somewhere close to the centre of the animal in terms of weight; you’ll want it to hang relatively straight and level.

DIY key chain with toy german shepard

Attach a keychain with a trigger hook or a simple keyring. Use a ball chain or other metal chain. Maybe you have an old keychain lying around that you can strip. If not, simply use durable nylon string or other string. Finished!

Now all you have to do is wrap it in colourful paper or in a cellophane bag with a few stickers and some confetti.

This is basically a no-shopping DIY idea for an easy gift for a child in your life. It’s also something your child can make as a  Christmas gift, birthday gift, a friendship gift or a father’s day gift. It’s also a crafting idea that is easy to twist in different directions.

Here are three ideas:

Three ways to twist it:

We kept the animals “au natural” but you can also make really cool keychains if you dip the animal in paint or spray paint it. This is good for older children/teenagers and makes for a more contemporary and fun look.

Instead of a keychain you can make fridge magnets with plastic toy animals. You may need to cut away some of the backside to have a flat surface to glue the magnet on. Use superglue for a durable result or hot glue gun for an easy way to do it.

Turn the animals into knobs or handles by drilling a shallow hole in the side of an animal, glue a flat headed screw in the hole and mount it on the wall as a hanger or on a little chest of drawers as a handle.

The “But I Don’t Have-List”

  • animals? Use another small toy that looks cool. Lego, old toy soldiers, super hero figurines, small plastic toy cars or other odd trinkets you have lying around.
  • an eyelet? Make one out of metal wire or strip an old key chain or pendant for a necklace you don’t use any more.
  • glue? Skip the eyelet and glue part and tie the string around the animals neck. Make sure to tie the knots securely so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • ball chain? Use nylon string or leather cord instead.
  • time? Make time! It’s only ten minutes and your kids will love it! Or save the idea for later.

This is a fun way to up-cycle some of the small toys that somehow always seem to pile up in the kids’ rooms. Have fun with it!