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DIY Photo Keychains

Learn how to turn a favorite photo into a durable keychain using printable Shrink Film! Kids can write notes or decorate the photos before shrinking for an adorable Mother's Day or Father's Day gift.
Prep Time30 mins


  • Printable Shrink Film
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Corner Rounder optional
  • Cookie Sheet and Oven parchment paper optional
  • Keychain


  • Use a photo editor to size your photo to roughly 5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide. Also lighten the photo if possible. Then print onto printable shrink film.
    Shrink film printed with photos on it
  • Cut out your photo and use a corner rounder to round the corners if desired. Use a hole punch to punch a hole near one corner of the photo.
    Picture of a girl and her dad printed on shrink film, with keychain attachment and hole punch
  • Use Sharpies to write a message on the photo.
    Child writing "Daddy, I love you!" on a photo
  • Photos can be cut into other shapes, such as a heart. Just be sure to punch a hole in them before baking.
    Picture of a girl and her mom printed on shrink film, with keychain attachment and hole punch
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place photos on it. Bake in a preheated 325 degree F oven for about 7-8 minutes, until photos have shrunk and are back to laying flat.
    Photos with notes written on them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  • As soon as you remove the photos from the oven, press them flat with a spatula OR cover with parchment paper and lay a heavy book on top while they cool. Add a keychain attachment and your photo keychain is complete.
    Photo of a girl and her dad; same photo on a DIY keychain