How to make personalised keychain hangers

Hopefully you enjoyed Christmas as much as I did. Too bad it’s already over again. I had a lot of fun with my family. As crafty as I am, I made a lot of gifts for family and friends myself. It’s so much more fun and also more affordable. The biggest benefit? People love it as those gifts are unique. Recently, I have shared a photo of some keychain hangers I made for Christmas. Some of you asked me how I made them and where to get them. Lucky you, cause today I’ll show you how to make your own personalised keychain hangers

Materials:

  1. 2-3 colors of polymer clay (I used this one)
  2. Letter stamps (I used those)
  3. Rolling pin
  4. Shot glass for cutting the shape
  5. Glossy sealer (I used this one)
  6. Wooden beads
  7. Golden beads
  8. Golden keychain rings
  9. Colorful tassels
  10. Robust polyester neon cord (you can get it in a store that sell jewelry making supplies)
  11. Lighter

Instructions:

  1. Roll your clay with a rolling pin and form long lines.
  2. Randomly mix your colors of choice together and roll again so you get a thickness of half a centimeter approximately.
  3. Select what you want to stamp into the keychains. I used the initials from ma friends and family members.
  4. Cut out the clay with your whiskey glass. I used a diameter of approximately 3 centimeter.
  5. Punch a hole with a pencil or wooden stick
  6. Bake the clay in the oven according to packaging instructions
  7. Let dry
  8. Use your glossy varnish for sealing both sides of the keychain hanger. You can apply 2 layers. Let dry again.
  9. Add beads and tassels in an order of your preference onto the cord
  10. Attach the hanger with your neon cord on the one side and with the keychain ring on the other side. Try to knot the two ends at the backside of the keychain hanger and use a lighter to melt the ends together.

Hope it works out for you. If you have any troubles, let me know in the comment sections below.

Getting ready for the Holiday Season

 

Ho Ho Ho friends. Are you already getting prepared for the Holiday Season? It’s mid of October, and we are slowly turning up the heater as days are getting colder. Since a few weeks, shelves are being filled up with sugar cookies, chocolate and co, while shopping malls started playing jingle bells on repeat. Although, you might still think about your last summer vacation, very soon the actual Christmas shopping season starts and before you know it you’ll find yourself rushing from store to store to find a suitable gift for your loved ones.

Already last year and actually also the years before, you told yourself, ‘next year I’ll start earlier!’ Let me tell you one thing – Now is the time exploring what’s out there. We assume you are searching for something unique, like you were last year, except it turned out differently than you anticipated.. The shops were packed, jingle bells kept on repeating, the pretty things were already sold out, you started to get all stressed and sweaty, cause Christmas was the day after tomorrow, of course. Finally you found the ultimate gift for your mum, sister and best friend, yet it appeared that the ultimate gift happened to be a vase, your mum, sister and best friend either already had, or got it in a different color. Yeah, you definitely had thought that through. But hey, you can return it right. Good luck with rushing back, getting all stressed and annoyed again, as the return process looks not any different than the purchasing hassle.

This year’s different. This year, you’ll gonna do some serious unique gift shopping and the emphasize lies on u-n-i-q-u-e. This year, you’ll impress your friends and family with interior decor that makes a statement. This year, you are not going to sweat running from store to store. This year, you’ll sit on your sofa with a glass of wine, jingle bells playing softly in the background (mhh maybe not) and your laptop. The only thing that is required from you is clicking the check-out button. Sounds pretty easy right? Or maybe you don’t need a gift, because it’s your turn to host this year’s Christmas family dinner and you want to impress your loved ones with proper festive table decor rather than the paper tablecloth you used 3 years ago? We can help you.

Mahalolena has a selection of beautiful handmade clay coasters for a superb addition to your interior styling, table top decoration or as unique Christmas gift that guests will love. We guarantee the wow effect and happy mums, sisters, girlfriends and best friends. Now, click here and enjoy having a look around and start shopping. A tip for a hassle-free shopping: Make sure you order before mid of November to allow your package to arrive on time. My little shop is located in the heart of Amsterdam and so far I don’t have elves assisting.

Estimated shipping times
North America: 2-3 weeks
Europe: 3-5 business days
Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: 2-3 weeks
Asia Pacific: 2-3 weeks

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DIY customised tea box in 4 Steps

IMG_6137 Hello and happy weekend. Sharing a new DIY today, which is super quick and simple. You might have seen it already on Instagram, if you follow Mahalolena. I also did something similar a couple of years ago. A customised tea box in 4 Steps. It doesn’t get easier guys.

Materials

  • Wooden Tea Box
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Decopage silk paper
  • Any conventional glossy sealer water-based (not visible in this picture, cause I forgot it – oops)

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Steps

  1. Apply the mod podge onto the wood
  2. Cut out your paper and carefully cover the entire box
  3. Let dry
  4. Apply glossy finish

Fill up with lots of tea bags and enjoy with guests a relaxing tea time.

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