Etched Wooden Heart Key Fobs

February 3, 2014

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Amy Christie.

Olive’s school is very into wholesome and handmade, and we’ve been thinking hard about what sort of non-plastic and non-commercial Valentines she can make for her classmates. And since I reignited my love affair with my wood burning tool while working with spoons, cutting boards and sliced birch, I’ve been on the look out for more opportunities to burn stuff — it’s just so fun!

So after some brainstorming and failed projects, we came up with this really cool project: wooden heart key chains!

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

With store-bought wooden hearts, these little tokens of love are ever so easy, totally customizable, and sweet as can be. (Plus, inexpensive!) A perfect little project for Olive.

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

So go grab your etching tool and let’s get started.

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

Supplies:

wood-burning tool
- wooden hearts (I found mine in Michael’s in the woodworking aisle, but you can also find them on Amazon)
- jump rings
- key ring
- pliers

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

Like we mentioned in the other posts, wood-burning consists of using the highly heated tip of the wood-burning tool to burn designs or patterns into wood. When the design is complete, add enough jump rings to satisfy and connect to a key ring.

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

These designs are very simple (yet beautiful, right?) and the options are endless.

An optional step when your design is complete is to stain it or apply paint — the “Be Mine” version above was an experiment with white stain. Of course you can also leave the wood as is.

DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom DIY Valentines: Etched Heart Keychains   |   Design Mom

Tie on a red ribbon, and these are ready to give to your Valentines!

P.S. — Love to make things? Here’s a link to tons of excellent projects.

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1 Ann Martin February 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Such a nice idea, thanks!

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2 Design Mom February 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Glad you like it, Ann!

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3 CMN February 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Truly lovely — and they work so well for any age range! I’m tempted to make a few and tuck them into cards for my grown-up friends: the New Conversation Heart!

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4 Design Mom February 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

I agree! I think they would be sweet bookmarks for a February bookc lub.

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5 Gisela February 3, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Those are truly-uly lovely. Our little guy (8yo) is painting similarly simple designs with white Sharpie onto dark, smooth oval stones from the beach. Thanks for the never-ending ideas!

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6 Design Mom February 4, 2014 at 12:58 am

What a fabulous idea!

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7 ellen patton February 3, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Can I pay Olive to make me one?!?

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8 Design Mom February 4, 2014 at 12:58 am

Hah! I’ll ask her. : )

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9 Wendy February 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

As a non-US reader I’m always so curious why school kids give all their classmates a valentines gift/card?
Looks like a cute project though!

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10 Design Mom February 4, 2014 at 1:00 am

Good question, Wendy. I suppose it became a tradition over the last few decades. I wonder if wikipedia has any info. I’ll have to look it up!

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11 dawn @ peek photography + design February 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

oh, these are so sweet – now I have to go treat myself to a wood etching tool and get started on a few of these!

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12 carin hoffman February 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

What did you use to make a hole in the heart?

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13 Melissa Camara Wilkins February 4, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Oh, I am so doing this. I think the little polka dotty ones are perfect.

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14 Katie Adams February 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

These etched hearts are gorgeous, and what a fun DIY! Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

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15 Brooke (siayal) February 20, 2014 at 9:50 am
16 Laurie November 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

So I have just started woodburning and came across your Valentines heart key chains on Pinterest. I was wondering what size wooden hearts you used. I am wicked excited to try this it looks like it will be very beginner friendly :)

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