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 MomDIY 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.