Customize Your Keys: How to Make Acrylic Keychains Without a Cricut

Acrylic keychains are very popular right now. They are a fun way to give your keys a personal touch and show off your own style. But what if you don’t have a Cricut? Don’t worry, you don’t need one to make a lovely acrylic keychain. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of making acrylic keychains from scratch using simple materials that you probably already have lying around. So let’s get crafting!

Materials Needed

Making acrylic keychains without a Cricut machine is easy and inexpensive. Here are the things that you will need: 

First, you’ll need to buy some clear acrylic blanks that already have holes in them so that you can attach key rings or chains. You can buy these online at Amazon or craft stores.

Next, grab your favourite patterned paper or cardstock and something to trace around the shape of your acrylic blank. This could be a cookie cutter, a stencil, or something else. You will also need glue. Any kind will do, but make sure it dries clear so it doesn’t ruin your design. 

You’ll need scissors (or an X-Acto knife), a hole puncher, and jump rings or keychain rings to attach the finished product to keys or bags. Now that we have all our materials ready let’s move on to creating beautiful custom acrylic keychains!

The Process

The process of making acrylic keychains without a Cricut machine is relatively simple and can be done with just a few materials. First, choose the design you want for your keychain and print it out on regular paper. Then, use transfer tape to keep everything in place as you trace the design onto the sticky vinyl.

Next, apply the vinyl to your piece of acrylic and use a cutting tool (such as an X-Acto knife) to cut around the edges of your design. Make sure to get rid of any extra vinyl around your design. Once you’ve taken off all the unwanted vinyl, carefully peel off the back so that only the image you want is on top of the acrylic.

Before you can attach your finished acrylic piece to keychain hardware, drill a hole in one corner and add a jump ring or split ring.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to try out different styles and methods until you find the ones that work best for you.

Tips and Tricks

When it comes to making acrylic keychains, there are some tips and tricks that can help you get the best results. Here are some of them:

First, when you cut your acrylic sheet, always use a blade that is sharp. This will make sure the cuts are clean and don’t have any jagged edges.

Before you start your project, make sure to take the protective film off both sides of the acrylic sheet. This will prevent any scratches or damage while working on it.

Thirdly, take time to plan out your design and layout before engraving or printing onto the acrylic sheet. If you need to make changes in the future, this will save you time and work.

Fourthly, consider using masking tape for your design transfer process as it allows for easy removal without damaging the surface of the acrylic sheet. Don’t forget to add finishing touches like a keychain or tassel to make it more personal.


When it comes to acrylic keychains, the possibilities for customization are endless. There are a lot of ways to make your acrylic keychain special and unique.

One way to make the keychains more interesting is to try out different shapes and sizes. You could make a bigger keychain with several pieces, or you could choose a smaller, more delicate design.

One more way to change things up is to try out different colour combinations. Acrylic comes in an array of colours, so get creative! Mix colours that go well together, or go for something bold like neon colours.

You can also give your acrylic keychains texture by using different materials in the design. For example, you could add glitter or confetti to the inside of the acrylic piece to make it shine.
Don’t forget about personalization options such as adding initials or names onto the keychain using vinyl lettering or engraving tools.

When it comes to making your own acrylic keychains, you really can do anything you want. Let your imagination run wild.


In conclusion, creating custom acrylic keychains without a Cricut machine is a simple and fun project that anyone can do! With just a few supplies and a little creativity, you can make one-of-a-kind keychains that show off your style or make the perfect present for a friend. So why not try it and see what you can come up with? Happy crafting!

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