The first time I read The Phantom Tollbooth was right before my 31st birthday. Crazy, I know! I received the book from my aunt as a gift and tore through it in one sitting. I loved the messages about the importance of the journey, as that’s something that’s been drilled into my head by my parents since I was a little girl.
One of my favorite parts of the book was this quote: “There are no wrong roads to anywhere.” I thought it so perfectly summed up everything we were taught about exploring every possibility, whether that be metaphorical or literal. I actually loved it so much that I turned it into this cute little key chain!
Complete with a key charm to better convince you to hop in the car and just see where it takes you, this key chain makes a great gift for a graduate or someone about to embark on a new life-changing journey.
Made using polymer clay, this charm is surprisingly light-weight, durable, and super easy to make!
The Road to Anywhere Key Chain
- Polymer clay in desired colors (I used two shades of purple clay)
- Small rubber letter stamps (I found mine in the dollar bin at Michaels)
- Pen or toothpick
- White paint
- Key charm
- Key ring
- Paper towel
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- To create the clay circle, I marbleized two purple clay colors together. Once marbleized, form into a circle, measuring about 2 in. across and 1/4 in. thick.
- Use your rubber letter stamps to stamp in your message.
- Using a pen or a toothpick, create the hole at the top of your charm for the key ring.
- Bake your clay charm following the directions for whatever clay you’re using.
- Once cooled, place a small amount of white paint on your paper towel. Quickly rub it over the letters, then rub as much of the paint off as you can, leaving the paint to sink into the stamped letters. This takes some practice, but if you mess up, you can use nail polish remover to take the paint off and try again.
- Let your paint dry, then seal it in with a coat of Mod Podge.
- Add your key charm, if desired, and your key ring and you’re ready to hit the road!
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