Lucky Key Rings

These cute Fimo keyrings are easy to make and are ideal to give as gifts at Chinese New Year.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time to Make

45 mins + baking time for FIMO, drying time for paint.

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

Pig
  1. Use 3 strips from a Fimo block to make the pig’s body. Knead the Fimo to make it softer, then roll it into a ball. Flatten the Fimo with your fingers to a depth of about 8mm, or to make the surface completely flat use a small rolling pin.
  2. Press the flattened Fimo into an oval, then push into the edge with your fingers or a modelling tool to start forming the 2 legs. Squeeze the Fimo to shape the snout. Keep the shape simple using a modelling tool to help form the shape.
  3. Press a small triangular piece of Fimo onto the head for the ear and add a curly tail. Use a cocktail stick to make a hole near the top, turn the pig over the check the hole has opened out on the back.
Cat
  1. Use 3 strips from a Fimo block to make the cat’s body. Knead the Fimo to make it softer, then roll into a ball. Flatten the Fimo with your fingers to a depth of about 8mm, or to make the surface completely flat use a small rolling pin.
  2. Press the flattened Fimo into an oval then pinch the top with your fingers to start forming the 2 ears. Keep the shape simple using a modelling tool to help shape the cat’s body.
  3. Roll 4 small Fimo balls for the legs, roll them between your fingers then press onto the cat’s body. Add a thin strip for a collar. Use a cocktail stick to make a hole near the top, checking the hole has opened out on the back.

Bake Fimo models on a baking tray or tile at 110C following instructions on the packaging. Allow Fimo to cool before handling.

To finish the key rings:

Thread a 20cm piece of ribbon through the hole in the hardened Fimo then tie the ribbon onto a metal key chain clip with some gold beads. Tie double or triple knots so the beads don’t slip off, then trim the ends of the ribbon. Glue gems onto the key rings as decoration with wiggle eyes and other details for the faces drawn in with a permanent pen.

Top Tip

To make a gold coloured key ring, brush metallic paint over hardened Fimo models and leave to dry. Add a second coat if you need to. Paint the ears and feet using another metallic colour.