Last Minute Father’s Day Gift DIY: Fish Family Keychain

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine. Do you have any fun plans for this summer? While my family doesn’t have any big trips planned, I’m sure there will be plenty of fun. Hopefully we will get to camp a few weekends this summer, but with moving we will just have to see. Both of my parents have been a great help during the move. Having a retired carpenter in the family helps with everything. My dad has continually gone above and beyond. Father’s Day is just around the corner. While I have already bought him a Father’s Day gift, I wanted to make something for him as well. Since I used shrink plastic for a Mother’s Day gift last year, I wanted to use it for a DIY Father’s Day gift this year. My dad loves to fish so I created this adorable fish family keychain.

Father's Day Fish Family Keychain DIY

This cute little keychain is a fun way to show some family pride. With a sheet of shrink plastic and some bright permanent markers, you can create a personal school of fish for your family. Save memories and signatures in these cute little fish. Dad will love this celebration of his favorite things: family and fishing.

The supplies you need to create this fish family keychain are:

Supplies - Fish Family Keychain DIY

  • Shrink plastic
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Jump rings
  • Split keyring with clip
  • Print out

I recommend using bright colored markers for this background. The colors tend to get concentrated when the plastic shrinks. So dark colors end up looking nearly black which makes it hard to read the names. You can cut the fish and bobber freehand. But I can never get nice even cuts that way. This printout I’ve created of the cute little fish and bobber help get uniform shapes and sizes.

Father's Day Fish Family Keychain Printouts

Print out the design without scaling. Then I’d recommend cutting out the excess paper. It easier to work with that way.

Making Shrink Plastic Fish

Next place the designs under the sheet of shrink plastic. Trace the designs on top of the plastic with a permanent marker. I’d recommend using a fine tip marker for the outlines and the “My Best Catches”. The normal marker tip tends make the design too thick and hard to read.

Cutout the designs and punch a hole in each design. Punch a hole where the mouth should be and at the top of the bobber. Just remember not to punch the hole too close to the edge. Then everyone can sign a fish. Use a normal permanent marker for signing so the signature comes out big and bold. Remember everything shrinks so try to take up as much space as you can.

Once the marker is dry flip the fish over and start coloring. I recommend that everyone choose their favorite color or one of them. That will help dad remember when he has a lot of other stuff on his mind. Once all the fish are ready it’s time to start shrinking.

Baking and Finishing Fish Family Keychain

Place the fish on a baking sheet lined with fold. Bake in a preheated oven according to the directions on the package. If the designs start to curl in the oven don’t worry. That is normal and designs will generally flatten out by themselves. If they don’t just take a pair of chopsticks or skewer and gently pull the design apart immediately after you remove from the oven. You don’t have long before the design hardens so you will have to work quickly.

Once the designs are completely cooled you can assemble the keychain. Attach jump rings to each of the fish and the bobber through the pre-punched poles. Join them all together by placing a jump ring in each of the attached rings. Thread the joining ring on to a split ring keyring along with a clip. Now you have an adorable fish family keychain.

Fish Family Keychain

I really love how this project turned out! Although pink and purple aren’t my dad’s favorite colors, I know love it because it’s from his family. I do wish I had added some more detail to my fish like coloring in scales and such. But this is a last minute DIY, and I was able to make the keychain in under an hour. So it’s not only adorable, but it’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to make. A great DIY gift for Father’s Day.

Speaking of Father’s Day and dad’s who love to fish, Heartland America has a great deal on these fishing waders.

Fishing Waders Available at Heartland America

While these waders probably won’t make it in time for Father’s Day, they are worth being a belated gift. These chest waders are made from a lighter weight PVC that seals out water while not constricting movement too much. Joined to a sturdy pair of rubber boots, these waders help provide stable footing in slippery situations. With an adjustable harness and a cinch top, these are a must of avid fishermen. Quantities are limited so grab this great deal while you can.

I hope you and your family enjoy some fishy fun this Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there! Get out there and enjoy the outdoors! At least until I bring you a great recipe next time. Until then stay safe, have fun, and remember you are always welcome at home with Heartland.


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