Canada Day is almost here, which means it’s time to do some Canada-themed crafting! I like doing crafts that have an end-product that can actually be used which is why I decided to do this maple leaf key chain craft.  You’re kids can make them and keep them or give them as a gift.

What You’ll Need:

  • Shrinky Dink sheets
  • A Maple Leaf (I used a real one, but a stencil will work)
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Markers
  • Oven (Toaster or Conventional)
  • Hole Punch
  • Key Ring or Key Chain

Trace your Maple Leaf

Take your maple leaf and place it on top of the shrinky dink paper. Trace carefully around the leaf. Depending on the age of your children, they may be able to help or do this on their own.

Cut and Hole-Punch

Carefully cut out the maple leaf. Once finished, choose where you would like the leaf to “dangle from” on the key chain. Hole punch the leaf cut-out.

A hole punch putting a hole in a leaf-shaped piece of shrinky dink paper.

Decorate Your Maple Leaf Key Chain

Using the permanent markers, decorate the leaf cut-out as you wish. My daughter and I worked on this one together. I outlined the leaf’s edges in order to make it “pop” and printed “Canada” in the center.

Put it in the Oven

Pre-heat your oven or toaster oven to 325. I used the toaster oven and lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lie your leaf flat on the paper and place into the oven. Mine took about 2 minutes to finish. Keep an eye on your leaf. It is normal for it to curl a little at first but it should flatten out once done. Take out and allow to cool.

Add Your Key Ring- A Finished key chain craft!

The shrinky dink leaf should be hard and thick. Place it onto your key chain and you’re all done! A cute Canada Day craft and keepsake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Looking for more Canada-themed crafts? Check out this Maple Leaf Resist Art

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