DIY: Pikachu hard plastic key chain

After spending my childhood Playing Pokemon on Nintendo, I guess I have got fascinated by those adorable creatures. 

My favorite Pokemon was Bulbasaur, but it is Pikachu’s time today. 

Making your own Pikachu hard plastic key chain is an all-embracing project that mothers and their children can do together. When finished, you’ll have a transparent, rigid, waterproof plastic Pokemon that you can use as a key chain or even as a part of a hanging mobile, luggage tag, necklace, earring pendants, Christmas decoration, or anything else your mind can imagine

Things you need

  • A large piece of clear polystyrene plastic
  • Fine tip black permanent marker
  • Color permanent markers (Yellow and red for Pikachu)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen Oven and oven mitt
  • Drill
  • String or Keychain
  • A sheet of aluminum foil


  1. First, pick a large piece of polystyrene. You can find it easily by looking at the recycling symbol.
  2. Next, find a photo of Pikachu online. Download a suitable picture and print it out on your printer on regular paper. Note that the final product will shrink about three to four times smaller than your starting image, so keep this in mind.
  3. Cut the plastic so that you have a flat sheet somewhat larger than the image. Tape the picture to the plastic sheet properly. 
  4. Using the black permanent marker, carefully trace Pikachu’s outline and all his features – nose, eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, etc. Fill in his dark features like nose and eyes. 
  5. Once Pikachu has been traced, use the yellow marker to fill the skin and body and the red marker to fill in his cheeks. 
  6. Next, take out the tape from the paper image and cut the plastic into the shape you want (oval, rectangle, etc.)
  7. Move the oven rack to the bottom. Place the aluminum foil on the shelf.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 F. When the oven is at 350F, put the plastic image on the foil sheet using the oven mitt and close it.
  9. After the first 60 seconds, your art will start to curl up and shrink. It’s fun to watch! Then soon after, it should begin to flatten out nice and crisp.
  10. After about four minutes, your image should be done.
  11. Using the oven mitt, carefully remove the aluminum foil tray from the oven.
  12. Your plastic beauty is still hot and will remain shapeable for another fifteen seconds before it cools. If it’s not entirely flat, you can smooth out by putting a large, flat object like a book on it. Or if you’d like, you can bend and shape your art. But work instantly before it cools.
  13. After the plastic has cooled, drill a small hole in the top for the chain. Attach the chain, and you’re done. You’ve just created your very own Pikachu plastic keychain! 

These make great gifts for the Pokemon enthusiast.

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