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Gilded Horse Keychain

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One of my favorite things about the spring is the horse racing and culture surrounding it.  Mint juleps, big hats, the rush of a few second long race… I love it all.

This little golden horse keychain is preppy, fun, and just takes a few short minutes to make.  Really, you could take the same DIY elements and apply them to almost anything, but today, I am showing you how to make this gilded horse keychain and maybe it will strike up a little luck for the derby this weekend.

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Want to give it a go?  Full instructions and step by step photos are next! 



  • Plastic toy horse
  • Screw-in loops (available in the wood section of a craft store)
  • Pushpin (not pictured)
  • Super glue
  • Spray Paint
  • Blank keychain

gold horse keychain workflow

ONE use your pushpin to make a hole in the back of your toy horse.  TWO cover the threads of the screw loop in superglue, then screw it into the hole you made in step one.  THREE spray your horse with the paint.  Hanging the horse from a piece of string makes it easier to hold while painting.


It’s super simple, almost fool-proof, and turns out darling.  Pair it with a fringy keychain for a pretty pairing.


Have a great day, guys!



19 Comments on “Gilded Horse Keychain”

  1. Sarah @ 702 Park Project April 30, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    This is just the cutest ever! I’m going to have to try this…with an elephant! :)

  2. Jacquelyn | lark & linen April 30, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Hehe I love him!! I totally need to try this. You should see the state of my keys – a cute accessory is in need!

  3. Rachel April 30, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    What an adorable little DIY! Could think of a millions things to do this for (various parties, etc.). Quick question: Where did you buy that tiny horse?

  4. Amanda @ A Hammer & Heels April 30, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    What a cute and simple DIY! I’m obsessed with decorating and DIYing with animals for some reason. I did a similar project using plastic animals and gluing them on lids of canisters. I have to ask, who makes your sunglasses? They looked so fab on you at Go Blog Social :)

    • Erin | House of Earnest April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Thanks Amanda! I loved your animal canisters too :)

      The sunglasses are from Anthropologie! I think they were $38!

  5. Lacey Saggio April 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    So so cute! I have about a dozen blank key gains and this would make such a great idea for cute gifts!

  6. Yolonda April 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    So cute. And I love that you can pick any animal.

  7. Tara April 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi Erin,

    This is unrelated to your post today but I wanted to share something with you that relates to a post you shared a few weeks ago. Specifically, the post you wrote about your personal belongings being taken while you were on a work-related trip. When you wrote the post, I didn’t know how to relate to it as I had never experienced something like that. Unfortunately, some recent events have put me in a similar situation to which you spoke of. I am feelings all the feelings you felt and expressed in your post, plus many more. I have tried to share my fears and worries with others (mainly because I feel the need to talk about something until I’m blue in the face) but for those that haven’t experienced such an invasion of their personal privacy, it has been hard for them to relate to me. As I sit and wonder how I will ever feel safe in my home again, I thought about your post and it comforted me to know that someone, somewhere has lived this and moved on. While it’s all fresh in my mind, the thought of “moving on” just seems too difficult right now. But I find hope in the words that you wrote and in the strength that you have exuded since that day.


    • Erin | House of Earnest April 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

      Tara – Thank you for confiding your story. It took me weeks to feel normal. I just felt very skiddish and insecure after the robbery. It was so strange. I would check my car doors at the mall to make sure they’re locked, and come home to do a double check at the door to see if it was closed. It’s so strange, but it fades. I have faith in your strength!

  8. Tara April 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Great idea! Ever since we lived in Saratoga, we’ve been a little into the horse racing, too. I miss it up there because of it sometimes, too, and the harness racing in Delaware isn’t the same.

    Looking forward to seeing you Thursday evening! I love when you do the events– it’s a great excuse for me to get out of the house and leave the kids with Daddy!

  9. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper May 1, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    I love this! We made our escort cards (at our wedding, duh) exactly like this — gold spray-painted farm animals holding name cards in their mouths (hot glue FTW!). I still keep a bunch around because I think they’re so freaking cute! I just might have to make one into a keychain :) Thanks for the idea, Erin!

  10. Colleen Pastoor May 2, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    I love this idea… you could do anything! I’m thinking dinosaurs :)

  11. Liz {What Dress Code?} May 2, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Doing this ASAP — such a cute fun little differentiator for your keys!

  12. Lydia B. May 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Where did you get your phone case? Love it! I’ve been eyeing one like that, but now that I’m ready to buy, I can no longer find one.

    • Erin | House of Earnest May 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

      Hi Lydia, It’s from J.Crew, but a fairly long time ago… it’s an iPhone 4, so I’ve had it for a while!

      • Lydia B. May 4, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

        Ah! I was zoo hoping that’s not what you were going to say. I’ve seen them on Nasty Gal, but they sold out there. I picked one up from eBay, but I feel like I could have 10, and still want more! Thanks for responding! Love this DIY keychain idea! xx

  13. Ashley | StyleOnHigh May 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    This is a great idea! Totally cute and easy!


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