Metal photos are obviously unique. Whether you are getting someone a gift to commemorate a special occasion or you would like to have something distinctive to add to your own collection, having photos printed on metal can make your job simple. But what if you are the crafty type and you see this photo medium as an opportunity?

Where regular photos are delicate and subject to the wear and tear of everyday life, metal photos are far more resilient, making them perfect for certain projects that you would never attempt with paper. And the great news is that we have specialty printing options that can make this easy! With metal keychains, dog tags, and luggage tags available, you’ll have the formats you need for some truly spectacular crafts. Here are three great ways that you can use our metal photos:

1.  Key chain charms – There’s nothing wrong with getting an unadorned keychain, but you could make it so much more interesting! There are tons of charms out there, for just about every theme on the planet, and you can easily find some that relate to the picture you place on your keychain. For instance, are you a cat or dog person? Place an image of your pets on the chain and accessorize with little charms of bones, paws, fish, etc. If you are giving a gift to sports fan, you could use a picture of the person’s favorite player on one side, put the jersey on the other, and use charms of a ball or helmet, or even get a customized championship charm.

2.  Dog tag jewelry – The good news about our metal dog tags is that they aren’t flimsy and they look great dressed up or down. Instead of sticking with the traditional ball chain, use a jump ring and find a cord or chain that suits the look that you are going for. Want to use your great-grandmother’s classic Edwardian wedding portrait? Choose a silver chain with some large links and attach wire-wrapped crystals to it; hang the pendant from the middle. If you’re extra crafty, you could even create a setting for the metal centerpiece. Maybe you’re looking for something a little sportier? Not a problem! You can always use colorful cord, and some wooden beads or seashells.Image of friends in Paris

3.  Accessorize your Travel Bag Tag – If you want to make sure that your luggage is instantly recognizable, you don’t have to replace your whole set. Instead, simply opt for one of our bag tags, which you can customize with a couple of photos and your own individual decorations. Choose a pic of a destination or perhaps you and your best friend on that trip to France (like the one pictured). On the other side, place a map of the world. Now, get a basic keyring with a screw closure (which must close all the way) to attach to the cord. Add a bead or perhaps a printed paper tag with a flag or identifying picture for each new state, country or territory you visit. It will stand out in a way that is unmistakable!


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Print something like these (shown above) on paper. You can even laminate so that they last!

These are just some of the ways we came up with to really personalize your metal photos. What are some of your ideas?