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How to make a DIY “Pop - It” Fidget Toy!


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Hey guys, it's Megan!

I recently made a video showing you a few Art/Craft Projects to try when you’re Bored.

My FAVORITE project from that video were these “Pop-It“ inspired keychains.

Pop-It’s” are marketed as essentially never ending bubble wrap.







These silicone fidget toys feature small circles that can be pushed in and out.


There are a few ways you can make the popping mechanism. I made mine out of craft foam.

Option 1:


Cut a circle from a piece of craft foam.

Cut a circle from a piece of craft foam. Step 1 in making a DIY pop it fidget toy.

Cut a “slit” in the craft foam,

Cut a slit in the craft foam circle. Step 2 in how to make a pop it fidget toy

and fold it like this to create a wide cone shape.

Fold the craft foam to create a wide cone shape. How to make a pop it.

Use hot glue to stick the foam back together.

Use hot glue to stick the craft foam back together to make the popping mechanism in a pop it simple dimple fidget toy.

Flip it over to the back, and cut off the excess foam on the other side.


Flip the craft foam over to the back, and cut off the excess foam on the other side.

Option 2:


Heat up a sheet of craft foam using a hair straightener (you can also use a clothing iron)


Heat up a sheet to craft foam using a hair straightener. If you don't have a hair straightener, you can use a clothing iron. Things to make with craft foam.

This will make the foam more flexible.

Mold the foam over something round. I used an EOS lip balm.

Mold the foam over something round. I used an EOS lip balm.

Hold it there for a minute until the foam cools,


Hold the EOS lip balm there for a few minutes until it cools to create your DIY Pop It Fidget toy.

and cut out the little “bump” part.


Cut out the "bump" part.

Measure the diameter of your “popping mechanism“.


For the outside of the keychain, I used my Cricut Maker to cut shapes from 2mm chipboard.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut shapes from 2mm chipboard. Cricut crafts for beginners, easy Cricut Maker crafts.

If you don’t have access to those supplies, cardboard works just as well! You’ll just have to cut the shapes by hand. Cut out two shapes with a circle the middle. Make the circle a little smaller than your foam piece.


You can make the cardboard into any shape you want. I did a flower for this one.

Next, decorate the cardboard pieces. I used scrapbook paper on mine,

Co ver cardboard pieces with scrapbook paper to decorate your DIY pop-it fidget toy. Paper crafts, cardboard crafts.

and covered it with some UV resin to be fancy. Totally unnecessary, but it makes it look nice!

Seal the scrapbook paper with some UV Resin. This will make your simple dimple keychain fidget more durable/stronger.

You can use paint, craft foam, glitter, etc. - get creative with it!

To assemble the Pop-It, flip one of the cardboard pieces to the back. Put a ring of hot glue around the middle,

Flip one of the cardboard pieces to the back. Put a ring of hot glue around the middle. Cardboard crafts, chipboard crafts, crafts to make when you're bored, crafts to make at home.

then put in the foam piece.

Put the foam piece in the middle of the cardboard to create your homemade pop it fidget toy.

I wanted to make mine into a keychain, so I glued on a small piece of ribbon and folded it over to make a loop.

Glue on a small piece of ribbon to make a pop it keychain.

“Pop” the foam piece so that the bump is facing up. Add another ring of hot glue around it, then put on the second piece of cardboard.

Add another ring of hot glue around the foam, and glue on the second cardboard piece.

Add some more hot glue around the edges so it sticks together really well.

Add more hot glue around the edges. Things to make with hot glue, things to make with ribbon, things to make with cardboard, things to make with craft foam.

I didn’t love that the edges of the cardboard were showing, so I disguised them with some more ribbon.

Cover the edges of the cardboard with ribbon to make your Fidget keychain look more professional.

If you’re making yours into a keychain, you can just slip it through the loop.

slip the keychain through the loop.

And that’s it!

These are so cute. I love keychains in general, and key chains that actually DO something are like my favorite thing.


Let me know in the comments - what do YOU think of the "fidget toy" trend?


How to make a DIY Pop It/ Simple Dimple Fidget Toy Keychain. Easy DIY Fidget Toys to make with things you have at home when you're bored.
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