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Fan Crafts Kingdom Hearts Keyholder to Celebrate Sora in Smash

October 18, 2021

Inspired by the latest Kingdom Hearts x Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover, one fan crafted an accessory for the modern-day keyblade.

This week is the week – the final fighter is, at last, coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Oct. 18th and 19th. After months of sincere wishing by some hardcore Kingdom Hearts fans, Sora will take his place in the roster of fighters.

Online, fans have been incredibly excited for this upcoming DLC, leading to a whole host of art, cosplay, and other fan-crafted projects. One of these fans, UX Designer Shavonne Yu, took it to the next level with her Kingdom Hearts-inspired keyholder design. See how she designed and constructed it below.

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SMASH x KINGDOM HEARTS KEYHOLDER

The Smash x Kingdom Hearts keyholder is emblazoned with the Super Smash Bros Ultimate logo, adding a striking and clean design to the front. Inside is a small hook to hang your own keyblade on, perfect for on-the-go storing.

Using a local service, Yu had her keyholder design cut from 3mm pieces of birch plywood, making it light but sturdy. With smart design techniques and cuts, the wood can easily bend and fit into place like a puzzle. This makes it just as fun to put together as it is to admire and use.

Following that, view the full video of how she constructed it from her YouTube channel down below:

Laser-cut items can be surprisingly easy-to-make projects and are a reliably sturdy craft for makers of all backgrounds. The toasted wood, a result of the cutting process, is a nice warm touch that adds to the texture of the design. Overall, the Smash x Kingdom Hearts keyholder is cute, cleverly designed, and easy to construct, making for a great display piece and useful household item all at once.

For the cherry on top, Yu has added a keychain so that fans can take a piece of Kingdom Hearts with them wherever they go. Also laser-cut, the keychain is a mini replica of Sora’s keyblade, perfectly fitting as a little nod to Sora’s Smash entry.

For any fans who’d like to craft their own Kingdom Hearts keyholder, Yu’s Gumroad page has the laser-cut files available for free. Otherwise, check out her Instagram, @shavonneyu, or her various other social media to see more of Yu’s design work.

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Natalie Schmidt
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Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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