How to Make Playful Keychains Three Ways

These unique DIY keychains are a creative way to get your crew excited about going back to school! They’re also a fun craft project to keep the kiddos entertained those last few days of summer.

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Getting the kiddos excited about getting back to school (and organized) can be a challenge, so involve them early on and in a creative way. These cute DIY keychains are a fun craft project that you’ll actually use. And there’s one for every skill level, which we love!

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What You'll Need:

  • Key Rings
  • Lobster Swivel Clips
  • Suede Lace
  • Cotton Embroidery Thread
  • Wooden Beads (16mm/20mm)
  • Cat Comb
  • Scissors

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Before You Start: Make a Knot

Each of these keychains starts with what’s called a Larks’ Head Knot (aka cow hitch knot). Fold the thread you’re using in half, so you have a looped end and an open end. First, slip the looped end behind the keyring, then pull the open end up through the loop and tighten onto the key ring.

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Stick Man Keychain

Step 1

The stickman keychain requires a 12-inch piece of suede thread (or lace), so it’s 6-inches long once you’ve folded it in half making your knot. Thread a 16mm wooden bead, followed by a 20mm, then another 16mm onto the thread.

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Step 2

Now tie a knot at the bottom of the beads, so they don't slide around. For the arms, cut a 6-inch piece of suede lace and tie it under the bead closest to the keyring, then trim the suede to the desired length.

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Macramé Feather Keychain

Step 1

This macramé feather keychain is a bit more sophisticated and feminine! Cut the thread bundle at the looped ends. Using two strands at a time create a square note over the original 6-inch thread on the keychain and pull it tight (at the keyring) to create the delicate “barbs” of the feather. You’ll see making a square knot here is essentially interlacing two looped threads.

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Step 2

Continue with the square knots until you’re out of cotton thread. Knot at the bottom to secure.

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Step 3

To get that beautiful feather look, brush the threads out using a small cat comb.

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Step 4

Finally using scissors, trim both sides identically to create more of a feather shape. You can go wide or narrow- it’s up to you!

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Two-Color Tassel Keychain

Step 1

Once a full loop of thread has been tied onto the keyring using the Lark’s Head Knot, you’ll add contrasting thread by setting a pull tab. To do this, loop the thread so that it extends beyond the tassel. Make sure that there’s ample thread to pull above the start line of the tassel.

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Step 2

Begin wrapping the contrasting thread around the looped cotton starting at the base of the knot, working your way down. Continue wrapping until the desired length is reached. Once finished, loop the end of the thread through the established loop hanging below the tassel.

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Step 3

Now you’re ready to put the “pull tab” into action. Gripping the bottom of the tassel, slowly pull the thread at the top. The bottom loop should disappear beneath the wrapped contrasting thread, securing the bottom thread.

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Step 4

Snip the loose contrasting thread at the top and bottom with your scissors.

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Step 5

Finally, trim the tassel to the desired length and enjoy!

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