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February 02, 2019 Family Restaurants 4 comments

Hi friends!  It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  Have you done boondoggle before?  It’s basically macrame weaving with flat plastic lacing cord.  Boondoggle is a big hit at summer camps because it keeps kids hands busy… they’re like the fidget spinners of the 80’s.  There is so much variety in what you can make, so you never get maxed out. Read on to learn how to make boondoggle keychains!

How to Make Boondoggle Keychains Tutorial Supplies:

The first step in learning how to make boondoogle keychains is to start with the basic 2 strand weaves.  (These keychains pictured below.)

Once the 2 strands are mastered, you can move on to the more advanced weaves.

Let’s begin:

For the ease of taking pictures, I used painters tape to hold the laces in place while photographing.  Typically you will just hold the cords in your hand while starting it.  I generally start the first one for all the kids I am working with and then show them how to build off of it.  Starting is the most complicated part.  If it’s too hard, try taping it down while you work until you get the hang of it.

Cut 2 strands of lacing cord 1 yard each.

#1. Place them like a plus sign.

#2. Take the lace that is resting on the bottom of the plus and loop the top lace down and the bottom lace up.

#3. Next take the lace from each side, weave the lace over the blue lace and then under the second blue lace.

#4. Repeat for the lace on the other side, weave it under the blue lace and then through the last remaining loop.  This last weave through should secure the laces

(refer to picture below)

Once pulled tight it will look like this!  Then pull it a little tighter.  I pull 2 laces in each hands and then rotate and pull again, that way all the laces are pulled evenly and tight.

Now we can proceed to the SQUARE weaving.  This is the simplest and the one I recommend starting with.

Pull tight from the starting knot.  Flip the pink laces over themselves.  Weave the blue lace at the bottom over the first pink lace and under the second pink lace.  Next weave the blue lace at the top over the closest pink lace and under (or through) the last pink lace.  This secures all the laces in place and pull tight.  (refer to the picture below)

With 1 yard of lace, you can make about a 4 inch keychain in the square pattern.

Let’s move on to the ROUND weaving.  After mastering the square boondoggle, try the round.

It starts with the exact same 2 strand weave from the beginning.  Now instead of bringing the laces straight across, they are wrapped on an angle.

The blue top lace crosses diagonally across the pink one next to it.  Then the pink one is brought diagonally across the next blue lace while crossing over the last blue lace.  Then the blue lace you just crossed over is brought up diagonally across the next pink lace.  The final pink lace flips over the blue lace and then through the loop that the first blue lace made.  (refer to the picture below)

It’s still a square weaving pattern, but done on an angle which will make the whole thing twist around.

This one has a fun combination of 3 round weaves and then 3 square weaves to give it a cool pattern.

Now let’s finish it off.  Instead of a bulky knot, there’s a beautiful way to finish it off.  Stop weaving when the laces are about 4 inches long, they will be uneven.

Do one last weave and don’t pull it tight.  Then take each loose lace and wrap it around the lace to it’s left and then weave it up through the center of the laces.  Repeat for all 4 laces.  Then pull tight.

Now use some pliers to add a lanyard hook to the top of the boondoggle keychain.

Trim the laces to the desired length, about 2 inches.

Now repeat!

Once you are comfortable with the 2 strands, you can learn how to make boondoggle keychains using 3 strands. (pictured below)

There are a few different ways to wrap it to get varied effects.  Just like the square and round from above.

These designs can be made with 4 strands.

Or get you can get adventurous and do a 5 or 6 strand keychain!

Make infinity more!  Get creative and make fun shapes.  Mix the weaves for cool patterns.

If you enjoyed learning how to make boondoggle keychains, you might also want to try this fabric wristlet DIY keychain project.

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts of all kinds, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun 5 days a week. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects.

Filed Under: Camp, Craft Basics, Kids CraftsTagged With: boondoggle, boondoggle keychains, keychains, Kids Craft, lanyard, plastic cording, rexlace, summer camp craft

A keychain serves a purpose, like custom buttons bottle openers or flashlights, others simply make your keys easier to find in your bag. Keychains can also be daily reminders of special trips or cool places you visit.

Whether they’re for aesthetic purposes or not, all keychains give keys a personality reflective of their owner. If you opt for making your own keychain because you can’t find one with your name, or you want to gift it to a loved one, there are tons of options and materials you can use to make the perfect keychain exactly to your liking.

Here are 17 easy and creative DIY keychains you won’t find in stores.

1. Wine Cork Keychain via 2rocklobsters

Don’t know what to do with all those wine corks? If you’ve done a little research, you’ve been surprised to find tons of DIY projects you can do with wine corks. Making keychains out of them is one of the simplest and most creative uses for wine corks.

What you’ll need:
  • Wine cork
  • Eye screw
  • Neoprene washers (2, different sizes) (optional)
  • Screw (optional)

Click here for the tutorial

2. Paracord Buddy Keychain via Craftandcreativity

This Paracord Buddy keychain is both creative and versatile. It’s perfectly sized for your keys or can add some fun to a kid’s backpack. Paracords come in endless colors and patterns, so you can make an infinite number of paracord buddies, an ideal detail for party favors.

What you’ll need:
  • 5mm flat Paracord (12 in. for the head & legs + 16. in for the body)
  • Keyring
  • Lighter

Click here for the tutorial

3. Wooden bead keychain via Craftandcreativity

If you love getting creative with a paintbrush or colored markers, the wooden bead keychain is a fun project for you. Simple in both design and execution, it allows you to get as ingenious as you wish. Make the beads into soccer balls, decorate them with patterns in your favorite colors or even customize them with your name.

What you’ll need:
  • Wooden beads (as many as you’d like)
  • Key rings
  • Leather string
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Colored markers
  • A pair of scissors
  • Chopsticks for holding the beads while decorating

Click here for tutorial

4. Custom Tassel Keychain via Brit + Co

Tassels are very common amongst keychains, but can sometimes be intimidating when considering making one yourself. Making tassels is surprisingly simple and can add great finishing touches to almost any accessory, especially keys. Use colored string or even dye your tassels for added personality.

What you’ll need:
  • Rope
  • Colored embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Any keychain

Click here for tutorial

5. Jenga Keychain via SarahOrtega

Any good party host owns a game of Jenga. If you’ve owned one for long enough you’re probably missing some pieces, maybe too many to actually keep playing. These Jenga keychains are a great way of recycling those old wooden pieces into something more creative and useful you can gift to your friends.

What you’ll need:
  • Jenga blocks or any rectangular wooden pieces
  • Decorative paper (gifting paper, newspaper, maps, etc.)
  • Screw eye
  • Key ring
  • Round nose pliers
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Click here for tutorial

6. Painted Leather Keychain via Sheknows

Leather is one of the most common materials used in simple craft projects. Because of its versatility, you can shape it and decorate it in an infinite number of ways. These leather keychains are cut into similar arrow templates, but with an exacto knife you can shape them into anything letter, symbol or shape you want.

What you’ll need:
  • Leather scraps
  • Paper or card
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • White crafter’s paint
  • Masking or washi tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Cutting mat
  • All-purpose glue
  • Metal key ring
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Scalpel
  • Leather punch
  • Rivet gun
  • Rivets

Click here for tutorial

7. Felt Animals Keychain via RepeatCrafterMe

With adult supervision, these felt animal keychains are perfect for kids to get creative with. Whether at a birthday party or as a rainy Saturday activity, these keychains are both adorable and really fun to make. Hang one on your keys or use it as decor on your kids backpack or lunchbox.

What you’ll need:
  • Felt in various colors
  • Ribbon for the small loop
  • Yarn for stitching
  • Keyring
  • Needle

Click here for tutorial

8. Mini Diary Book Keychain via Livemaster

Perfect for the avid reader or lover of tiny replicas, this mini diary book is both decorative and fully usable. It’s made with real pages so you can decorate the inside using markers or stickers. Although it’s a little more on the advanced side of crafting, the mini diary book makes the ideal gift for the bookworm in your life.

What you’ll need:
  • 2 A4 paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue gun
  • Exacto knife and scissors
  • Clip
  • A piece of fabric
  • A piece of felt in your color or pattern of choice

Click here for tutorial

9. Baked Clay Heart Keychain via Lolly Jane

This baked clay heart keychain may be the simplest to make on this list. Although the tutorial walks you through shaping a heart, you can essentially use any silhouette you want. Get creative with the letter stamps and sparkles, and even grab some paint and a paintbrush to add finishing touches.

What you’ll need:
  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter (any shape)
  • Spatula
  • Mini letter stamps
  • Thin wooden dowel
  • Sparkles
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking pan
  • Key ring
  • Needle nose pliers

Click here for tutorial

10. Leather Mustache Keychain via Katrinshine

Now that you’ve seen how versatile leather can be, it’s time to double up the layers and get to stitching. Fear not, because these leather mustaches are very easy to shape and stitch. Like with all designs, get creative with your templates and use colored thread if you’re making a big batch of them.

What you’ll need:
  • A piece of genuine leather – thickness 0.03-0.06” (0,7-1,5 mm)
  • A thick needle or awl
  • Scissors
  • Flat nose pliers (2 pairs)
  • A key ring
  • Thread
  • A sewing machine
  • Moustache pattern

Click here for tutorial

11. Child’s Drawing Keychain via Vlijtig.blogspot

Like the felt animals keychains, these child’s drawing keychains make for a fun and creative kid project. What makes them truly unique is that they use real drawings as templates. They’re perfect for handing out in a classroom or as birthday party favors.

What you’ll need:
  • Iron-transfer-paper
  • White fabric
  • Colored fabric
  • Piece of ribbon
  • Filling and a keyring

Click here for tutorial

12. Button Cluster Keychain via Sumoftheirstories

If you have a bunch of buttons lying around that you’ve been meaning to throw away, here’s what you can do with them. This button cluster keychain doesn’t discriminate. Bunch up every shape and color button you have into one fun and creative keychain.

What you’ll need:
  • A keyring with a chain
  • Jump rings
  • Small buttons (you need ones where the gap between the hole and the edge is smaller than your jump rings)
  • 2 pliers

Click here for tutorial

13. Rainbow Fish Keychain via Locus Amoenus

If you enjoy sewing, this rainbow fish keychain is right up your alley. It’s small, so make sure you’ve got some experience with the sewing machine before you take this project on. You can follow the tutorial for any template you like, but start with this simple fish design before doing a more complex sea animal.

What you’ll need:
  • Linen paper
  • Ribbon
  • Cotton for stuffing
  • Sewing machine
  • Graph paper
  • Pins
  • Scissors

Click here for tutorial

14. Speckled Clay Keychain by Sugar and Cloth

Here’s another take on the simple baked clay keychain (see #9). With just a paint brush, some paint and a little bit of tape, these simple circle keychains turn into mini fashion statements. Feel free to use any shape for the outline, but follow the tutorial for tips on how to style it using tape.

What you’ll need:
  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Round cutter (or any)
  • Masking or washi tape
  • Acrylic paint of your choice
  • Paint brush
  • Black ink
  • Pencil
  • Clear clay glaze
  • Key chain

Click here for tutorial

15. Fruit Keychains via Dream a Little Bigger

These fruit keychains look like something you’ll find in a crafts store, but they’re surprisingly easy to recreate. They’re made entirely of colored clay and the shaping is all done by hand. You can switch the fruit out for doughnuts or cookies if your sweet tooth asks for it.

What you’ll need:
  • Polimer clay
  • Key ring
  • Small chain
  • Small rings
  • Pliers

Click here for tutorial

16. Leather Heart Keychain via Dream a Little Bigger

Here’s the third and final leather keychain option on the list. The contrasting white stitching around the borders give it a more hand-made feel and it extremely easy to do. There’s no sewing machine required, just a precise hand and a little patience.

What you’ll need:
  • A piece of leather
  • Embroidery thread
  • A key ring
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Click here for tutorial

17. Plush Owl Keychain via Deviant Art

This plush owl keychain is the advanced version of the felt animals (See #7). It features more details done with stitching, as well as more layering of the fabrics, adding dimension to the owl. Follow the tutorial to make any miniature animal, but get some practice with the owl first.

What you’ll need:
  • Colored felt
  • Buttons for eyes
  • Keychain
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle

Click here for tutorial

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KEY RING CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Ideas for Arts & Crafts Projects & Activities with Metal Key Rings for Children, Teens, and Preschoolers

Has anyone seen my keys? Keys, where are you? I guess they can't answer, but I really need to find them. They are scattered all over the house. I must have 12 keys and they are just everywhere, but I still can't find any of them. I wish someone would just invent something that I could craft that could hold my keys together in one place. Then maybe I could find them more easily, especially if they made it so I could easily hang them from a hook. Something with a ring or chain would probably work really well, maybe even put the two together. I wonder if I could make some kind of key ring or key chain craft for kids to solve that problem. Do you think you could make something like that?

How to Make a Polymer Clay Heart Keychain Crafts - We will show you how to make this cool polymer clay heart keychain…a perfect gift to give to somebody you love or a good friend on Valentine’s day or to Mom on Mother’s Day or for a birthday. This polymer clay key chain is a cute heart adorned with flowers … perfect to decorate your phone, backpack, purse, etc.

Bottle Caps Vacation Memory Key Chains - This is a great idea for making keychains that showcase the places you went on vacation.

911 Remembrance Ring - - Clip a Remembrance Ring to your keys, your backpack or your belt loop to show your continuing respect to the victims of 911...made with metal key rings.

Alphabet Bead Keychains Kids Craft - - Have your kids create their very own jargon gifts…for you…using alphabet beads. Use a Metal Key Ring to Make this Chain.

Angel Key Rings to Make - - This is a relatively simple craft for the older kids, 10+, as it does require the use of side-cutters and sharp wire. Younger children can do this craft with the aid of a parent to help with the finer wirework and cutting.

A Purse Thingy Making Instructions for Girls - - They’re pretty easy to make and I thought you might like to make some too, so I took some pictures of the process and thought I’d write a little tutorial to use with metal key rings.

Backpack Key Chain Craft for Kids - - This is an attractive key chain for your backpack.

Bead Buddies Makign Directions for Children- - Bead buddies make fun beaded keychains, backpack decorations, mobiles, necklaces, and ornaments at Christmas time. Your kids can create holiday themed buddies or even favorites like Mini Ponies, Pokemon and more.

Beaded Keyrings Arts and Crafts Project - - This is a simple beading project that you can do with the younger kids, 4+. Be careful as it does use a piece of wire which is very pokey. An adult will be required to help the younger kids finish off the end as they may find it hard to make the bend to stop the beads falling off.

Bird House Wind Chimes with Metal Key Rings - - You can make this bird house wind chime in any color scheme - our sample was done in American patriotric colors, perfect for Independence Day - but you could easily make yours in the colors of any flag, or to match any decor.

Bottle Cap Key Chain Crafts Idea for Children - - These bottle cap earrings are a great recycled craft project and allows you to use interesting bottle caps and turn them into bottle cap crafts.

Compass Key Ring for Dad - - Here's a great classroom or troop project! You'll only need about 15 minutes and kids can take home something dad will really use.

Cool Homemade Key Rings - - Key rings, also known as key chains, are often decorative pieces that you attach to your keys. Key rings aren't only for decoration, however. They also make your keys easier to locate when they are buried in your purse or pocket. You can fashion your own key rings from many different materials, most of which you can find at craft stores.

Cool Key Chain Craft - - The string can be pushed around the key ring to get the keys on.

Crisp Keyring - - A Crisp Keyring makes an unusual gift for the friend who has everything!

Crochet Projects - Flower Keychain - - I thought that a cute project was in order.

Dad’s Key Ring - - Make a key ring from shrink art and decorate it with wire, beads and suede cord.

Dad's Western Key Fob - - This one is a keeper! Dad will use it every day.

Felt Dog Key Ring Charm - - Dog fans will enjoy adding more fun to their keychains or purses by sewing this cute furry friend to tag along with them. You can have this dog completely finished and ready to use within 30 minutes.

Funky Flower Key Ring - - Use remnant rick rack, silk flowers from previous flower arrangement, spare buttons, hot glue, and an empty key ring to make this Funky Flower Key Ring.

Glass Bead Key Chain - - Here is the instructions to make the best glass bead chain.

Green Heart Key Ring Fob - - This lovely green and silver key ring with glass heart beads is a great gift for St. Patrick's Day. Get together with friends and craft them together, while enjoying some Irish food or drink.

Heart Key Chain - - Anyone who receives this valentine will know that they not only hold a piece of your heart, but they've got the key, too!

Heart Plaque Key Ring - - Here's a sweet craft for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day which the kids will enjoy - and it looks very pretty!

How to Create Keyrings - - Key rings, a necessity for keeping your keys together, do not have to be professionally made or store bought. You can make attractive key rings using recycled items, such as scrap fabric, ribbons and even beads. Homemade key rings can be given as gifts or included as one of the items for sale in a craft business. They can also be used to advertise a business or service. With a little time and some basic supplies, you can easily make your own custom key rings.

How to Make 3 Kinds of Beaded Key Rings - - Just about everyone carries some sort of key ring. These make great gifts because they are inexpensive, easy and fun to make, and are easy to personalize to suit the intended recipient! Check out these instructions to make 3 different types.

How to Make a Beaded Key Chain - - Almost everyone has keys that go to something, whether it's to your home or to your car. Most key rings are plain and boring. A way to spice up a key ring is to make a beaded key chain. This is also a way to keep from losing your keys as often. There are many designs that can be used when beading key chains. Making a beaded key chain isn't expensive and is simple enough that kids can make them too. They also make creative gifts for friends and family.

How To Make a Beaded Lizard - - Here's a cute, fun, and creative afternoon activity that you can attach to your backpack.

How to Make a Bead Lizard Key Chain - - Making crafts with kids can provide as much entertainment for the adults as for the kids. Creating a bead lizard key chain provides a great opportunity for adults and kids to work together, share some fun and exercise their creativity. These little provide reminders of the fun time you had together and also make great gifts.

How to make a felt cupcake keyring - - Learn how to make an extra sweet cupcake key ring out of felt thanks to etzy crafter Dotty Ral. This cute felt cupcake is easy to make could also be used as a zipper pull on a coat, purse or bag.

How to Make a Felt Flower Keyring - - Finally, finally Flowerpot Wednesday on Wednesday and a little cutie of a tutorial to get those creative buds blooming. Simple, easy and very addictive to make, in a few days all your friends and family will be toting one around town. You can put them on your keys, attach them to bag straps or hang them around the house and garden. Have fun!

How to Make a Fob Key Chain - - Fob key chains can be worn around the neck, clipped to a bag or strung around your wrist. Using ribbon, you can make a fob key chain in under an hour. This project is great for beginners and kids or for a super-quick gift project.

How to Make a Heart Key Chain - - Giving your Valentine your heart and the key to it is a sure way to let him know that you love him. This cute Valentine requires a trip to the craft store to purchase supplies, but it is quick to make, and the results are fabulous.

How to Make a Key Chain - - By making this excellent key chain you can have a perfect present for your best friend.

How to Make a Key Ring with a Sponge - - Are you tired of your boring key ring? It’s time to change! Making an interesting key ring by yourself is not as difficult as you thought. You can also give this special key ring to your friend. They must be surprise.

How to Make a Leather Keychain Fob - - Keychain fobs are easy, inexpensive gifts to make. All you need are some basic tools and a small piece of scrap leather.

How to Make a Macrame Keychain - - Macrame as a craft is increasing in popularity again after a lull in the interest of the art. During the 60's and 70's, Macrame had almost as large a following as crochet or quilting. Many are returning to the craft as new and unique designs are created. A macrame key chain is not a new design; however, it is a quick and easy project for a beginner.

How to Make a Notepad Keyring - - Have you forgotten a birthday? Make a simple keyring with their name on it.

How to make a pony bead cross - - To make a pony bead cross, the basic supplies you'll need are pony beads, something to string the beads with, scissors, and if you would like to make a key chain, a key ring.

How to Make a Princess Key chain - - Attaching a key chain to your keys allows you to add a personal touch, but it also makes them easier to locate in your purse or pocket. Key chains in accessory stores can be costly, and you may not find exactly what you want. You can make your own key chain for a fraction of the cost--and you can make it exactly how you want it.

How to Make a Rope Keychain - - Lose your keys a lot? Don't like rumbling around in your purse to try to find them? Sounds like you need to make a rope keychain! With a rope keychain you can easily wrap it around your wrist and keep them safe!

How To Make a School Spirit or Graduation Tassel Key Chain - - A graduation or school craft you can use as parting gifts for friends, as a show of school spirit or for party favors.

How to make a shoe lace key ring - - Always losing your keys? A big bulky key chain might feel annoying in your pocket, but it's not likely to get lost in your purse or in all that trash you carry around. This video tutorial shows a real simple key chain ring you can make and keep those keys easy to find. All you need is the key ring, two shoelaces, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.

How to Make a String Key Chain - - String key chains are simple, durable, colorful and useful. They can be made with leftover scraps of string or embroidery floss, making them a good project to use up those odds and ends in your craft cabinet. Unlike other key chains which can be heavy and bulky, string key chains are light and simple.

How to Make Beaded Key Chains - - This sleek, simple lanyard makes a cool key chain -- especially with its unique bead accent. You can choose your favorite colors and substitute them in the step-by-step directions below.

How to Make Birdhouse Keychains - - Your keys are an important part of your day. They're with you in your car, your home, your purse or your pocket, your work, and more. That being said, keychains are a great way to put a little personality into your everyday life. If you like birds, you can make a keychain in the shape of a birdhouse. To make a keychain that looks like a little birdhouse you simply need a key ring, some shrinky dink paper, and a hot oven.

How to Make Bottle Top Key Chains - - If you or someone you know has keys scattered around, recycle old bottle tops to make several of these bottle top key chains and get those keys organized. Decorate with family photos, pictures from old magazines and beads.

How to Make Cell Phone Charms - - Hang these charms from your cell phone, purse, belt loop, notebook or use them as beaded key rings. They are great gifts for girls of all ages!

How to Make Key Chains - - One of the items people collect are key chains. There are numerous key chain styles to purchase, and many businesses give away promotional key chains. Making customized key chains is a quick project and can include personal items that have meaning or just an unusual look.

How to Make Keychains Out of Plastic Strings - - String keychains are a popular accessories. They are simple to make, durable, and allow a bit of the owner’s individuality and personality to shine through. Making plastic string keychains is an easy process and involves very few materials and just a little time.

How To Make Key Rings - - While keyless entry is great, the fact remains the majority of folks old enough to drive still carry a key ring filled with dangling keys. Key rings can be quite the fashion statement. While some may choose to purchase designer key rings, there is an alternative. You can make your own key ring to highlight your own personal style.

How to Make Paracord Keychains - - A key chain is a way to add a personal touch to your key ring as well as a way to make it easier to find your keys in a purse or pocket. A paracord key chain has the added benefit of being very useful in cases of emergency. Because paracord is so strong, it can be used to tie things up, and it can be pulled apart so that its threads can be used for sewing.

How to Make Pony Bead Key Chains - - Making key chains with pony beads is a great project to do with children, and the combinations of beads available make the possibilities endless. With these simple instructions, you'll soon have colorful key chains for everyone in the family.

How to Make Ribbon Key Chains - - Ribbons make a key chain stand out. Use various colored ones for a bold key chain that will be hard to lose in your bag.

How to Make Ribbon Keyrings - - Key rings are one of those items you cannot do without; however, just because they are necessary does not mean they cannot be attractive. If you enjoy making creative and functional accessories, consider making key rings out of small lengths of grosgrain ribbon. Grosgrain ribbon is ideal for a ribbon key ring because it is a sturdy weight and comes in a variety of widths, colors and patterns.

How to Make Your Own Acrylic Key Ring - - Key rings are a fun way to express your creativity. Acrylic key rings are clear and offer the advantage of allowing you to see personal photographs of people or scenery. You can make a variety of acrylic key rings for yourself, family and friends, or use them as party favors by inserting photos with a common theme. Before you begin, be sure to assemble all of the required supplies.

Keepsake Key Ring - - This is a near-instant present that nonetheless possesses the keys to good giving: it's personalized, useful, and sure to delight Dad, Grandpa, or anyone else who receives it. Plus, it's easy to mail.

Key Chain Bracelet - - Instructions to make simple key chain submitted by Maria Munson. Great gift idea for teachers, mom, or dad.

Key Chain for Dads - - Key chain is a great gift that a father will cherish forever. This craft is so easy for kids to make that it becomes a fun activity for them. Give this gift to a dad and you can immediately see the smile on his face. He will absolutely love it and carry it around proudly. Kids can make these special key chains for their dads, but it is necessary to let them do it only under adult supervision. They should never be allowed to cut the meat trays or operate ovens by themselves. The craft involves the writing of special Father's Day message and name of the child on it, making the gift even more special. Let us get the complete details on making key chain for dads.

Key Ring Cardholder - - If your wallet is bursting with plastic cards you don't need every day, here's an idea: have all of them on a key ring for easy access.

Key Ring Decoration for Mom - - Here's a great classroom or troop project! You'll only need about 15 minutes and kids can take home something mom will really use.

Key Ring Necklace - - Cool necklace made of keyrings. This is my idea I didn’t stole it from anybody.

Lanyard Keychains - - This key chain is a blast to make, and would also make the perfect father’s day gift.

Leather Fringed Key Ring - - This tutorial will teach you how to make a leather fringed key ring.

Lip Balm Key Chain - - This is a clever project that will keep you from losing your lip balm.

Make a Good Luck Rabbit Key Chain That Even a Rabbit Can Love - - If you don't need another key chain, this project can be adapted to make Easter decorations or stuffed animals.

Make a High Fashion Key Ring - - After making a pledge to hand make most of our gifts this holiday, I opened a magazine and saw a beautiful Hermes key ring (with a price tag of $195!). so, off I went to the local goodwill, found a pair of lambskin pants ($7), grabbed a bag of key rings ($5) + fired up the ol' glue gun (free) and i had myself a tassel key ring ready to be gifted.

Make a Key Ring Purse - - Here is a very useful gift - a handy little purse in which to keep change for the car park! Perfect for every busy (and forgetful) adult.

Making Beaded Charms - - Beading tiny creatures is one of those activities that you cant get enough of once you start. The techniques may be simple, but the process -- choosing beads, stringing them, and watching animals take shape -- is mesmerizing. To make the colorful companions shown here, just follow our instructions on the next page for the back-and-forth beading method.

Message Mobile - - Hung from a plant hook or the bottom of a kitchen cabinet, this message center will keep important notes, permission slips, and school announcements from getting trampled, stained, eaten by the dog, or just plain lost.

Monogrammed Key Chains - - These sweet clay key chains make a great impression -- and are sure to win everyone's stamp of approval! We used uppercase and lowercase letters in different fonts and sizes.

Mother's Day Beaded Key Chain - - Hang around with Mom with this beaded key chain designed by the FreeKidsCrafts Team. It will keep her keys organized and remind her how much you think of her.

Mother’s day keyring or cell phone chain - - Follow the instructions to make either a keyring or a cell phone chain.

Patriotic Key Chain - - Show your colors all year long with this patriotic key chain. It also make a great gift for someone in the service. 

Perler Bead Keychains - - Have the children carefully arrange the perler beads in their preferred shape -- we made all sorts of shapes.

Plastic Lace Key Ring - - These are so fun to make, you'll want to give one to all your friends.

Pompom Chick Key-ring - - This pompom chick key-ring is a quick and easy Easter craft - fun to hang on a satchel perhaps? Of course you don't need the ribbon - just make a few of these and put out on display to be admired!

Pony Bead Halloween Ghost - - Have fun making this fun Halloween ghost!

Quick and Easy Name Tag Keychains - - I needed a name tag of some sort on my checked bag, but my standard index-card-laminated-with-tape would never stand up to baggage handling. So, I made my own, durable plastic name tags.

Red, White & BlueKey Ring - Wear one on you key ring to show your patriotism or sell them to raise money for the Disaster Relief Fund.

Rexlace Square Keyring - - Follow instructions and illustrations to make this rexlace square key ring.

Ribbon Heart Key Ring - - This makes a cute gift for kids to make for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day - or just for themselves! It looks pretty hanging on a pencil case or satchel.

Riveted Photo Key Chain - - Ruth Avra demonstrates the metal work process for making a riveted photo key chain with a snapshot of her pet.

Rock Climbing Birthday Party Invitations and Name Tags - - Actual rock climbing is only one element of this adventurous outdoor birthday party. The fun begins with appropriate invitations, made from -- of course -- small rocks, cord, and oak tags.

School Key Rings - - Use your school initials, your graduating year and school colors to make key rings for your classmates.

Scrabble Tile Key Chain for Dad - - Remind Dad that you love him with this key chain designed by the FreeKidsCrafts Team.

Simple Beaded Keychain - - With a little help, preschoolers can make a key ring.  This keychain makes a perfect gift for a child to give to a loved one.

Snake Knot Key Chain - - Holds a keyring and looks great. Teens love making the snake knot and these keyrings are very useful for teen activities and school fundraisers.

Sports Ball Key Chains - - Is your dad a sports fan? If so, these fun key chains make a perfect gift this Father's Day! They are easy to make and useful as well.

Sweet Salutations - - If your family is hosting a holiday party this season, you can welcome your revelers with a string of goodies hung by the doorway with care.

Teacher's Key Ring - - This cute key ring is a great gift for your child's teacher. Makes an ideal Valentine gift considering its heart shape. This can be made in different shapes too, and would also be great for Teacher Appreciation Week or a birthday present! Alternatively, you can skip the key ring step and glue a magnet on the back to display on her filing cabinet.

Tiger Keyring - - Older children will enjoy making this tiger keyring for Chinese New Year, during an Indian theme, or any time! Perhaps you could give it as a gift to a tiger lover or someone born in the Year of the Tiger?

Vacation Pet Tag - - If you take your pet on vacation this summer, add a tag like this one to her collar. That way, if she strays, people will be able to reach you. 

Valentines Beaded Key Ring - - A key ring is one item that most people carry on their person at all times. And cell phone users love to decorate and personalize their phones.

Watermelon Bead Pattern - - Summer is a fun time to enjoy crafting with beads. The FreeKidsCrafts Team created this Watermelon pattern to hang on your backpack or key chain.

Word for Word Necklace - - What's your child's favorite band? What does she think is cool? Does she have a favorite expression? Now she can tell the world with this easy-to-update charm necklace.

Woven Key Rings - - Great craft for Camp activity for both boys and girls.

WWJD Key Ring - - Our WWJD key ring is a terrific bible study project. Project designed by Cathy G., of Kings Park.


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These homemade DIY keychain ideas are perfect for you or as gifts for friends and family. Don’t miss the beaded keychains! So cute!

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DIY Keychain Ideas

If you’re forever losing your keys try making one of these fabulous keychains to encourage you to keep them safe! These DIY keychain ideas make great Christmas or housewarming gifts too.

You are going to be spoiled for choice with these lovely ideas and video tutorials so be sure to scroll the page for all the ideas and don’t forget to pin your favourites for later!

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27. Wood Bead Keychains

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These leather beaded keychains look super stylish and would make fabulous gifts for your girlfriends.

Our readers loved this project so much we have a whole collection of beaded keychain ideas!

26. Fabric Scrap Keychain Tutorial

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If you’re looking for fun ways to use up some of your fabric scraps stash then have a go at making some keychains!

25. Rainbow Perler Bead Keychain

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This perler bead rainbow keychain is sure to put a smile on your face every time you reach for your keys!

24. Mini Star Wars Yoda Keychain Charm

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We fell in love with this little guy and found this Yoda pattern so you can make something similar.

23. How To Make Easy Keychains with Shrinky Dinks

You can customize these keychains with any kind of paper punch or hole punch and then decorate with nail polish.

22. Coffee Shop Keychain

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How’s this for a unique gift for your coffee loving friend? Of course if you don’t love coffee you could use the logo from your favourite soft drink, or even a photograph of a loved one!

21. DIY Pompom Keychain

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Its time to put that pompom maker to good use and create some fabulous keychains and purse zipper pulls!

20. How to make Havaianas key chain

This Havaianas keychain is the perfect gift for a beach lover!

19. DIY Animal Keychains

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These animal keychains started out life as plastic toy animals and have been given a fabulous makeover!

18. Easy DIY Leather Tassel Keychain

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This leather tassel will look fabulous on your keys or as a zipper pull for your purse.

17. DIY Name Tags & Keychain Charms

Transform plain metal washers into a personalized key-chain tags for Feather’s Day or Dad’s Birthday

16. Personalized Beaded Keychains

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These keychains are quick and easy to make and a great craft to do with your kids on a rainy afternoon!

15. DIY Clay Keychain

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Grab your favourite shaped cookie cutters and get to work making as many keychains as you like.

14. Leather Keychain DIY

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We love this macrame style keychain because once you get the hang of it you can design your own by using different knots.

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13. DIY Fabric Chapstick Holder

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What’s even more useful than a keychain? A keychain with a pocket for your favourite chapstick of course!

12. Box Knot Keychain Craft – Video Tutorial

We’re on a bit of a macrame kick at the moment which is why we loved these fabulous box knot keychains!

11. Beaded Keychain Kids Craft

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Here’s a keychain craft that is so simple your children will enjoy making them. They make great gifts for grandparents and other family members.

10. Leather Conversation Heart Keychains

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These keychains look fabulous, and expensive, but they are a DIY and surprisingly easy to make because you use pre cut leather hearts.

9. How to make keychains with mini glass bottle charms

We are in love with these tiny glass bottle keychain charms! You could make a potion bottle set as a gift for your favourite Harry Potter fan!

8. Mini Penguin Amigurumi Keychain

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This little Amigurumi penguin is totally adorable and could be made from leftover yarn in your stash.

7. Retro Camper Perler Bead Keychain

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If there’s a retro camper fan in your life you need to raid your kids’ perler bead stash and make them one of these fabulous keychains.

6. Birthplace Map Keychain Charms

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If you are struggling with gift ideas for your dad or your hubby have a go at making one of these keychain charms using maps from his birthplace or other favourite places.

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5. Make a figure keychain

How adorable is this little gal? And she is super easy to make too so why not make a whole family to keep your keys safe!

4. Braided Tshirt Keychain

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If your kids have outgrown a load of shirts don’t turn them all into cleaning rags, try making some of these fabulous braided keychains instead!

3. DIY Glass Orb Keychain

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These glass orb keychains are quick and easy to make and you can customize them to your heart’s content so they make great gift ideas for any occasion.

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Use polymer clay and glitter to make fabulous heart shaped keychains.

1. Glitter Heart Key Chain DIY

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The shiny hearts look fabulous against the birch disks of these keychains. Why not make one for your tote bag, your zipper pouch or even your pup!

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DIY Keychain Ideas {Homemade projects make wonderful gifts!}

It’s a fact that keys are one of the most commonly misplaced items.

Well thanks to my creepy Eyeball Keychain, you won’t have to spot your keys from the other side of the room, because these blood-shot eyeballs are sure to spot you first!

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It’s Halloween Craft Month here on My Poppet MAKES, so I thought I’d kick off this month of spooky crafting with a fun and practical Eyeball Keychain.

Made from wooden beads and a few other inexpensive crafting supplies, these slightly disturbing (but amusing) keychains make the perfect Halloween craft activity.

Trick-or-treaters won’t give you the ‘evil eye’ if you decide to hand out eyeballs instead of candy or plastic toys this year.

This craft project is an easy Halloween craft idea for kids or teens to make with minimal supervision.

Get the whole family involved with this gruesome craft activity. My kiddo thought the eyeballs were hilarious! 

If you aren’t really into carrying dismembered body parts around in you handbag, just omit the eye design and decorate your wooden beads as you see fit.

This Halloween themed keychain also doubles as a conversation starting bag charm. The perfect addition to any outfit in the lead up to Halloween.

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How to make an Eyeball Keychain for Halloween

I’ve used paint pens to draw on the wooden beads and add the designs. But if you don’t have paint pens available, ordinary acrylic paint and coloured markers will do the job just as well. Just remember to make sure the paint is fully dried before adding your eyeball design.

Get the instructions for making this Gingham Jewellery Tray from Perler Beads.

You will need:

  • 2 x 20mm wooden beads
  • Red leather or suede cord about 30cm (12″)
  • Keychain clasp or Keychain Ring
  • Paint pens (or Acrylic Paint) in colours: white, black, red, green and blue
  • Scissors
  • Small paintbrush (used to hold beads)

How to:

1. Slide the wooden beads onto a paintbrush handle and paint white, either with a paint pen or white paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Handy tip: Using the handle of a thin paintbrush to inserted into the hole of the bead, helps make the bead easy to decorate, ensuring it doesn’t roll around while painting.

2. Draw a large circle in green or blue as iris, and a smaller black circle in the center for the pupil.

3. Use a red paint pen or marker to draw wiggly lines around eyeball to look like blood vessels.

4. Repeat on second wooden bead. Add a small highlight on pupil with a small dot of white paint.

5. Thread cord through keychain ring and secure with a knot leaving the tails almost even.

6. Thread one eyeball bead onto the end of each cord.

7. Secure bead with a double knot. Make sure it’s big enough that it won’t slip into the bead’s hole.

Your key chain is ready to use! You’ll never lose your keys at the bottom of your bag – just feel around for a pair of eyeballs!

Ever get that strange feeling you are being watched?





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