We heard that you wanted clearer instructions on how to make these macramé keychains. So let’s go! We’ve compiled step-by-step macrame instructions and links to helpful videos. Now you can make simple, adorable DIY keychains, use the things you have at hand – make them as simple or fancy as you like. Created by Hallmark designer Leslie S., these DIY macrame keychains use simple knots, simple tassels and wooden beads.
WHY MAKE DIY MACRAMÉ KEYCHAINS?
If you need an excuse to make a custom keychain, here’s what we have:
- Update the keychain you’ve had since before you can remember
- Create a cute key ring for the pet owner
- Give a trusted neighbor a set of keys so that you don’t have to break into your own place when you lock yourself out
- Decorate your backpack
- Decorate your wallet
- Create the most stylish luggage tag on the baggage carousel
- Organize yourself by creating a separate key ring for all these tiny reward cards
hosiery, birthday gifts, gift wrap add-ons
Leslie made six different custom macrame keychains. You can download free instructions – or if you are familiar with simple macrame nodes, we will give you the following basics and you can improvise.
ACCESSORIES FOR DIY TASSEL AND MACRAMÉ KEYCHAINS
- 1 “KEYRINGS
- 3/16 “NATURAL COTTON PIPING CORD
- BEADS (LESLIE MADE BEADS FROM SCULPEY AND HAND PAINTED THEM BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THEY DID.
embroidery raft or thread
- SMALL RUBBER BAND (ONLY KEYCHAIN # 4)
HOW TO MAKE KEYCHAINS WITH SQUARE KNOTS
Let’s start with key rings no. 1 (above the foreground) and no. 6 (below right). They consist of a simple square knot – and its unfinished but fancy sister, the half square knot.
- For both, you start with two 50-inch pieces of string. Run each with a delphin knot through the key ring so that the outer strands are about 2/3 of the length of the string. (Step-by-step photos can be found in the free download)
- For key ring no. 1, make about five square knots, add the bead, make half a square knot underneath and tie the rest in a tassel.
- Make about 16 half square knots for keychain no. 6 and finish it with a tassel.
- Use your favorite colors of embroidery thread and follow the steps in our printed instructions or in this video to give your tassel the perfect fancy neck.
- Cut the string at the ends, cut it off and you’re done!
HOW TO MAKE KEYCHAINS WITH BEADS AND QUASSES
The key rings no. 3 (bottom left) and no. 5 (top) use the same technique, but vary the number of beads and the length of the tassel.
- For both, first tie a 10-16 inch piece of yarn to your key ring with a delphinium knot.
- Add the beads.
- Cut yarn for one tassel – we used about 20 pieces of yarn. (You choose the length and fluffiness. Make it twice as long as you want your tassel). Center it under the bead and tie it with a simple knot. Tighten your beads and tassels and double the knot.
- Cut the ends. That’s it!
HOW TO MAKE A STRIPED CLOVE HITCH KEYCHAIN
Keychain #2 (top right) may look chic and complicated – but only two basic nodes are needed to get the stylish custom color palette.
- Start with two 20-inch pieces of string (you can always cut them shorter, so it’s better to start long) Run each with a delphin knot through the key ring so that the outer strands are slightly longer than the inner ones. (Step-by-step photos can be found in the free download).
- Add vertical carnation stitches with some different yarn colors. This video contains simple instructions for getting started, including how to measure your yarn. We made two rows in the first two colors and one row in the third color.
- Make a full square knot in the middle.
- Add another set of vertical carnation couplings and reverse what you did above.
- A quick trim of the ends will round it off.