Add a little flair to your day-to-day with a decorative bauble (or two) for your keyring. Go for sparkle with a bedazzled ornament, or show off your personality with a funky, colorful piece. The following ideas are simple enough to create a few for yourself, and lots more for your friends. Test a handful of these tutorials to gift, and get inspired to design your own!
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Wooden Bead Keychain
Go for a vintage-western vibe with these simple keychains. String pastel wooden beads (or paint your own) onto leather string, then tie off the ends securely. This is a great craft for a party—the supplies are inexpensive and each guest can individualize their piece easily.
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Animal Figurine Keychain
Capture your spirit animal in a cute keychain! Grab a cheap bag of plastic animal toys (your dollar store likely has a variety), select your species, coat with metallic spray paint and secure to a keyring with an eye screw.
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Polymer Clay Fruit Keychain
Sculpt a selection of miniature fruits out of brightly colored clay, then bake and varnish for a lasting finish. These look especially cute grouped a few at a time: create a lemon and lime for a citrusy pair, or mold an apple and orange as lunchbox pals.
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DIY Tassel Keychain
Assemble this do-it-yourself tassel keychain, and customize to match your favorite handbag. Add a few glass beads for a touch of sparkle, and these will look so professional, you’ll want to craft one in every color.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Wood Monogram Keychain
Create your own color-blocked, monogrammed keychains for your preppiest pals. Customize the color scheme to coordinate with a leather tassel, attach both to a key ring, and wow your recipients with this totally DIYed gift.
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Candy Heart Keychain
Channel some of that candy heart sass into these clay figurine keychains. With the help of a small cookie cutter and stampable letters, this craft couldn’t be more straightforward. It's a perfect little present for this Valentine’s Day!
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Resin Map Keychain
A great alternative to a framed photo, this personalizable gift perfectly captures the memories of a shared road trip or vacation. Paste a recognizable bit of map into a pendant, then seal with resin for a professional finish.
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Shrinking Plastic Keychain
An accessible option for kid crafters, shrinking plastic is as simple to use as it is magical. Draw (or trace) a quirky image, then color with a permanent marker before popping into the oven to heat-shrink. Make extra to use as sturdy gift tags too!Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Fabric Cuff Keychain
A perfect use for fabric scraps, these contrast-lined cuffs bring a ton of color and pattern to your keyring. Once you have your sewing machine out, whip up a bunch of options to change up the look of your accessories on any occasion.
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Wine Cork Keychain
Have you been saving wine corks for a future craft, but can’t quite decide how to put your collection to use? Tap into your stock a bit with this craft! Attach a couple of pretty charms or beads to a clean cork, then pop onto a keyring. These are especially lovely gifted with a bottle of your favorite red!
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Felt Cactus Keychain
If you’re not opposed to hand stitching around some tight curves, attempt this lovely little felt cactus. Your tight handiwork will definitely be rewarded, as this mini-plushy turns out incredibly cute.
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Rope Tassel Keychain
Use a length of versatile cotton rope to craft a set of coordinating keyring tassels. Finish by wrapping the frayed rope in embroidery floss to add a few stripes of coordinating color.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Glass Orb Keychain
Add a dash of sophistication to your next DIYed gift. Source your favorite patterned scrapbook paper, cut to size, and layer a store-bought glass hemisphere over top. These keychains come together quickly; settle in to make a bunch during your next craft session.
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Pom Pom Keychain
Spunky and festive, these yarn pom poms will add a burst of joy to any set of keys.
Pro tip: invest in a plastic pom pom maker in a couple of sizes—they’ll save you on labor and time in the long run.