Creating your own DIY keychains can be fun and add a little bit of fun and creativity in your life with minimal effort! Moreover, they can serve as wonderful gifts, not only because they are easy to make but also because of it's personal touch.
So, here are 25 different ideas for DIY keychains!
Tassel DIY Keychain
This one is perfect for someone with a boho-chic style. These types of keychains are very simple to make – all you have to do is get the raw materials and assemble them. You could simply buy a tassel or make it yourself.
Put together the tassel, the ring and the chain and voila! Your DIY tassel keychain is ready. If you want you can also add a few beads—be it wooden or glass, according to your preference. Tassels and beads are available in several colors and you could make multiple keychains, each matching a different outfit, shoe or handbag.
Tutorial: Tassel DIY Keychain
Clay Heart DIY Keychain
Those candy hearts do look very pretty! Now, it is time for you to put some of that love in the form of a keychain. All you need is clay, cookie cutters of various shapes and letters that are stamp-able. You cut the clay, stamp a letter, put the ring and the chain together and assemble all the above to make your own clay heart keychain. Do not forget to dry the clay though!
Tutorial: Clay Heart DIY Keychain
Wooden Beads DIY Keychain
Wooden beads are simple yet give off a very cool vibe. You could either buy colorful wooden beads or simply color them yourself, string them up together and make a cute and cool wooden beads DIY keychain.
Tutorial: Wooden Beads DIY Keychain
Clay Fruit Keychain
This one requires a bit more effort than the previously mentioned ones. However, the result is totally worth it. All you need to do is cut or shape different fruits from polymer clay, bake them and then varnish them for the perfect finish. After this you could either put a single fruit on the chain or a collection of them for a fuller effect. Check out this video for more information!
Tutorial: Clay Fruit Keychain
Animal Figurine Keychain
How wonderful would it be if you could carry your spirit animal around? Well, maybe you can. Not exactly a full sized, live animal but a cute, miniature keychain version of that can be easily carried around by you. All you have to do is get a bag of miniature animal figurines, spray paint them with any color or paint small motifs on them (decorate however you like) and put them together with the ring and the chain. Your spirit animal is now by your side, always.
Tutorial: Animal Figurine Keychain
Wood Monogram Keychain
Yet another bright and colorful keychain to make and tingle your creativity. All you need to do is select a letter and color it, dangle it with the ring, attach a leather tassel of any color (you could mix and match or go for monochrome as well), hang it separately on the same ring and attach the chain. What a wonderful way to memorize a letter that holds a special place in your heart!
Tutorial: Wood Monogram
Birthplace Map Pendant Keychain
A pendant and a keychain? Do they even go together? Absolutely yes! Grab a pendant, take a photograph or a map of your favorite place or simply write a few lines from your favorite song and paste in the pendant. You could seal the pendant using resin for a professional finish, if required. This DIY keychain can hold a beautiful memories!
Tutorial: Birthplace Map Keychain
Spare Fabric Pendant Keychain
Yet another way to recycle and reuse items or use those pretty scraps of fabric you always thought were too pretty to throw away. Take the fabric piece and cut it up in longitudinal bits, sew them with threads of the same color, or contrasting and bold colors. Attach cuffs towards the head and assemble it with the ring and chain. Now, this keychain has a lot of potential as you could also paint on top of them or doodle with a pen on them with different colors. What an interesting way to turn the fate of an almost forgotten item!
Tutorial: Spare Fabric Pendant Keychain
DIY Cute & Plush Keychain
If you are someone who likes hand stitching, this one's for you. You could cut pieces of cloth, preferably in the shape of something—like a flower, a cactus, a cup or in the shape of Hello Kitty, etc., put a little bit of cotton in between and stitch them together to make the entire thing look like a plush toy. After this, you could assemble it with the ring and your cute and soft keychain is ready to be used. This could be the gift you could give or simply keep it for yourself.
Tutorial: DIY Cute & Plush Keychain
A sophisticated yet very easy to make a keychain. You could take a piece of a patterned fabric or paper that you really like. Cut it in the required size and finally put a hemisphere of glass on the top. Glass hemispheres could be easily bought at any store. Make sure you fix it up properly. Assemble the rest of the pieces together and enjoy your own little creation.
Tutorial: Glass Keychain
Tassel & Rope Keychain
This is when cotton ropes come in handy. Take a cotton rope of your desired length and start fraying towards both the ends. Now, to add a little bit of color and mood, bend the rope from the middle and wrap the junction between the frayed end and the rope with threads or floss (embroidery) or a piece of fabric to give it the final look. This unique keychain is not only easy to make but also one of the most aesthetically pleasing ideas.
Tutorial: Tassel & Rope Keychain
Pom Pom Keychain
Remember those cute and spunky pom-poms that once were everywhere to be seen? Well, given that they are out of fashion for a while now, you can easily bring it back as almost nothing shouts “cute and spunk” the way those yarn pom-poms do. To make a DIY pom-pom keychain you need yarn pom-poms. If you already have a pom-pom maker, then it's even more fun for you otherwise you will just have to buy them at a store. Take the pom-poms and attach them to the chain and the ring. Cute, easy to do and versatile, these DIY keychains are for all.
Tutorial: Pom Pom Keychain
Wine Cork & Charm Keychain
Another item that is probably lying at the corner of your table or cupboard is that wine cork you saved because you thought it will be of use someday. Well, the time has finally arrived! You need to clean the cork and dry it first. After that, you could attach different beads of varying colors and sizes or tiny but intricate charms at the bottom. Assemble the cork with the chain and the ring – your wine cork and charm DIY keychain are now ready to be used.
Tutorial: Wine Cork & Charm Keychain
Hand Painted Keychain
A hand-painted DIY keychain could easily be something that you or the person you are gifting this to might hold on to forever. These keychains have a unique personal touch. Not just that, they are quite easy to make as well. Take a piece of hard-board or cardboard paper and paste a piece of white chart paper on top. Puncture a hole through which the ring would go in. Take a pen or sketch pen or marker and draw. You could make stick figures or elaborate artworks. When you are done drawing, assemble the pieces. This way you made a custom and hand-drawn or hand-painted keychain that is unique, beautiful and thoughtful.
Tutorial: Hand Painted Keychain
Braided Leather Keychain
These keychains are easy to make. All you need to do is get a piece of leather (artificial or not is completely up to you), spray paint it with any color you like. A lot of people go with metallic shades; however, the choice is yours. Let the color dry. After the piece has dried up completely, cut them up in portions longitudinally and then braid it up. Glue the ends and assemble them together. Easy and fun to do a braided leather keychain can also serve as a gift item.
Tutorial: Braided Leather Keychain
Fabric & Buttons Keychain
If you are ready to put in a bit more effort, you can go for this one. All you need to do is cut out a piece of fabric in any shape that you would like to. Make sure that the fabric is moderately dense and thick. Take a few buttons of varying size and color and sew them in any pattern you like. Attach this to the ring and the chain. This type of keychain looks very different from the other types and are quite fun to make.
Tutorial: Fabric & Buttons Keychain
Sailor Knot Keychain
This is one the most popular and easy-to-do keychain. All you need to do is find a moderately thin rope of any material and pass it through the ring. Soon after this, you can start making the sailor knot.
Tutorial: Sailor Knot Keychain
Funky Outline Keychain
While making this, you will have to cut up fabric, leather or paper in funky and fun outlines or simple objects that draw attention. It could be a moustache or plump lips. You will have to attach and assemble the whole thing. These keychains are cool and fun to make and moreover they have a personal touch. These keychains could easily represent your own mood and given they are easy to make, you could have one for each mood.
Tutorial: Funky Outline Keychain
Jenga Piece Keychain
This one requires very little effort. All you need to do is get a piece of Jenga and color it or draw various motifs on it. You could also cut patterned papers or fabric in rectangular shape and paste it on the Jenga piece. You will have to puncture a hole towards the top of the Jenga piece and attach it to the chain and a ring.
Tutorial: Jenga Piece Keychain
Miniature Book Keychain
This idea has become quite popular over the years. This DIY keychain idea are great for book-lovers. Once you have all the required items, it is time to assemble the pieces. Attach the book through the punctured hole to the ring or the chain.
Tutorial: Miniature Book Keychain
Each of these DIY keychain ideas have several ways to be customized by the maker using her/his own unique ideas and artistic capabilities. We hope you enjoyed this list! If you have any comments or would like to add your creation to this list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below!