Homemade keychains are made in various ways with numerous materials. The best materials are those that do not break easily. Hemp is a strong, durable material that works well to make a handmade keychain. A square braided lanyard stitch provides a good base for the homemade keychain. Add a hook, split key ring or gator clip to the end of the square braid to hook the keys. This is done during the braiding process.
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Things you need
- 36 inches of hemp
- Split key ring
- White glue
- Scrap paper
Fold a 36-inch piece of hemp in half. Cut at the fold to create two 18-inch pieces of hemp.
Fold the two 18-inch pieces of hemp in half. Match the fold lines and create a plus sign. Lay the plus sign on a flat surface so one point is up, one down, one to the right and one to the left.
Fold the top point of the hemp down and over the horizontal bar of hemp creating the plus sign. Place the hemp on the right side of the bottom piece, leaving an approximately 1-inch loop above the centre of the plus sign.
Fold the left point of the hemp over the centre toward the right, leaving an approximately 1-inch loop to the left of the centre. Place the hemp beneath the right side of the plus.
Pick up the end of the vertical string of hemp to the right. Fold it up and over the bottom horizontal piece of hemp and under the top horizontal piece of hemp, leaving an approximately 1-inch loop beneath the middle.
Pick up the end of the horizontal string of hemp laying to the top and fold it to the left, placing it over the first vertical string and under the centre. Leave an approximate 1-inch loop to the right.
Carefully pull the four ends of the plus sign and tighten the hemp into a square.
Place the split key ring over the top and left hand points of the hemp. Pull the key ring until it is positioned diagonally over the middle of the square. Repeat Steps 3 through 7 until the hemp keychain is the desired length.
Pull the four strings to ensure the last square is tight. Cut off the excess hemp. Squeeze a dime-sized drop of white glue on a piece of scrap paper. Dip the cut end of the hemp keychain in the glue. Make sure to cover the last two squares on the hemp keychain. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes before use.