Plastic keychains are an enjoyable craft for kids to make while at home. Spools of brightly coloured plastic lace, also known as gimp lace, are cut and wove to create a piece of art that compliments dangling silver keys or the back of backpacks. Make a plastic keychain with four laces at home, using plastic craft lace from the craft store. Use the Chinese staircase stitch weave to create the key chain, and give it to a friend or family member as a gift during the holidays.
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Things you need
- 3 spools coloured plastic craft lace
- 1 spool clear plastic craft lace
- ¾-inch metal key ring
Measure the strands of craft lace against a ruler and cut the strands with scissors. Cut the clear strand of plastic lace to 60 inches, and the coloured strands of plastic lace to 14 inches. The end result is one strand of clear craft lace and three strands of coloured craft lace.
Tie the top of the strands together into a knot, 2 inches from the top end of the strands. Hold the short lace strings in one hand, and grasp the clear lace string with the other hand. Loop the clear string around the short strings, and insert the end of the clear string through the loop to create a stitch.
Pull the end of the clear string in your direction to tie the string and secure the stitch. Slide the stitch up with your thumb and index finger, allowing the stitch to sit directly under the knot, and firmly pull the string to tighten the stitch around the shorter strings.
Loop the clear string around the shorter strings again, and create second stitch. Slide the stitch up with your thumb and index finger, placing the second stitch under the first stitch, to create a staircase around the three plastic lace strings. Continue to tie stitches around the shorter lace strings, and stop 2 inches before reaching the end of the short strings.
Separate the four strands of plastic lace with your fingers. Position two strands of plastic lace toward you, and the other two strands away from you. Loop the right strand toward you around the right strand pointed away from you. Then loop the left strand pointed away from you around the left strand toward you.
Pinch the loops with your thumb and index finger, and bring the loose strand on the right side of the keychain over the right loop and into the left loop. Then bring the loose strand on the left side of the keychain over the left loop and into the right loop, creating a square knot. Pull the strands apart with your fingers to tighten the square knot. Create a total of four square knots at the bottom of the key chain.
Untie the knot at the top of the Chinese staircase keychain and create three square knots. Insert two of the plastic lace strands through the metal key ring loop and tie two regular knots. Snip excess plastic lace strands with scissors on completion.
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