In our house, some of the most popular crafts that we make together are those that we can use in some way after they’re finished or show off once they’re completed. This is especially true if they have some kind of practical purpose, but we still prefer to include some whimsy and creativity in those projects! Lately, we’ve found ourselves completely obsessed with the idea of making cool DIY keychains, which is why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for good online tutorials that might help us out.
Check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and DIY keychain tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. Colourful wood bead keychains
Even though you’re a lover of colours and attention grabbing elements, are you still quite interested in combining that with a sightly more rustic aesthetic, since Boho chic things are so trendy right now? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a huge kick out of the way Be Crafty Workshop made these painted wooden bead keychains strung onto a piece of leather thong!
2. Fabric scrap keychains
If you’re the kind of sewing enthusiast who always has a sizeable stash of scrap fabric leftover from past projects, then you just might be the perfect person to give this next tutorial featured step by step on Craftiness is Not Optional a try! They give you nice, clear instructions for creating adorable circular scrap fabric keychains with all different design elements, like zig-zag edges and button or applique embellishments.
3. Rainbow perler bead keychain
If you were a child of the 1980s and 90s like we were then we’re sure you also probably have several fond memories of crafting with perler beads when you were younger. The fact that they’re making a big return in popularity right now gives us a sense of nostalgic joy! That and our huge love of colours had us pretty darn excited to stumble across this rainbow perler bead key chain tutorial outlined step by step on My Frugal Adventures.
4. Crocheted mini Yoda
In your usual crafting adventures, are your most refined DIY skills actually yarn based because you’re an avid crochet enthusiast? Then we’re convinced that you’ll get a real kick out of this adorable Yoda shaped crocheted keychain, especially if you’re also a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise! Get the full pattern and embellishment details for making your own on Sweet Softies.
5. Starbucks inspired keychains
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make a DIY keychain, would you rather make yourself something a little more pop culture trendy or related to something else you adore? Well, if you’re even half the coffee lover we are, then we have a feeling you’ll also feel rather enthusiastic indeed about the way Everyday Dishes outlines the process for making these cute little Starbucks inspired keychains in surprisingly few simple steps!
6. DIY pom pom keychain
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making a yarn based craft but the idea of crocheting a whole themed keychain doesn’t really appeal to you? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with this slightly simpler yarn pom pom keychain idea! See how easy these truly are to make on Made in A Day.
7. Personalized beaded keychains
Perhaps we really caught your attention when we started talking about beaded keychain ideas but you just haven’t quite seen the idea that has held your attention yet, since you’d prefer an idea that’s a little simpler and more kid-friendly? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Happy Go Lucky used simple plastic beads, including ones with lettering, to make these personalized beaded keychains in just a few simple steps.
8. Pressed letter clay keychain
If you’ve never worked with air drying clay then we’re very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something very fun indeed! Remedy that situation by giving this clear, simple tutorial featured step by step on HGTV a try. They show you how to mould your clay into a heart and do some letter pressing to give the keychains little sayings. We love the way they even added a bit of glitter!
9. Woven and beaded leather tassel keychain
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of working with wooden beads and leather thong but you can’t help feeling like the leather in the first design we showed you just didn’t really get enough of the spotlight? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along a little better with something like this woven leather keychain from Lebenslustiger that features wooden beads just on the edges instead!
10. Fabric chapstick holder keychain
Perhaps your favourite idea from our list so far has been the concept of working with scrap fabric to make little keychains but you’re quite skilled at sewing, you’re feeling up for a challenge, and you can’t help thinking you’d rather make one that also serves some kind of practical purpose? Then we’d be willing to bet that these funny little fabric lip chap holders outlined step by step on Make It, Love It might be a little more up your alley!
11. Leather conversation heart keychains
Maybe you’re finding yourself scrolling through our list and actually still thinking about the idea of the text hearts we showed you earlier, but you’re just not sure that you’re convinced on the idea of working with clay? Then perhaps you’d prefer to do some heart shaped letter stamping in leather instead! Polka Dot Chair is here to show you how it’s done.
12. Mini amigurumi penguin keychain
Has your favourite idea on our list so far actually been the concept of crocheting your very own character keychain but you’ve always preferred working with slightly smaller yarn weights and making more delicate projects? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest learning all about crocheted amigurumi! Get the full pattern for this adorable little penguin keychain on Amanda Maciel.
13. Retro camper perler bead keychain
Are you actually still feeling quite enamoured indeed in the idea of getting a bit nostalgic and making a keychain from perler beads but, if you’re going to work with something kitschy and nearly vintage, would you rather follow suit in the theme as well? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Scrap Shoppe made this hilarious perler bead retro camper van in awesome pastel colours!
14. Birthplace map keychains
Are you actually planning on making the keychain as a gift for a friend and you know that they love to travel and go on long road trips? Then we have a feeling you’ll like this map themed DIY keychain concept featured on Crafts By Amanda just as much as we did! They show you how to make it happen using a person’s birthplace as the map section you cut out, but you could also choose their favourite city or the place they live in now even if they aren’t originally from there and it would be equally cute.
15. Birch slice and glitter heart keychain
Did we actually catch your attention quite well way back at the beginning of our list when we mentioned the concept of making something at least slightly rustic inspired but nothing you’ve seen so far has been quite enough on theme for you? In that case, we think you’ll appreciate this tutorial from Flax and Twine a little more. They show you how to cut small branch circles and add sparkly hearts in the centre for a bit of glam.
Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY keychains before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!