DIY macramé keychains: Free printable how-to

Who doesn’t love a cute key ring? Especially an adorable DIY version that doesn’t take long to make, uses stuff you’ve already got, and can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be? Hallmark Designer Leslie S. showed us these macramé keychains and we had to share. Because macramé, people.*

DIY macramé keychains

If you need an excuse to make a keychain, we’ve got you:

  • Update the keychain you’ve had since before you can remember
  • Spare set of keys for the pet-sitter
  • Spare set of keys to leave with the neighbor so when you lock yourself out you don’t have to break into your own place
  • Backpack decoration
  • Purse decoration
  • Luggage tag
  • Separate key ring for all those tiny rewards cards
  • Or just a project to use those macramé skills

Leslie made printable instructions for the keychains on the far left and far right.

She made the striped one using vertical half hitch knots and wool roving yarn for the stripes. The third and fifth one are super easy—string a few beads and add a tassel. And number four is just a long braid folded in half and wrapped with embroidery floss.

Macramé and tassel keychains

Tassel keychain with handpainted Sculpey beads

Leslie made beads out of Sculpey and hand painted them, because of course she did. You can do the same, or try painting some wooden beads, or use any other bead you’d like.

Braided and macramé keychains

Macramé keychain with hand painted Sculpey bead and wrapped tassel

For the macramé keychains, you’ll just need a few things.


Beaded tassel and macramé keychain

(In the instructions, Leslie wraps up her keyring with a simple finishing knot. But you can fancy things up on your tassel or macramé keychain by wrapping it with different colors of yarn or floss.)

Handpainted beads on a tassel keyring

*Yes. We dig macramé kind of a lot. If you find yourself a little addicted to it after you make a keychain or two, you might want to check out the articles that got us hooked. And there’s more.

Well, did you try it? Show us! And show us where you put them—we’re always looking for new ideas! Share your pics with us on Instagram at @Think.Make.Share and on Facebook.








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