How-to: DIY Tassel and Macramé keychains

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 featuring knots, tassels and beads, and we had to share. Because macramé, people.*

DIY macramé keychains

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

  • Update the keychain you’ve had since before you can remember
  • Create a spare set of keys for the pet-sitter
  • Make a 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
  • Decorate your backpack
  • Decorate your purse
  • Create the snazziest luggage tag on the baggage carousel
  • Get organized by creating a separate key ring for all those tiny rewards cards
  • Use this as a way to hone your already fabulous macramé skills

Leslie made six different custom macramé keychains. You can find printable instructions for the two personalized keychains on the far left and far right.

For the striped macramé keychain, she used vertical clove hitch knots and wool roving yarn to make the stripes. The third and fifth custom keychains are super easy—string a few beads and add a tassel. (For the best way to make a perfect tassel, check out our video.) And the fourth DIY keychain pictured here 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 key ring with a simple finishing knot. But you can fancy things up on your tassel or macramé keychains 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, check out this tutorial. Photo Stylist Andy N. shows us how to make a square knot, the foundation of macramé, as well as spiral and half-hitch knots. You can see many cool macramé designs and patterns in this recent post.

Well, did you try it? Show us! And show us where you put them—we’re always looking for new ideas! Share your pics  of this and other macramé projects, including plant hangers, wall hangings, bracelets, necklaces, curtains—whatever you have created with knots, beads, tassels, ropes and cord—on Instagram at @think.make.share and on Facebook.

Photography by Ty Hester.








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  1. 10.11.17 | Reply
    Richard Stotlar wrote:

    Is there a way to watch the the instructions on U Tube if i was to download i

    • 10.12.17 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Hi Richard,

      We don’t have video instructions at this time.

  2. 11.15.17 | Reply
    Cheryl wrote:

    I have a collection of key rings different shapes style, sizes.
    I have cartoon characters, I have over 1300 of them. I want to make these for my collection.i like to do macrme.

  3. 12.31.17 | Reply
    Cathy wrote:

    Thank you…im excited to try this out!

  4. 12.31.17 | Reply
    John wrote:

    Any ideas or “how to’s” for macrame bracelets?

    Thanks, John

  5. 12.31.17 | Reply
    Dana. Dalton wrote:

    Am looking to make a plant hanger. We have 2 kitty cats and sitting plants on the table is not an option. My mom had a beautiful hanger which she gave to a dear friend before she went into the retirement home.

    • 1.1.18 | Reply
      Theresa wrote:

      You can find macrame’ patterns on Pinterest. Years ago, I made many macrame’ items and kept my books, yarns and other supplies. I’m glad to see it’s back. A relaxing hobby. So many plant hangers and small Christmas ornaments . . . all a lot of fun. 🙂

    • 5.1.18 | Reply
      Cheryl wrote:

      I make macreme plant hanger for friends, and family.

  6. 12.31.17 | Reply
    Sharon wrote:

    I appreciate the downloadable instructions but they are too little to be of any help. Had you spread them out on 6 pages, maybe I could read them.

    • 1.2.18 | Reply
      Think.Make.Share wrote:

      Thanks for your feedback, Sharon!

  7. 4.6.18 | Reply
    Becky wrote:

    What size beads are those?

  8. 5.17.18 | Reply
    Mary wrote:

    My favorite is the keychain with the four beads. But how do you thread a single thread through the beads and end up with a multi-thread tassel? I did not see instructions for it. Could you please send instructions?

    • 9.17.19 | Reply
      Shae wrote:

      I’m have this same question!

      • 9.19.19 | Reply
        Trish B. wrote:

        The beads are attached to the ring with a doubled thread. Tie an overhand knot at the bottom of the beads, leaving a little bit of room. Then gather the threads to make your tassel, and feed one end through the loop. Fold the tassel threads over to cover the knot, and then wind the neck.

        Here are instructions for making a tassel:

        We’re working on a new instruction sheet! Watch this space!

  9. 8.10.18 | Reply
    Taylor wrote:

    The directions were not clear enough. I need some more visual instructions

    • 8.13.18 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      So sorry they weren’t helpful to you, Taylor! We’re working on new ways to put our instructions together.

  10. 8.14.18 | Reply
    Debra Knight wrote:

    They all look great. Regards Debra.

  11. 8.26.18 | Reply
    addy kmr wrote:

    thanks for sharing a Brilliant keychain making the post I really appreciate your work!! are doing a good job.

  12. 9.15.18 | Reply

    Hi,your macrame keychain so beautiful i want it 😉

  13. 9.15.18 | Reply
    Amna atiq wrote:

    I love art £ I have make lots of thing by watching diy videos £ I have made lots of keychain for my bag £ I also love this pic so much bcs I am the craziest person of art in the world?????✂️

  14. 11.1.18 | Reply
    camron wrote:

    These crafts i think are beautiful and a time consumer and great for any type of gifts

  15. 2.13.19 | Reply

    Wow, those are some awesome keychains you got there. Loved them so much, thank you for sharing this one.

  16. 3.31.19 | Reply
    Sarah wrote:

    I like the 5th keychain but there’s no instructions on how to make that specific one.. please help.

    • 4.1.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      Hi, Sarah—We’re updating this page soon to add more instructions! Watch this space…


  17. 8.2.19 | Reply
    Sarah wrote:

    Can you send me one those

    • 8.2.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      We’d love to…but the ones we made for the post were all spoken for a while back, and we don’t sell them. We hope the instructions are easy enough for you to make your own…let us know if you have questions!

  18. 8.10.19 | Reply
    Cp wrote:

    Do you have a link for the specific macrame cord that she used to make them?

    • 8.13.19 | Reply
      Trish B. wrote:

      We don’t have a specific link, but you can search 3/16” natural cotton piping cord. That’s what she used—it’s available in a buuuuuuuunch of different lengths.

  19. 10.24.19 | Reply
    Basia wrote:

    These are adorable!
    They’re great gifts for special occasions or just because’s. I look forward to making one on a rainy day. ?
    THANKS a lot!


  20. 10.29.19 | Reply
    Arthur wrote:

    These keychains are so cute! Can’t wait to try them out. Thanks