DIY Saturday: leather fringe key chain

Today I’m bringing you not one, but 2 simple and fun DIY projects that anyone can do. Be sure to stay tuned in the next hour for the next DIY project!

Here’s a confession for you all. One of my biggest weaknesses.. fringe. Fringed bags, necklaces with fringe, and especially vests with fringe. After stumbling upon an image of a leather fringe key chain, I of course obsessed about it for weeks until I made my very own.

The DIY is fairly straightforward and simple. If you don’t want to use leather strips you could always use fabric, fake leather, or just about anything else that gives the “fringe” effect. I happened to have leather laying around from some earrings I had been making.

Supplies:

  • A patch of leather (or the material to substitute it with of your choosing)
  • Scissors
  • A key chain
  • Adhesive (I used E600)

Directions:

1. There’s a couple of ways you can start this out with. You can either turn over your leather and draw out thin strips on the back of it, or you can just free hand the strips. Either way, start cutting thin strips of the leather that will be used for the actual fringe. I found the thinner I made them without breaking them the better. The thicker ones had a harder time looping around the key chain.

2. Once you have a sufficient amount of strips, you want to start looping them around the keychain until you have as much fringe on it as you like. I did this first prior to gluing the strips onto the keychain.

3. Start gluing! It works best if you loosen the knot of the fringe enough to get your adhesive on the back of the fringe where it lays against your key chain, and the front where the knot is located. I was lucky enough not to make a huge mess. Toothpicks helped!

4. Let sit for at least a day to dry thoroughly.

I put so much wear and tear on my key chains I’m almost tempted to set it aside and admire it from afar. But on second thought I’m to in love with this fringed gem from the heavens not to use it every chance I get. It’s also inspired me to do a fringe bag soon, stay tuned!

xo

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