Hey friends! Today I’m talking about my goal to do one creative thing every month, which is one of my favorite goals because doing something crafty is a great way to relieve stress and make sure that I’m refueling.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but recently cute keychains seem to be everywhere. Most with tassels or pom poms. This made me realize that my dingy red college lanyard was not something that me, a working professional, should be using to carry keys. I’m not sure how it took me a few years to realize this, but it did.
Unfortunately, all these cute little keychains are really expensive, so I put up with my lanyard while I looked for a suitable alternative. Around Christmastime, I was at a craft fair and saw some very creative ADORABLE friendship bracelet keychains. Since making friendship bracelets was basically all I did in high school…
…I was inspired to use my unique set of skills to make a keychain.
My first step was to go to my trusty website, www.friendship-bracelets.net to find a pattern. I found about 15 patterns I really liked, and narrowed it down to this one after getting some input from my sister. I only spent about $4 or so getting the thread, and I used my old ring from my lanyard because it had a flat side, which I knew I would need.
I loved getting to work on this while watching TV or in car rides around town, basically any time I could. The only difficult part was deciding whether or not I wanted the bracelet part to loop through the ring or to be attached so it wouldn’t move. I ended up making knots around the ring and then continuing the bracelet on the other side. I finished by tying the strings in 4 mini tassels, just to stay trendy ya know? I really enjoyed working on this project and I love how it turned out! It’s definitely a lot less in-your-face than my lanyard was!
If you’d like to do something similar, I highly recommend checking out this tutorial to learn how to do the knots (there are really only 4 you need to know, super easy), then heading over to www.friendship-bracelets.net for a pattern! I’d recommend starting off with 10 strings or less. Here is where you can find out how long to cut your strings. Enjoy!