DIY Leather Keychain Tutorial

This weekend I got busy with some of my leather scraps and whipped up these keychains. They’re unisex and pretty classic, so I think they’d make great little gifts, perhaps for someone heading off to school this fall. Or just make a set for yourself to help you keep track of your keys.
DIY leather keychain tutorial

DIY leather keychain tutorial

Materials:
Leather scraps (thick leather)
Scissors
Pen or marker
Rivets
Rivet-setter (similar to the kit I used)
Hammer
Leather hole punch tool (similar to the one I used)
Key rings (similar to the ones I used)
Printer
Keychain templates

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DIY leather keychain tutorial

Methods:
1. Print out the template and cut out the one you wish to use, then trace it onto the back of the leather. Cut out slightly within the marker lines, so the back of the finished piece won’t have pen marks.

DIY leather keychain tutorial DIY leather keychain tutorial

2. Fold the leather tab around the keychain, and faintly (mine is enhanced so you can see it) mark where you’ll punch the holes.
DIY leather keychain tutorial
3. Use the leather punch to make holes in the size appropriate for your rivets. You want to make holes through both layers of the leather tab.
DIY leather keychain tutorial

DIY leather keychain tutorial DIY leather keychain tutorial

4. Place the rivet through your holes, then set it according to the directions that came with it. Mine just requires a couple of blows with a hammer.

DIY leather keychain tutorial DIY leather keychain tutorial

That’s it! Attach your keys, and you’re good to go. These keychains are simple and cute as-is, but later this week I’ll share a couple of ways to embellish them a little more.
DIY leather keychain tutorial
DIY leather keychain tutorial

8 thoughts on “DIY Leather Keychain Tutorial

  1. Wow! Thanks for the templates and everything! Do you think leather takes paint very well if i wanted to decorate them? I saw your post on craftgawker right above mine and had to come visit! Now I’m a follower!
    Lindsey – http://www.HelloHydrangea.com

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