I’m pretty sure tassels are in right now. Or at least I think they were when I first thought about trying out this project. I can’t make any promises about the trends when you get around to reading this, but what I can promise is that this DIY tassel key chain is super cute & super easy to make. Today I’m sharing the DIY for tassel key chains, done three ways.
If you’re anything like me you don’t lose your keys, you just seem to forget them from time to time. You know exactly where they are; on the kitchen counter or in your other purse. They’re just not with you when you need them and you’re locked out of your apartment – whoops. I’m hoping by adding one of these colorful tassels to my key chain I’ll be sure not to leave them when running out the door. I’m also loving a simple tassel added to the outside of a plain bag, it’s the perfect accessory!
- Key ring with clasp (I found the ones I’m using from Michael’s, here)
- Scissors/X-acto Knife
- Glue Gun
Trim the leather into a 5″ by 6″ rectangle. Determine which side of the material you’ll want to be main facing in your finished product. On the opposite side, use a pencil to mark 3/4 of an inch down from the top. Cut thin strips from the bottom up to the line you just marked. I found using an x-acto knife and straight edge was the easiest. Next, take you key ring and loop it in the first strip. Glue it to the top of the fringe, making a loop. Add glue to the top, uncut section of your material and begin rolling, starting on the side with your key ring. When you get to the end, add a bit more glue, finish rolling, then hold to secure in place.
Tea Stained Hemp Rope Tassel Key Chain
- Hemp Rope
- 4-5 Tea Bags
- Key ring with clasp
Cut your hemp rope into long pieces of the same length. Add about 2 cups of boiling water to 4-5 tea bags. Bundle your rope together and add to the tea, let sit for as long as you desire. I let mine soak for about 45 minutes. The longer the rope is in the tea, the darker it will stain. Once you’ve reached your desired color, lay flat to dry. Or, if you’re impatient, use a hair dryer. You’ll notice I didn’t submerge all of the rope into the tea, I left some out to give a dip dyed effect. Now, with your rope dyed and dry, lay flat and slide your key ring into the middle of the bundle. Fold your rope down on either side. Use a plain piece of string to wrap tightly around the top of the bundle, close to the bottom of the key ring. Once secure, trim your tassel to desired length. You can leave as is or fray the ends a bit. (I’ve also used tea staining in another project.)
Scrap Tassel Key Chain