I’m trying to get in a spring state-of-mind in an attempt to will it here more quickly. I really love spring crafting: pastels, florals! It can’t get here fast enough! Plus, spring is wedding season which opens up all sorts of DIY possibilities for making your special day one-of-a-kind! We love weddings with thoughtful touches that make them feel personal, and today we are sharing a fun macrame keychain tutorial that is perfect as a bridesmaid gift for the gals at your side.
Macrame keychain tutorial supplies:
- Darice Macrame Cord
- Rit Dye (rose pink, fuschia, wine)
- Wood Darice Tags
- Vinyl or Paint
- Darice Big Clasp Keychains
- Gift Boxes (optional)
Cut six piece of cord three feet long. Mix the dye according to the instructions, and add two pieces of cord to each color. Let it sit for an hour (or until you like how it looks), and then rinse until the water runs clear. Let the cord dry completely. Add a monogram to the wood tag by cutting and applying vinyl letters or using a stencil and paint.
Trim down (scissors work just fine) and sand the top of the wood tag to make it easier to get on the split ring of the key chain.
Put the tag on the key chain. Attach the first piece of macrame cord to the split ring with a larks head knot. You can do this knot by folding the cord in half, wrapping the folded end of the cord around the ring, and pulling the ends of the cord through the loop of the folded end. Pull to tighten.
Repeat the larks head knot with the second piece of cord.
Start with your first spiral knot. As spiral knot is made by taking the outer left cord and crossing it over the two middle cords, then taking the outer right cord and placing it over the end of the left cord and UNDER the two middle cords and loop it through the hole on the left side. Pull it tight.
Continue with your spiral knots, making sure you always put the left cord on top first. This will make the knots spiral.
Once you’re happy with the length of your spiral, finish it by tying all four cords together in a knot. Then trim the end so about two inches remains.
Use a comb or brush to fray the end of the cord. This is the most time-consuming part of the project, but is super easy. Just keep combing and combing to make a tassel.
Once you have unraveled all the cording below the knot, cut the tassel in a straight line.
Now you’re done! I know there are a lot of steps here, but the whole keychain comes together in about 30 minutes, I promise! And what a cute gift your gals can carry with them!
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