There’s a misconception in DIY land that a craft must be difficult in order to be awesome. Not true. Just take a look at these key chains and necklaces made by stringing wooden beads onto leather cords. In fact, they are so easy to make, I could end this post right here. One paragraph. But that would be weird, so I’ll walk you through the steps.
- 2mm leather cording
- split key rings
- round wooden beads in a variety of sizes
- polygon shape wooden beads
- craft paint & brushes
step one – paint the beads
I used toothpicks to hold the beads tightly while I painted them. Most beads required 3 toothpicks each stuffed snugly into its hole to keep it stationery. After painting, I stuck the “skewered” bead into a piece of styrofoam while it dried.
step 2 – assemble the key chain
For a key chain, cut a piece of leather cording about 12″ in length. Attach it to a split key ring with a sturdy knot.
Next, run both pieces of leather through the beads in any arrangement you like. For the smallest bead on the end, I was only able to run one piece of leather through the tiny hole. Make a firm knot at the bottom, and trim the leather cords to desired length.
step 3 – assemble the necklace
For a necklace, cut the leather cord about 40″ in length. String beads onto the leather. Make a knot on either side of the bead arrangement to keep them stationary. Tie the ends of the leather cord together to complete the necklace.
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