Keyrings Macraméd 3-Ways Hooray!

Diply 15 Oct 2018

If you're not familiar with macramé, it's a technique where you produce something from thread and strings using knots instead of knitting, weaving, or crocheting.

Once upon a time, people used to macramé all sorts of stuff, like plant hangers and wall hangings. Hey, don't judge. It was a different time, and we were a different people.

Now you can use that same throwback technique to create a keychain that'll put you in touch with your hippie roots.

Pull together all your materials, and let's get crafty, man!

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For part one, wrap the macramé string to get about five even lengths.

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Lay all of your lengths of string flat, and wrap embroidery floss around about one inch of the length, starting in the center.

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Tie off the embroidery floss, and let the ends hang down so that you can cover them with the next color.  

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Do this until you have enough covered length to loop through a keyring.

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Loop your covered thread over a keyring. Hold the ends together and continue wrapping it with a variety of colors. 

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Then, trim the ends. And that's it for this easiest option. For a bit more of a challenge, read on!

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For part two, take a keyring, and using a lark’s head knot, attach two lengths of string.

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Don't be intimidated by any of the knots. They're all super simple, and once you master them, they're handy to remember in all kinds of situations.

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Create a number of square knots down the length of the keychain. 

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Continue with this pattern in one direction to achieve the appearance that the keychain is spinning. It'll look similar to a DNA double helix.

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Wrap and tie off your keychain with embroidery thread like in the first example, and trim the ends.

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Still want more of a challenge? You maverick, you. Let's move on to the final keychain!

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For part three, attach four lengths of string to a keyring using a lark’s head knot.

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You're getting pretty good at this whole knot-making deal, huh? You're gonna have keychains for days! Do I smell a Christmas present?

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Start making two different chains of square knots.

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Then using the center four strings, combine the chains to create a central square knot chain. It helps to tape down the keyring so it stays put while you make the knots.

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Finish by wrapping the ends in embroidery floss like in part one and part two, and you’re finished!

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You're now got three super cool retro keychains to call your own!

Don't forget to check out the step-by-step video at the top of the article to see how each keychain gets made.

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