September 28, 2012

Animal Key Chain :: DIY

Animal Key Chain :: DIY


Last week, while I was working on the leather key holder, I had an aha-moment. On top of one of H's birthday presents, last summer, sat a cute 3D card stock bear head/tag. Because I thought it was so cute I rescued the little bear from the recycling bin and it'd been sitting on my desk ever since. Until last week, that is.

Animal Key Chain :: DIY

All of a sudden, I new what I wanted to do with it - make a replica in leather and use it to hang on a key chain. And that's exactly what I did. I tweaked the design here and there and even came up with a little fellow critter. So easy to make and according to my girls very cute (do I need to tell the little critters have been claimed already ?).

Animal Key Chain :: DIY

Use sturdy leather for this project (I used low grade but rather stiff leather for mine). Besides leather, you will also need a (leather) needle and thread, an eyelet and eyelet setter, and a key ring. Skip the sewing and have your little ones decorate their bear or dog head with markers, if you like. Punch a couple of holes for the eyes. To keep everything together and give the head its 3D shape, slam an eyelet through the top as shown in the template, attach a king ring and you're done.

 Animal Key Chain :: DIY

Wouldn't these make cute party favors? Or how about making a whole bunch of them to decorate your Christmas tree. And if you're good at drawing (which I'm not), try making different animal heads. If you do so, feel free to post them in my Flickr group - I'd love to see which animals you come up with!

Note: if you can't find leather, try using other materials like vinyl, or foam sheets, heavy weight felt, ... as long the material used has a certain stiffness this should work!

20 comments:

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

They're very cute! I could also see them hanging off the side of a schoolbag.

cucicucicoo said...

oh my gosh, they're just adorable! any kid would love to get those as party favors! :) lisa

Ine said...

wow!!!
love it:)

heodeza said...

This is super cute!
What a wonderful idea.

Masha Mak said...

i like it! joyful work :)

By Night said...

Waouw waouw waouw! j'adore! quelle super jolie idée! bravo! j'adore! j'adore!

little red home said...

Leuk idee! Ik blijf me steeds verbazen over alle leuke dingen die jij in leer maakt, smullen hoor.
Fijn weekend en groetjes, Anne-Marie

Anna said...

so so darling! you are a genius!

eloleo said...

Schitterend! Effenaf!

Tania Cavenecia Torres said...

Yes, so very cute !!! Great idea, thank you for sharing : )

Cindy said...

it's extremely cute and seems easy to find in your bag from the shape!

Hanneke said...

Wow, what a fun idea! I made one for my daughter and she is very happy with it!

Sian said...

Just found your blog - love this key ring, what a great idea : )

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing..

kv barn said...

cute :)

tatie fabie said...

Adorables, ces p'tits nounours.
merci beaucoup pour cette idée
bonne journée

Jokke said...

Hello! Thanks for the tutorial, I made one too.

Anonymous said...

where is the tutorial?

equipo: Hannah/Noah/Hilke said...

Nice blog!
I am a new fan :-)

Kat Brennan said...

These are adorable! My mother-in-law is very crafty and would totally put something like this on her keychain. I swear, she has 3 pounds of keychains on her key ring! But she absolutely loves them and says that her keys never get lost! I'll have to show her how to make these since they're light weight. http://mykeyport.com

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