Cute key chains are hard to come by… in fact, it’s hard to find them at all these days. And the ones that you do find are purely functional, without any regard for style. And if you’re like me, you probably want something that’s both functional and pretty! Well the search is over, my friends – here’s a simple DIY tassel key chain that’s not short on style. Keep reading to find out how to make one yourself.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Thin, flexible silver tone wire
- Nail polish
- Super glue
- A tassel (I bought these)
- A lobster clasp
- A loop clasp*
- A 1/2″ wide jump ring (not pictured)
- A nickel
- A clothespin
*Note: you will not use the bar shaped piece of the loop clasp… I just included it so it would be clear what it was.
Begin by twisting the wire around the loop clasp so it is secure. Trim off the ends of the wire, leaving about an inch of wire remaining. Curl those into a neat little spiral.
Next, place the spiral on top of the nickel. Attach it using a healthy dose of super glue.
Use the wooden clothespin to help the wire to dry as flat as possible. But be sure to remove the clothespin gently after 20 seconds or so, to prevent it from sticking permanently to the nickel.
Next, paint over the whole thing with nail polish. I chose a bluish purple color because I loved the contrast with the mint green tassel, but you can use anything you might have on hand. You’ll probably need to do a couple of coats for full coverage. You will see the spiral shape through the polish a bit, which is why it’s important to make sure that it looks nice. Let the coats of polish dry in between. Then flip it over and repeat the process on the other side.
Lastly, put the lobster clasp, tassel and nickel onto a jump ring and close it with your pliers. Add a small dab of super glue to the opening of the jump ring to make sure that it stays closed. And that’s all there is to it… you’re finished!
It’s a classy way to keep track of your keys, and the tassel is sure to stand out inside your purse so you can easily find it.
This is a great chance to go crazy with color – perhaps you could try a combination of neon colors, or even a monochromatic combo. Let us know how yours turns out in the comments section below.
Happy crafting everyone!