In my house, especially when I’m crafting with my kids, the most fun we have is usually in making “mixed media” style crafts. By that, I mean projects that involve interesting combinations of supplies in what they’re made of. My kids have just recently hit the age where I’ve given each of them their own set of house keys, just in case they get home from school early while I’m grocery shopping, for example, so we all thought it would be very fun indeed to sit down and make keychains together! I’ve been talking to them a lot about the need for remember which keys are theirs and the need to keep them safe and to not lost the, so I thought that making a memorable keychain of their choice might help them in these goals. That’s how we found ourselves making DIY pearl bead and leather strip dragonfly keychains last week.
Because we made more then one dragonfly keychain together, I had plenty of time to document the process on one of them so that I could share it for the sake of other DIY enthusiasts who might want to try their hand at the same idea. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Brown leather
- Pearl beads (a slightly larger white pearl and and smaller pink pearls)
- Crafting wire
- A key ring
- A large sewing needle
Gather your materials!
From one side of your leather sheet, cut two stripes that are about two inches long and half an inch wide each. Take your first one and fold it in half end to end so its shortest edges meet evenly and a crease is made across from that, at the strip’s halfway point. Use your scissors to round off the corners on each side of the lined up loose ends, making sure that you’re cutting through both layers at once. Then turn your piece to the creased side and, cutting through both folded layers again, angle your scissors to diagonally trim off the corners there and make a central notch on each side that you’ll see when you unfold the piece. This will be your wing shape! Repeat this entire process with the second leather strip. Set both of these aside for a moment.