Friday, September 18, 2015

diy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial

diy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial
diy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial

I've been seeing tasseled purse charms everywhere this fall! And with fringe in general being a huge trend at the moment, it's no surprise. Now, I like fringe aesthetically but am not much of a 'fringe' girl when it comes to my general style. I like it, but in order to incorporate it into my admittedly fairly classic wardrobe it needs to be in small doses! (Watch, I'm totally going to end up sporting mass fringe in an outfit post soon and will have to eat my words.)

These diy leather tassel key chains are the perfect way for me to add a tiny bit of the fring-y trend in my life without going too hog wild. And they'd make a really cool gift, too! Today I'm going to show you how to take about ten minutes out of your day and make your own.


diy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial

Your leather piece can really be any size, based on the kind and type of leather. Mine ended up being about 4 x 9 inches, and it's a fairly thick piece of leather. If it were maybe a bit thinner or more pliable I would have done probably a 4 x 16 piece to get a good thick tassel.

The processdiy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial

1. Cut fringe into your leather piece, leaving a bit at the top not fringed. For my black tassel I cut the fringe about 1/8 of an inch apart, and left about an inch at the top. Once it's cut into fringe, take the very last strand on your piece of leather and cut it all the way off, to make a thin leather cord. This is what will attach to your key ring.

2. Thread your leather cord through your key ring. Using your glue, run a thin line of glue down one side of the cord.

3. Fold the other end of the cord down so it's folded in half over itself , keeping the key ring trapped at the top. Hold the piece firmly together for a few moments to let the glue set. I used a dollar store clamp for this, it worked great!

4. Starting on one side of your fringed piece of leather, make a thin strand of glue down the side as shown.

5. Press or clamp your leather cord and key ring into place and leave it for a few minutes while the glue sets.

6. Once the cord and key ring are firmly in place, you're going to begin rolling up your piece of fringed leather, starting on the side with the cord. Begin rolling tightly.

7. Keep rolling up your fringed leather piece, as tightly as possible. You can help hold it in place with a few dabs of glue if need be, you might want that if you used a very long or very thin piece of leather, so it doesn't slip around.

8. On the other end of your fringed leather piece, make another line of glue along the top, and finish rolling until you're done. Press the leather together for a few moments until the glue sets. You're done!

diy rustic leather tassel key chain tutorial

This tassel is almost endlessly customizable too. For the brown leather tassel above I had a bit of extra leather so I cut another cord and tied it around the body of the tassel. You could also use ribbon, or glue on an embellishment, which I might try next time. Both of these leather scraps were fairly thick and textured so I wanted a more rough, rustic look. And I love them! They've been living on my keys or my bags pretty much constantly. I hope you have fun making your own!
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8 comments:

  1. These are really cool! I love to add small touches.

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  2. I love these, This might sound a bit weird but I have a load of old leather bits in my garage at the moment, our old sofa fell apart but the leather in some areas was ok so I saved it - I just need some ideas of what to do with it - this is perfect - thanks

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  3. What a great (and simple) way to make a quick leather tassel. I must admit: I love the tassels and might have a few (dozen) pillows with them...


    Thank you for linking up with the Welcome Home Wednesday at Mid Michigan Mom - that's how I found your great leather tassels!

    Sarah - Ruffles and Rain Boots

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  4. What a cute idea. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.

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  5. What a great gift idea and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

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  6. These little tassels are so cute... and they look so easy to make! I'll definitely have to hunt up a scrap of leather to make one! Thanks for sharing at this weeks Welcome Home Wednesday link up! Can't wait to see what you share this Wednesday!

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  7. I love these! They are so cute.

    Thanks for linking up with And Sew We Craft Together x

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  8. What a cute craft! These would make great gifts!

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