DIY Wood Bead Keychains

Turn unfinished wood beads into bright, bold keychains. Here’s how.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

4 hours or more

Skill level
Beginner
Time
4 hours or more
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

These hand-painted wood bead keychains are as easy to make as they are cheerful. Whether you’re making one for yourself, or a dozen as party-favors or gifts, they’re a great way to add a little pattern and color to the everyday. Painting the beads is a therapeutic process, and totally open to customization. Paint on any color or pattern your heart desires, dry overnight, and assemble your keychain. Ta da!

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Step 1: Paint your beads

Use acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to add an even coat of color to unfinished wood beads. Let dry. Tip: An easy way to paint beads is to thread them through a dowel, and slowly turn them as you paint. This will give you 360-degree access to all surface areas. To dry, simply set the dowel across a bowl and leave them somewhere airy.
 

Optional: Decorate your bead

Add pattern to one or all of your beads using a paint marker or fine paintbrush. Let dry. Tip: Stripes, zigzags, squiggly lines, polka dots and grid patterns all work well. Get creative!
 

Step 2: Prep your leather cord

Now it’s time to prep your cord. To do this, line up your beads into desired composition. Take out your tassel, too – this will help you envision how the finished keychain will look. Determine the length of cord needed by measuring the length of your beads and tripling. Cut.
 

Step 3: Add your tassel

Thread cord through the tassel. Position the tassel in the middle of your cord. Tip: Depending on how thick your cord is, you may need to loosen the eye of the tassel before threading your cord through. An easy way to do this is to use a plastic large-eye needle to loosen the opening as needed.
 

Step 4: String your beads

With tassel in the middle of the cord, double the cord and string on your beads using the same order you picked in Step 3. Note: You’ll be adding beads from the bottom, up.
 

Step 5: Add your clasp

Once all the beads are on the string, add your swivel clasp to the cord. Tie a square knot.
 

Step 6: Tuck cord into top bead and trim

Tuck the remaining ends of your cord into the top bead. You may need to trim the cord to securely tuck the edges in.
 
 

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