DIY Leather Keychain

Stylish and simple.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

With the right tools and a little inspiration, you can make this simple leather keychain in a matter of minutes. This project is great for someone looking to try their hand at an easy leatherworking project, or someone who has a bit of leatherworking experience they want to put to good use. Whether you’re making these keychains for yourself or a friend, take them up a notch by adding a leather-stamped monogram or a hand-painted pattern.

You will need

 

Step 1: Fold leather through keyring

Slip the piece of leather through the keyring and fold the leather in half so the ends are even.
 

Step 2: Mark where your rivet will go

Measure about ½ in. / 1 cm. from the fold and mark. This is where you will make a hole with your leather hole punch.
 
 

Step 3: Punch the hole

Center the leather hole punch over your mark and give a confident strike with the mallet to puncture the hole through both sides of the leather.
 
 
 

Step 4: Set the rivet

Working on your rivet-setting anvil, push the male piece of the rivet through both holes in your leather from back to front, so the smooth button side of the male piece is sitting on the anvil. Place the rivet top over the end. Next, using your rivet setter and mallet, secure in place with a confident strike.
 

Step 5: Trim the ends

Trim the ends of the leather as desired. Asymmetrical, straight and ribbon-end cuts all look great. Get creative!
 

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