Bead and ribbons key chain charm DIY

10:34 AM

A new home is the perfect occasion to jazz up your key chain with something new. And, I had this fairly utilitarian, boring old key ring for years that was screaming for a makeover.
To be fair, it did start as a nice key chain, it was small, but had a cute little painted flip flop hanging from it. The flip flop charm lost its colours and allure over the years but I kept it, because it was practical, and I wanted my key chain to fit in the tiny pocket of my work out pants.

Yet, I still dreamt of having a nice, super colourful and big key chain charm that would make finding my keys in my purse a bit easier, and lets face it, a key chain that represented my love for all things colours and crafty better.

Luck had it that my special hoarding talent for all odds and ends that can be used in DIY projects came of use...once again. If I haven't made it clear in this blog post, your home is usually full of arts and craft treasure that wont cost you much of a thing.

For this project, the main thing to have on hand is one of these silver charm clasp that is big enough to tie a few ribbons and strings, and have a large enough clasp to be put on a key ring and easily removed when needed.
I have 2-3 of these in my craft supplies drawers because I tend to save these from all these school ID or special events badges we get every now and then (DH attended quite a few conferences and came back with these).
In the picture above I showed you how those clasp look when still attached to the ribbon, but for this project, I used the oval one right below.

If you don't have any of these, check with your craft supply store, or order one like this on Amazon (affiliate link). This type of clasp is called "Lobster clasp".

The beads I had purchased in bulk in Itsy Bitsy when I revamped another key chain charm into a necklace. The ribbons were a leftover from the flowing ribbons lantern I made last Diwali.

For this project you can really let your creativity and imagination run wild. All you have to do is tie length of ribbons and stringed beads to your clasp.
I went with blue, because I love blue, and it's pretty much my signature colour, which is a recurrent theme in both my home and my wardrobe.

I made a blue tassel with embroidery cotton pretty much following the tassel making technique featured in this post (only smaller).

This key chain charm has the advantage that I can remove it from the ring when I need my keys to fit in a tiny pocket.
When my keys aren't in my purse, or in my hands, they rest in my black and white polka dots crate which sits on my console table right now.

This cute keychain charm makes for a perfect housewarming gift on a budget

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  1. Anonymous1:24 PM

    Fantastic and easy. How creative. Those keys remind me, my neighbor had one of these locks. The wind pushed the door and it got locked. Fortunately, she was outside. She came to our house and I had to call the locksmith to open the door. This happened few times in our office with similar kind of locks, and we had to break open the lock. Those who are not well versed with them, may find them difficult. I am mortally afraid of these locks.


    1. I haven't lived in a single place that didn't have that self locking mechanism in India. In Switzerland you don't find those as often as I have seen here, and I never had to worry getting locked out of my own apartment in Geneva, yet it has happened way too many times in the past 13 years in India. Twice in our old Bangalore flat I had to break a window to access the lock from the inside, once it was with additional padlock still on as I simply left the flat without checking if I had my key. I had to hammer down the padlock latch before breaking the window on the side of the door to open.

      In the flat we just left, I went for a walk without the key, hubby thought I had it so he stepped out to walk the dog not taking his, and we were both locked outside of our flat, with the dog until the locksmith showed up an hour later!
      I also forgot my key a couple of time while hubby was in office, fortunately I have enough friends in the neighbourhood to seek asylum until hubby gets back home from office.

      I really prefer the old system of locking your own door yourself. You know you will need your key, and if you don't do it you are at least not locked out of your own home.

    2. Anonymous4:02 PM

      In our times, we had the big hanging locks also called "Aligarh Locks" named after the famous lock industry in Aligarh in U.P., which still produces the bulk of locks in India.

      After some time, these locks proved inadequate and something called interlock was introduced. An interlock is a big rectangular lock which is fixed to the door frame. On turning of big key, a metal extension, slides into a hole dug in the wall or floor. This was a vast improvement over the conventional old locks, it was more difficult to break the interlock. I think you may be referring to something similar in your comment.

      Some how we grew up trusting the interlock. We have two interlocks, one on the main door and the other on the additional iron door. Do you have an additional door? We generally use the hanging lock for short durations. When we go for longer duration, like on a vacation, we use the two interlocks as well as the hanging lock.


    3. Yeah the interlock seems close to what we have in Switzerland, it's built in the door though, no visible box at the back of the door. You need to manually lock the door and the key hole is on both side of the door.
      People took to add a second lock at eye level, and this look more like the interlock you seem to describe, it has a key hole on the outside, and on the inside part of the door it has a box with a lever you twist to lock and unlock.

      Doors in most building in Switzerland have a flat door handle you push down to open the door, unless it is lock the door will open and close that way and growing up the first one home unlocked the door and others just opened the door without ringing the doorbell and of course without needing a key.
      The hanging padlock thing is something I only saw in India. Doesn't strike me as safe though, it gives a very clear signal that the occupants of a house or flat have stepped out to people with questionable intentions, plus they are easy to pick or break.

    4. Anonymous11:00 AM

      There is something reassuring about the sound that an interlock makes "khat" "khat" "khat", like an alert sentry on the border stomping his foot, compared to the rather polite and indifferent "click" of these self locks. Only if non living things could speak. I have a crazy but fertile imagination.


    5. Well to be fair, you can get those nasty self locking locks to do that "khat khat" sound too if you want to extra lock it as you go out. But then that means you have the key in hand. If you forgot your key inside you are more likely to say "crap crap" and add less polite expletive out :-)


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