How to Make a Macrame Keychain Lanyard: A Beginner-Friendly Tutorial

Make a Macrame Keychains Lanyard DIY

Hello fellow macrame enthusiasts!

Today, we're merging style and function through the latest trend: keychain lanyards!

Embark with us on the journey of crafting your very own macrame keychain lanyard—a flawless fusion of creativity and usefulness.

This step-by-step guide will lead you through the intricate world of knots, resulting in a chic accessory that not only displays your imaginative prowess but also ensures your keys are always within reach.

Experience the delight of handpicking colors, mastering knot techniques, and sculpting a custom keychain lanyard that seamlessly combines practicality with visual charm.

Whether it's a personal expression or a considerate gift, this tutorial paves the way for creating something undeniably extraordinary.

Without further ado, let's plunge into the art of crafting a macrame keychain!

What is Macrame?

Macrame, a versatile textile art relying on knots to weave an array of patterns, holds a rich history dating back to ancient times and has been cherished by diverse cultures. However, its journey didn't stop there.

In the 1970s, macrame underwent a transformative resurgence, experiencing significant popularity. And what's the latest buzz? It's undergoing a vibrant revival in contemporary design and home decor!

Today, artists are taking macrame to unprecedented heights. They are skillfully blending traditional techniques with innovative, modern interpretations.

The result? An abundance of extraordinary creations, ranging from intricate wall hangings to graceful plant hangers and even stylish fashion accents.

Essentially, macrame refuses to be confined to a single identity – it remains a versatile art form that is once again capturing the attention of individuals worldwide.

What is a Macrame Keychain Lanyard?

A macrame keychain lanyard is a nifty accessory that combines artful knotting with practicality. It's like a mini rope or cord masterpiece designed to hold your keys stylishly.

Made through the technique of macrame, where cords are knotted in intricate patterns, these lanyards are both trendy and functional. You can attach them to your keys, bags, or even wear them around your wrist.

They're not just about keeping your keys in check; they're about expressing your creativity through knots and designs.

So, whether you're into crafts or just want a unique way to carry your keys, a macrame keychain lanyard is the way to go!

The macrame keychain pattern we will be using for this tutorial is a leaf pattern, which adds a touch of nature-inspired beauty to the lanyard.

Macrame knots you need to know

Getting familiar with macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:

  • Larks Head Knot 
  • Double Half Hitch Knot 
  • Gathering Knot

The Lark's Head Knot is a fundamental mounting knot for various projects. As a mounting knot, it provides a reliable and secure attachment point for your macrame design to a dowel, ring, or other supporting structure. This knot lets you easily hang cords onto your macrame creation, providing a stable foundation for further knotting and design elements.

The Double Half Hitch Knot is fundamental and highly versatile in macrame. It is the building block for many intricate knot patterns, making it an essential technique for creating beautiful macrame designs.

The Gathering Knot is a wrapping knot, a finishing knot that gathers all cords together. Usually, you will see the gathering knot at the bottom of a macrame pattern.

Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.

I've put together a complimentary eBook titled "50 Macramé Knots & Sennit Guide." This eBook provides a detailed, step-by-step visual guide on creating 50 distinct knots and sennits.

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This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs. 


Beginner-Friendly Macrame Lanyard Cord and Materials 

You'll need a few essential materials and supplies when creating this macrame lanyard pattern.

For this pattern, you will need 3mm cord, and a keyring with a lobster clasp with a D-Ring.  

Choosing the cord

The most crucial material is the cord. Macrame cords can be made from various materials such as cotton, jute, or nylon, each offering a different texture and appearance. 

Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy, and suitable for your desired keychain design is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.

I have used 3mm single strand twist cord in Cappuccino from our Rainbow cord line for this pattern.

  • Our Rainbow cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly as the cords are made from recycled cotton.
  • There is a variety of sizes, types, and color offerings to choose from.
  • We love using the Rainbow cords because they are smooth, soft, and sturdy, making them easy to work with.

A Key Ring with a D-Ring

The Lobster clasp D-ring is where your macrame design will be attached, and it will also serve as the key holder.

When selecting a lobster clasp, consider its size and material. It should be large enough to accommodate the thickness of your cord and sturdy enough to hold multiple keys.

Essential Tools

You will also need some essential tools:

    DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard Details

    Skill Level 

    • Easy - Beginner

     Completed Size 

    • 19’’ when completed (21 Leaf patterns)

    Materials Needed (for 1 unit)

    Cord Lengths Needed

    • 4 x 700cm (276’’)

    ** Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using a 3mm single-strand Rainbow Cord.

    Should you use a different size cord or cord from a different brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and therefore should be adjusted accordingly.

    Completion time

    This project should take approximately 2-3 hours from start to finish. Depending on your skill level, the actual time can vary. 

    Important Macrame Terms for Beginners 

    Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:

    1. Knots: Macrame involves various types of knots, such as the square knot, double half hitch knot, and the Lark's head knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of macrame. Refer to the "Macrame Knots You Will Need To Know" section for the knots used in this pattern.
    2. Cords: Cords are the primary material used in macrame. They are made of different materials like cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Macrame cords come in various thicknesses and colors.
    3. Anchor cord: This refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
    4. Working cord: This is the piece of cord that is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.

    Step-by-Step Macrame Keychain Lanyard Instructions

    Step 1: 

    • Attach all 4 x 700cm strands of cord onto the bottom of the D-Ring using  Lark's Head knots. 

    Attaching the Cords | DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

    Step 2: 

    • Make a diagonal Double Half Hitch knot about an inch down with the middle two cords.
    Step 2 Starting the Pattern - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

    Step 3:

    • Make 3 diagonal Double Half Hitch knots to the right.
    • Make 3 diagonal Double Half Hitch knot to the left. 
    Step 3: Continuing the Diagonal Pattern - DIY Macrame Keychains Lanyard
    Step 4: Second Row of Knots - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

    Step 4: 

    • Take the middle, right, and left cords as the anchor cords for a diagonal row of 3 Double Half Hitch knots to the right and then to the left.
    Step 4: Second Row of Knots - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

      Step 5: 

      • Make 1 more row of Double Half Hitch knots on both sides at the bottom. 
      Step 5: Third Row of Knots - DIY machame keychain Lanyard

      Step 6: 

      • Pull the far left and far right cords into the middle and make one more Double Half Hitch knot in the center.
      Step 6: Finishing the Leaf Pattern - DIY Macrame Keychains Lanyard

      Step 7: 

      • Split the cords in half and make another Leaf pattern. 
      Step 7: Splitting the Cords - DIY Macrame Keychains Lanyard

      Step 8: 

      • Make a total of 21 Leaf patterns. 

      Step 8: Creating More Leaf Patterns - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard
      Step 9: Finalizing the Lanyard - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

      Step 9: 

      • Cut a 70cm strand of cord from the bottom fringe and use it as a working cord for a Gathering knot at the bottom. 
      Step 9: Finalizing the Lanyard -  DIY Macrame Keychains LanyardStep 9: Finalizing the Lanyard - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard 

      Step 10: 

      • Cut the excess fringe off the bottom.
      Step 10: Trimming and Completion - DIY Macrame Keychain Lanyard

      Congratulations, you've reached the final step of our DIY macrame lanyard guide!

      By following the detailed instructions and letting your creativity shine, you've successfully crafted a striking and practical macrame keychain lanyard.

      Throughout this project, you've witnessed the artistic versatility of macrame, unlocking your creative potential along the way.

      Now, as you attach your handcrafted lanyard to your keys, take a moment to bask in the sense of accomplishment and admire the vintage charm it imparts to your surroundings.

      Don't forget to snap a photo for your social media and tag us @bochinot.

      Remember, the realm of macrame holds endless possibilities for you. Keep honing your knotting skills and brace yourself to explore numerous exciting avenues.

      Happy knotting!

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