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DIY: Leather keychain

There are so many thrifted finds you can repurpose into a swanky keychain, including belts, t-shirts, jewelry and more. For this DIY, I’m upcycling a blast from the past – a bright pink leather belt from the 80s.


  • A thrifted leather belt
  • Scissors
  • Chalk and ruler
  • Metal split keychain ring
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Find that perfect second-hand belt to refashion into a keychain. The leather belt I found was a thin leather in an eye-catching pink. You’ll also want to find a metal split keychain ring.

Cut a rectangular piece of the leather. The dimensions I used were approximately 4 inches by 8 inches. I used the full width of the leather and then decided on 8 inches in length. I knew once the DIY was complete I could always shorten the length if need be.

Cut the tassels for your keychain. I would measure these ¼ inch in width cutting lengthwise leaving an inch uncut from the top.

Once you’ve finished cutting, you’re now ready to heat up your glue gun and make your keychain.

First you create the hook for the keychain. I used one of the end tassels for this and added the metal ring – feel free to add this at the end. Fold the end of the tassel to create the loop then add hot glue. You can be messy with this since this will be covered but make sure to hold this in place to dry.

Next you can add more hot glue then wrap the leather around your loop until you run out of tassels. You’ll only want to cover the top of the leather.

And that’s it! You can make as many as your leather belt will allow and gift these to friends and family.

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