I bet you have extra keys lurking around your home. I often find them in junk drawers and other areas of the home where they are seen all the time. However, they are fiercely protected by their owners. Why? Because it’s not known what these keys open. They MIGHT be important. They MIGHT go to your gym locker five years ago but they might also be the key (pun intended) to a safe full of money.
So how do you prevent these unknown keys from losing their locks and floating around your home? I like to use labeled and or color coded key chains. Below I share with you a tutorial to make these key chains. The process is super inexpensive and easy. It’s a great craft for kids too!
The materials needed are readily available. You can use embroidery floss like the type used to make friendship bracelets. You could also use yarn. I used a combo of both. These are mini skeins of yarn. I bought them for another project and they didn’t work out, but they were perfect for this. I bought the kit on Amazon for about $5. (At the time the kit came in six color combinations.)
I also bought loop rings. Pick any size and color you want. I bought these at a craft store and they were about $3 for a pack of 25.
The next step is to grab a ruler and some sharp scissors. You’re going to start cutting the thread but first, determine how long you want your tassel. I wanted mine ABOUT three inches, so I cut my yarn eight inches long. I used the ruler for the first few cuts and matched the next cuts to that length. I cut 15 pieces of thread.
Next, thread the key ring over the threat and fold it all in half.
Cut ANOTHER piece of thread, this one about ten inches long. Place it around the folded thread about a centimeter from the key ring. You can start wrapping the thread or you can tie it on. Keep trapping and tying until the whole piece of thread is wrapped around. Tuck the ends in, knot them or use a dab of glue to secure.
I then trimmed the ends of the tassel so they were even. Do this any many times as you’d like with as many colors of thread. You can even mix and match!
Next, create a chart for your keys. For example;
Teal tassel =car
Yellow tassel=house key and so on
You could color code by type of key, area of your home or owner of the keys.
OR, you can grab a piece of washi tape, fold it in half over the key ring and label.