A lanyard is a rope or cord that when wrapped around the the neck or wrist is used to carry objects. One of the easiest ways to make a decorative lanyard is using gimp--a flat plastic strip of lacing that is used for numerous craft projects. You can buy gimp at craft stores and art supply stores in dozens of colors, and it is very inexpensive. It's a great craft for kids, because it takes hand-eye coordination, and it's very easy to learn the basic plaits, knots and weaves. There are many variations and patterns, and the spiral pattern is one of the most popular. Making a lanyard with this pattern is only one option. You can also use it to make key chains, bracelets, anklets and more.
Lay out two pieces of gimp in different colors. For instance, take one piece of white gimp and one black.
Fold each piece of gimp in half and pinch it to mark the center.
Lay the center of the white gimp across the center of the black gimp to form a plus sign.
Cross the ends of the black piece over the white piece, and hold it in place with your finger. The black piece should now be wrapped around the white piece.
Take one end of the black piece and fold it over the first fold in the white piece, inserting it into the loop formed by the next fold of the white piece. Hold it in place with your finger.
Take the same step with the other end of the black piece: Fold it over the first fold in the white piece, inserting it into the loop formed by the second fold of the white piece. Pull it gently to tighten the knot.
Fold both ends of the white piece at a diagonal across the lanyard. Hold the two pieces in place with your finger.
Fold one end of the black piece over the next fold in the white piece. Insert the black piece into the next loop in the white piece. Pull again to tighten and fix the hold. It should hold itself in place now.
Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have the length of lanyard you want.
Take a lighter or a match and quickly melt the end of the lanyard so the weave doesn't unfold.