How to Make Homemade Keychains in Crafts

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Making homemade keychains in crafts only requires the right materials and a little bit of time. Make homemade keychains in crafts with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hey, everyone. My name is Gene, I'm an illustrator and a graphic designer, I've been working in the industry for about 15 years and today I'm going to show you a real simple way make home made key chains. Let's get started. Alright so we are going to just make a simple little pull tab, like a little handle for the key chain and the way we're going to do that, we're going to take three different brightly colored pipe cleaners because everybody loves brightly colored pipe cleaners, nobody likes not brightly colored pipe cleaners. And we're just going to twist them together, kind of braid style. So we're going to just so you can see it here, the orange over the green, then we'll twist the purple over the orange and the orange over the purple and we're just going to keep doing that for a little bit here. And then what I want you to do is take your keys and put this through, right? And just below where you started the braid fold the top over and then we've got six so we're going to twist the orange around the orange first, we're going to twist the purple around the purple and we're going to twist the green around the green and now once we're there twist the purple around the green, twist the orange around the purple, twist the green around the orange and then kind of keep doing that until all of the pointy parts that's the official term, by the way, pointy parts, till all the pointy parts are sort of in the center. So make sure you got all the pointy parts, whoops kind of did that the wrong way, all the pointy parts in the center because what you don't want to do is try to pull this out of your pocket and stab yourself with a pipe cleaner. So all the pointy parts in the center and then what we're going to do is wrap this around and by this I mean the green end, I'm going to wrap the purple end around the green and try to bury the pointed parts underneath all of the other wrap, there we go, and we'll do this. And as you can see the pointed parts are actually in the middle here in the center, you can see they all go sort of inside, so they're all in the center and we're just going to braid the end like this a little bit more, it's the easiest way to get, you know, just kind of an interesting color scheme. And there's several different ways of of course that you can twist these pipe cleaners so feel free to experiment a little bit, but we're just going to twist for a little bit until we have a nice little handle. And remember you always want to go over, so the orange over green, purple over orange, always go in one direction or you can always go under, that's fine, over or under. and then what we're going to do once we have a couple more here, I'm just going to go through this kind of quickly. Is I'm going to curve this up a little bit, okay? And then I'm going to push my center pipe cleaner right through the center, if I left enough room which it looks like I didn't, so instead of pushing it through we're going to wrap it around and we'll wrap this one around to the right and then on the other side, we give a little twist and then we're going to take the purple and do the same thing, twist this over this way, twist this over this way and remember we're going to continue to go over, but now I've got a little handle here. I'm going to go back so I'll take the purple and twist it on to itself and I'm going to wrap the purple around itself twice here so that it attaches to the other side and then I'm going to push it through and wrap it around the orange, there we go and I'm going to do the same thing with the orange, take this orange side wrap it around the purple, go under wrap it around the orange until it comes out the other side and there we go. Take the green, wrap that one around and I'm going to finish out the braid underneath here. And I'm just going to loop that in and under, same with the green in the opposite direction and then I'm going to push then purple right through the center and I'm going to push them down and now we have a nice little brightly colored handle for our key chain. So there you have it just a quick easy way to make a home made key chain. And if you have any other questions please feel free to ask and thanks for watching.

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