Leather is one of the most versatile products to craft with. We love using it in both traditional ways and finding new uses for it. You’ve probably seen it popping up in a variety of colors, and it’s making its way into crafting, home decor, furniture (other than the sofas and upholstery we’ve seen for decades), clothing, etc. It’s obviously been around for a loooong time and been used in just about every way imaginable. We are especially excited about the trend of brightly colored leathers used in home decor and fashion. Today we’re super excited to teach you how to make a really simple, cute and inexpensive leather tassel that is perfect for adorning a bag, using as a keychain or even putting on a chain for a cute necklace.
-a 8.5 x11″ sheet of leather (We found ours at Michaels that was already cut to size.)
-hot glue and glue gun
First, you’ll cut about an inch off of the long (11″) side of the sheet.
Then, start cutting long strips on the other end. These are about 1/4″ wide. You can totally “eyeball” it, but you could always use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter if you’d like to be exact.
Next, we cut the top in half because we needed a thinner strip of leather to attach the ring.
Begin rolling your leather, securing with hot glue as you go.
About 1/3 of the way through, stop to add the key ring. We took about a 2″ strip and folded it in half over the keyring. Secure with hot glue. Continue rolling your tassel until it’s completely rolled. Secure the end with more hot glue.
We love how simple and cute these little guys are! Is it weird that we want to add tassels to everything? We love them! It would be super cute to make as gifts for friends! What color would you make? xoxo –Mallory & Savannah
Credits // Author and Photography: Mallory Nikolaus and Savannah Kokaliares. Photos edited with Celeste from The Fresh Collection.
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Great idea and so cute! I have a question though. You cut the 1″ strip from the top in two but what did you use the second strip for? Was that so you could get the tassel to the length that you wanted?
What a simple yet fancy project! This would be extra lovely made with vintage leather scraps and wrapped in lace trim. Thank you for the great tutorial and starting point! I can’t wait to try it in all kinds of color combinations.
This is so cute! xo
Oh I love this DIY! I love these tassels but think they are so overpriced – I think you may have just solved my problem!
Jodie @ Jodetopia x
Adorable! I love those colors together as well.
You know, I actually really love this one. Would want to make one in cream. It’d be lovely!
Yes! I have been falling in love with tassels this season and this DIY is perfect! I’ve been looking for a new keychain to purchase but now I’m excited to make my own. Thanks for posting this!
XO – Sarah
So cute! I’ve been looking for a good way to update my keys and I think this is it! I want to run to the craft store right now to get started!
Love it !!!
Stylish and easy to make! Love it. I need to make a trip to Michaels ASAP!
I love these key chains! I totally need to make some!
So chic! I often seem to dig around in my purse for 2-3 minutes looking for my keys. I think a beautiful key chain like this would completely eliminate the problem 🙂
I plan on going to Michaels today and will look for the leather sheet! Also, that phone case is adorable. Can you share where it is from??
I’ve been seeing these everywhere but I didn’t realize you can make them yourself. I can’t wait to try it out!
So cute and easy! That would be the perfect key chain.
So simple and so cute! I’m always losing my key in my purse. This would sure help! 🙂
Tassels work perfectly on absolutely everything!!
Wow that was way easier than expected. I don’t know why but I love those leather tassel key chains. I may need to go out and DIY this weekend!
I really need to do this with my laundry room key!! I’m always losing it!! Currently it’s now lost so I really need to find it and make it stand out!! Love how easy this!! =)