Making wedding favors is always a heartfelt project. I absolutely love making small handmade gifts for my friends, whether for birthdays or the holidays… and weddings and showers of course. Today’s project is a lovely idea on how to make gorgeous leather keychains that you can personalize for each guest and paint to match your wedding. It will be a labor of love but your guests will rave about them for sure!
Metallic Key Rings
I love this metallic key ring set from Amazon!! High quality rings in 6 metallic shades; black, gold, light gold, rose gold, chrome and silver.
- Tooling Leather, 3-4oz
- Leather Alphabet Stamps
- Wooden Mallet
- Cutting Knife
- Cutting Mat
- 1″ Key Rings
- Heavy Duty Hole Punch
- Embroidery Floss and Needle
- Craft Paint
- Paint Daubers
Cut Leather Strips
Using a cutting mat and a craft knife, cut 6″ x 1/2″ strips of tooling leather. I used 3-4oz leather and found it on Amazon, it’s gorgeous.
Tape To Cover
Add painters tape on the right side of the leather to protect it from the paint.
Paint The Leather
I found it easiest to apply the paint to the leather with these foam daubers in a pouncing motion. One medium coat should do and they dry fairly quickly. Once dry carefully remove the painters tape.
Stamp The Leather
On top of a piece of scrap wood, stamp your guests initials. Three swift mallet hits will do the trick.
Fold the leather strips in half and mark 1/2″ from the fold, then hole punch. After you do it a few times you’ll get used to the spacing and probably won’t have to even mark it.
Sew to Secure
The final step is to sew the leather strips closed around the key rings with embroidery floss. You don’t need a sharp needle for this since the hole is so large. Add embroidery floss and add three stitches on each side of the hole to secure and knot on the backside.
CRAFTERS TIP: After using my keychain for a bit the thread started to loosen, so I would add a dot of glue to the knots on the backside to ensure a long life!
Make As They RSVP
Tackling a large favor project like this can be overwhelming if you attempt to do it all at one time. A fun way to do a few here and there is to make them as the RSVPs come in!
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DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Tooling Leather: Amazon // 1″ Metallic Key Rings: Amazon // Leather Alphabet Stamps: Amazon // Wooden Mallet: Amazon // Cutting Mat: Amazon // Craft Knife: Amazon // Crop-a-Dile Hole Punch: Amazon // Martha Stewart Craft Paint and Daubers: Michaels // Embroidery Floss and Needles: JoAnn //Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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