I’m not sure what it is about keychains that makes me love them so, but I do. Maybe it’s that they can be blingy, fluffy, or fringy. Maybe it’s that they offer flair to something as mundane as keys, but whatever it is… I’ve got a mad crush for keychains.
Growing up, my dad discouraged me from having too many keychains on my car keys… he said that a heavy weight can be hard on the starter. And when I got married, I didn’t have the heart to have something overly girly or bulky that my husband would have to carry around every time he drove my car. By the time I got my first key fob, I’d completely given up on having my keys whimsically adorned.
But that doesn’t mean I’ve resolved myself to a funky keychain less life. Oh no… I still love them and deck out my totes and bags with whatever sparkly keychain has caught my eye.
However, what has recently grabbed my attention has been less shiny and more natural… Specifically in the form of wood beads.
DIY Dyed Wood Bead Keychain
Supplies for Dyed Wood Bead Keychain
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- Wood beads
- Dye tablets or food dye
- Vinegar & Water
- Bamboo Skewers
- Faux Suede Cording (similar)
- Key Ring (similar)
How to Dye Wood Beads
My original intention was to use Easter Egg dye tablets, but since our local stores don’t have their Easter stuff out just yet, I used regular food dye instead.
Prepare Dye Cups
Following the manufacturer’s directions, combine ½ cup boiling water with 1 tsp of vinegar and add dye. For the red I went with 20 red drops and for the orange I used 17 yellow drops with 3 red.
Dye Wood Beads
We are working with wood beads and they tend to float in water. To avoid this, use a bamboo skewer to stack the beads and hold them submerged in the dye.
I let the beads sit in the dye for about 30 minutes. Fair warning… your house will begin to smell like vinegar. Let’s just say it will get your nose ready for dyeing Easter eggs in a few weeks.
After a half hour, remove your beads and rinse them under cold water to clear off any excess dye.
Pat dry. Because the wood has been submerged in water, I put them in our toaster oven at 250 degrees for 10 minutes flipping them halfway through. This helped them thoroughly dry out before using them to craft.
Wood Bead Keychain
Once completely dry, add cording to your key ring and begin stringing your beads.
When you have the length that you desire, knot and snip the ends.
I added these to a pink clutch and enjoyed it for Valentine’s Day, but this is so bright and cheery, I will have it around the entire Spring season.
And how cute is this keychain set dangling off an adult coloring pouch? Spring cannot not arrive soon enough!
Am I the only one that has a passion for keychains? Do you have a favorite accessory that you have to be creative with to still enjoy? Hit me up in the comments section with the one item that you are looking forward to as Spring approaches.