How to Make a Braided Leather Lanyard

By Rena Rossner
A braided leather lanyard can be embellished with beads.

Lanyards are not only practical solutions for keeping items such as cellphones, ID badges, lifeguard whistles and important documents close to you, but they also help prevent these items from getting lost. Lanyards can be fashionable as well as functional; a braided leather lanyard is as much an accessory as it is an object holder.

Making the Lanyard

Attach or suspend your lanyard hook from a counter, the back of a chair, or some other secure location to help make braiding easier.

Lace two strands of 1/8-inch leather lacing (each 80 inches long) through the hook. Center them so that you have four equal-sized pieces of cord hanging from the hook.

Pass the fourth cord under cords two and three, then back over cord two, working from right to left.

Pass strand one under both strands two and four, then back over strand four.

Pull tight and repeat the above steps until the lanyard is the length you want.

Tie an overhand knot and pull tightly to secure your lanyard.

About the Author

Rena Rossner has written many articles for "The Jerusalem Post" and "The Jerusalem Report," and has been writing professionally since 1996. She has written and managed content for many websites. She has a cookbook coming out later this year with Gefen Publishing. She holds an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in writing seminars and a master's degree in history from McGill University.