Most of us use key rings to keep all our loose keys together. Since this is something we use on a daily basis, I think it's nice to be able to add a personal touch. This tutorial shows you how you can make some personalized leather fobs so you'll always know exactly which keys are yours. They also make great handmade gifts for friends and family as you can stamp anyone's name or initials on them!
Things You'll Need
- Cutting board
- Craft knife or rotary cutter
- Leather punch
- Letter stamp kit (for metal/leather stamping)
- Eyelet pliers
- Metal rivets
Cut out small rectangles from a sheet of leather using a craft knife or rotary cutter. Mine measure about 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inches. You can make them bigger if you want to add more text.
Use a leather punch to cut a hole through each rectangle of leather.
Place the first letter you want to print onto the leather fob, and tap several times with a hammer. Continue to stamp the letters and use a ruler as a guide to keep the letters nice and straight.
Practice stamping the letters on a scrap piece of leather to get a better idea of how much pressure to apply with the hammer.
Place a metal rivet into the hole you punched earlier. Take the eyelet pliers and squeeze the rivet closed to finish the key ring fob.
Use a split key ring hoop to attach your keys to the leather fobs. These key fobs make great personalized gifts, but you can also stamp on general words like 'home' or 'shed' so you can keep all your indoor and outdoor keys organized!
Caroline Burke is the founder of the DIY and craft blog burkatron. Burke's creative passion started at school when she began to experiment with painting and textiles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from Central Saint Martins she began creating contemporary DIY projects influenced by her love of modern interiors and minimal design.