One of the best things about DIY is that most of the time it is so much more affordable than buying the same thing in stores. Plus you can make something look exactly how you want it to! These stamped DIY leather keychains are a fun craft project for all ages, and they’re very easy to personalize.
To get started, check out our supplies list below. Then download our template and tutorial at the end of the post.
Riveting Handmade Keychains
Though we don’t work with leather too often, there are so many possibilities when crafting with this material. Even just with leather scraps! You only need a few small pieces to create to create some leather keychains for yourself. And they make great gifts, too. If you’re feeling creative, you can even take it one step further by doing your own custom stamping.
Skill level: Beginner
Crafting tips: There are two sizes included in the template, which you can use to create the overlapping leather keychains. When you’re picking out your leather, we recommend getting a thicker material because it is better for stamping. With thinner leathers, the stamps often just leave an impression rather than a real engraving. You can find a stamping kit online, like this one from Amazon.
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- Craft Scissors
- Detail Knife
- Plastic Mallet
- Metal Bench Block
- Leather Punch — use 2mm hole punch
- Mechanical Pencil
- Letter Stamp Set
- Leather Scraps
- Key Ring
- 6mm Gold Rivets
- Masking Tape
How to Make Stamped DIY Leather Keychains
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Trace the template at the bottom of the post onto leather using mechanical pencil.
- Cut the leather using an x-acto and ruler. A utility knife also works great here.
- Mark where the rivets will be attached by poking the x-acto through the template onto the leather (without poking it through the leather).
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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
I can’t seem to find #1 rivets anywhere. Can you point me in the right direction? Do they have an alternative name?
Hi Jessica, I added a link that should work.
Hi! Are there stores where I can order leather as well as the equipment needed to make stamped keychains and bag tags? I am very new to this and would like your advice regarding supplies and suppliers. Thank you!!
We like to go to our local leather supply store here in Portland, if you don’t have that option in your location Tandy Leather https://tandyleather.com/ is a great resource for leather, leather craft tools, and educational resources for making! 🙂
I am so excited to try this DIY for my Christmas gifts this year! I was just wondering on exactly what type of leather you used for your stamping! Does fake leather work and how thick would you recommend the leather be! Thank you!
We enjoyed going to our local leather supply store here in Portland and picking a few pieces of leather out of their scrap bins. However faux leather will work as well for stamping! 🙂 We would recommend 1.5mm or thicker leather for keychains.
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