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Friendship Key Chains

Friendship Key Chains - Noodlehead

I love a good key chain! I’ve been seeing so many cute variations of wood bead key chains that I knew I had to try making some of my own. I originally wanted to make some for my girls’ backpacks, but decided it would be fun to make them for some friends of mine. I love making little gifts like this, plus it’s fun and useful. Win win.

Friendship Key Chains - Noodlehead

Luckily Michael’s had most of the supplies I needed AND my kids absolutely love going there. I picked up the wood beads, hemp cord and black paint and used my coupon of course (I love their app because I can never remember bringing paper coupons anywhere). We had a spray can of satin finish Minwax Polycrylic and I ordered some of these cool brass split key rings. I love that they’re brass because they go so well with the black and wood.

Friendship Keychains - Noodlehead

I sat down one night just thinking I would play around with some painting ideas, but ended up just making them all that night because I was having too much fun to stop. To apply the poly I strung the painted beads on a string of baker’s twine and tacked it to our wood railing outside and sprayed away. I flipped it around after making sure the one side got a good coat. It worked out pretty well!

Friendship Key Chains - Noodlehead

It was fun painting each bead and when I would mess up one I would just change the design a bit. I also found out it’s actually pretty difficult to maintain a steady hand when painting a small round object, who knew?! ha.

Friendship Key Chains - Noodlehead

The assembly went really smoothly – just did a few knots at the beginning and end. I’m not sure if what I did will end up holding up over time, but I think they look cute.

Friendship Key Chains - Noodlehead

postcards by Life Love Paper

7 thoughts on “Friendship Key Chains

  1. Claudia Lundquist says:

    If you make more, place the beads on a wooden skewer, that will give you something to hang on to and will also allow you to paint all the way around and on both ends.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for the tip Claudia! I did something similar by placing it on the end of a paint brush I had. 🙂

  2. These look fantastic. Such a fun little project 🙂

  3. Amanda Jean says:

    I love mine! thanks so much for your generosity and for your friendship! xo

  4. Regina says:

    Those are really cute Anna and they make great zipper pulls for the larger tote bags! I love me a good key chain too especially when they’re nice and light and won’t damage the ignition!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! totally! 🙂

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