How to Make a Key Chain Out of Plastic Lanyard Material


Lanyard plastic strands are also known as Rexlace, gimp, or boondoggle. It is a product used to make jewelry, key chains, and other crafts. The lanyard is weaved, knotted, or braided to create the finished product. One of the easiest crafts is a plastic lanyard key chain that can be completed in a short time.

Step 1

Use scissors to cut two strands of plastic lanyard in two different colors. Each strand should be six feet long. Find the center of each strand.

Step 2

Lay one strand over top of the other so that they make a cross. Place your thumb on the center of the cross to free up your other hand.

Step 3

Pull one strand up. This should be the end of the color that is on the bottom of the cross. Make your first loop by pulling it up and over the other strand. Take the other end of this strand and do the same thing, creating your second loop.

Step 4

Take the end of the second strand, the one that is on top of the cross, and weave it through the two loops. To do this, take the end of the strand that is on your left, place it over top of the first loop you created and under the second loop you created. Take the end of the second strand, the end you have not used yet, and pull it up. Perform the same weaving technique you used with the other end.

Step 5

Slowly pull all four strands at the same time in the direction they are pointed. Pull them until they are tight, but do not pull them hard enough to snap the plastic strands.

Step 6

Repeat steps three, four, and five a total of 20 more times. On the twentieth stitch, do not pull it tight; pull it so that the stitches are still loose.

Step 7

Take the end of any of the strands. Pull it around the strand that is immediately to the left of it. Feed the end of the strand through the middle of the stitch.

Step 8

Repeat step seven three more times. Start with the strand you just wrapped around the previous end. When this is completed, all four ends should come up the center of the stitch. Pull them out from the rest of the stitches to tighten them, again taking care not to overtighten and snap the lanyard.

Step 9

Trim the loose ends to the desired length. Attach a key chain loop or lanyard hook to finish the key chain.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Two strands of lanyard plastic
  • Key chain loop


  • Boondoggle Key Chain
  • Square Stitch
  • Completion Stitch
Keywords: lanyard key chain, Rexlace key chain, gimp key chain

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Erin Ringwald began writing in 1998. She runs her own party planning business and helps with her husband's photography business. She's working on her Master of Education with a focus on elementary education and child development. Ringwald studied musical theater and later obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Wright State University.

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