How to Do Boondoggle Projects


So what is boondoggle? It's just one more name for the plastic cord used in crafting. This cord can be used to make dozens, if not hundreds, of different projects. The most common are lanyards and key chains, which are made by weaving two to four pieces of the cord together. However there are other things you can make, such as dolls, jewelry and bracelets. Two easy project to start with are a box stitch key chain and a woven headband.

Making a Headband

Step 1

Buy your boondoggle. Almost all craft and hobby stores will have it. Also pick up a plastic headband that is at least a half an inch wide. Measure the width of the headband and then determine how many strands of boondoggle you will need to span it. You will be laying the cord on top of it from end to end. Depending on the width of the headband, and on your idea for the final result, you will need anywhere from one to ten or more colors of boondoggle. You will also need one additional color to weave across horizontally. Usually boondoggle is sold by the roll, which means you get a lot of it, so be careful not to go overboard.

Step 2

Cut your boondoggle to the desired length. If you're not sure how long you need your strands to be, always err on the side of caution. You can trim the boondoggle once you're done stitching if it's too long. However, don't make it overly long on purpose or it can be cumbersome to work with.

Step 3

Attach your boondoggle to one end of the headband using a hot glue gun. You don't want to anchor both ends since you will need some give in the boondoggle in order to weave with it. Once that's done, take your horizontal color and weave it over and under alternating strands of the vertical colors, starting at the end that you've glued down. Leave about an inch of cord loose before you start your weaving. That way you don't have to worry about your boondoggle slipping out of its stitches.

Step 4

Loop the boondoggle under and around the headband. Pull it tight and then come back up and start again. Make sure the "new" piece of boondoggle is flush against the one you've already woven through. This will make the stitch tight and prevent any gaps.

Step 5

Take your glue gun and attach the end of the boondoggle to it when you reach the end of the headband. Cut off any extra. You can also trim the cord from the end you attached when you started your project. Use a dot of glue in any area where you think it is needed.

Step 6

Once the glue's dry, put on your new headband or give it to its lucky recipient.

Making a Keychain

Step 1

Cut two pieces of boondoggle (you will want to use two different colors) and gather them together in your hand. Tie a knot in both pieces together in the center of the cords.

Step 2

Slip the boondoggle through the loop in the keychain, leaving the knot up against the metal. This way it will attach as you make your box stitch.

Step 3

Use your first stitch to anchor the keychain to your boondoggle. Separate the four ends--two from each cord--and pick one to start with. Put it over top of the strand of the opposite color immediately to its left as close to the center knot as possible. Continue with the next strand, moving clockwise.

Step 4

Pull all of the ends at the same time very tightly once you've made the stitch with each end once. Pull one of each color straight out to left and the other two straight out to the right.

Step 5

Continue this stitch until your keychain is at the length you want it. Then simply cut the extra boondoggle off. If your stitches were all as tight as they should have been, the boondoggle will not unravel.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful with the hot glue gun. Don't touch your project until the glue is completely dry.

Things You'll Need

  • One or more spools of boondoggle
  • Scissors
  • Headband
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
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Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.

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