Making a hemp key chain is easy, inexpensive and fun. Using three very basic macrame knots, even a beginner can create a masterpiece on the first try. The materials you'll need are commonly available from discount, department and craft stores.
Starting With a Half-Hitch
Cut a 6-yard length of cord from the roll of hemp. Cut that into two 3-yard cords.
Hold the two cords together in your left hand, making sure that the ends are even. Fold them in half, creating two semi-loops. Cut the ends of the cords in your right hand, creating four separate cords.
Attach the cords to the key ring by passing the folded loop through the ring, then drawing the ends of the cords evenly through the loops.
Pull the ends of the cords to tighten the half-hitch knot onto the key ring.
Making the Key Chain
Use masking tape to secure the key ring to a flat working surface, such as a table top. Spread the four cords toward you, and mentally number them 1, 2, 3 and 4 from left to right. Remember that as you work, the positions of the cords will constantly change. But whatever order they happen to be in, the far left cord will always be referred to as 1, the far right will always be 4, and so forth.
Make a square knot. Cross cord No. 1 over the top of cord Nos. 2 and 3. Then run it under cord No. 4. Run the new cord No. 4 under cord Nos. 2 and 3. Then run it upward through a loop made by cord No. 1. Scoot the first half of the square knot all the way up to the half-hitch, and tighten it. Repeat this entire step to create a finished square knot.
Repeat Step 2 three times so that you'll have four square knots.
String the first bead by threading cord Nos. 2 and 3 through it. Move the bead up and snug it against the last square knot.
Make a square knot directly below the bead.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the remaining two beads.
Make two more square knots. Tie the ends of all four cords together in a single knot close to the last square knot. Trim the ends to even them up, if you wish.