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.