Objects old, vintage, hand made or upcyled, and old techniques with a modern twist

DIY Ribbon Key Ring


I needed a bright and easily-spotted (i.e. hard to loose!) key ring for keys for a cabinet, hence this quick and easy project!



Wide embellished ribbon

Leather hole punch

Coloured leather

Fabric scissors

Rivet pliers

Brass rivet

Key ring




Cut a length of ribbon twice the desired finished length of the key ring tab. If applicable, remove any beads/sequins at either end of the ribbon (where the leather will be glued on top of the ribbon).


Next, fold the ribbon in half length-wise, and glue the ends together (extending the glue approximately one centimetre down the ribbon). Cut a piece of leather to cover the ends of the ribbon (it will be folded in half over the ribbon ends).


Cut two holes in the piece of leather, making sure that the holes line up when the leather is folded in half.


Next fold the piece of leather in half, and glue in place over the ends of the ribbon. Make sure that the two holes in the leather line up, and fix a rivet in place in the hole.


Trim the sides of the leather if necessary, and add the metal key ring.


This quick and easy idea could also be used to decorate a bag, to make a Christmas decoration, embellish a wrapped gift etc…


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