DIY Color Blocked Leather Keychains

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: leather, hole punch, rotary cutter, cutting mat, leather paint, tape

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainEver since we moved to Portland, I’ve had one key on my key ring. As you can imagine, 99% of the time I can’t find it anywhere. To put an end to the madness, I decided to make a keychain that would really pop amongst all the other stuff rattling around in the black hole known as my purse. What can I say, I think I have a problem.

DIY Color Blocked Leather  Keychain

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainCut your leather into strips (about 6.5″ long x .5″ wide) with a rotary cutter. If you haven’t used one of these before, please be careful– and use a ruler. This will both give you straight lines and protect your fingers.

Fold your leather strip over and punch with rotary punch to make a hole. Secure your rivet by hammering it on top of your anvil.

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainTape off the section you want to color block then paint. Let dry (only takes about 5 minutes), attach your keys, and you are good to go!

DIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainDIY Color Blocked Leather  KeychainAnd if color blocking isn’t your thing, you can always customize your keychain with stamping instead!

DIY Color Blocked Leather  Keychain

  • Monique

    These are adorable; I love your wood DIYs!


  • Maritza

    Simple and pretty as usual – love! Even your tape is adorable!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you so much Maritza! It’s hard to go wrong with washi tape :)

  • Carrie Waller

    Well aren’t those precious!?!? LOVE this!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Aww thank you so much Carrie! Glad you lie the project :)

  • Shalyn

    Love it – great gift idea too!

    What’s your leather source? I don’t know why it’s difficult for me to find.

  • Deonna

    These would be such great friend gifts or hostess gifts :) Pinned for later!

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Absolutely– love that idea! Thanks for sharing Deonna!

      PS If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit behind on responding to comments :)

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  • lena

    i don’t think you mentioned in the tutorial, did you glue the leather after folding in half? also if so, what glue?

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Hey Lena– I actually didn’t! If that’s something you’d be interested in doing, I recommend E-6000.

  • Marlene || Jade and Fern

    Gah, so simple and stylish! I love the colors you chose with that light leather. I just wish my keyring didn’t have to include a bulky electronic car key and those horrible (but necessary) mini store savings cards, they totally ruin the look.

    • Rachel Mae Smith

      Aww how sweet, thanks Marlene! I guess you could say that me and my one key are glamorous. hahah kidding! I totally understand what you mean! I think these would still look cute, regardless of what else is on your key ring. Unless it’s one of those stuffed animal key rings or something :)

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  • Rachel Hudson Hinderliter

    These are so cute! I especially love the way the bright colors look against the natural leather color.