This is a really fun project to make, it’s fast and makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift for a teacher or babysitter. I started making these for my sister’s store about 5 years ago and I still love making them.
- florist wire — you can buy it from most craft stores. It comes in a package of long, pre-cut, bendable wire.
- needle-nose pliers, wire cutters or really heavy-duty scissors, regular pliers.
- Keychain hoops. These are at the craft store too in a package of 10 or so.
- Assorted beads.
- Take your florist wire, use pliers or your hands and turn the wire so that you make the scrolly shape at the bottom of the keychain. This might take a little bit of practice. You can also wrap it around a pencil and then flatten it out when you are done.
- Once you have the scrolly part done, thread your beads on the wire. I have found that the shorter keychains hold up the longest.
- Once your beads are on, make a loop with the wire like the top of a shepherd’s crook. It is helpful to use needle-nose pliers. Once you have the half loop, put your keychain hoop through the half loop. Then take the end of the wire and wrap it around the base of the loop to secure the keychain loop. Do this three or four times, bringing the loops together for a neat appearance.
- Cut the extra wire and you are done!