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Make Your Own Keychain with Costume Jewelry

Updated on June 19, 2014

Make Costume Jewelry Keychains

Make your own keychain with costume jewelry for a truly one-of-a-kind look.

If you're like me, it seems like I'm always needing a new keychain. Instead of buying them, make easy keychains with broken or orphan costume jewelry.

Single earrings work great as well as a pendant or other large focal piece. I made all of the keychains shown here with a single costume jewelry earring or necklace pendant.

These simple keychains are easy to make and make great gifts.

Photo credit for all photos of keychains on this page by Peggy Hazelwood.

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Make Keychains as Gifts

or for When You Need to Give Someone Your Key.

Tassel Key Chain - From Pendant to Key Chain

Tassel Key Chain.
Tassel Key Chain.

In a former life, this large gold-tone tassel made of pieces of metal chain used to be a necklace pendant. I used the necklace portion for something else and thought this tassel would make a great key chain.

Buy a Keychain Tassel - Tassels feel so good!

Focal Keychain - From Earring to Keychain

Keychain with clip on earring.
Keychain with clip on earring.

This costume jewelry clip on earring has a large focal piece. It made a striking piece of jewelry. Now it makes a striking keychain.

The base of this earring has an open design (called filigree). I added the key ring to one of the openings and was done!

Large Round Earrings Make Great Keychains - From beaded earrings to beaded keychains

Round earrings to round keychains.
Round earrings to round keychains.

These two keychains used to be earrings. Not matching earrings, of course!

The "pearl" earring had a small ring at the top. I added a key ring to it and that was it!

The beaded earring hoop was a continuous metal circle, so I simply added a key ring to it. Keychain done!

Locket Keychain

Add a favorite photo or other keepsake inside this locket key chain.

Mother of Pearl Disk Beads - From Simple Pendant to Stunning Keychain

Mother of pearl (shell) disk beads.
Mother of pearl (shell) disk beads.

This pendant has two mother of pearl disks on an open jump ring. A jump ring is a small circle of metal used to join pieces in jewelry making.

I had to ensure the jump ring was sturdy enough to attach a key ring to it. It was. Then I had to close the jump ring tightly so it wouldn't open and allow the key ring to fall off.

Striking Keychain That You Can't Miss - From Earring to Keychain

Large costume jewelry earring, now a key chain.
Large costume jewelry earring, now a key chain.

See below for more photos of how I added the key ring to this clip-on earring.

Make Your Own Keychain - Craft Supplies You'll Need

The beginning of every keychain is a key ring. In jewelry terms, this guy is called a split ring.

Making the Rings Secure

to the Costume Jewelry Is Key

so You Don't Lose Your Keys

Tools and Pendants for Keychains

Once you buy these jewelry tools, you'll have them. Invest in a good pair of split ring pliers. They open the split rings so you don't have to use your thumbnail. If you've done this, you know what a pain it is!

Save Your Thumbs!

Use split ring pliers and save your thumbs when

adding key rings to costume jewelry.

Use flat nose pliers to close loops

to make them secure.

Make Your Own Keychain with Costume Jewelry - Click a small photo below to enlarge it.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Selection of costume jewelry for making keychains. Look for pieces that have a hole or loop for adding the key ring to.Clip on earring. Open the clip and add a split ring (key ring) to the clip portion if it has a hole. Ta da. You're done!Clip on earring keychain almost done. Just need to close the clip. (Such a hard job!)Completed keychain.Tassel pendant. I had to close the loop at the top so the key ring wouldn't slide through it.
Selection of costume jewelry for making keychains. Look for pieces that have a hole or loop for adding the key ring to.
Selection of costume jewelry for making keychains. Look for pieces that have a hole or loop for adding the key ring to.
Clip on earring. Open the clip and add a split ring (key ring) to the clip portion if it has a hole. Ta da. You're done!
Clip on earring. Open the clip and add a split ring (key ring) to the clip portion if it has a hole. Ta da. You're done!
Clip on earring keychain almost done. Just need to close the clip. (Such a hard job!)
Clip on earring keychain almost done. Just need to close the clip. (Such a hard job!)
Completed keychain.
Completed keychain.
Tassel pendant. I had to close the loop at the top so the key ring wouldn't slide through it.
Tassel pendant. I had to close the loop at the top so the key ring wouldn't slide through it.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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