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Father’s Day DIY: Leather Key Chain

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Looking for a last-minute gift you can whip up in an afternoon? This hand-painted leather key chain is the perfect way to say thanks to the dads in your life.

For this project, you’ll need the following:
• leather strip
• gold rivet, setter and anvil
• awl or rotary punch
mallet
• key ring
• gold acrylic paint
• scissors or x-acto knife

1. You can start by buying a pre-cut leather strip or do what I did and cut one down from a piece of scrap leather lying around. I used my favorite pair of very sharp scissors to cut a strip that was by 5/8″ by 9 1/2″, but you can make it wider or longer depending on the look you want.

2. Next, fold the leather strip in half, leaving one side about 3/4″ longer, and fold that side over the other.

3. Using a rotary punch or awl, punch a hole for the rivet through all three pieces of overlapping leather, making sure to center the hole.

4. Add the key ring to the folded-over part of leather.

5. Set the rivet using your anvil, setter and mallet (here’s a good how-to video if you’ve never used rivets before—it’s super easy!) and your keychain is assembled.

6. All that’s left to do is paint the bottom half of your key chain. I taped off the top so that I would have a clean line, but you can freehand it if you’re looking for a more unfinished look. Let the paint dry and wrap it up for the perfect Father’s Day gift!

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