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How To Make A Silicone Bead Keychain Wrislet

A silicone bead keychain wrislet is an easy DIY that you can make in less than 15 minutes.

I remember when (many, many years ago) things made with silicone beads – especially for babies and toddlers – first became popular.

After all, who wouldn’t want to use something that is 100% food-grade silicone, and free of BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead, cadmium, and nitrosamine?

As a DIY maker, silicone beads were a safe and easy-to-use material with a ton of crafting applications.

But I never quite jumped on the “silicone beads are awesome!” bandwagon.

At that time, my focus was mostly stamping blanks and small gemstones. I was also making motivational t-shirt wrap bracelets for fitness fans.

Plus, I’m guessing that because it was so new, there weren’t as many cost-effective products for people who weren’t yet ready to buy in bulk. Not to mention, the size and shape and themes were also limited.

What Can I Make With Silicone Beads?

Now though, when it comes to silicone bead crafts, I’m all in!

Because of their variety, silicone beads can be used to make all kinds of useful things.

Here is a list of just some of what you can make:

  1. a wristlet keychain (yep, can’t go wrong stating the obvious)
  2. a small, simple keychain
  3. a zipper pull
  4. a baby teether
  5. a pacifier clip
  6. a earrings
  7. a pen topper
  8. a lanyard for a badge or small key set.

Silicone beads are also a great crafting material for people of all ages.

They are often bigger in size (12mm – 15mm are typical) making them great for children who are improving their fine motor skills, as well as anyone who cannot work with smaller beads and materials (i.e., crafters whose eyes or hands aren’t as agile, or people with special needs).

The materials you need for silicone bead crafts are also easy to pack and take with you on a long card ride or airplane travel.

As I said, I’m now a true fan!

DIY Silicone Bead Keychain Wristlet

So to kick off my silicone beading adventures, I started with a silicone bead keychain wristlet.

You can make these in less than 15 minutes and they can be sold for as a club fundraiser (think school colors), made as a teacher appreciation gift, or donated to a nonprofit organization that serves foster children like San Antonio Threads.

Yield: 1 silicone bead wristlet keychain

How To Make A Silicone Bead Wrislet Keychain

Color block silicone bead keychain wristlet DIY.

This colorblock silicone bead keychain wristlet is an easy DIY and makes a great housewarming gift, teacher gift, or a "just because" gift for someone who needs a pick me up.

Materials

  • Fourteen 15mm silicone beads in three colors of your choice
  • One 14m hexagon wood bead
  • Braided elastic cord
  • Split key ring
  • Metal swivel snap hook
  • Small faux leather tassel and jump ring

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Bead board (optional)

Instructions

  1. Gather all of the materials and select the combination of beads you want to use for this silicone bead keychain wristlet.Silicone bead wristlet keychain materials laid out on a wooden table.
  2. Cut a 12" piece of elastic cord. It's better to have an little extra cord so that the weight of the beads is easy to handle while stringing them. It also helps to have the leverage when you're typing the knot to finish the bracelet.
  3. Lay out the design to make sure you like the bead sequence. If you don't have a bead board, you can use a small plate or bowl.
  4. String the silicone beads using the sequence you designed.Color blocked silicone beads strung on elastic cord laid out on a bead board.
  5. Attach the tassel and snap book to the key ring.Attach the small black tassel and snap book to the key ring.
  6. String the key ring over the beads String the key ring onto the silicone bead wristlet.
  7. Use a surgeon's knot to tie off the bracelet and finish it. Tie a knot to finish the colorful silicone bead keychain wristlet.
  8. Thread each end of the extra cord through the beads. Tug one of the cord ends hard enough that the knot goes into the bead hole. Trim the cord ends so that they can't be seen. Finished color block silicone bead keychain wristlet.

Notes

* You can also make these with nylon cord, but then therewill be no stretch. Nylon cord holds its shape differently and is a firm circle. So, if you want something that's easy to grip and don't care about wearing it as a wristlet, use nylon cord instead.

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