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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Boondoggle Keychains DIY Tutorial!

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 Make your own Boondoggle Keychains!
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Oh my goodness you guys.  I love Boondoggle!
I was pretty involved in a little business venture around the age of 10 making keychains.
I would buy boondoggle lace at the store and sell it on the playground at school.  I sold it by the yard so kids could make their own boondoggle keychains.  I can't remember selling actual finished product though, because the real fun is in the making them.
 I love the bright and vibrant colors!  Darice has a great selection of laces, but I picked the 6 neon colors of my youth.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Pink!
You will also need some lanyard hooks.
In June we had a big family reunion and I brought boondoggle.  My neices and nephew's and some siblings loved it.  They were busy with their hands while we played outside, watched movies or just waited for dinner.  It was non-stop boondoggle for some of the kids.  I had kids starting about age 5.  They needed some help holding it while they weaved the laces, but everyone felt successful!
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 The first step in learning how to make boondoogle keychains is to start with the basic 2 strand weaves.  I always teach the square first, if the person gets it down, we can move on.
 Another trick is that I always begin them for everyone.  It's just the hardest part and I want to keep it a positive environment.

Here's how to start a 2 strand:
For the ease of taking pictures, I used painters tape to hold the laces in place while photographing.  But basically you will just hold the cords in your hand while starting it.  
Cut 2 strands of lacing cord 1 yard each.


  • Place them like a plus sign.
  • Take the lace that is resting on the bottom of the plus and loop the top lace down and the bottom lace up.
  • Next take the lace from each side, weave the lace over the blue lace and then under the second blue lace.
  • Repeat for the lace on the other side, weave it under the blue lace and then through the last remaining loop.  This last weave through should secure the laces



(refer to picture below)

 Once pulled tight it will look like this!  Then pull it a little tighter.  I pull 2 laces in each hands and then rotate and pull again, that way all the laces are pulled evenly and tight.
 Now we can proceed to the SQUARE weaving.  This is the simplest and the one I recommend starting with.
Pull tight from the starting knot.  Flip the pink laces over themselves.  Weave the blue lace at the bottom over the first pink lace and under the second pink lace.  Next weave the blue lace at the top over the closest pink lace and under (or through) the last pink lace.  This secures all the laces in place and pull tight.  (refer to the picture below)
With 1 yard of lace, you can make about a 4 inch keychain in the square pattern.

 Let’s move on to the ROUND weaving.  After mastering the square boondoggle, try the round.
It starts with the exact same 2 strand weave from the beginning.  Now instead of bringing the laces straight across, they are wrapped on an angle.
The blue top lace crosses diagonally across the pink one next to it.  Then the pink one is brought diagonally across the next blue lace while crossing over the last blue lace.  Then the blue lace you just crossed over is brought up diagonally across the next pink lace.  The final pink lace flips over the blue lace and then through the loop that the first blue lace made.  (refer to the picture below)
It’s still a square weaving pattern, but done on an angle which will make the whole thing twist around.
 This one has a fun combination of 3 round weaves and then 3 square weaves to give it a cool pattern.
Now let’s finish it off.  Instead of a bulky knot, there’s a beautiful way to finish it off.  Stop weaving when the laces are about 4 inches long, they will be uneven.
Do one last weave and don’t pull it tight.  Then take each loose lace and wrap it around the lace to it’s left and then weave it up through the center of the laces.  Repeat for all 4 laces.  Then pull tight.
 Next use pliers to hook the lanyard on the end.
 Perfection!
 Now you can make a finity of these at scout camp!
They are so much fun to make!
 And then you can hook them on your keys like a boss!
Or, if you are like me, they all get put on one keychain as a sampler.
 Once you are comfortable with the 2 strand weaves,
it is just a matter of adding additional strands.
These ones all have 3 strands:
 And these ones have 4 strands:
And the one on the left has 5 and the one on the right has 6 strands.
 So much fun!
It's the fidget spinners of the early 1990's!
Did you ever make boondoggle?  Which is your favorite!?
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