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Square Knot Keychain

About this design:

This keychain is made with a simple square knot and your favorite cord.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

  • Leather Cord
  • Large hole beads
  • Keyring
  • Super glue

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Fold two 3.5' pieces of cord and attach to a keyring- so there are 4 pieces of cord hanging down. When you fold & attach the cord, make sure that the two innermost pieces of cord are half the length of the outermost pieces of cord.
Step 2:
Tape or clip down the two shorter center pieces of cord. I also clipped down the top of the keyring to a clipboard to hold it in place.
Take the left outer string and cross it over the two center strings and under the right outer string. This will create a loop in the shape of a number 4.
Step 3:
Take the right outer string and bring it behind the two center strings, and then up & through the loop of the 4.
Step 4:
Pull both outer strings tight up against the previous knots.
  Step 5:
Repeat steps 2-4, but this time start from the right side. Now you have one square knot. Repeat steps 2-4, switching from left to right each time.
Step 6:
You can add beads at any point. Choose a large hole bead and slide it onto the two center strings. Continue tying square knots below the bead.
Step 7:
When your keychain is your desired length, take all 4 pieces of cord & tie a knot. Slide a bead onto the very end of the pieces of cord and place a drop of glue beneath the beads to hold them in place.

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