Learn how to make a Macrame Feather Keyring
Macrame has been around for a very long time and has come in and out of fashion. Luckily, it is seen an uptick in popularity and it is no wonder since it it easy to learn and so versatile. Popular items are plant hangers and wall hangings, but you can also make Macrame Earrings and Keychains.
Today I want to show you how to make a Macrame Feather Keyring for your backpack, purse or to decorate your home.. It is easy to make and does not take a lot of time. You can make these feather keyrings in several color version. These Macrame feathers would be great as a nursery mobile!
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Or try my Macrame Necklace tutorial.
Macrame Feather Keyring Materials
- Swivel Claps
- 4mm Cotton Macrame Cord (This one is super soft and takes the color well)
- Food Coloring (this is optional, I used the blue)
- Fabric Stiffening Spray (or you can use sugar water)
- Clipboard to hold the strings (one with a straight clip like in the link)
How to Make a Macrame Feather Keyring
For this feather macrame keyring, you need to cut 16 pieces of 4mm Cotton Macrame Cord each 4″ long and 1 piece that is 15″ long.
How to dye Macrame String
To give your feather keyring that 2 color contrast, you need to dye 6 of the strings. I used regular Food Coloring for that. I really like the distressed look of this Demin blue. but any color would look great.
Just put place the 6 strings on a piece of plastic wrap. Then put a few drops of food coloring right on the string. Now fold the string up in that plastic wrap and rub the color around until is is nicely saturated everywhere.
To set the color so it won’t transfer onto everything, you need to place it in the microwave for a about 1 minute. After that, let it cool off and take it out of the plastic wrap. Try to lay them out straight so they dry flat.
To start, you need to attach the long 15″ string to your clasp with a Larkshead knot. Fold the macrame string in half and pull the looped end through the claps. Then pull the 2 ends through the loop to encase the clasp end with the string and pull tight.
Now it is best to clip your clasp to a clip board so it won’t slide around and you can pull at the strings and get the knots tight.
- Fold a blue string in half and place it under the center strings with the loop on the left side
- Take another blue string folded in half and place in on top of the center strings with the loop on the right side
Now place the ends of the top string through the loop of the bottom string on the left side. (pic1)
And pull the ends of the bottom strings through the loop on the top string on the left side. (pic2) Finally, pull both ends tight so the center string is encased by the blue strings
That completes 1 square knot.
Repeat the same square knot with 1 more blue , then 3 white, 1 blue, and 2 white strings. This is the pattern I used, but you can also mix it up!
Once you finished the 8 Square knots for this Macrame feather, take the 2 center strings and tie a regular knot. This will prevent the other strings to slip off.
This completes the macrame knots for the feather. Now it is time to separate the individual parts of all the strings to get that feathery look. You can use your hands or a fine toothed comb for that.
Now that they are all separated, it all is a bit floppy. I found that using Fabric Stiffening Spray is perfect to give the feather stability without looking too stiff and unnatural. Just spray it on and let it dry on a flat surface.
Using the spray, also makes it much easier to cut into that perfect feather shape. So once it is dry, use your scissors to cut it into a feather shape you like.
And that’s how quick you can create a feather macrame keyring! You can make long feather keychains or shorter ones. Of course, there are also so many color options you can choose from. Or even make a rainbow feather!
More Free Jewelry Tutorials
Want to make even more macrame accessories? Check out these Crafting on the Fly creations!
- Macrame Hair Pin – Create a stunning macrame hair pin to keep your tresses neat.
- Macrame Feather Earrings – Easily create macrame feather earrings using a single macrame knot.
- Macrame Candle Holder – Decorate your home with these handmade macrame candle holders.
- Macrame Necklace – Create a geometric macrame necklace.