DIY – Knot Keyring (or keychain). St Patrick’s Day is only a few days away, so I thought I’d show you how to do an Irish / “Celtic-ish” themed practical DIY. This knot is based on a Carrick Bend. Rather than show step by step how to do this knot, I’ll point you to the excellent tutorial (that could knot be made any better) that I used from Animated Knots.
You will need:
- Carrick Bend Knot. I used black satin cord. Use a product that has some rigidity.
- Split Ring, Tiny length of Chain & Jump Rings. Or a ready made keyring.
- Glue. Only a tiny amount needed. I used E6000 for this project.
- Scissors. For cord cutting.
- Jewellery Pliers. Or similar.
Start with your completed Carrick Bend Knot. This one has been ‘weaved’ 3 times, but this may change depending on your choice of cord thickness, rigidity and the look you want.
This is the underside. Notice the ‘Start’ flomax point of the knot.
Trim your cord with a sharp pair of scissors. To finish, glue both the Start and End points securely and neatly with a strong glue. Leave to dry.
While I was in a knotty mood, I also made this necklace. I think this is more shamrock-like for St Patrick’s Day, plus it’s lime green. I had the extra findings to finish it, but they can easily be found online, or you could find a necklace in an op (thrift) shop to refashion.
If you like knot weaving, here’s an idea from Concraftidor for DIY Rustic Rope Knotted Coasters. I’ve also seen mats (use cotton rope) and wall hangings using this pattern.
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way –
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
– Irish Blessing