I can't help it: sometimes I really get into an idea and can't help noodling with it some more. Such is the case with the leather keychains.
The brown one is not particularly difficult to make. First cut a thin strip as instructed here. Then fold the strip in half.
Next, run the tails through the key ring and back through the loop.
Finally, tighten it up and twist or untwist the leather as necessary to get a unified finish. Loosen it back up a smidge so you can put a dot of glue and you're done!
The next one is a little more complicated. In addition to the cutting mat, rotary cutter or scissors, ruler, and key ring, you will need:
- A pre-cut stencil (mine is 3") or a font you like and tracing paper
- A hole punch (mine is 1/8")
- Eyelets (yes, the same ones you can use on cards! Mine are metallic 1/8")
- An eyelet setter (all together now: mine is 1/8")
First, place the stencil on the back of the leather and trace it, connecting all the lines as appropriate so you have a finished, solid letter. I found that a pencil was sufficient and made a mark that I could see to cut around.
Then you of course cut it out. I found a ruler and the rotary cutter were the perfect pair, but you could of course just cut it with a pair of scissors (and will have to for curvy letters like "R").
Then you figure out where you want your hole and punch it in. Finally, set your eyelet (ensuring that the part that gets flattened out is on the back). I forgot to take pictures of this part since I was so in the groove.
One last picture of the two of them together!
I hope you give these a try! They are easy to personalize and make perfect gifts!