Make a handmade gift for your guy for Valentine's Day! This is a simple DIY key chain crafted from scrap leather and brass lobster clasps. You can purchase a bag of scrap leather at most crafts stores and the brass clasps at the hardware store. The brass and leather combo makes a handsome gift for your guy. Learn how to create this DIY project for Valentine's Day!

By Alice and Lois

This DIY men's leather key chain is the perfect handmade Valentine's Day gift for your guy. Transform plain scraps of leather into a modern key chain he'll love to carry. Plus, get other ideas for creating the perfect Valentine's Day gift for everyone on your list. 

What You'll Need:

  • Leather scraps (available at most large crafts stores)
  • Scissors
  • Brass lobster clasps (available at hardware stores)
  • Leather hole punch
  • Leather rivets
  • Hammer

Step 1: Cut leather

Cut a piece of leather 7 inches by 1 inch. This will form the base of your key chain. Can't find leather scraps? Try cutting up an old leather bag to create upcycled key chains. 

Step 2: Add clasp

Slide leather through the clasp opening. You can make the leather key chain two ways. For the first style, you can simply match the ends together. You will use the leather hole punch to make two holes that match up, just an inch below where the leather is looped through the clasp. The ends of leather will stay apart.

For the second style, pull the leather piece through the clasp opening. Hold the ends of the leather piece together and overlap by 1 inch to create a loop. Punch holes that overlap to secure the leather together (see photo). 

Step 3: Punch holes

Punch holes 1 inch down from where it is looped through the clasp opening. Make sure to use a hole punch that is the same size as the rivets. You will punch holes the same way for both styles of leather key chain.

Step 4: Secure

Place rivet back and front and use a hammer to secure together. Pound gently or use a rubber mallet piece to avoid damaging the leather. 


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