DIY Leather Heart Key Ring for Valentine’s Day

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A fun little leather heart keyring… just in time for Valentine’s Day. Makes for a cute handmade gift for your best friend, sister, mom, daughter, or maybe even a fun clue in a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt… something along the lines of …the key to unlock my heart sounds perfectly cheesy to me, but also very romantic.


DIY leather heart keychain

* Thin leather
* Key ring
* Chain
* Scissors
* Bead reamer
* Pink thread
* Beading pliers


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* Draw or trace 1/2 of a heart onto the suede side of your leather. Fold your leather to cut a perfect heart.

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* Use your first heart as a pattern to draw your second heart.

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* Place your hearts together, suede side touching. Using a bead reamer or pen, mark a pattern of dots around the edge as a guide for your stitches.

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* Begin first stitch on the inside to hide your knotted end within the heart.

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* Using a simple overcast or hemming stitch, stich your hearts together, making sure to keep them aligned. Tip: use a thimble on your thumb to push your needle through the leathers then grab it and pull it through with your pliers.

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* Pull cotton balls apart and fill your heart for padding.

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* Close your stitch again, by hiding the knot inside.

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* Separate a few links from your chain.

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* Attach one end to your keyring.

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* Create a new hole in the corner of your heart.

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* Slip a link through and then attach it to the rest of the links.


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Have Fun!

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Val - A Cleaner Closet

    February 9, 2012 |

    I love the heart-related projects that have been making the rounds this month, and this is one of my faves! So sweet, and this tute is so clear and beautiful photographed. x

  • H*

    February 9, 2012 |

    kisses from Spain

  • Francesca

    February 9, 2012 |

    That is just gorgeous! What a super blog you have. I am following you from Rome. I just made some cookies, come on over for tea:)

  • Makeup and Macaroons

    February 9, 2012 |

    Oooh love it, looks so easy but so adorable. Need to bookmark this post for in case I ever get the urge to do DIY. 🙂

  • Free Love SMS

    February 9, 2012 |

    Wow!! So beautiful and so touchy!! All images are so cute. Thanks for it.

  • Katya

    February 9, 2012 |

    amazing DIY so cute and easy ♥

  • Bee And San

    February 9, 2012 |

    Your really good at leather DIYs!!!


  • Maria

    February 9, 2012 |

    Oh! So adorable! I want to make this key ring and the leather feather one and have a collection of your DIY key rings 😉

  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    February 9, 2012 |

    cute! my husband drives my car now and he removed ALL of my keychains. literally, he uses JUST the car key…not even a house key attached to it! so annoying =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Nari-Elle

    February 9, 2012 |

    So cute!


  • CessOviedo

    February 9, 2012 |

    Simple and sweeet! Bet my girlfriends would love it!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • House of Avandan

    February 9, 2012 |

    Very cute and easy to make.

    A jewelry blog.

  • Andrea Clare

    February 9, 2012 |

    oh my goodness, so bloody cute!!

  • Amy

    February 9, 2012 |

    How cute is this!! What a great little valentine’s gift!

  • Anonymous

    February 9, 2012 |

    Love it! I could see using the same technique to make earrings or pendant.

  • Maja

    February 9, 2012 |

    what a great idea!! 🙂

  • Alela Sirah

    February 10, 2012 |

    That is such a cute DIY! That would be a great girlfriends gift!

  • Liesl

    February 10, 2012 |

    This is so darling…well done and thank you for sharing! I love all your creative ideas!

    Liesl 🙂

  • Malia

    February 10, 2012 |

    Looks simple enough, thanks for sharing.

  • plc training center in chennai

    February 10, 2012 |


    simple good

  • Gwen

    February 10, 2012 |

    I would totally have Ellie do these for Valentine’s but I don’t think she could do the sewing the leather. Maybe if she made them out of felt. LOL! She’s pretty lazy so it would have to be easy.

  • Candi @ Candace Rose

    February 12, 2012 |

    Super cute, Maegan! Happy early Valentines day! xo

  • Marina

    February 12, 2012 |

    Amazing idea! I will try this! I love it!

    xoxo M.

  • Ioanna Evans

    February 12, 2012 |

    Sweet and elegant!!! Love this!! kisses from Greece.Ioanna Evans

    my blog.

  • The Purse Snatcher

    February 12, 2012 |
  • Eco Friendly Living

    September 18, 2014 |

    I have a leather fanny pack that I didn’t want to just toss in the trash. I’ve been looking for ideas for how to use the small bits of leather. Thank you for the inspiration!

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