How to make Faux Leather Keychains

Are you ready to create some super simple faux leather keychains using the Cricut Cuttlebug? Recently I was introduced to the Cuttlebug and am discovering that there are so many things to create using faux leather, a grommet tool and the Cuttlebug! Today I’m sharing how to make faux leather keychains that you can customize for each of your friends and family!

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Materials Needed

Cricut Cuttlebug

About the Cuttlebug:

  • Cuts and embosses a variety of materials including tissue paper, foils, acetate ribbon, and thin leather
  • Works with other leading embossing folders and cutting dies


Stack the plates right. Read the directions that come with your Cuttlebug. Yes, this really matters. I found that if you stack the plates incorrectly, you won’t get the cleanest cut. (Cuttlebug Stacking Instructions)

Once you assemble the plates with the die and faux leather, you roll it through the Cuttlebug machine. I rolled it back and forth at least twice to make sure the cut was clean and precise.

Cuttlebug Cricut

Pick the shapes that you want to use for your keychain. The hot air balloon dies are really fun when used as intended. But the balloon shape also makes a great key chain base when turned upside down.

Hot Air Balloon Cuttlebug Die cut
Hot air balloon key chain

See how we turned it upside down, and now it is a perfect keychain shape so we can add whatever embellishments we want. Use initials, music notes, or movie theme dies to personalize each of your keychains.

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  • Cut out two of the balloon shape and glue them together.
  • Use a hole punch to create a hole for the grommet.
  • Cut out your custom embellishment.
  • Use a glue stick to attach the design.
  • Attach the key chain.

These faux leather crafts are perfect for birthday cards, backpack pulls or keychains. They take about 15 minutes to make and are a great way to make a custom gift.

Do you have a Cuttlebug? Have you ever made keychains using faux leather? Got any tips? I’d love to hear!

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  1. Sharon, these are great! I knew that you would think of really cool things to make with this Cuttlebug and the materials. I just love the keychains. Keep up the creative ideas!

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