How to Make Beaded Key Chains


Hip-Hip Hooray Cheerleader Key Chain
Hip-Hip Hooray Cheerleader Key Chain
Hip-Hip Hooray Cheerleader Key Chain

A perfect way to let the world know about your hobby (or coaching job, or daughter), this hip-hip hooray cheerleader key chain is a beaded masterpiece. Younger cheerleaders may need some adult coaching help, but the instructions and illustrations below should provide everything you require to complete this project.

What You'll Need

  • 7 feet of clear plastic lanyard
  • 24mm split ring
  • Baby pony beads: 18 black, 31 dark blue, 43 red, 35 white, 23 peach, 2 light blue
  • Nail clippers

What to Do

1. Fold the lanyard in half, and slip the looped end through the split ring. Pull the cut ends up through the loop and pull tight.

2. Begin at the top of the cheerleader's head by stringing four black baby pony beads onto the left strand. Weave the right strand through the beads from right to left. Add one dark blue baby pony bead to each strand.

3. Follow the diagram below to string and weave the next two rows of beads, counting the beads carefully as the colors change to create the cheerleader's face and hair. Be sure to pull the cords firmly and to keep the lanyard flat as you weave each row.

When you get to the fourth row, string beads onto the left strand according to the diagram, and weave the right strand back through all the beads. Now weave the left strand through the second black bead from the left and the right strand through the second black bead from the right.

Face comes first when you create this perky cheerleader.
Face comes first when you create this perky cheerleader.

4. For the fifth row, or the cheerleader's arms, start by stringing and weaving four white baby pony beads. Add six white pony beads to the right strand, then make three "sidepaths" with red beads for the cheerleader's pom-poms. To make a sidepath:

  • String on beads 1­ through 7.
  • Leave a little space between the beads, and weave back through bead 1. Pull tightly as you weave back, allowing the beads to curve as shown below.

Repeat for other two sidepaths, then weave the strand back through the last five white beads. Repeat for the left arm and pom-pom with the left strand.

Pull tightly to make the pom-poms fluffy.
Pull tightly to make the pom-poms fluffy.

5. Continue weaving and stringing rows 6 through 10 according to the beading diagram below.

6. When you get to row 11, or the legs, string nine dark blue baby pony beads onto the left strand; weave the right strand back through the beads. Now string nine peach beads and one dark blue bead on the right strand.

7. Make a foot by stringing on beads 1 through 5. Leave a little space between the beads, and weave back through beads 3, 4, 1, and 2 (allow the beads to curve as shown). Weave back through bead 1 again, then weave the strand through the last dark blue pony bead and nine peach beads. Repeat for the other leg and foot.

Make sure both sides are even.
Make sure both sides are even.

8. Finish by twisting each lanyard end into a loop and then pull the free end through the loop. Trim any excess lanyard with the nail clippers.

One quick snip and she's ready to take on the world!
One quick snip and she's ready to take on the world!

By now you are likely weaving lanyards with the greatest of ease and astounding all your friends with the fabulous beaded key chains you create.

Don't be afraid to select alternate colors of lanyards and beads to produce an endless array of fun and functional key chains.

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High-Flying Kite and Hip-Hip Hooray Cheerleader by Cindy Groom Harry and staff