How to Make a Lanyard
Making a lanyard uses a form of braiding called boondoggle. It uses a plastic lace to create the lanyard. The braiding requires this because the plastic thread is unique in that it is wide and flat. It is also flexible while being strong.
Things You'll Need
- Boondoggle thread
Cut two lengths of the plastic thread or boondoggle. With the box stitch, you'll make about an inch of braided length for every 12 to 14 inches of thread. Find the center of the two lengths of plastic thread. The easiest way to do this is to fold each piece in half and mark the center.
Take the two threads and cross them over each other at a 90-degree angle. Take one side of the thread that is on the bottom, or thread 1, and fold it over the top thread, which is thread 2. It will create a loop over the top thread. Take the other side of the thread and fold it over the top thread. You'll end up with two loops.
Take one side of thread 2 and weave it over the first loop of thread 1 and under the second loop. Do the same for the other side of the top thread. This will start the lanyard. Take thread 1 again and fold each side of the lanyard to create two loops again.
Weave the two sides of thread 2 over the first loop and under the second loop. Take the two sides of thread 2 and fold them over the top of the lanyard to create two loops.
Weave the two sides of thread 1 over the first loop and under the second loop made by thread 2.
Repeat steps 6 through 9, alternating which thread to use to create the loops and which thread to weave through the loops.
Weave the thread until your lanyard is as long as you want. Tie a knot in the end to keep the lanyard from unraveling. Trim the ends of lanyard so that they are even.
- When you are learning how to make a lanyard, use two different colors of the boondoggle thread. This will help you keep track of which thread is which.