Introduction: Real Fur Tail Keychain

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Tail keychains have become very popular over recent years, not just as a way to keep your keys handy, but also as a costume or fashion accessory. Any type of tanned animal tail can be used. I normally make mine from fox, coyote, raccoon, and mink. The tails in the above photo are from farm-raised foxes, though the tail I have used in my demonstration here is from a coyote.

Step 1: Getting Started

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The materials you will need for this project are:

-1 tanned animal tail of your choice

- Metal key ring

- strip of leather (about 6")

- scissors or other item sharp enough to pierce leather

Step 2: Adding the Leather Loop

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Turn your tail upside-down so the leather underside is facing you. Part the hairs to fully expose the leather and use your scissors to punch a small hole, about 1/2" down from the top of the tail.

Then begin working your lace through the hole. The scissors or other pointed object may be used to aid in this process.

Step 3: Add the Key Ring

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After you have pushed the lace all the way through the hole, slide the keyring on and tie the lace into a sturdy knot at the back of the tail. This completes the keyring attachment process.

Step 4: Finish and Wear!

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Now that you've attached the keyring to your tail, brush the hairs thoroughly to remove any mats or tangles that may have occurred during handling. And you're finished! Large tails like this coyote can be worn as a costume or fashion-statement piece, and smaller ones like the white mink tail in the 3rd photo, may be used to keep your keys or decorate handbags, purses, or other such accessories.

Many people love collecting tails, so I keep all the ones I cut off pelts during my other projects, add keychains to them and resell at various local events. It's a great way to make use of every part of the animal!


LukaT8 (author)2016-04-22

I have a few fox tails i where one every day since i am a fox therian so i have been trying to find a way to make a durable tail that would stand up to being worn daily because even with being careful a tail that was not well put together or had a bad tan job will snap from just sitting and standing that is what happened to my last one

TrapperEllie (author)LukaT82016-04-23

The method shown in this tutorial works well for most tails, however its always best to start with ones that are sturdy and well tanned to begin with. Those that are older or have dry-rotted leather will eventually come apart from repeated use, as you found out! But I don't sell tails like that, so I always get freshly tanned ones from a fur garment manufacturer to obtain the best quality :)

lbj (author)2014-09-06

I love to hang off my pans

bcavaciuti (author) lbj2014-10-25

Do you mean cooking pans or Pants (trousers is the correct term Americans -_- pants are underwear) because I really don't think its a good idea having them on pans...bacteria, mould and fire risk all in one.

JamesW208 (author)bcavaciuti2016-02-11


grannyjones (author)2014-09-14

By the time a tail is available, the animal is long deceased.

--and you could even use a tail found by the roadside. LOL.

Chuck Stephens (author)2014-09-06

I always wanted a tail- this is the next best thing to having one grafted on.

K_Killeen (author)Chuck Stephens2014-09-11

You could make one out of yarn instead. Looks just as good and doesnt result in a dead animal

TrapperEllie (author)K_Killeen2014-09-11

Many people prefer to use real fur because its all natural, organic, renewable and recyclable - unlike synthetic materials in yarns and faux-fur fabrics which are largely petroleum based.

Mario2007 (author)2014-09-07

Getting my popcorn ready for when the vegans show up.

lepo5 (author)Mario20072014-09-07

You shouldn't announce your expectations. If you do, they won't come...But enjoy your popcorn anyway.

floppydisk123 (author)2014-09-06

Where did you get the tails?

Some fur companies sell tails in bulk, and I get many of mine off of whole pelts that I use for larger projects. (because often the tail needs to be cut off when a pelt is used for certain types of hats or garments, so I just put all of these cut-off tails aside for making keychains!)

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-06

Pretty! It looks great sticking out of our pocket! Thanks for sharing!

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