Intro: Minimalist Keyring (Swiss Army Style)
As a man, the two things that I want to keep minimal are my wallet and my keys, as everything goes in my pockets not a bag.
I keep my eye on kickstarter and these are two common items that appear. I found and really liked this one on kickstarter:
The only problem is that it's based in Australia and I'm in the UK. The cost/postage soon adds up, So I decided to make my own version on the cheap!
Obviously my version is nowhere near the quality of the kickstarter one, but it's cheap and still has the same key features!
They are Quiet; no jangling of keys. They are Organised; the keys remain in the same order. They are Personal; featuring a band of your choice. They are Protected and Protective; far less risk of scratching your other items.
These are great as a stocking filler or as a personalised/hand made gift too.
Date Made: Dec 2013
Approx Cost: £1
Approx Time: 15 mins
Step 1: Things You Need
* Wrist Band (charity one or bought one; the livestrong type ones)
* Stationery Book Binding Screws (of various lengths) a.k.a Interscrews
* Scissors or Knife
* Hole Punch
* Screwdriver or coins (to do up Interscrews)
Step 2: Cut Wrist Band to Length
Cut your wrist band loop so it becomes a strip.
Next cut it so that it is about 2.5 times the length of a key.
The more keys you have, the longer it needs to be.
If you have words on the wrist band, you may want to try and cut it so that the words remain intact.
Step 3: Punch Holes
Use the hole punch to punch a hole in either end of the wrist band strip.
Step 4: Neaten Ends
Use a key as a template - line up the punched holes with the holes of a key, then round off the ends of the wrist band to make it look neat.
Step 5: Put Together and Enjoy
Find an appropriate length binding screw (depending on the number of keys you have, and how tight you want them).
Put the screw through one end of the wrist band, then your keys and then the other end of the wrist band.
Ensure the screws are tightened up (or use a locking compound if you don't want to do them all the way up), you don't want to lose your keys!
You could put washers on between the keys to space them out of you wanted.
Use everyday, use just for your spare keys, or give them as a gift!
Second Prize in the
Manly Crafts Contest