Yo ho! Ahoy! Today we’re taking treasures and pieces of eight to create a keychain. It’s super easy and a subtle nod to one of my favorite dark rides at Disneyland, Pirates of the Caribbean. Here are the supplies:

Supplies List:Tools List:
Key Ring with ClaspScissors
Thick, Leather Looking CordTape
Wide Nautical BeadsPliers
26 Gauge WireFlush Cutter/ Nipper
Fish Beads
Ocean Colored Beads


I started off cutting about 8 inches of some very thin wire. (26 gauge should be good).

And strung my beads on. I made sure to have a round bead at the bottom.

I looped the wire around the round bead and threaded it thru the rest of the beads, pulling it tight so everything was squished together nicely.

I chose the darkest colored cord and strung on my anchor charm, knotting it in place.

Then, I simply added my other charms. I knotted after each of them and was able to squeeze some of the charms over the knots.

Some of these charms were difficult to get both cords thru. A tip is to wrap some tape around one side of the cord–with a tiny bit over the cord–and cut the tape diagonally so it has a sharp edge. Thread the non-taped cord thru first, then the taped cord.

Taking the two ends of cord, I put the key ring in between and knotted. I then added a charm on the other side and covered the knot with it.

Again, I added charms and knotted after each one.

To finish, I just knotted each side of the cord and cut off the excess.

To attach my fish string, I added a round bead to one side of the wires and wrapped the other wire around it to keep the beads in place.

Next, I strung the wire thru the cord a couple times and wrapped it around itself. I snipped the excess off with a flush cutter and pressed it together with pliers.

Lastly, I negotiated everything into place.

X Marks the Spot!

This is a fun and simple project that will add a little sparkle to your otherwise normal, non-pirate life. I was reminded of the Pieces of Eight shop at the Pirates ride exit when coming up with this project. I thought, it’d be cute to have your own pieces of eight.

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