For most of us, lanyards are a tool to carry our work IDs, and maybe some house keys.
But there are many other uses for these utilitarian accessories and to find some of the most creative, a deep dive into Instagram reveals all kinds of unique ways lanyards can be used. Here’s a guide to creative uses for your lanyard.
But, before that let's go over the basics and types of lanyards.
What is a Lanyard?
A lanyard is a type of accessory that is used to hold things like keys, wallets, cell phones, etc. They come in different sizes and styles. Some people wear them just because it makes them feel safe and secure. Others wear them to show off their personality. They are usually made out of leather, nylon, cotton or polyester.
How is a Lanyard Used?
A lanyard is used to connect items together. They are usually worn around the neck and attached to something else. A lanyard is generally used to attach things together such as a key tag, identification card, badge holder, etc. You can find many different types of lanyards including nylon, leather, plastic, and metal. Some people prefer to wear a lanyard over a necklace because it doesn't take up much space and you can easily carry it along with you wherever you go.
Lanyard-making Supplies You'll Need
If you've ever wanted to learn how to make lanyards, now is the time. They're super easy to make, and they look great! Whether you're making one for yourself or giving a gift, here are the basic supplies you'll need to get started.
1. Lanyard Cord
You probably already have this item lying around somewhere. You might even have it in your closet. But what is it exactly? A lanyard cord is basically a string of yarn or ribbon that can be tied together to form a loop. There are many types of cords out there, including elastic, nylon, polyester, and others. Some come in packs of colors while others come individually. We like the 20-color pack because it gives us plenty of choices.
This is another item you likely already have around the house. Just remember to keep your scissors sharp. Also, don't cut too close to the edge of the paper.
3. Glue Gun & Glue Stick
These items aren't necessary, but they do help speed up the process. Plus, glue guns are fun to use!
30 Creative Uses for Lanyards
Pop a bottle of hand sanitizer on your lanyard to prevent the spread of germs like @mayshi_store.
2. Mask Up, Baby
3. Better Safe Than Sorry
Keep attackers at bay by always having your pepper spray close at hand like Instagram member @queencitylanyards.
Out for a walk and don’t have pockets? No problem. Put your car key on your lanyard and carry it hassle-free like @miajewelshop.
5. Celebrate the Season
6. Blow the Whistle
Whether you’re refereeing a soccer match or just trying to bring order to a classroom, a whistle is a handy tool, especially when it’s close at hand, say on a lanyard like this one @please11 posted.
7. Quietly Inform
People all around us are struggling with hidden disabilities. To make others aware without having to overshare, some are wearing sunflower lanyards a quiet indication to be sensitive to certain individuals, as illustrated in @J_and_i2020’s post.
8. Carve Out Some Space
Always like to keep a pocket knife on hand? A lanyard can help. Just ask @survivaldads.
9. Glass(es) Half Full
10. Add Some Flair
11. Pocket Protector
Write this down: Don’t lose a pen anymore with a cute lanyard pen holder like @mypocketbag is rocking.
12. Pod People
Airpods are great in that they give you hands-free listening, but losing them is a clear and present danger. No more if you opt for a lanyard iPod case like the one on @makaylassboutique.
13. Lip Smackers
The pitfalls of keeping chapstick in your pocket or purse are myriad. We’re talking crumb-ified nastiness should the lid fall off. That won’t happen if it’s stored on a lanyard like this one from @lajannessaaa.
14. Cash or Carry
15. Charge On
16. Passport, Please
@friendly.handmade has a perfect way to never lose your passport again — this charming holder housed on, you guessed it, lanyard.
17. Faith First
18. Quiet, Baby
19. Chomp It Out
20. Light It Up
21. Snap To It
22. Don’t Fall In
23. Take a Time Out
Cooling off never looked so cool with this @kamo_poire duck-themed lanyard fan that can also rest on a table.
25. Wear Your Credentials
26. Love the Planet
27. Burn to Shine
28. Scissor Sisters
29. Sip Up
30. Rinse, Repeat
Got some great lanyard ideas up your sleeve (or should we say, around your neck)? Share them with us! And stock up on all the lanyards you could ever need right over here.