DIY Folding Keychain Gives You More Room In Your Pockets

DIY Folding Keychain Gives You More Room In Your Pockets

If your huge jumble of keys is starting to get uncomfortable, DIY website Instructables shows us how to add them to a Swiss Army-like folding tool.

The project isn’t that complicated, though it could require quite a bit of elbow grease depending on the tools you have lying around. Essentially, you take a folding hex set, remove the tools, and replace them with filed-down versions of your keys. Some people recommend a bench grinder and a Dremel, but others have gotten by on similar projects with just a metal file and a lot of work. Hit the links to see how its done — we’ve shared both versions of the project, each of which has some different ideas but with similar results.

Folding Key Chain [Instructables] Friendly Folding Keychain [Instructables]


  • I like the idea. It may not save room in your pocket, but it certainly reduces clutter. Dunno how many times I’ve reached for keys only to get them caught on my wallet or something else and watch the whole lot come spilling out.

    I’d much rather something that doesn’t require me to grind keys down (as most of the keys on my chain are work ones) and I’m not really a fan of the key wallet.

  • I’ve used a slightly bigger and more rounded version of the metal capsule in the article’s picture. I ground down the keys, attached them to a little piece of plug chain and put them in the capsule. On the outside is my car key but all the others are inside and don’t jangle/rip holes in my pocket. It only takes a quick twist of the capsule to open it and take out one of the lesser used keys.

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