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Making Custom Lanyards for Your Business


A custom lanyard is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to promote your business. Here’s how to create your own! 

Our custom lanyards may not be as popular as custom patches or custom pins, but they’re perhaps the easiest, most affordable way to get instant promotion for your business or organization. That’s because you don’t have to sew them on, iron them on, or even find a place to pin them. Lanyards can be worn INSTANTLY, and everyone has a neck (at least, hopefully!) so there’s no stress about finding the right place to put them.

Lanyards are used to display badges or identification, but you can also carry keys on lanyards as well. Companies and businesses commonly use lanyards, but they’re also becoming a fashionable way for individuals to carry their car or house keys, too. 

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What Should You Order Custom Lanyards

As stated above, companies and businesses commonly use lanyards for their employees. In professional settings, they are the perfect addition to any uniform and make a nice onboarding gift to give to your new employees. But making custom lanyards is smart no matter your brand’s focus. You can also use lanyards as free swag to give to your clients or to give out during trade shows and events. For apparel (or other merch) brands, they make great free giveaway items and also work well as a bonus promotional item (i.e. Spend $X and Get a Free Lanyard with Your Purchase). 

Like we mentioned above, the biggest benefit of a lanyard is that it’s an instantly viable merch item. The receiver doesn’t need to stress about finding the right place to put it, like a custom sticker, pin, or patch, and they don’t need to take time to attach it either. They’ll just put it over their neck or hang it out of their pocket and BOOM, you have a walking advertisement.

Lanyards are highly customizable, too. You can specify width, length, overall style, front and back printing, attachments, and buckles, among other features. There’s a LOT to do with custom-made lanyards.

Creating Your Custom Lanyards 

When creating your custom lanyards, you can choose from several options during the design process (at least when you order from The/Studio). Let’s review what the custom lanyard process looks like: 

Choose Lanyard Style 

  • Polyester (most popular option)
  • Nylon 
  • Dye Sublimated 
  • Woven Jacquard 
  • Tube 

Choose Lanyard Width 

  • ⅜ inches 
  • ½ inches 
  • ⅝ inches 
  • ¾ inches 
  • 1 inch 

Choose Lanyard Band Length

  • 14 inches
  • 16 inches
  • 18 inches 
  • 20 inches
  • 22 inches 
  • 30 inches

Choose Front Printing Options

  • Full-color dye sublimation (only compatible if you choose the dye sublimated style option)
  • Screen print (1 color) 
  • Screen print (2 colors) 
  • Screen print (3 colors)
  • Single side woven jacquard—no printed colors (only compatible if you choose the woven jacquard style option) 
  • Double side woven jacquard—no printed colors (only compatible if you choose the woven jacquard style option) 

Choose Back Printing Options

  • No printing 
  • Full-color dye sublimation (only compatible if you choose the dye sublimated style option) 

Choose Lanyard Attachments & Clips

  • Lobster claw 
  • Swivel J hook 
  • Bulldog clip
  • Split key ring 
  • Double-ended with bulldog clips 
  • Bottle opener hook
  • Double-ended with lobster claws 
  • Double-ended with thumb hooks 
  • Double-ended with swivel J-hooks 
  • Choose buckles for your lanyard 
  • Black snap-fit buckle (round arms) 
  • Black snap-fit buckle (edged arms) 

And There You Have it… 

As you can probably tell, there are SO MANY special options to choose from to make your custom lanyards perfect for your business, and that’s not even counting your printed design—which can be whatever your head dreams up! When you make lanyards with us, they’ll truly be one-of-a-kind.

Contact one of our Creative Specialists or use our intuitive, hands-on Create Tool to start designing your custom business lanyards today. And remember, when you choose The/Studio, the personalized lanyards you order will be limited ONLY by your imagination : )

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