How to put a lanyard on a phone

Putting a lanyard on a phone can be useful for several reasons. If you need to keep your phone handy, but don’t have pockets, hanging it safely around your neck will be a welcome change.

Wearing a phone on a lanyard is a smart move, particularly when you’re travelling as it won’t be an easy target for thieves. When you give your child their first phone, they might benefit from a lanyard they can wear around their neck to keep their phone safe. 

To prevent opportunistic pickpockets from taking it while you are distracted, you should always wear your phone under a layer of clothing like a sweatshirt or jacket. 

The elderly can also benefit from a phone lanyard, as it will help them to keep track of their phone while they are out and about. And finally, if you’re hiking and want to keep your hands free for other tasks, keeping your phone around your neck will make sure it’s always safe. Read on to learn some of the best ways to add a lanyard to your phone.

Method one

Method one

Putting a lanyard on your phone shouldn’t be difficult if you have an older style phone. These phones would typically have a small notch in the corner of the phone with a bar over it. This will allow you to thread a loop of fabric through and then push the length of the lanyard through this loop to create a secure knot. You can then wear the phone around your neck with ease.

Method two

Method two

If your phone doesn’t have this loop, consider purchasing a phone case that has one included. A phone case with two clips on the top or a single clip in the middle will allow you to wear your phone safely and securely around your neck. A wallet style phone case with slots for your cards and cash will allow you to carry all of your essentials without the need for pockets.

Method three

Method three

If you can’t find a case to suit your phone, a specialist pouch could offer a quick fix. Professional custom lanyards are available with lots of different attachments on the end, including clear plastic pouches. These are often used to store items like identification badges for events, or maps and programmes for a conference. This type of clear pouch would be the perfect size for housing a phone. The added benefit of using a plastic pouch is that your phone will be protected from splashes. 

Method four

Method four

You don’t have to attach a full-size lanyard to your phone. A wrist strap lanyard can be just as effective for helping you to keep track of your items. You wear the strap around your wrist and then hold on to the phone. If you drop your phone, the wrist strap will stop it from falling to the ground. This can be helpful while you are at a conference or concert when big crowds would make it difficult to find a dropped phone.

Factors to consider when designing your own lanyard

Designing your own lanyards is a fun and exciting task. Seeing your lanyard design come to life and then be worn by people in your business or at an event is a milestone that every business owner hopes to reach one day. 

And when this day arrives, you might find that you aren’t fully prepared for the task. There’s a lot more that goes into creating a lanyard than you might think, so we’ve come up with this quick guide to designing your own lanyard. We’ll explore some of the most important factors to consider as you create your design.

What kind of printing will you use?

The type of lanyard you choose will determine the design you can create. There are a few main types of lanyards to think about. Let’s explore them below and think about the design constraints you will have to think about.

When choosing your lanyard printing method, you should think about the design you want to include, how detailed you need it to be, and how colourful you would like it to be. While some companies might be looking for a full-colour bright lanyard, others might be happy with white text against a coloured lanyard.

Who will be using the lanyards?

Think about your audience when creating a lanyard. If you are creating lanyards for security reasons, you might need to include a feature to help identify the wearer. If you are creating lanyards for children, a bright and colourful design will be welcomed. And if you are creating lanyards as a giveaway, they should offer bold branding.

What attachments do you need?

When designing your lanyard, you have the option to add custom attachments to the end. How the lanyard is to be used will determine which attachments you need. Below is an overview of the available attachments and how you can use them to make your lanyards more effective.

Do you need safety features?

Safety features include a rear breakaway or a front breakaway. These are helpful to ensure that the lanyard will simply break free if it becomes caught on anything. 

For children, this is an essential safety feature and you should consider adding both breakaway clasps for maximum safety. This means if the lanyard is caught on something, or the lanyard attachment is caught on something, the lanyard will just snap open without injuring the wearer. 

Safety features are also helpful on lanyards worn by those working near heavy machinery. A lanyard can present a serious safety risk if it becomes caught on something. With the safety clasps, the lanyard will just pull away and leave the wearer uninjured.

Would plain lanyards work?

A lot of companies get caught up in the idea of printed lanyard when plain lanyard might be more suitable. If you aren’t using them for branding purposes, you could save money by using plain coloured lanyards. Colour coded lanyards can be useful in a work setting to help identify different teams, or they can be used at events to help security know who is allowed access to different areas.

If you aren’t sure if lanyards will work for your business, using plain lanyards as a test run can help you to decide if your workers will adopt them and use them. And if you need support creating your design, the Lanyards Online team is here to help!

How can branded lanyards benefit your business?

Lanyards are used in lots of different environments, from large public sector offices and buildings, to outdoor concert venues and small businesses premises.

Not all are branded but those that are, often have significant benefits, and with the correct execution, branded lanyards can significantly enhance your traditional marketing efforts. Our guide will show you specifically how branding your lanyards can benefit your business. 

They can help build your brand 

Creating an awareness of your company is a big part of building a brand. Along with direct marketing, public relations and email broadcasts, incorporating branded lanyards, where appropriate, is a proven and effective addition to an overall brand building strategy. 

Branding is the process of creating and developing a positive affinity between a company and a target market through meaningful visuals. People who see brand images they trust do not have to delve deeper into whether to use that brand, as the trust has already been earned. Done well, this can lead to repeat custom with little investment over time. 

Customers and potential customers develop a loyalty to brands if they have a positive interaction with them. It’s an intangible, yet powerful concept and one that can be achieved successfully through the use of branded lanyards.

Young employee wearing a badge. Personal information. Conference

Lanyards can help your business stand out

Lanyards are predominantly used at events where there are lots of other businesses, often competing for the attention of customers. Wearing a lanyard with a company logo and strapline that mirrors other marketing material provides a strong sense of synergy and togetherness, emanating a professional image in front of those customers.

There are almost limitless options available when it comes to tailoring a lanyard to your preferred branding design, with an array of different colours, fabrics and sizes on offer. You call also personalise lanyards for each member of staff to create that special touch and to assist event visitors when they are looking to speak to a specific person from your company. Plus, you don’t have to invest in expensive uniform purchases to make your team look professional and cohesive, matching branded lanyards can do that instantly. 

They can support your networking experiences  

Regulars on the networking scene often find ‘ice breaking’ an easy task, but for many first time networkers it can be a daunting prospect. Wearing a lanyard facilitates an easy ice breaker, providing a clue to someone’s identity before you have spoken to them. This can trigger an initial conversation and help break the proverbial ice. 

Also, networking with a large group can mean it’s easy to forget someone’s name, but wearing a lanyard puts a stop any awkward moments and can make sure you stay in touch with that new contact you just made.

Lanyards can have a long-lasting effect 

Lanyards can have a long-lasting effect 

Lanyards can be considered in the same vein as other branded promotional gifts. This is largely because, like traditional promotional materials, they last a long time, are often still useful once used, and help you stay in the consciousness of potential customers now and in the future as a result. 

Different types of lanyards: 

Don’t forget also that although originally used as a simple cord with a tag and placed around the neck, lanyards are now used to attach to a number of different promotional items which are also helpful for branding and marketing purposes. For example:

No matter what your business is, a branded lanyard is an important consideration if you want to create greater awareness of your business. They have a catalogue of practical uses, but they are also a golden promotional opportunity waiting to be had. 

Why are lanyards called lanyards?

Its a question we sometimes hear from our customer "Why are lanyards called lanyards?" Well, we’re all familiar with modern-day lanyards. They’re the attire of choice for conference attendees and parents love them for keeping track of small items for their little ones. But how much do we actually know about these humble bits of cord?

As a lanyard company, we felt obliged to do a little bit of digging and find out how lanyards got their name and why we still call them this to this day. There’s a bit of history, language and design involved in this, so get comfortable while we learn the origins of this everyday word.

Why are lanyards called lanyards?

The first lanyards ever used

You might be surprised to learn that lanyards date back to 15th century France. A lanière was a strap-on apparatus or thong that would allow French soldiers to keep weapons and other items close to hand.

Throughout history, lanyards have primarily been used by the military to help keep things organised and to hand. Small weapons like knives and other items such as a Bosun's pipe would include a string loop that would help the wearer to get a better grip of the small handle. It would also help to ensure they don’t drop anything in the heat of battle.

The origins of the name

The French word “lanière” translates to strap, and this was eventually adapted into “lanyard”. A lanyard can also refer to a kind of rigging on a ship that would be used to secure items. In this sense, the word refers to any string or rope loop that is used to secure items. Whether you are holding a conference ID badge, a military whistle or cargo on the deck of a ship, all can be said to be held in place by a lanyard.

Lanyards and the military

Lanyards hold a special place in the military. In the early French military, lanyards would commonly be attached to pistols, swords and whistles to help mounted cavalry and naval officers keep hold of important items. These lanyards would be semi-permanently attached to their uniform, which paved the way for modern ornate military uniforms.

In British military uniform, members of the British Royal Artillery would wear a lanyard with a key attached to allow them to adjust the fuzes of explosive shells. Keeping this key close to hand in a tense situation could only be achieved with the help of a lanyard attached to their uniform.

Colour combinations and lengths of braided cord are often used to demonstrate an officers rank and seniority. While no longer functional, lanyards still play an important role in military uniform.

Lanyards in the Westerns

Lanyards are also commonplace on pistols. This can help to keep the pistol and the owner united, even if the owner has no time to place their gun back in the holster. This can prevent the gun from falling into enemy hands.

In the 1966 Spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Tuco Ramirez was supposed to carry his pistol on a leather cord lanyard around his neck. It was thought that this would lend his character a unique intrigue. But when asking how he was supposed to get the gun into his hand, the actor playing the part determined that the gun instead needed to be at his hip in a holster.

Pistol holsters are now commonplace as a security feature to ensure they cannot be dropped or lost in a struggle.

Modern-day use for lanyards 

Although they have roots in military history, lanyards are more common in leisure settings today. Modern-day lanyards may be used to hold identification badges, hold a whistle for sports, or organise important items while doing psychically demanding activity. These are some of the most common uses for lanyards today:

How to create a lanyard? At Home

Making your own lanyards is a fun activity that almost anyone can master. When you create your own lanyards, you’ll have complete control over the colour, design, size and extra features. This is perfect if you need to customise your lanyard for a specific purpose.

If you’re struggling for inspiration, here are a few lanyard ideas to get you started.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. When you start to think about all the possibilities for lanyard usage, you’ll only be limited by your own imagination.

If you’re thinking about creating your own lanyards at home, read on to discover some of the easiest ways to achieve this.

Make a ribbon lanyard at home

Make a ribbon lanyard at home

To make a lanyard from a ribbon you will need a length of grosgrain or satin ribbon, a clasp, needle, thread and a lighter.

Start by cutting the ribbon to the length you want. Using an existing lanyard as a guide can help, but children may require a shorter lanyard, and a wrist lanyard will be even shorter. Burn the ends of the ribbon with the lighter to prevent it from fraying.

Next, create a loop with your ribbon so it will lay flat against your neck. The two ends of the ribbon should lay flat against each other. Push this through the end of your lobster clasp, fold it back, tuck the ends in and then pin it in place. 

You’ll need to sew two lines, one close to the clasp and one at the end of the ribbon. Use a sewing machine or needle and thread. And there you have it, your own custom made lanyard!

Make a paracord lanyard at home

Make a paracord lanyard at home

A paracord lanyard is popular with hikers and climbers as it’s an easy way to store a lot of paracord in a small space. You’ll need about 3-4 meters of paracord, scissors, a clasp and a lighter. See this guide.

Start by cutting your cord and burning the ends. Next, you need to find the centre of the length of rope and tie a simple overhand knot. Leave a 5-inch gap and then thread the lengths of rope through your clip or carabiner.

You will then need to learn the cobra stitch to tie the rest of the length of cord over the 5-inch length until you reach your overhand knot. Then, turn around and king cobra stitch over your existing cobra stitches. This should use up all of your cord. You can attach a clip to each end and you’ll always have a long length of paracord handy.

Make a beaded lanyard at home

Make a beaded lanyard at home

To make a beaded lanyard, you will need some jewellery cord, beads, a clip and scissors. Cut the cord to length and then secure one end to the lobster clasp. Fill the cord with brightly coloured beads in whatever order you like. When you reach the end, tie the other end of the cord to the lobster clasp.

You can further customise this beaded lanyard by adding two clasps; one on each end of the cord. This will allow you to use it as a mask holder. You could also create a shorter one with elastic cord, to be worn around the wrist.

Whichever one you choose, have fun crafting!

How to make a whistle lanyard

A whistle lanyard is a loop of fabric worn around the neck with a whistle attached to the end. They are very popular with hikers, sports coaches and dog walkers. Dogs trained to respond to a whistle will hear this a lot better than their owner's voice, so it can be a safer option when walking a dog in the wind or rain.

Whistles are also great for attracting attention if you get in trouble. This is why they are often present on life jackets and hikers will often carry a whistle on trails.



A whistle lanyard allows you to keep your whistle to hand without having to carry it. If your whistle is placed on your keys, in your bag or even in your pocket, you’re far more likely to drop it or leave it somewhere. When you wear it around your neck, you’re far less likely to lose it.

A lanyard makes it easy to keep track of your whistle while also keeping it close to hand. And since whistle lanyards are most often used in outdoor settings, you’ll need to keep your hands free for other things.



There are instructions online for how to make your own whistle lanyard from paracord. This involves weaving the paracord to create a lanyard shape and then attaching a whistle using a keyring loop or similar metal attachment. This is a great idea if you have the time and resources to create one, but most people are looking for a simpler solution.

The easiest way to make a whistle lanyard is to use an existing lanyard and attach your chosen whistle. You can easily buy lanyards online, in bulk if required, so you could create whistle lanyards for everyone in your hiking party. When hiking in rain or snow, poor visibility can split up a large group. If everyone has a whistle lanyard, you’ll be able to keep the group together.



The benefit of buying your lanyard online is that you can make the most of the safety features available on modern lanyards. The most popular is a break free closure that will prevent injury if the lanyard gets caught on something. You can have a break free closure on the back of the lanyard and on the attachment. A buckle attachment on the front of your lanyard will allow you to easily remove your whistle as required.



This will depend on the type of activity you are doing. A dog whistle is a specialist kind of whistle that is incredibly high pitched, so only your dog will hear it. This can be an excellent option for walking your dog at the beach or in windy conditions. Your dog will always be able to hear you, no matter how busy and loud the surroundings are.

If you’re hiking, a loud safety whistle is essential. These are capable of making a much louder noise than a standard metal whistle. If you’re separated from your group or if you’re injured and trying to get the attention of a rescue team, they’ll be far more likely to be able to locate you than if you’re just using your voice. Shouting for a long time is also exhausting, but a loud whistle takes a fraction of the effort.

For sports coaches and referees, a whistle on a lanyard is an incredibly common sight. You’ll always want to make sure you have your own metal whistle as sharing them is very unhygienic. Finding a personalised lanyard will help to make sure no one ever uses your whistle by mistake.

How Office Lanyards Took Over Company Culture

If you’re sat on the train on the commute to work reading this blog, or if you’re in the office, have a look around you. All of your colleagues will be wearing some form of uniform, whether it’s smart business attire, whether it’s a name badge, or whether it’s a lanyard. There will be something that brings your business or your company culture together and means that you can be distinguished as being part of the crowd. Lanyards have become such a common workplace uniform, but have you ever stopped to wonder why this is and how it came about?


In January 1991, compulsory lanyards were brought into the BBC Broadcasting House, as a security measure. The idea behind this was for security reasons and exclusivity, any employee of the BBC would have to show their ID and lanyard to be granted entrance into the building. There were so many different members of staff coming and going from the BBC during the Gulf War, recording reels and reels of radio edits and information, that it came to a point where there needed to be order and semblance in the organisation.

Over the years, lanyards have developed into a symbol of status and company branding. Whether this is a journalist in a war zone, a doctor in a hospital or a charity worker, a lanyard allows you to clearly see that a person belongs to an organisation or to a company.


Branding is an integral part of any business. If you want somebody to know who you are and what you are about, then you need to have a company branding strategy in place. If you want to build brand awareness, then you should seek to make a good impression on your potential customers and clients. There are various different techniques that you can adopt in order to find the best combination for yourself and your business. Lanyards are symbolic of good business branding, as those who already know you will recognise your business from the branded lanyards your employees wear, but the can also be used as the spark that will ignite your brand awareness.

How To Make Your Workplace More Secure Using Lanyards

Security in your workplace is not only integral to your business, but also for the safety of your employees. Regardless of your industry, lanyards can be the ideal way to increase security measures for your business premises.

Here are a few ways that the right screen printed lanyard can make your workplace a much safer environment:

ID Badges

Obviously, the biggest safety aspect of a lanyard in the workplace is to have something to hang an ID badge from. These badges are common in workplaces, as they are good practice for an extra level of safety to keep doors secure and ensure only employees enter your building without hassle.

A lanyard makes the use of these simple and efficient, as there is no fumbling to find them when they arrive at the door. Instead, they are on-hand (or on-neck) whenever they need them.

Makes Employees Identifiable

Security isn’t always foolproof in the modern world, so chances are that someone will be able to wander into your business from time to time. Whether a wayward client or just someone very lost, you want these people to be instantly identifiable. Having your employees wear lanyards means that someone that doesn’t have one stands out, making it easy to identify those that don’t belong.

It works alongside ID badges, not only as somewhere to hang them from but as a way to help your employees stand out in your business. After all, it’s not always easy for security staff to know everyone that works in one building.

Convenient Safety

People can easily forget badges or lone ID cards, as they are loose and can be easily lost. A lanyard removes this issue, as your employees have something convenient to hang their idea off at all times. Gone are the days where pins will ruin your employee's clothes and become lost in the weekly wash.

So, the excuses for not having their ID with them should be non-existent with the introduction of lanyards to your business.

If you want to increase your business-safety today, then don’t hesitate to order your lanyards today. For further information, you can also call 01565 777062 to speak to a member of our team.

What Is Pet Lanyard? And Why Choose One?

A PET lanyard had nothing to do with your cat or dog. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and it is a type of plastic commonly used to make plastic bottles. Creating polyester fabric from recycled plastic bottles is an increasingly popular way to deal with the increasing amount of waste plastic in the world.

If you are running an event with an eco-friendly or sustainable ethos, it makes sense to choose PET lanyards for your ID badges. You could also opt for bamboo lanyards, but those are made from virgin fibres. If you are committed to recycling and sustainability, a PET lanyard is the way to go.


PET lanyards start life as a clear plastic bottle. The bottles are shredded, cleaned and then melted. The melted plastic is pushed through a sieve to create long strips of plastic. These strips of plastic are stretched and then shredded again to create a material that looks like wool.

The material is then carded, which brushes the fibres into the same direction, creating stronger bonds. Without this step, the fibre would be brittle. These fibres can be then woven into sheets for clothing or strips for lanyards. PET lanyards are very strong and durable. They are also ideal for dye sublimation printing, which allows us to put intricate, full-colour designs on the material.


You might be wondering if a lanyard made from recycled plastic will be comfortable to wear. We are happy to report that they are incredibly soft and smooth. The PET fibres are essentially the same as polyester, except they are made from recycled materials. Recycled PET lanyards are satin-smooth, soft against the skin and incredibly strong.


PET lanyards are available with full-colour print as standard. The method for printing on PET is called dye sublimation. This process allows for full-colour printing with Pantone colour matching. If you have an intricate design, a photograph or lots of text, this type of printing process is ideal.

Dye sublimation works by first printing the design onto contact paper. The design is placed on top of the PET lanyard material and then bonded together using heat. The ink is not just transferred directly onto the surface of the fabric, it becomes part of the fabric. This means your design will not peel or fade away.


PET lanyards are not just for the eco-friendly and the environmentally conscious. They offer a high quality and consistent finish that looks polished and professional. The full-colour printing possibilities also offer excellent branding opportunities.PET lanyards make excellent giveaway items, they can be used to help your company employees stand out, and it’s an excellent talking point for your event literature.

Recycled polyester fabrics are the future, and our PET lanyards offer a great way to get on board with this trend. This manufacturing process uses fewer chemicals and less energy, so you know you’re doing something good for the environment. If you’re ready to order PET lanyards, get in touch today.

Size Guide – How Long Should A Lanyard Be?

Ordering lanyards for an event, conference or festival might leave you wondering a few questions. Which material is right for me? Which printing method should I choose? And how long should the lanyards be? The good news is that we have done a lot of the groundwork for you, so you can focus on what matters.

How long should a lanyard be isn’t something that you need to worry about because we’ve already done the testing and determined the perfect length. When you choose your lanyards, you can adjust things like the width of the lanyard and the type of printing, but we supply all lanyards in a standard length. 

In this guide, we will explore some of the reasons for making lanyards this length, and what you can do if you need a longer or shorter lanyard.

How long should a lanyard be?

The average length for a lanyard is 33-34 inches. If you place a measuring tape around your neck and measure where a 34-inch lanyard would meet, you will see that it likely lands in the middle of your chest. If you were to tie a knot in the measuring tape at this point, you would see that it’s also very easy to remove this loop without hurting yourself.

If the lanyard were any shorter, some people might struggle to put this over their head with ease. And if it were any longer, the lanyard clip would land closer to the wearer’s stomach, which isn’t the ideal place for an ID badge. A longer lanyard is also much more likely to get caught while the wearer moves around.

If you know that you will need a longer or a shorter lanyard than the standard length, please get in touch with Lanyards Online to find out how we can help create your ideal lanyard. 

How wide should a lanyard be?

We offer three lanyard widths to choose from; 10mm, 20mm and 25mm. When it comes to choosing the width of your lanyard, you need to consider a few things:

Why do lanyards have a twist?

One thing that impacts the length of the lanyard is the twist. The twist in the loop is not a mistake, rather, it allows the wearer to position the lanyard directly around their neck. This makes it more comfortable to wear but also ensures that the lanyard lays flat against their chest. If you have a printed design, this will mean that the design is fully visible. It will also ensure that the ID badge will lay flat against the chest and be less cumbersome.