Paracord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope that is actually a parachute cord. At one time, it was strictly used by the military during World War II (it’s pretty versatile).
It was even used by astronauts during the 82nd Space Shuttle mission to make a repair to the Hubble Space Telescope. Since then, the uses have evolved from military to personal, and now it’s used by people everywhere.
These days you’ll see paracords used for all sorts of crafting projects. It is durable yet lightweight. A lot of survivalists and homesteaders make use of paracord because it’s easy to work with. Let’s check out some fun and useful DIY paracord projects to try at home.
Paracord Survival Bracelet
I love dual-purpose items. This paracord survival bracelet looks good, and it serves a purpose. If you’re out in the woods and find yourself in need of paracord or rope to help you out of a situation, undo the shackle and you have a length of cord. All you need is a shackle and paracord. They require about 12 feet of rope for the example in the instructions.
Paracord Cobra Bracelet
This cobra bracelet uses the cobra knot. You’ll need about 12 feet of paracord, a buckle, or clasp that can be plastic or metal. You will also need a scissor, lighter, and a paracord fid. There are only four simple steps to follow. Repeat the steps until your bracelet is finished.
This keychain is one of the best paracord projects for beginners. All you need is some paracord, keychain rings, scissor, and a lighter. There are different variations that allow you to add flare to it, but overall, it’s a simple project that’s great for those who are learning.
This bullwhip project isn’t recommended for beginners. There are several items you will need besides the paracord, but the instructions list them all. Whether you want a bullwhip for target practice or just to play, everything you need to know is included.
A lanyard can be handy for holding your keys, work IDs, and small pocket knives. This specific lanyard project calls for 13 feet of 550 paracord, a metal clip, ruler, rubber band, scissor, and a lighter. These paracord projects are fun and make great gifts for adults and kids.
Is it just me, or does this belt look really durable and comfortable? This belt also serves as a survival tool in the event that you need cord. It will give you about 50 feet of paracord rope if needed. All you have to do is untie the knot, detach the buckle, and pull the end of the cord.
Paracord Dog Leash
So, a 4-foot dog leash will require 8 feet of paracord. This dog leash paracord project is pretty basic, but it will take a little time since it’s kind of long. Further down this list, you’ll find the instructions to make a paracord dog collar. I’ve also heard you can make dog toys using paracord and that it’s safe for pups to chew.
Paracord Monkey’s Fist
The monkey’s fist has a history that dates back to the 1800s. I read that at one time, these were used as a weapon but mostly, making this monkey fist project is fun. You can use it as a weight at the end of the rope (depending on how big you make it) or as a decoration. I sometimes fidget, so it’s great for that, too.
Paracord Crafting Knots
This video will show you how to make several of the basic and common knots used when creating paracord projects. For those of you out there just getting into paracord, it might be a good place to start. The more you practice, the faster and more efficient your crafting becomes.
Paracord Zipper Pulls
Zipper pulls are usually the first thing that break. If you have little ones, this project is a great idea for them. Coats and bookbags are easier to open and close if they have a zipper pull. You don’t need much cord since they’re small, but if you want a long one, I won’t stop ya!
I have to say that this is one of my favorite projects on the list. You will be using gutted paracord, and if you don’t have a fid, you may want to get one, or you can improvise by using an aluminum tent stake or something of the sort. The method is a basic over and under technique. A good project for beginners.
Paracord Snake Knot Multi-Tool Belt Pouch
Carrying around a multi-tool in my pocket can be annoying. Some pockets won’t hold them as well as others, so having something like the multi-tool belt pouch made in this project might be awesome. This project uses paracord and stretch cord so the pouch is snug enough to hold the tool, and stretchy enough to hold different sized tools that may be larger.
Paracord Drawstring Pouch
This drawstring pouch requires 100 feet of paracord, something hard and sturdy as a base while creating, a scissor, and a lighter to seal the deal. This specific pouch isn’t very big, but you could always use more cord. It would make a good beach bag or a laundry bag.
Paracord Poseable Army Men
OK, so a few items up on the list, I mentioned a favorite. I must also add this one to the favorites list. What an awesome way to make toys for your little ones. The project is fun, and although some kids might think these army men are not as good as the real deal, they’re still cool because they’re made at home. You’ll need some paracord and thin wire (and something to cut them). Bonus: They’re easy on the feet when stepped on, unlike plastic army men.
What’s better than hanging a new hammock in the backyard? Hanging a homemade hammock in the backyard. This is a much bigger project, and it requires more than paracord and scissors. You have to build a hammock loom before you can begin looming. If you’re up to it, I’d definitely try out this one!
Paracord Cell Phone Case
I’ve seen a lot of cell phone cases and holsters, but this one looks amazing. I feel like my phone would be protected and have some padding to keep it safe. The amount of paracord needed varies depending on the size of your phone. You’ll want the pouch to hold the phone snug, so it doesn’t fall out, and you can make it with or without the belt loop.
Paracord Dog Collar
Here is the dog collar project that you make to match the leash listed above. In order to make a 20-inch collar, you’ll need 19 feet of one color paracord and another 19 feet of a different color. You’ll also need a buckle, a D-ring, scissor, and a lighter. You can use either plastic or metal for the buckle. I think it’s super cute, even if the dog doesn’t know the amount of work that went into it.
Paracord Adjustable Chair
A little woodworking knowledge will be needed for this project. The chair is adjustable with a wooden frame, and the backing and seat are made of paracord. The instructions have all the details on supplies needed, and it’s totally easy to modify this as you wish. I think a larger seat would be a good idea, but that’s just my opinion.
Paracord Laced Hanging Chair
Here, you will be upcycling some wood from a pallet to create an awesome hanging chair. This project only uses the paracord to lace through the wood. I imagine it is totally possible to create a hanging chair completely out of paracord, but I’m not sure how. Any ideas?
Paracord Snow Shoes
This project uses paracord to create traditional snow shoes using paracord as the webbing. With all the snow that fell across the U.S. this winter; these would’ve come in handy. The instructions are divided into two groups: The first being the frame for the snow shoes and the second being the webbing. You’ll need some basic tools for the frame, but other than that, just the basics of any paracord project.
Paracord is a versatile material, making it great for all sorts of projects from DIY crafting to repairs. There are a lot of great ideas to try. What are some of your favorites?
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