Paracord is a flexible, strong and extremely versatile type of rope that can be used in all kinds of activities. Today we are going to present you some fun and easy to do paracord projects that can be extremely useful in the preparation of your survival equipment. We all know that you should not do anything when it comes to the equipment you use to survive, but if your budget is tight and you have skill with your hands, Paracord can be the answer to your problems.
If you have never heard of Paracord, this shows that you are at the beginning of your survival training. But do not worry, nobody was born with knowledge, we all need to learn new things every day. Then, paracord also called parachute cable (indicates the name) is this type of rope made of two main elements:
- the core, made of several nylon fibers (the most common commercial version has 7 to 9 internal fibers, each composed of 3 strands);
- The nylon case, which protects the core and gives flexibility and resistance to the rope, is woven of several strands.
This intricate composition is the main reason why this type of string is used in innumerable activities that require a good piece of string. The fact that it is flexible and easy to braid in various ways, made it perfect for creating various objects such as bags, belts, pet collars, bracelets, etc. The paracord can be used in military and civilian activities that propelled him to the top of the most popular rope types during the last period.
It is always used in fashion, since the use of braided jewelry lately has become a trend. People like to weave bracelets, necklaces and all kinds of cute and wearable things with different braiding techniques and colors.
Today we are going to show you how to make useful objects for your survival team. The objects made of paracord offer two main advantages:
- They are light, strong and can help you strengthen or protect your normal survival equipment;
- You will always have an additional rope with you in case of emergencies (objects made of paracord can also be easily unraveled so you can use the rope).
Paracord basics: types of knitting and knots.
To begin working on your paracord projects, you need to know the different types of knitting patterns and knots that most people use. At first it is possible to get confused a little, since most of the patterns seem to be really complicated and difficult to perform, but once you start creating one, you will see that it is really very easy.
As you can see in the image above, there are some different types of fabric and each of them is obtained using a different type of knot. So, to make a list of different tissue patterns, we have:
- King Cobra, Cobra and Double Cobra: use the Cobra knot, which is the most basic and easiest knot to understand;
- Other snake designs such as: Boa, Sidewinder, Viper, Rattler, Mamba – these use a different type of knot
- Different types of braid: simple, double square, fish tail, etc.
- Ladder, sawtooth, zig-zag, helix, concealer;
- Trilobite, Lizard, Dragon of Solomon;
You can see here a complete tutorial on how to make a snake design with paracord
This list could go on and on because there are many patterns out there. Therefore, if you know how to braid or if it is good to work with your hands, creating your Paracord projects should not be a problem. We recommend using the Cobra node because it is easy to do and allows the possibility of including more paracord in the objects you are creating.
We hope we are curious to learn, here is a tutorial on how to make a paracord bracelet using a cobra knot.
You can see here, that the knot is very easy to make. After practicing the knot a few times, you will be ready to start working on some real Paracord projects.
Simple and easy paracord projects.
Let’s start with a few very easy projects that you can use when going on an outdoor adventure. First you will need some items that you can easily find in the house. You will need to:
- a lighter or a candle and matches to melt the paracord at the ends (when you cut the paracord) or to connect two different pieces;
- A pair of scissors to cut the paracord;
- long nose pliers to put in the loose ends;
- Side-release buckle of various sizes depending on the project you are working on;
- The necessary length of paracord.
Project # 1 – paracord belt
Who does not wear a belt? It’s amazing to keep your pants high and you can hang all kinds of small things in an outdoor adventure. It is useful, it does not add any extra weight to your backpack and you have a lot more extra cable in case of emergency. In addition, it is flexible and does not bother you when you move like a leather belt would. So, it’s cheaper than a normal belt, it has more uses, it’s more comfortable and it’s fun to make. There are many advantages here!
Then, after obtaining all the necessary materials, you can start working on the most incredible belt you have ever had. For this project you will need a large side release buckle since the belt is wide enough to fit well through a pair of standard pants. A good idea is to use a buckle that is also a high-decibel emergency whistle (you can find one of these in outdoor specialty stores). In this way, not only do you have 50 feet of additional rope for emergencies, but you also have the ability to announce to others that there is a problem.
The amount of paracord you will need for this project varies according to the size of your waist and the type of pattern you use to braid it. The process is simple and you must follow some main steps:
- Start with putting the paracord through the buckle so you can find out what length of paracord you will need;
- Fix the belt in place with the two halves of the buckle and make the initial knot;
- Start to braid;
- Secure the ends in place.
We know that this is not much of a tutorial, so here we have a great video tutorial of the paracord belt.
The technique is easy to understand and all you have to do after obtaining the paracord belt is to add the buckle. This tutorial only uses one type of paracord, but if you want your belt to look really amazing, you can mix different paracord colors by melting their ends.
Project # 2 – paracord bracelet
If you can make the belt, why do not you try your skills with a bracelet? You can use your imagination and create an incredible combination of colors so that your friends can admire your new amazing accessory. The bracelet can not include as much paracord as the belt, but it is really good to have it when you need small pieces of rope or fibers to sew and repair different things when you are on the outside.
Let’s see what uses a paracord bracelet can have when you’re not in the comfort of your own home:
- You can replace broken cords. If one or both shoelaces are burned (it happens a lot to the firemen) or they tear while on the road, you can unravel your paracord bracelet, cut the required length, secure the ends by melting them and move on;
- You can sew a broken tent or a tarp. If your tent goes through an accident and now has a big hole in it, you can remove the sheath from a piece of paracord and take a core rope to repair it;
- You can secure your backpack by tying it with the paracord on your bracelet. Sometimes it’s hard to keep everything in your backpack so you can use the paracord to tie everything up;
- You can make a trap in nature by transforming the paracord bracelet into a firing cable;
- You can replace or fix your suspenders;
- You can use it to tie your tools to the backpack.
There are a lot of uses for a small piece of paracord and it is always better to have some on you (in nature or not).
Making a paracord bracelet is quite easy and here we have a simple video tutorial so you can start.
Project # 3 – paracord bag
This project is a bit more difficult and you should have some weaving skills already developed to be able to do it well. It is not a project that we would recommend for a beginner, but it is really great when you really do it. You can use different paracord colors to make it look more elegant. The main question now is: what uses does a paracord bag have in nature?
How will this small piece of bag-type equipment help me in an emergency? Well, in an emergency, you can use the paracord used to do it, but otherwise, the bag is very useful for several things:
- To keep your money, keys and papers in a safe and narrow place. If you make a bag that can be squeezed in your mouth, you can put your small valuables in it and you will be safe;
- You can hang it by the belt and keep snacks so you do not have to reach your backpack when you want a bite.
- You can deviate a bit from the idea of the bag and make a protection bottle or harness. In this way, it will keep the water temperature constant inside the bottle and it will be easier to transport it.
- To keep everything that is small and more likely to be lost in the backpack between larger things (for example, your multiple tool).
- To make a case of protection for your survival tin box. You can put more things in it and, due to the bag, it will not open.
- To make a protective case for your phone.
Many uses for the bag too, as you can see, and if you are the inventive type, you will definitely find more. Now, that we have shown you how great it is to have a paracord bag, let’s see how to make one.
In this video tutorial you can find the technique of the paracord bag is explained thoroughly.
Project # 4 – paracord mango wrappers
This paracord project is absolutely great! You can make a wrap for anything you can think of; From the axes to the knives, from the belt bag to the backpack, everything may need a handle wrap. The best way to use this type of paracord project is in the tools. Let’s do a little exercise of imagination: you are in the forest and you want to use your knife to carve some branches for a hunting project. The hands are sweaty and the wood is quite difficult to carve, so the hands keep sliding on the handle.
Even if you have a professional knife, you can hurt your fingers without the proper wrapper for the handle. We consider that this is the best example to understand how useful a paracord control envelope can be. Of course, you can replace the knife with an ax and the branches with a whole tree that you are trying to cut.
Having the handles of your tools wrapped in paracord is very useful because the rope absorbs sweat, which allows you to get a better grip on the tool you are using. You also add an extra layer of protection for your hands.
Another way to use a paracord handle wrap is in bags. Simple travel bags usually have a very slippery handle, made of some type of nylon fabric that sinks in the fingers if the bag is heavy. To make your life easier, wrap the handles of the bag in paracord. It will strengthen the handle and get a better grip when carrying a large load. This is a good example of how we can use paracord in our daily life and not only when we are on an outdoor adventure.
And, to follow the trend of this article, we found an excellent video tutorial on how to make a paracord handle for a knife.
Anyway, the final result should look like this:
These are just some ideas and examples of how you can improve your survival equipment and your daily life with paracord. There are many other ideas and we encourage you to start looking for other DIY Paracord projects; They are fun to do and you develop your coordination and other skills while doing them. Here is a short list of what you can do using only paracord and some other elements:
- Keyrings, cords and straps that can be placed on different objects such as flashlights, tools, camera photos, compasses, etc.
- Wallets and other types of containers for paper and small items;
- Harnesses for different objects such as water bottles, your laptop, harness for dogs, the side of the chest for your backpack, etc.
- A really cool looking watch strap that will not break after a few weeks;
- Self-defense weapons like the monkey fist, the sling, the rope of an arrow,
- Slings for your weapons (rifle, shotgun);
- Collars for pets and toys for dogs that can be chewed as much as the dog wants;
- You can weave nets to help you carry clothes and put bottles of water in it;
- You can weave a hammock to put it in your garden or take it to the forest and hang it between two trees.
Paracord is extremely versatile and can be used in all kinds of activities. You just need a little ingenuity and ideas will emerge after your first Paracord projects. Just start making a bracelet or a belt and once you finish them, you’ll be hooked and wanting more. Anyway, regardless of your choices of how to use the paracord, it is always better to have something extra in your survival gear just for emergencies. You never know when you have the opportunity to use it.
Start improving your survival team today, with a very small investment of money and a lot of patience. As a beginner, you must be patient to see the results when weaving Paracord. The knots are not extremely complicated, but you need a little time to get used to them. Do not worry, after the first projects, your hands will instinctively know which end of the rope you should use for the loop and which one you should use to go through. If you do not feel like learning alone, ask some of your outdoor adventure friends, they will definitely know how to help you learn.