Paracord projects are a fun way to get creative and also make something you can use, and they range from a new type of paracord bracelet to a sling or even a self-defense weapon (Monkey Fist). Here we’ll take a look at some of the cool paracord braid techniques that are used in the various designs, as well as some concepts and uses for these paracord crafts.
There is no single most common weave, these paracord knots cover everything from the most basic cobra knot to the advanced patterns that J.D. Lenzen comes up with (see his book of cool designs here at Amazon). There is a theme, however, in that typically if you’re making a strap, bracelet, belt or anything else which is best served by a flat pattern, then you’ll probably want to use the cobra or variant paracord designs. Otherwise, you can use any pattern or combination of knots that you like. So let’s look at some of these cool paracord projects.
Slings have been made for everything from guns to purses to laptop bags, even a paracord belt! I really like the sling design that James made in the photos below. You’ll see that he used the wide Solomon Bar which you can also find instructions for on my Top 5 Paracord Bracelet Patterns page. This design makes a flatter and tighter knot that works well for a sling, and the added width is necessary… the standard cobra would work, too, but for a heavy item the wider pattern just makes sense.
You’ll note that the sling is attached to the rifle by plastic side-release buckles on each end. For an idea of the types of buckles you can use, check out this article at Hubpages. Of course there is a virtually endless choice of colors so getting a sling to match your paracord projects is easy.
Connecting the sling to the rifle, James chose to go with paracord that he had gutted (removed the inner strands) so it would lay flat, and then wrapped it around the butt of the stock and used a crosshatching weave for added flair and strength. I would not gut paracord for this project… I’d go with some of this Faux Suede Flat Leather Wrap which is inexpensive and available at any paracord supply store, or Amazon. This wrap comes in dozens of colors and I think the combo of paracord and leather looks really cool. You can find something to match anything you’re working on.
Also, when you go to his page you’ll see on his instructions that he first wrapped the stock with black electrical tape, but I’d suggest that if your paracord project requires a protective wrapping that you use something like this flat twine at Amazon (which is actually like tape that only sticks to itself).
By learning a few of the basic patterns you can can start to combine and even create your own unique knots for awesome paracord projects.
2) Paracord Pouch – Dragon’s Egg
I absolutely love this paracord project… you can make the pouch in virtually any size and color combinations.
J.D.’s comment says that it’s a fusion of the base for the Secret Compartment Fob (or the Hexagonal Crown Sinnet, see video for this smaller project below) with the technique used to make the Backbone Bar. If you follow his instructions in the video you’ll end up with a good 36 feet of emergency use paracord (in three 12 foot lengths), much more than a paracord survival bracelet.
How to Tie the Dragon Egg (Paracord) Pouch
How to Make the (Cylindrical) Secret Compartment Fob
3) Paracord Knife Handle – Strider Weave
This is for sure one of the paracord projects that you should try because you can use it for many more projects than just a knife handle as I’m showing here. From tools to safety grab bars, there is no limit to the uses for this paracord knife handle. I’d be sure to cover and wrap the sharp edge of the knife while working on it like this, but in the end this is a simple job that you’ll be glad you learned.
How to Wrap a Knife Handle With Paracord Using the Strider Weave
4) Paracord Boat Fender Key Fob
This is probably one of the most popular key fobs to make, and while it can be a challenge it’s also really fun to learn. Using multiple colors like the video instructions below makes for some awesome design possibilities. I think these make great zipper pulls on larger gear bags and serve the purpose of ensuring that you have paracord handy should you ever need it. It’s definitely one of my top paracord projects.
Here is a picture tutorial for the Boat Fender paracord design, but truthfully the video does a better job of making this easy to follow along.
How To Make A Paracord Boat Fender Key Fob
5) Ashoka Chakra Paracord Necklace
Here is a cool knot from J.D. called the Ashoka Chakra which makes a cool necklace or even a key fob or decorative hanger. According to him, the Ashoka Chakra Knot is essentially a variant of the Backbone Bar. However, as you’ll see in the video below there are some differences, especially if you plan on making this as a necklace, so be sure to check out the video.
As always, J.D. chooses great color combinations which always make the paracord projects really stand out. I also try to use more than just the bland black, brown or basic camo colors, though I am fond of the desert camo in combination with a solid color like green or blue.
Backbone Bar For Your Reference
How to Tie a (Two Color) Ashoka Chakra Knot
6) Monkey Fist
The Monkey Fist can be made small and used as a key fob or dangle, or golf ball (or larger) and used for a self-defense weapon. Sailors even used these as a throwing weapon (slungshot, not slingshot). There are lots of other uses, too, such as being used as an anchor by climbers… they simply sling it between a crack or crevasse and tie off to it, though in cases of serious use be certain you have actual 550 paracord and that the monkey fist is properly made for that kind of use.
For most of us, though, these make great paracord projects and are very simple to make, especially if you have a paracord jig with a Monkey Fist attachment…. you can make one in 10 – 15 minutes, longer if you’re making a braided handle section. This first image is linked to the picture tutorial at Animated Knots, and then there’s a great instruction video. The first video is a great introduction… he uses large cord to show you the steps, but clearly we would be using paracord. The last video of the Giant Monkey Fist is more along the lines of what a self-defense project should look like!
How To Tie The Monkey’s Fist
GIANT monkey fist tutorial!
The Big Daddy Of Them All
7) Paracord Bull Whip
This has to be the absolute coolest, but also one of the most difficult and time-consuming paracord projects that you can make. For most of us there isn’t and real practical use for the whip, they just look cool and there’s something satisfying about making one.
The video below by Nick (of Nick’s Whip Shop) is long, over an hour, but it is without question the best instructional guide for making a whip like this. For this paracord design you’ll need a few extra items, and aside from the steel rod which you’ll probably pick up at Lowe’s or Home Depot, the rest can be picked up cheaply at Amazon or another discount site.
How to Make a Paracord Bullwhip
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