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A Prepper’s Guide to 30 DIY Paracord Projects

As one of the most versatile tools on the planet, paracord can be used to create hundreds of incredibly useful objects. Because of this extreme utility, paracord is one of the few non-consumable items that is as necessary as water and food. It can be used to make weapons, defensive traps, item carriers, pet accessories and much, much more.

Below, you will find 30 of our favorite do it yourself paracord-crafted things that range from purely useful to just for fun. Do you have a favorite DIY paracord project that you don’t see mentioned in this list? Let us know in the comments and share your expertise with us all!

 

  1. Paracord Rifle Sling – Making a rifle sling can end up costing you quite a bit more than other paracord projects since you will probably end up using just about 100 feet of the cord, but that still only means spending about $20-25. What’s most notable about using such a long piece of paracord is that the sling will become one of the best sources of rope available to you in any situation. Using the same design as the rifle slings, you can also make backpack straps, a paracord guitar strap or anything else along those lines.

Triple Cobra Weave Paracord 550 Gun Sling Shotgun / Rifle How to DYI Step by Step Instructions

Demonstrating how to make an extra wide heavy duty paracord sling for your shotgun or rifle with 550 cord using a triple cobra weave. Using this guide the sling takes around 3 or 4 hours to make but the end product is well worth the effort.

 

  1. Paracord Hammock – For those of you who have a bunch of paracord available, a substantial amount of time to spend crafting or you are in dire need of elevated sleeping or storage, you can’t go wrong with a paracord hammock.

How to Make A Paracord Hammock

Please have your annotations turned on. I've enclosed the details for construction of this hammock in the video. Could not find any good videos when I went to make mine, so I made this one. Still hammock camp to this day, but my current hammock is a TrekLite for the fact it is compact and lightweight.

 

  1. Paracord Pouch – From communications gear to fire-starting kits and everything in between, knowing how to make a paracord pouch will mean helping keep all sorts of your items protected.

How to Make a Paracord Utility Pouch by TIAT

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  1. Paracord Whip – If you have absolutely nothing else to work with except for paracord, the best combination utility tool and weapon you can put together is a bullwhip. It might take more practice than other weapons as well, but a paracord whip offer range, power, grab and mobility not available with blades.

How to Make a Paracord Bullwhip – a full length tutorial by Nick Schrader

In this video I will show you how to make a 6 foot, 12 plait, shot loaded, paracord bullwhip with 2 plaited bellies. for the core I used: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-4-in-x-100-ft-Diamond-Braid-Poly-Rope-in-Yellow-Black-17984/202048183#.UhAr_5KsiSo click here to purchase this whip! http://www.ebay.com/itm/261267039039?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

 

  1. Paracord Toys – If you have kids with you or just feel like putting together an effigy for some reason or another, you can shape together a paracord doll or another kind of toy.

Simple Paracord: Making Bugs (kids toys from knots)

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How To Make A Paracord Buddy

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How to Make Paracord Balls by TIAT

Paracord Fusion Ties – Volume 1: http://www.amazon.com/Paracord-Fusion-Ties-Volume-Bundles/dp/098555780X Paracord Balls are more often seen, than clearly understood. Glancing eyes dismiss them as Monkey's Fists. More factually, they are the products of rounded Turk's Heads. Video production by JD of Tying It Al Together.

 

  1. Paracord Knots – Although learning about tying paracord knots isn’t really a project more than a skill in and of itself, knowing things like how to tie a monkey fist knot with paracord or how to tie a square or slipknot can go a long way in preparing everything else mentioned here.

How to tie Monkey's Fist knot paracord keychain

Here You will learn how to make a Monkey's Fist keychain. I'm using 550 paracord and final ball has about 1 inch diameter. If You want bigger knot, just make more passes. Do it carefully and it shoud not cause major problem. Good luck.

 

  1. Paracord Firewood Carrier – It’s your choice whether you want your paracord firewood carrier to be a simple setup that only uses a couple feet of cord or if you’d like it to be a knotted sling. Either way is useful and will make transporting bundles of wood much easier.

Easy DIY Paracord Firewood Carrier – “Tip Of The Week” (E39)

Can 2 sticks and a bit of paracord really make life easier around camp? You bet they can! This simple, in-the-field DIY project makes the task of collecting firewood a breeze. Using a simple cinch-down system, this firewood carrier cuts down on your forays into the forest in search of a good supply of wood for the ol' campfire.

 

  1. Paracord Flashlight Wrap – Wrapping your flashlight with paracord not only makes the often slick metal surface have a much better grip, but the many colors of paracord make the look very customizable.

Paracord Flashlight Wrap

Wrapping my Maratac AAA flashlight with 550 paracord in a cobra weave.

 

  1. Paracord Dog Collar – Unless you have a habit of using metal linked chains as dog collars, one made from paracord is going to be the toughest and longest-lasting collar you’ll ever put on Fido. The wear and tear on the collar that comes with taking your dog into the woods or other natural terrain is best handled by a paracord dog collar.

How to Make a Simple Paracord Dog Collar – BoredParacord.com

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  1. Paracord Dog Leash – Like the dog collar, a paracord dog leash can practically last forever in any environment. Likewise, a leash like this can be the single best way to store a couple hundred feet of paracord knotted together.

How to make a Paracord Dog Leash

In this video, a couple of Leerburg employees demonstrate how to make a durable dog leash out of a paracord. Supplies: – Paracord (lengths vary on size of leash) – Snap Latch, Scissors, Lighter, Needle Nose Pliers, Para-cord. https://leerburg.com/flix/player.php/1235/DIY:_Paracord_Dog_Leash

If you don't have a dog but would like to have this large amount of rope at your disposal, this pattern can easily be used to make yourself a paracord belt.

  1. Paracord Trail Markers – One of the easiest “projects” on this list (if not the absolute easiest), the variety of bright colors make using paracord for trail markers a great idea. Remember to switch up the colors when trying new routes, otherwise you could end up confusing yourself on the way back to your origination area.

Paracord as Trail Markers

This is a quick tip on the best way to mark a trail or snare and trap sets with Safety Orange Paracord.

 

  1. Paracord Bow Sling – The popularity of bows with preppers is easy to understand considering you can end up having near unlimited ammunition as long as you have pretty much any source of wood. That being the case, making a paracord bow sling is a favorite project among paracord enthusiasts.

Paracord Bow Sling

IllinoisBowhunter.com's first video! Justin Miller of Miller Ropeworks and co-owner of Illinois Bowhunter (IllinoisBowhunter.com), Illinois Waterfowler (IllinoisWaterfowler.com), and Freaks Of The Fall (FreaksOfTheFall.com) goes through the process of hand-braiding a paracord bow sling.

 

  1. Paracord Bow Drill – A paracord bow drill is known and used as a tool to create the friction needed to start a fire without a lighter or flint. What’s best about these is that they’re very easy and fast to make, meaning you don’t necessarily need to prepare one until the moment you need it.

Paracord bow drill fire

Using a paracord bracelet to string the bow drill and start a fire.

 

  1. Paracord Survival Necklace – Unlike survival bracelets (which we discuss later in this list), a paracord survival necklace can comfortably hold heftier objects like tools and keys which would be a hindrance or potentially dangerous if on the wrist. .

How to make a paracord survival necklace

http://www.survivalbraceletkits.com/ is where you can get the safety connectors to make the necklace.How to make a paracord survival necklace with safety release buckle. If you need any supplies to make one like paracord 550 or safety release buckles you can vist me at www.survivalbraceletkits.com How to make a paracord survival necklace this necklace will have about 10 feet of paracord that you can use for an emergency.

 

  1. Paracord Fishing Line – To make a paracord fishing line thin enough to be useable, the line is actually created from the strands inside the cord. The majority of brands make their 550 with 8 inner strands, which means you could easily have enough length to fish with since each foot of paracord equals eight feet of line.

Paracord Survival, How to make fishing line

How to make fishing line out of paracord.

 

  1. Paracord Fishing Net – Depending on the type of environment that you are trying to fish in, you might be better off with a paracord fishing net rather than the aforementioned fishing line. Likewise, paracord nets have an incredible amount of utility, including use while putting together an emergency shelter.

How To Make Your Own Fishing Net

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  1. Paracord Rope Stretcher – Alongside a couple sticks, paracord can be used to make a stretcher should someone in your group be too injured to walk. Considering the situation you will probably be in if you ever needed a paracord stretcher, adding a pull sling will help you or whoever is pulling the injured person save energy compared to simply carrying the person’s full weight.

Rope stretcher by Stephen

Brief example of how to make a rope stretcher

 

  1. Paracord Bracelets – Using paracord weaves, you can create a number of useful paracord bracelets for different purposes. A survival bracelet will have a few small, lightweight objects intertwined in it with the paracord itself acting as utility as well. Additionally, the weave used for bracelets can be used for a paracord watch band as a highly durable fix to a broken or worn out band.

Easy Paracord Bracelet Tutorial

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  1. Paracord Tree Swing – Since paracord is so strong, it can carry the weight of an adult without any issue whatsoever. That being said, there are some great paracord tree swing projects worth looking into. Putting together one of these can also be a fun family project for the preppers out there with kids.

DiResta: Tree Swing

In this episode, Jimmy takes a field trip to a beaver pond to acquire part of a log, which becomes the base for a wooden swing. Learn more here: http://makezine.com/video/diresta-tree-swing/

 

  1. Paracord Bow Saw – Inside a survival bracelet, you can easily store a wire saw. With that, you can connect paracord handles to the eyelets, then saw out a healthy green branch that has a strong bend to it. With that, branch and the wire saw, you can create an excellent bow saw.

Cutting Down Trees with a Paracord Bracelet! – Lumberjack

VIDEO 2 – Tested on a HUGE tree: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8YJJRM1la4 EDIT- to address a reoccurring comment: Yes, you can snap dry dead branches, but we chose to demonstrate the cut on a hardened dried piece of wood instead of killing a larger green tree.

 

  1. Paracord Wrist Lanyard – This kind of paracord lanyard differs from a survival bracelet or necklace in that it’s best used to keep a tool from dropping to the ground rather than having it around only for the rope itself. These are particularly useful when working in thick brush, swampy areas or when there is no light source.

How to make / tie wrist paracord lanyard with the Snake Knot ( Tutorial )

Diy paracord lanyard with the snake knot Music (permission through RPM Network) Website: http://www.audiomicro.com/royalty-free-music http://audiomicro.com/sound-effects Song Used: summer drive, in arcustic circles

 

  1. Paracord Hiking Stick Grip – Hiking sticks can be really helpful when traversing rough and unknown terrain, but they usually come with one of two options: Either too slick or packed with slivers. Both of these situations are conquered when using paracord to wrap and create a grip for the hiking stick.

How to make a Paracord Handle Wrap

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  1. Paracord Snare – Great for hunting small game or setting up defenses, snare traps made out of paracord are remarkably durable and are many preppers’ favorite because of the cords’ strength.

Simple Paracord: Easy Snare Knot (basic Poachers Snare)

Do you like the content I produce? If so, please consider shopping on Amazon using these affiliate links – it helps me to grow the channel. Much appreciated! Paracord Supplies: http://amzn.to/1SD4qIX Amazon Homepage: http://amzn.to/1S6YLLW This simple sliding snare knot (commonly known as a Poachers Snare) has many applications beyond the traditional trapping use for this type of tie – paracord is a perfect rope material to take advantage of these.

 

  1. Paracord Blow Gun Darts – Because creating blow gun darts using paracord is such a stretch from the way paracord is normally used, this project is a lot of fun and is a good way to learn how to better manipulate rarely-used aspects of paracord.

How To Make Paracord Darts For A Blowgun

Uploaded by Luke Powell on 2014-04-16.

 

  1. Paracord Keychain – Using practically any paracord weaves you have a preference for, making a paracord keychain is often one of the first pieces of knotting that people make for themselves. The small size can be misleading, though – these can be very useful for adding in small survival tools (like the wire saw discussed earlier) and the cord itself.

How easy do Cobra Weave / Solomon Bar paracord Keychain by ParacordKnots

Next short video about keychains. This time you will be able to learn how to create Cobra Weave one. Amount of the cord depends on how long keychain you want to create.

 

  1. Paracord Spear – Should you find yourself in a situation where you need a reliable weapon that can be good for hunting somewhat large game as well as defending yourself against attacking people, attaching a knife to the end of your hiking stick or a large, straight branch will make a reliable and effective spear.

bear grylls paracord knife spear

Uploaded by LOVE THE OUTDOORS on 2014-01-02.

 

  1. Paracord Early Warning Trap – With camouflaged paracord outdoors or at an indoor entrance, you can set up non-violent traps surrounding wherever you’re at – these can lead to audio or visual cues to inform you that someone or something is within your proximity. Visual traps that cause something a bright object to shake or move unnaturally when triggered are preferred to audio traps as the former allows you to maintain an element of surprise if you have gone unseen up to that point. These are best if traveling with other people as these traps won’t end up hurting family or friends.

Urban Survival – Free Early Alert System

In this video Joshua describes how to build an early alert system out of a stick and cans (and when necessary, string) if you find yourself needing to stay in an abandoned house or building in an emergency situation.

 

  1. Paracord Food Lock and Hangs – Because it’s so tough, short strands of paracord can act as locks on your coolers and other food storage bins to keep animals at bay. To add an even further layer of food security, tight woven large pouches can be created to hold storage items then hung from a tree about 10 feet off the ground.

How to hang a bear bag in bear country – hang food in bear country

http://www.amazon.com/Traditional-archery-hunting-traditional-bowhunting-ebook/dp/B00I2CPZTY/ref=zg_bs_159849011_3 A little mechanical advantage can go a long way when you're alone in the woods. Here, we'll take a look at how to make a block & tackle using a little paracord and some carabineers. With this little bit of know how, you can easily hang food in bear country, or quarters, or whatever you need to when you're by yourself.

 

  1. Paracord Water Bottle Holder – Not only does a paracord water bottle holder look cool, it will help protect your bottle from cracks and chips if dropped on a hard surface. A paracord holder like this can be used to secure the water bottle to your person, and is yet another good way to store additional paracord without having it take up any real amount of space.

Paracord bottle wrap- half hitching

In this tutorial we take a look at how to make a paracord water bottle wrap using half hitches. This style has a mesh or net like appearance which I find quite eye pleasing. This was the first paracord bottle holder style I ever did.

 

  1. Paracord Fast Rope – When you know you are going to use paracord as a rope rather than crafting something completely different, a fast rope setup will let you keep your cord from getting tangled with itself or other items in a pack. Learning how to make paracord fast rope will allow you to deploy the rope quickly as you need it and it will clean up loose ends.

Fast Rope * 550 Paracord Carry

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you his preferred method for carrying cordage, specifically 550 paracord, in the bush. The Fast Rope method allows for a streamlined carry option, as well as quick, tangle-free deployment. Upload Schedule: Sundays – Tuesdays & sometimes Thursdays. If you wanna support us, take a look at our stores below.

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