As you may already know, paracord as a survival tool can be used in an incredible number of ways. Not only does it offer great strength at a very light weight, the inside fibers can be stripped out and used for tasks that require more delicate line like sewing (including wounds if it really came to that) and fishing. And though most people end up making a paracord bracelet their first time around, that particular piece of paracord fashion can be easy to leave at home or uncomfortable if made even the slightest bit too tight or loose.
That being said, something that’s more difficult to leave the house without would be your keys, and a paracord keychain would be with you everywhere you go. What’s even better is that a paracord keychain is honestly one of the easiest paracord items to create and can take less than 15 minutes or so your first time through. The steps below will guide you through this easy paracord project and, if you feel that video would help after the steps, there is a video tutorial at the end of this walkthrough.
Without further ado, simple paracord keychain construction:
- Get the Materials Together
– 2x Paracord 550 Ropes (About 4 Feet or more each)
– Lighter or Candle
Cross the two paracord lines and place the keyring on the bottom cord.
- Start the Weave
Cross the bottom paracord in both directions, leave a little space.
- Weave Continued
Take one loose end the top cord and run it over then under the bottom cord.
Then do the same with the other loose end.
Pull two or three of the cords at a time until they’re acceptably tight.
Making sure to keep each end on its own plane, continue this same pattern.
- Finish the Weave
Once the paracord keychain is a length that’s acceptable for you, pull the ends tight.
Take scissors and cut each of the loose ends.
Melt each of the cut ends, then use something metal (I used the scissors blades) to flatten them out.
- Enjoy Your New Paracord Keychain
Attach it to things and stuff… Like keys. Attach it to your keys.
- For Those Who Prefer Video
The following video is one of the better paracord keychain tutorials I’ve come across so far, and it’ll help get you set up with your own in no time. Well, in a little more than 12 minutes but you know what I mean.
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That’s it! You’re done!
Looking for more Paracord tutorials? Check these out:
- Weave Your Own Paracord Belt
- Making Your Own Paracord Lanyard
- How to Tie Paracord Knots
- How to Make a Paracord Bracelet in 10 Minutes