Paracord was once reserved for the military and survival equipment. However, many people are beginning to learn that paracord has other applications, such as the ones we’ll cover in this ultimate paracord projects list!
Paracord can be used to produce a variety of products, including decorations, utilitarian necessities such as carrying keys or gear, and simple items you may not have considered, such as mesh bags or bottle holders. This collection offers a range of paracord crafts that are both enjoyable and simple to complete.
We also go over the different varieties of paracord material so you can figure out which one you want to use and which knots you’ll need to master.
What is Paracord?
Paracord is a durable, dependable material that may be used as both a survival tool and a fashionable accessory. This material is impervious to water and does not erode over time.
Nylon Kernmantle rope is used to make it. Kernmantle rope has interior strings that are protected by a braided sheath or sleeve.
Nylon is extremely strong and supple, as well as mold, rot, and UV radiation resistant. Nylon will not deteriorate if left outside, making it ideal for camping, hunting, and military use.
Many individuals who are new to paracord are perplexed by some of the terms. We’ve here to make sure you know everything there is to know about paracord. When working with paracord, you may encounter the following terminology.
- Nylon Kernmantle rope of the type paracord. It’s frequently utilised in crafts and survival equipment.
- A strand of rope with inner strands of rope wrapped by a braided sheath is known as a kernmantle.
- Sheath: also known as the mantle. Kernmantle core strands are protected by a braided outer covering.
- Nylon is a high-strength, high-flexibility material. UV rays do not cause rot, mould, or harm.
- Polyester is a low-cost substitute for nylon. Polyester has less strength and elasticity than Nylon, but it dries faster.
- MIL-SPEC: paracord that complies with military specifications 5040. (most Mil-Spec cords do not meet military standards)
- Kern is another name for core. A kernmantle is made up of inner ropes. The number of yarns in a paracord core ranges from one to eleven (each yarn is made up of two to three strands).
- Yarn is a term that refers to the strands that make up the inner core or kern of a yarn.
- Tensile/breaking strength refers to how much weight a cord can support before snapping. It is denoted with a # symbol and a number to represent the number of pounds.
- Elongation/Stretch – the amount of length a cord can stretch before reverting to its original size (at least 30% elongation is required for all certified paracord).
Types of Paracord
When making a purchase,
You may note that there are many sorts of paracord. You must first comprehend the differences before deciding which model to purchase.
- Type I has a breaking strength of 95 pounds, 30 percent elongation, and 950 feet of length per pound of cord.
- Type IA has a breaking strength of 100 pounds, 30% elongation, and a length per pound of 1050 feet.
- Type II has a breaking strength of 400 pounds, an elongation of 30%, and a length per pound of 265 feet.
- Type IIA (rare) – breaking strength of 225 pounds, elongation of 30%, and length per pound of 495 feet.
- Type III has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, an elongation of 30%, and a length per pound of 225 feet.
- Type IV has a breaking strength of 750 pounds, an elongation of 30%, and a length per pound of 165 feet.
Another thing to know about paracord is that it comes in a variety of sizes. The diameter of the rope (how thick it is) and the number of strands inside each cord define the size. 550 paracord is the most frequent variety.
- 14 shock cord – 14” in diameter, 48 strands
- 14” diameter paramax cord with three inner strands
- 750 Cord – 11 inner strands, 5mm diameter
- 550 Cord (seven strands, 4mm diameter)
- Mil-Spec Cord — four strands, four millimetres
- 5/32” Tinder Cord with 7 Strands
- Msevenno Cord is a seven-stranded cord with a diameter of 5/32”.
- 5/32” survival cord with seven strands
- 18” shock cord with 12 strands
- 3mm 425 Cord with three strands
- 325 Cord – three strands of 2mm cord
- 2mm 275 Cord with five strands
- 95 Cord, 1.75mm, single strand
- 1.18mm Micro Cord with no inner strands
- 0.75mm Nano Cord with no inner strands
- Cosixd 1/16 Elastic – 1/16”, 6 strands
- 1/32 inch El
The most common form of rope for a variety of applications is 550 paracord. When someone says they’re going to use paracord, they’re most likely talking about 550 or Type III paracord.
Type III has a tensile strength of 550 pounds and a diameter of 4 mm. Seven smaller ropes are woven into the nylon coated strand to offer additional support and strength.
Repairing garments, crafting bracelets, building handles, and carrying stuff for camping, fishing, and hunting are all frequent uses for 550.
Micro paracord can be used to add colour to 550 paracord jewellery. Micro cables are made of Type I nylon and have a tensile strength of 90 to 100 pounds.
Despite the fact that Micro cords are only 1.18 mm in diameter and have no inner strings, they have a wide range of applications. Many projects, including some of the ones we’ve included, employ micro paracord.
If you want a thin paracord, a Nano Paracord is the way to go. Because of the thinness of the material, you can store a lot in a short place. Nano cord is ideal for bracelets and jewellery.
It can also be utilised in an emergency if tensile strength isn’t required. Nano cable is a type 1 nylon with a tensile strength of 36 pounds.
A nano cable has a diameter of.75 millimetres and no interior strands. A nano cable is a single strand of string.
You’ll need to learn some basic knots before you can start building anything out of paracord. Check out Animated Knots for visuals on this and other knots. It’s a terrific resource to have on hand for knot references.
A Figure 8 knot is used when you need to keep something secure. This knot is frequently used in rock climbing and sailing.
Making a loop over your anchor (a stick, separate strand of paracord, or carabineer works well) is the first step in the Figure 8 knot.
After you’ve made your loop, pull the cord tail under the anchor and back into the first loop.
Pull it tight now, and your knot is complete.
Clove hitches are a type of knot that can be adjusted. Wrap one end of your paracord completely over an item and back over the rope until it’s secure and forms an X with a clove hitch.
Thread the working end of the rope under the final wrap around after it has crossed itself twice. Your knot is now complete.
Round Turn and 2 ½ Hitches
This method is used to secure the rope’s end to a solid item. A round turn, also known as a 2 12 hitch knot, is formed by wrapping your cord’s working end around the hitch two times. Wrap the cord back over the top of the rope and beneath the secured end. Repeat the process two more times, making sure to cover the open end of the rope with the cord.
A cow hitch, also known as a lark’s head, is a girth knot that connects your rope to an item. The girth knot is the simplest and least time-consuming knot to tie. A girth knot is made by looping your paracord behind the object you’re fastening. Fold the cord over the item and then push it through the threshold.
Another sort of stopper knot is the slip knot. Pulling on the working end of the knot can easily undo it. A slip knot is an easy technique to keep a temporary shelter tight if you want to set one up.
To form a slip knot, first make a loop in the paracord by layering it over itself once.
Pull a part of the paracord knot through the gap with your hand through the loop.
Finally, pull on the loop that has become stuck in the gap. In addition, you tug the two ends in opposite directions.
The most secure knot you can tie is the constrictor knot. It is nearly tough to undo once tightened, making it ideal for firmly binding objects together.
Begin by winding the paracord around an anchor to make a constrictor knot. After that, cross the working end over the anchor rope and then over your anchor again.
The last step is to raise the working end so that it is between the anchor and the rope.
Cobra knots are ideal for producing lanyards, which are pieces of cloth that are attached to an object and used to keep it secure.
To make a Cobra knot, first make a loop in the paracord. After that, tie an overhand knot and make sure it’s tight.
The next step is to tie a half knot around the looped part of the paracord. Tighten the knot, then do it again. Carry on in this manner until you reach the end of your cord.
The last knots should be loose rather than tight. The ends of the rope are tucked into the loose knots.
Last but not least, tighten all slack knots and trim any loose ends.
Braided paracord is required for a timber knot. This knot is ideal for utilising a rope to secure a cylinder object. When tied, these ropes provide tension, but they are simple to remove.
Wrap the end of your paracord around your object and then around the standing end to make a timber knot.
The paracord is then pushed through the loop. Wrap the end three times and tighten the knot to complete it. If you want a more secure knot, add extra twists.
Let’s have a look at some fantastic paracord crafts now that we’ve learned about the different sorts of paracords.
Leather belts are stylish, and they perform a great job of holding your clothes in place.
However, if you find yourself in a difficult situation, leather will not help you get out.
Paracord belts serve a dual purpose. They can keep your pants in place, but in an emergency, the belt can rescue the day.
The best paracord belts are 550 lb Type III, which means you can use it for a variety of purposes, including as a sling or tourniquet if you are hurt.
You can also utilize your belt to carry items like a knife, water bottle, flashlight, and GPS that you need to grab quickly. Your belt could be used as a sling to toss stones in an emergency.
To create a belt, you’ll need 120 feet of #550 paracord cut into five sections, a belt buckle, scissors, and a lighter, among other things. You may require more or less cord depending on your waist size. These instructions are for a waist size of 34 inches.
Your five parts for this project will look like this:
Core 1 – length will be twice your waist size plus 24 inches (34” + 34” + 24” = 92”).
Core 2 (92″ piece for a 34″ waist) – Same as Core 1.
A 3-foot piece of cord serves as a retention strap.
Multiply waist size by 12 for Weave 1. Then multiply by 6 (34” x 12 = 34′ + 6 = 40′); 1” (inch) of belt length equals 1′ (foot) of rope.
Weave 2 is identical as Weave 1.
Lanyards are beneficial for anyone, whether you’re a hiker, hunter, backpacker, survivalist, or just a paracord hobbyist who enjoys making crafts.
Lanyards made of paracord are thick necklaces worn around the neck to keep objects you don’t want to lose. They usually contain a hook or loops in the centre to store items.
Lanyards are frequently used to hold car keys or badges. Lanyards with hoops can also be used to make duck calls.
Lanyards, on the other hand, can be worn as a wristband or as a keychain ornament without being worn.
Lanyards are a fantastic way to get started with paracord because they don’t have a lot of complicated procedures.
Carrying a pistol through the woods is easier and safer with a sling. Comfortable, lightweight, and robust enough to not wear down with use, paracord slings have several advantages.
This project requires few ingredients and is simple to complete once you understand the concept.
The nice thing about this project is that instead of dealing with a bunch of different strings, you only have to deal with one piece of paracord.
To explain the process with this method, you’ll weave around the strap with the ends of your length of paracord. It can be rather calming once you get into the swing of things.
Do your children like to play with plush animals? Take a stab at this cute paracord snake.
Better still, gather your children and let them create their own as a fun art project on a rainy day. This project may not be suitable for children under the age of eight. It’s also a terrific family craft because many youngsters under the age of ten require some guidance.
You’ll need the following items to complete this project:
- Two 8’ pieces of paracord
- Googly eyes
- Clear tape
- Hot glue
While designing your paracord snakes, you could find it useful to have something to fix your cords with. A scrap of wood will suffice. If you perform a lot of paracord crafts, a paracord jig can be a good investment.
The best part is that all you need is a basic understanding of how to tie a paracord knot to build these. It’s ideal for children and beginners.
Because paracord is a robust material that can handle our dog’s weight without being destroyed if it is dragged on rough ground, it makes excellent dog leashes.
You’ll get more use out of a paracord leash than a store-bought nylon leash if you have a huge breed dog or a hunting athlete. And if you have enough paracord laying around the home, it’s nearly free.
Two 16-foot strands of Type III paracord, a metal latch to secure your pet’s collar, and a paperclip are all you’ll need.
Braiding four strands of paracord together is required for this technique. And after you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be able to make a five-foot paracord dog leash in just a few hours.
Trying to weave the paracord together to construct the handle may be the most difficult aspect. That is, however, why you have the paperclip!
If you’ve previously made a paracord leash for your pet, why not construct a paracord collar to go with it? You won’t need to buy any supplies for this project because you can reuse your pet’s existing collar.
Gather your pet’s collar, a lighter, scissors, duct tape, and at least 10 feet of paracord (more or less depending on the size of your pet’s neck).
Make sure the collar is the right size before you start attaching the paracord. When it comes to making a paracord collar, you don’t want it to be too long or too short once it’s on your pet.
The cobra weave, which is more complicated than a traditional paracord knot, is used in this instructional.
These baseball (or softball) themed paracord bracelets are guaranteed to please any baseball (or softball) player in your life.
Paracord in two distinct colors is required (red and white for baseball, red and yellow for softball). Four feet of one color and three feet of the other are recommended in this instruction.
A pair of scissors, a ruler or tape measure, and a lighter are also required. A clamp or jig is unnecessary, but it speeds up the process.
A cobra design and a Solomon stitch are required to make this bracelet. It should take no more than 30 minutes. This pattern employs a different technique that may be more user-friendly for beginners.
Water Bottle Carrier
With this handy water bottle holder, you can keep your water cold and within easy reach. This project does, however, necessitate a different paracord approach than some of the others we’ve mentioned.
This creation necessitates the use of two pieces of paracord and a half hitch technique. It may take some time to get acclimated to performing the approach.
However, after you’ve mastered it, you’ll have a nice carrier to put over your bottles. Because you can see through the cloth, you never have to worry about how much you have left.
The adjustable lanyard allows you to wear the carrier around your neck during workouts or hikes. You may also attach it to your bag or bike handle.
Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet
This basic paracord bracelet features a breast cancer awareness symbol prominently in the center to show your support for breast cancer awareness.
You’ll need eight to ten feet of hot pink paracord and 5 to 10 inches of light pink ribbon for this project. You’ll also need pliers or a lacing needle.
As with other bracelets, this one has a cobra weave design. The pliers or needles are used to insert the ribbon. If you’re familiar with the cobra weave pattern, the entire process can be completed in under thirty minutes.
Use five feet of #425 paracord and one foot of micro cord to make your paracord dreamcatcher. You’ll see that this project does not use the usual #550 that we’ve used in previous projects. To build a dreamcatcher, this cloth is too thick.
You’ll also need a key ring or another circular object to wrap the paracord around. This project gets off to a good start. Simply wrap the cord around the ring until it is completely covered. An overhand knot is used to join the ends.
The inside of the dreamcatcher is the most difficult element to figure out. This is where your tiny cord will come in handy. Because the thread needs to be tiny, you can’t use any other type of paracord in this location.
Turk’s Head Knot
Three feet of 550 paracords are used in the Turk’s Head Knot. These bands work well for holding scarfs in place and also create lovely, elegant napkin holders. You might also use it as a bracelet. It’s really diversified.
Because you can’t tell where the Turk’s Head knot begins or finishes (if done correctly), it’s a romantic knot. It’s enjoyable to do and requires little work once you know what you’re doing.
Many people prefer to use a cylinder for this knot, but it may also be done with just your hands. Check out this page for step-by-step instructions on how to tie the Turk’s Head Knot as well as some background information on the knot.
With this fashionable and simple paracord lanyard, you’ll never lose or damage your glasses again. Three feet of 550 paracords, a lighter, and a pair of scissors are required for this craft.
Some individuals prefer a plastic cord lock or a wooden bead to help adjust the straps, but this is purely personal preference.
The best part is that it doesn’t take long, and if you already have the paracord and glasses, there are essentially no out-of-pocket expenses.
Celtic Ring Knot Necklace
You’ll need three feet of 550 paracord for this project. For a contrasting project, you can choose two colours or the same colour.
To keep the necklace secure and easy to put on and take off, you may wish to use a pop barrel connector or other clasps.
Because this activity needs a lot of cord weaving to make the complicated knots of a Celtic knot, it may be difficult to master at first.
This paracord dragonfly necklace is the cutest design we’ve ever seen. Three to four feet of paracord and two beads for eyes are required for this craft.
To see photographs of how to make your paracord dragonfly, go to Paracord Galaxy’s instructional guide. The majority of the steps are straightforward and follow a cobra pattern. However, you may find the wing portions tough at first.
They also show you how to attach a key ring so that you can turn this dragonfly necklace into a cute keychain.
If you carry a multi-tool on a frequent basis, this paracord holder with a clasp hook will enable you snap your tool wherever you need it.
For this project, you’ll need one eight to ten-foot stretch of paracord and two to three-foot pieces of paracord. A lacing needle and a keychain or hook are also required.
It’s also a good idea to keep your tool available so you can do a quick fitting of your paracord before getting started on your project. A cobra weave pattern is used in this design.
You should be able to create your multi-tool holder in half an hour if you’re comfortable with the design.
Mesh drawstring bags are useful for a number of things. You can make mesh bags out of paracord using this basic design.
These bags can be filled with anything, including dirty laundry, duck decoys, toys, stuffed animals, and sports equipment.
You’ll have a hard time not finding a purpose for these handy bags. Making them doesn’t take much effort, but it does require a lot of knots and possibly a lot of workspace.
You’ll need at least 100 feet of paracord, a broad base to drape your bag over, a lighter, and a knife or scissors to cut the rope for this design.
Because everyone loves minions, we decided to include this beautiful minion paracord design. Blue, yellow, and black paracord, googly eyes, adhesive, a lighter, and scissors are all you’ll need.
This will be an excellent project for you to tackle if you enjoy making knots. There is no weaving in this approach; just knots are used.
Making your own Christmas decorations is a wonderful way to keep memories alive during the holidays.
Hang these sweet handcrafted ornaments on your tree to remember how much fun it was to make them with your family.
They make wonderful gifts for family members for your children to give. Who wouldn’t appreciate a thoughtful gift from the heart?
For you to attempt, we’ve identified a few different paracord ornaments that are simple to make. To get into the Christmas mood, grab your kids and get them involved.
These adorable candy cane decorations are perfect for your Christmas tree or fireplace. The design we found for you incorporates two alternative pattern designs so that your candy canes can have a variety of looks.
While red and white canes are customary, don’t be afraid to allow your kids (or yourself) be creative and come up with your own colour combos. After all, during the Christmas season, candy canes come in a variety of flavours and hues.
You’ll need two different colours of paracord, a piece of wire (to shape the cane), pliers, a lighter, and scissors for this craft. Because this design necessitates gutting the paracord to fit the wire through, you might want to do this instead of your kids.
This entertaining hobby allows you to build paracord Christmas trees. You may even make small ornaments out of beads for added flair and charm.
You’ll need green and brown paracord, beads, scissors, and a lighter to build a Christmas tree.
Most of these items will already be in your home, allowing you to produce inexpensive to no-cost Christmas decorations or gifts.
The base and branches of the pattern we’re showing are made with a cobra knot technique, however the branch portions must be made with a separate manner to stand out.
This article will show you how to make a paracord snowman in ten easy stages.
We should tell you that because this design is more complex and takes more materials, you may have difficulty allowing a child to complete it alone.
You’ll need the following materials to make a snowman:
Copper wire, 16 gauge
White paracord, 18 to 20 feet
a two-foot length of black paracord
a two-foot length of red paracord
orange paracord, one foot
two to three lengths of thin grey paracord (3/32 tactical rope) and two little balls (one larger than the other).
Go to this site and look at this helpful tutorial for step-by-step directions and pictures. It guides you through the full construction process so you can finish your project on time.
The Ultimate Paracord Projects List For Preppers
We hope you enjoyed this comprehensive collection of the best paracord projects. Paracord is a versatile material that may be used in a variety of crafts. There are so many things to make! It’s also simple enough for children to try.