The cords used to make parachutes for the United States military, called paracords, are strong enough to support 550 pounds without breaking. Its strength and versatility make a paracord a practical tool for survivalists, scouting troops and outdoorsmen. In addition to this, however, paracord is also a handy and colorful string to use for weaving in a variety of enjoyable craft projects.
Weave a 12-foot length of paracord into a 6-inch key chain. Fold the paracord in half lengthwise, tying a knot 2 inches from the folded end and pushing the knot through the loop of a key chain. Pull the knotted paracord one-quarter of the way through the key chain loop so that there are four cords extending from the loop. Overlap the two outer cords of the paracord and tie a series of knots over and under the center two cords. When you reach the original knot in the paracord, turn the key chain upside down and repeat the knots going back toward the key chain loop. The finished key chain should have the key chain loop at one end, followed by 6 inches of woven paracord and a 2-inch paracord loop extending beyond the original knot.
Weave paracord into a bracelet as a convenient way to carry a 15-foot length of paracord. In a survival situation, the paracord can be unwoven and used as a tourniquet, a rope for securing shelter or a fishing line for catching a meal. Weave the paracord by folding it in half lengthwise. Fold the loose ends down toward the centerfold of the paracord. Begin weaving the paracord with over and under knots until you reach the centerfold of the paracord. Leave a 1/2-inch loop of unknotted paracord at the centerfold end of the bracelet. Slide the two loose ends of paracord through the side holes at the opposite end of the bracelet. Pull the loose ends until the bracelet fits properly, then knot the ends together.
For a paracord project that doesn’t require intricate weaving and knotting techniques, create a simple neck lanyard. Select three lengths of paracord and cut them to the approximate length you would like the lanyard to be. Knot the loose ends of the paracord together at the top, and braid the three strands together. Knot the end of the braid with the beginning, and wear as a lanyard. Hang a metal key clip from the lanyard to hold keys or a name badge.
Koppo wraps do not require complex weaving. Koppo wraps provide a way for you to hold a stick -- used for utility or self-defense purposes -- by placing the loop of the wrap over your middle and index fingers, allowing you to open your hand without dropping the stick. Make your own Koppo wrap by cutting a 7-foot length of paracord, folding the paracord in half lengthwise, and placing the folded end of the paracord near the end of the stick. Take one of the loose ends of paracord and wind it in tight circles around the stick and the segment of folded paracord. When you reach the end of the stick, slide the loose end of the paracord through the looped paracord end and pull it tightly. Tie the two loose ends together so that there is a loop just large enough to slide your fingers through.
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