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Paracord is possibly the most versatile piece of survival equipment that you can have in your survival kit. 

There are hundreds of tutorials on the web explaining different kinds of uses for paracord that you might now have thought of.

Some are just for fun and some should be part of your ever expanding skills set. 

But searching though all these results and finding the best can be time consuming. Soo here at Prepared Survivalist we did just that for you.

In this post you will find the best paracord projects that are available on the web.

Since this is a very long post I suggest that you bookmark it so you can come back later if you have to.

And if you find an awesome tutorial that isn’t included in this post, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

First I'll talk a bit more about the most frequently asked questions about paracord.

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Paracord FAQ

Paracord is a very versatile survival tool.

But what is it exactly? and are there different types of paracord? And what do I need to look out for when buying paracord?

these three questions seem to come up very often when talking about paracord. 

This section is dedicated to answering those questions.

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What is Paracord?

Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope made from multiple strands of wire wrapped in an outer layer of nylon. 

Each inner strand of wire is made up of more inside strands of wire that are twisted together to provide the strength.

Courtesy of ramblinjim.com

Apart from being lightweight, paracord has some flexibility and the smooth texture that make it perfect for a wide variety of survival uses. 

The inside wire can be taken out during an emergency situation and can be used for things like fishing, making small game traps or heavy duty rope. 

Don't discard the outer shell since that is useful for things like making replacement bootlaces or tying your knife to a stick to make a spear. 

The possibilities really are endless with paracord.

Types of paracord

Not all paracord is created equal. In total there are 4 types of paracord. Each with different properties.

When survivalists and peppers talk about paracord they mostly refer to type 3 paracord or 550 paracord. This is the middle type of paracord in terms of strength and price. 

The following table provided by morethanjustsurviving.com shows each type of paracord and the properties.

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3

Type 4

Rated Strength (optimal)

95 LBS

400 LBS

550 LBS
(hence commonly called 550 paracord!)

750 LBS

Number of core strands





Primary uses

Very cheap, both in terms of cost and quality. Usually used for dummy cording, decorative uses, lacing, and other light duty tasks.

Never seen it sold anywhere. I wouldn’t bother looking either: simply skip it and go straight to type III/550 cord. Type III/550 is both cheaper (because it’s more common and available) and stronger.

Middle of the road in terms of both strength and quality. Usable for the vast majority of survival applications. Highly affordable.

Very strong, though cost reflects this. Significantly more expensive than type III paracord. Over 50-100% price increase over the type III alternative.

What to look out for when buying paracord

Since the most used type of paracord is 550, we will be focussing our attention to this type of paracord. 

Obviously you are looking to get the best quality possible when you shop for paracord. 

Eventually you will end up looking for "mil-spec” paracord. This is paracord made to comply to the US military complaint specifications.

Since commercial paracord mostly is an inferior product to mil-spec paracord, you have to be able to tell the difference between the two. 

Mil-spec paracord needs to comply to at least 4 features that you can visually inspect. 

So next time you are shopping for paracord follow the following 4 steps to determine if the paracord is mil-spec or not.

Remember, ALL FOUR of the following requirements must be met to be mil-spec.

Cut one end of the paracord and pull back the “mantle” or outer shell to reveal the inner strands. Then proceed to look for the following things.

1: 7, 8 or 9 inner strands 

The inner strands make for the strength of 550 paracord.

Count the inner strands of the paracord.

Mil-spec type III paracord requires that it MUST have 7, 8 or 9 inner strands.

Any fewer than 7 strands will result in loss of strength and will therefore not hold 550 pounds of force.

If your paracord is advertised as 550 paracord and has fewer than 7 inner strands, steer away from it.

2: 3 inside strands

Now that you know how many inner strands your paracord has it is time to check each inner strand to see how many inside strands it has.

Each inner strand needs to have 3 inside strands to be mil-spec.

Most commercial paracord doesn’t have this and as a result loses strength.

If your paracord doesn’t have 3 inside strands in each inner strand the same applies as in step 1. Steer away from it.

3: Twisted strands

Now take a closer look at each inner strand and inside strand of wire in your paracord. 

All of these strands need to be twisted to be mil-spec compliant.

Some commercial paracord has straight strands instead of twisted strand.

Or even a combination of straight and twisted strands.

If all of your paracord strand aren’t twisted then your paracord isn’t mil-spec compliant.

4: Colored manufacture’s ID mark strand

Mil-spec paracord requires that the manufactures include a colored inner strand.

This is referred to as the "manufacturer’s ID strand" or "colored marker strand” or "colored ID marker strand” or even just as “ID marker strand”.

This strand has to be used inside all of the mil-spec paracord that the manufacture makes.

The United States military assigned the colours to different manufactures so that they can keep them accountable.

Most commercial paracord doesn’t include a colored ID strand but some do.

Unfortunately, this is a cheap trick to make the paracord look more like the stronger and more reliable mil-spec paracord.

So if you paracord does have a colored strand but doesn't include the first 3 qualities then steer away from it as it definitely isn’t mil-spec paracord.

To summarise: Mil-spec paracord has 7,8 or 9 twisted inner strands composed of 3 twisted inside strands and has a colored manufacture’s ID mark strand

Mil-Spec paracord with 7 inside strand made from 3 inner strand and a colored manufacturers ID strand

Following these 4 steps you can quickly find out if your paracord is commercial. 

If the paracord has all 4 requirements then it has a high chance of being mil-spec paracord. 

But since the requirements are comprised of 2 pages of information, it doesn’t mean that your paracord is mil-spec. 

For that to be the paracord needs to be in compliance with Mil-c-5040H. 

Paracord550milspec.com does a great job of explaining what it takes for paracord to be Military Specification compliant Paracord.

Paracord project essentials

Items needed for any paracord project

You need to have some basic tools when you start working on any paracord project. 

Below you will find a list of items that are necessary in order to complete your paracord projects with ease. 

Take a little time to prepare, just like any prepper, and you’ll reap the rewards.

Paracord Jig - Often overlooked but it will help you out when you need it most. Take a look at the tutorial under this list to see how to make one on your own.

Cutting board - Needed when you want to keep your furniture in pieces. If you have a working bench then skip this.

Scissors - they must be sharp! Cloth scissors work best for cutting paracord so use those.

Lighter - for sealing the end of the newly cut paracord and stop it from fraying.

Knife - also a sharp one. Stanly knives usually work best for paracord projects.

Clips and buckles - when you make bracelets. Otherwise any other item that can hold your paracord project together.

Paracord jig

If you aren’t familiar with a jig then this picture is for you.

Courtesy of paracordplanet.com

Don’t let anyone tell you that a jig is a tool for beginners. 

Most veteran crafters can benefit from using a jig just as well as someone who just starts out crafting with paracord.

Most beginner weaves like the cobra weave stay knotted but can be made more easily with a jig than without.

For the more advanced paracord weaves, like the fishtail that don’t stay knotted, a jig comes in very handy,

You have both your hands free to be weaving and pushing up and tightening all that paracord.

Bracelets aren’t the only paracord projects that can benefit from using a jig.

Larger projects like monkey fists, gun slings or collars for your pets can be completed much smoother than without a jig.

Lauri from paracordplanet.com covers 3 major benefits to using a jig when working with paracord.

1) Precise measurements. I can't tell you how many times I've sized my bracelet against my wrist, checked it after a couple knots and had it be too small. If fact, it happened to me last weekend with my dog's collar. I measured it against his neck and MADE THE ENTIRE COLLAR only to discover it was far too tight so I had to undo the entire collar and start from the beginning.
2) A third hand. Using a jig will give you steady hands since the jig holds the bracelet for you. No more struggling with bazaar holds and makeshift jigs. 
3) Different sizes. Not only are jigs adjustable, but a lot of them come with a couple different size buckles already assembled so you can do different size buckle projects. There are also different size jigs available for projects from a child's bracelet all the way up to rifle slings and large dog collars. See all the different size jigs we carry!

Should you want a jig, you can always make it yourself.

the video below walks you through the steps to do so.

How to fuse paracord together

Learning how to fuse paracord together is a skill that will help you complete projects faster. With a basic tool you can, with a bit of practice, almost instantly fix broken pieces of paracord. Plus you can create all sorts of amazing designs with fused paracord strings.

Paracord projects

The next section is all about the different paracord projects that you can discover. 

To make it a bit easier to navigate I've divided the projects in to 8 different groups.

You can click the buttons below to go to the different groups.

From there you can quickly navigate the project you like.

Paracord knots, braids & Weaves

There are two camps when it comes to working with paracord. 

Those who are interested in learning how to use paracord for survival situations and this those who use paracord as a crafting material with no real survival purpose. 

In this section we start with 7 essential knots that you can use your paracord for in case of emergency, followed by some paracord projects that are more for show that for survival.

7 knots you need to know

Aside from tying your shoes. How many knots do you know? Or when is the last Tim you used them all? 

Knowing these knots will help you survive most situations.

In this video you’ll find the following knots:

  1. Square Knot (Reef Knot) 
  2. Clove Hitch (Builder's Hitch, Tied in a bight, and at an end) 
  3. Sheet Bend (And Double Sheet Bend) 
  4. Bowline (Tied two ways) 
  5. Figure 8 loop (Tied 3 ways) 
  6. Round Turn + Two 1/2 Hitches 
  7. Taut-Line Hitch

Turks head knot

Looking for a nice handle on your hiking staff? Then use this knot. 

In this video you’ll learn how to form turks head knots on your hiking staff so you can hold it comfortably.

Centered stitch weave

Learn how to add stitching to an already made bracelet.

In this tutorial they used 1.4 mm cord together with a lacing needle to create a very interesting design. 

This technique can be used to finish a paracord bracelet and give it something a little bit extra.

Dragons Tongue 

This double colored paracord bracelet has an amazing design.

When you look at it from the side after reading the name of this bracelet I instantly thought of rows fo dragons teeth.

Very cool!

Zipper Weave 

Dubbed as "the best paracord bracelet around” by the maker of this tutorial. 

This paracord bracelet is simple yet elegant. 

You just need 2 pieces of paracord to create this bracelet.

No need for plastic clips which gives this bracelet a “thin" look.

Nautical Bracelet (2 Strand Loop Bracelet)

Created by the guys over a boredparacord.

This 2 stand loop bracelet is something new.

Very rarely have I seen 2 lose strands used in a paracord bracelet. Interesting to say the least.

Corkscrew Bracelet

Again created by boredparacord.

The bracelet is the nautical bracelet but instead of two lose strands, the strands are screwed together giving you a tight round bracelet.

Kronos barr bracelet 

Kronos, a Titan,  the father of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Demeter and Hera.

The Devine descendant of Uranus, the sky, and Gaia, the earth.

When you know who Kronos is in greek mythology, then you will expect a big bold bracelet when you hear it’s called the Kronos Barr bracelet.

And does it deliver?

Yes it does.

Jagged cacophony bracelet

This bracelet is a break from the traditional paracord bracelet that you see.

According to the creator it has an offset, three tiered, bilateral symmetry.

And has an ordered yet cacophonous look. Hence its name.

To me. This is just a great piece to have as a bracelet or dog collar.

Cascading ladder bracelet

This video will show you how to make a cascading ladder bracelet.

The weave is nice and gives of a good vibe.

Use three colors that compliment each other well to get the most out of this design.

Cobra bracelet

This tutorial will show you the basic 4 strand paracord bracelet with square knots.

This type of pattern is commonly known as the cobra weave.

The cobra weave is the most used weave for any paracord project because of it's simplicity.

Serpent river bracelet

A very interesting bracelet.

The weave offsets from left to right giving it a look of a serpent.

Hex nut bracelet 

Instead of relying purely on paracord for this bracelet, the guys at bored paracord decided to feature hex nuts inside the bracelet.

Seriously sweet design. Could even be better with two different colors on each side. 

Building blocks bracelet

When completed this bracelet gives a look of little square blocks stacked on top of each other.

This bracelet is pretty slim so you have to get small clips to go with them.

Also, hiding the fact that there is paracord behind the bracelet can be a bit difficult.

4 strand fishtail bracelet 

Instead of the usual 2 strands this weave uses 4 strands to make a fishtail weave.

The two colors make it look very nice.

Nice variation of a basic paracord bracelet weave.

Lion heart sinnet

This bracelet is a variation to the samadhi sinner, which in turn is a variation to the zipper sonnet.

The video shows the foundation variant of the bracelet but it can be made with a “divided” technique.

Ringbolt hitch viceroy 

This viceroy of the ringbolt hitch maintains the interlocking of the ringbolt hitch into an easy strap.

This is something you wouldn’t easily do with a ringbolt hitch.

Pupa pull tie

The pupa pull tie is a basic knot that you can use in many paracord project.

This makes for a nice looking keychain if this is your first attempt at crafting with paracord.

hangmans noose knot

This well known knot can be used for hanging, which is what people used it for in the old days.

But can be used for many different projects.

The knot tightens when pulled to put more pressure on the knot.

Paracord survival projects

Paracord us an amazing piece of equipment to have in your survival kit.

This section is dedicated to all the amazing things you can do with paracord that are geared to surviving an emergency situation. 

Adjustable bracelet 

Inspired by mad max, this bracelet doesn’t need plastic clips to stay on your arm but instead uses itself.

Simple design and easy to tighten around your arm.

This bracelet is a perfect addition to your pack. It’s functional, should you need paracord then it’s right around your arm.

survival bracelet with firestarter 

Another bracelet but this time with an added fire starter.

Because of the potential real world use it is featured in the survival paracord section. 

survival bracelet with fire starter 2 

A variation to the fire starter survival bracelet shown above.

Let’s you be prepared in case you need a fire.

fishing bracelet 

This cobra style bracelet features a fishing kit while still maintaining the original look and feel of the cobra style paracord bracelet.

This bracelet has 25 feet of braided fishing Line inside.

While you can make fishing gain out of the inside of paracord, real fishing Line is still preferred. 

compass bracelet

A paracord bracelet featuring a compass.

A compass is one of my mandatory items in my bug out bag.

I don’t leave  home without it. 

Quick deploy Bracelet

This bracelet need a fishbone gear tie to work.

Or something similar that can hols the ends together.

This bracelet carries 10’ paracord which can be deployed within 10 seconds as shown in the video.

quick deploy parafob

By far my favorite piece of paracord equipment.

Quickly deploy pieces of paracord when you need them.

No more tangled paracord when you need it most.

This quick deploy fob is made in such a way that the paracord comes out untangled.

quick deploy donut

Another quick deploy but in the shape of a donut.

I advice to make a few quick deploy fobs and leave them all over the place including in your bug out bags.

When you need paracord, then you always have some ready.

pocket paracord dispencer 

A variation to the quick deploy that you are used to.

This piece of gear uses a empty tic tac bottle to dispense paracord quickly.

survival tin pouch 

A nice addition to a tin case survival kit.

This way you have your paracord with you tighter with the kit.

Snare trap 

Traps are essential knowledge in a survivalists arsenal.

Learning how to make a snare trap can help you when you are out in the wilderness in need for food. 

climbing harness

This simple harness can be made using only 13-16 feet of climbing rope.

But to make the whole thing more comfortable you can add protective paracord parts to it.

paracord sling

Very simple sling you can use to attach to your rifle or any other item that you want to attach a sling to. 

emergency fire starter lanyard

This lanyard can be attached to your knife.

It has pretty standard design to it but hidden inside the tip of one piece of paracord is a flint.

In case of emergency you can cut that part out and start your fire.

The draw back is that you can’t hide the piece again after use.

Making this a true emergency piece of equipment.

paracord duct tape keychain

Duct tape is in one word amazing.

The uses are endless.

It’s only logical to bring spice with you when you head into the wilderness. 

But bringing a big roll of duct tape with you isn’t very handy.

Instead you might want to opt for something smaller. 

paracord fishing lure

People use paracord for things like bracelets, straps and such.

But what about lesser known things?

The inside line is used as fishing line but what about the bait?

This paracord project uses a bit of paracord to make a quick fishing lure in under 25 minutes.

firesteel wrap

In this video you’ll learn how to wrap a naked ferro rod in paracord for extra grip.

I haven’t seen any videos about how to do this so this is a first. 

DIY firewood carrier

Simple but functional. 2 sticks and a piece of parador can make your life so much easier around your base camp.

This firewood carrier makes collecting fire wood a breeze.

pace counter

A pace counter is a very simple but useful little tool to use in the wilderness.

When you’re in a survival situation you need to know where you’re going and what distance you cover.

A pace counter helps you with that.

You move a bead after each 100 steps.

That way you know how far you’ve walked by the beads that you have moved.

emergency shelter

Paracord can be used to create an emergency shelter.

Yes, you still need wood create the whole shelter but paracord holds it together in this video.

fish bone guy line

The fishbone can also be used to make a guy line.

With a guy line you can easily create stability to standing structures that you have in your camp.

bootlace survival kit

Yes, you read that right.

This if a video all about how you can fit survival gear in your shoelaces that are made from paracord.

zig zag spool your paracord

When you get any kind of cordage from the factory you’ll get a nice zigzag pattern on a spool.

This video sows you exactly how to replicate that look.

paracord rope

This 4-strand round braid is perfect for decorative uses like dog leashes and bracelets.

But you can also use this to make stronger pieces of paracord out of multiple stands of paracord.

paracord survival raft 

A few branches, couple of trash bags and paracord to tie it together.

And you have yourself a raft. Simple yet useful should you need it.

paracord tourniquet 

Shows you how to make a basic tourniquet out of your EDC paracord.

This should be used as a lat resort if you don’t have anything thicker.

This tourniquet will restrict blood flow if you have a open wound and you need to cut the blood flow off.

paddle wrap 

Learn how to war a paddle handle with cox combing or as it’s also known, spiral hitching.

Get a better grip on you paddle with this wrap.

paracord duck call lanyard

This lanyard is made from the standard cobra weave and features two nooses so you can hang your duck call from them. 

trail markers 

You can quickly lose you way out in the woods.

Marking your trail will help you find your camp back.

You can also set these markers near your straps so you can find them more easily.

game strap

When you’re hunting for your food you need an easy way to carry your game with you.

Instead of holding it in your hands, backpack or any other container you can opt to go for a game strap.

This strap is made of paracord and does the job.

Paracord Tools & Gear Projects

Paracord can be used to create survival tools and gear or enhance existing tools and gear. The following paracord projects show you how to wrap your survival tools, create slings for things like your weapons, make pouches and all sorts of different tools to make your life around your camp easier. 

knife handle wrap 

Knives mostly have a wooden or micarta handle.

But parador dis just as useful to use for a handle as the other two.

This handle wrap features 2 different colour strands instead of the boring single coloraturas circular wrap that is common in paracord wraps.

You could choose to not use the resin clouting so you have a bit of paracord in case you need it.

axe handle wrap

This single strand wrap can be used on any tool that needs a wrap.

The wrap is one of the more common wraps that I have come across.

This doesn’t need a resin cover like the knife handle wrap so you can unwrap the paracord when you are in need of some rope.

The creator of this tutorial did just that when he for got to bring his paracord on a trip to the wilderness.

flashlight wrap 

This flashlight has flare on both ends so the paracord won’t slip.

This allows you to neatly wrap the handle should you want to do that.

If you want to wrap a straight flashlight then you need to find another way shown in the video below.

Quick deploy flashlight wrap

If you want to wrap your straight flashlight so you have paracord in an emergency then this video is for you.

The wrap is made in such a way that you can quickly deploy the wrap into a string of paracord should you need it.

bow handle wrap

Instead of a leather wrap you could wrap your bow with a paracord wrap.

 This video shows you just how to do that.

paracord rifle sling 

Originally just used for watch bands, this design has been extended to a sling.

This song is made from a basic weave that is 4 stings wide.

This gives it a nice broad look.

shotgun sling

Instead of a standard weave this paracord sling is made from a wide cobra weave with 2 colors.

bow wrist sling 

Are you using a recurve bow?

They tend to have a more noticeable jump forward when you release the string which can cause you to drop your bow.

This can be avoided by wrapping your fingers around the bow or by using a wrist sling.

The later can be made from paracord and a bit of time. 

multi purpose sling

Instead of attaching a sling to your gear you can opt to go for a longer sling that that you use for multiple pieces of gear.

You should know how to make sling by watching the previous videos.

This video will show you different ideas on how to use the sling.

paracord deployment lanyard 

With this deployment lanyard you can carry your paracord with you and quickly deploy various lengths of paracord when needed.

Unlike other stored paracord this doesn't tangle when you try to unravel it.

backpack straps

You might have a shoulder strapped backpack laying around that you want to use as an EDC bag.

Just like the creator of the next video.

The shoulder strap sits comfortably for longer trips but you can’t fling it over one shoulder comfortably as the bag will start to slip from your shoulder.

The solution?

A paracord strap that does work.

paracord bottle net

Nalgene bottles mostly have a plastic loop that secures the lid.

But attaching the bottle using that lid causes it to break.

So a useful way to fix this issue is creating a bottle holder from paracord. 

neck lanyard

This simple lanyard can be used to hold a ID badge, duck call and other small things.

The possibilities are endless as you can use 2 strands of different colour.

You just weave the end together and you have a quick and easy lanyard.

coiled lanyard

Most lanyards a woven or braided pieces of paracord but the next lanyard is a bit different.

This lanyard is coiled which makes it spring back after you’ve stretched it out.  

Just like a badge reel does.

paracord fast rope

This fast rope is made so that you can unspool paracord very quickly but have it securely at hand when you want it together.

Make with a basic jig, this is a easy way to create a fast rope.

snow shoes

This traditional style snow shoe is a intermediate paracord project.

It requires some basic woodworking to complete the project but the result is absolutely stunning.

Take some time to learn how to make this project.

When you are in the wild you may not have planks but you can substitute them with branches.

The weaving is the most important part of this paracord project.

leatherman pouch 

A leatherman most of the times comes with a pouch already, but you might want to replace that with paracord instead so you have some handy incase you need any.  

This paracord project replaces the original leatherman pouch.

Mini multitool pouch

This project is a bit like the last one but geared towards a mini leatherman.

This can easily be attached to your keys so you have it with you at all times.

EDC pouch 

This pouch is make of 36 ft. of paracord which you can unravel when you need it.

It hold smaller objects like money and mini survival kits.

water bottle harness

Instead of just tying a piece of cord around the neck of your bottle so you can attach it to your backpack and call it a day, you might want to go for something that looks a bit better.

This paracord project uses some simple braided paracord to make a bottle holder that you can attach to your backpack.

paracord bandolier

Would you rather keep your ammo in ammo boxes in you survival pack and your paracord in rolled up in your pack?

Or would you like to combine those two to make an awesome bandolier and look like an ol’ bandito?

This simple paracord idea will make carrying ammo with you a breeze.

Hang it over your shoulder or wrap it around the buttstock. 

The carry possibilities are endless. 

nalgene cap paracord fix 

The plastic strap on your Nalgene bottles breaks quickly in my experience.

To fix this, I came across this tutorial.

Some quick braiding and your cap is secured to your bottle again.

flashlight carry strap

A useful strap that you tie around your flashlight.

The tutorial shows how to make the strap with normal cordage.

Simply swap out the cordage for some paracord and you’re good to go.

quick release paracord holders

When you work with paracord a lot you will want to store it properly.

This quick release system will help you with that.

When complete all you have to do is but back one piece of paracord and the bundle will neatly fall apart.

paracord snow grips

Snowy and icy conditions make it difficult to move around.

Snow shoes are a great way to deal with lots of snow but for less snowy and icy conditions you need to have a different solution.

These snow grips work perfectly when it’s slippery and you need to go somewhere.

paracord donut

This paracord donut is made using the daisy chain method.

This is one of my favourite ways to store my paracord.

cargo zipline

A zip-line can be a valuable tool to get stuff across, for example, a river.

The zip-line in the next tutorial is made from paracord.

But any piece of cordage can work.

bundle compression strap/handle

Carrying soft items like blankets and clothes can be a real pain when you’re out in the wild.

An easy solution to this problem is using a compression strap.

This tutorial shows you have to make those straps from paracord.

compression sack

Compression straps allow you to compress blankets and the like to something a bit smaller.

But if you want to compress your items more you will have to star using a compression sack.

This sack compresses from all sides and creates a small dense “ball” for you to carry with you.

ladder with wooden rungs

Ladders can be used for pretty much anything.

While you can make a ladder by just using paracord (see next item), making one with wooden rungs can be preferred.

The rungs can be made from sticks you find around you when you’re surviving in the wilderness.

rope ladder

This ladder is make from paracord only without using any wood. It’s the same style ladder as with the wooden rungs.

This is especially useful when you can’t find any branches or sticks to use for your ladder.

emergency rappel 

This should only be done in extreme circumstances.

You can make a rappel out of just one line of 550 paracord, but I wouldn’t advice it. 

fish stringer

This video shows you the real world use of paracord as a fish stringer.

Most of the times you think something could work in theory, but when you’re actually doing it it fails.

This fish stringer is a perfect example of how you can use paracord for anything.

paracord friction saw 

Paracord is such a wonderful piece of equipment.

The next video shows you why. 

Paracord can be used as a saw.

The fiction created by the rubbing the paracord is enough to cut through all sorts of things.

paracord spear 

A pice of wood, paracord and a knife.

Together the make a spear. 

This video shows you how to make one. 

I would personally make a notch of some sort into the wood where the knife sits.

This makes it much more stable.

Bow fire drill 

When you don’t have flint and steel or any other fore starter you can try to start a fire with friction.

Rubber wood together creates friction that helps you start a fire.

To make this precess easier you can take a little more time to make a fire drill from a piece of wood and paracord.

fishing net 

A simple design to make a net out of your paracord.

This net can be used for almost anything but fishing is one of the best things to do with it.

tactical maglite strap

This paracord tactic wrap will allow you to light you way while simultaneously keep full use of your hand. 

EDC bag paracord grab handle 

A simple way to keep paracord on your EDC bag while not having to carry it in you bag.

The handle is very comfortable should you hand the bag with it.

Paracord Weapon Projects

Paracord can of course also be used as a weapon.

Different types of knots can form the basis of some seriously cool types of weaponry.

The next section covers all kinds of weapons made from paracord. From basic weapons like slingshot to blow darts.

You’ll find how to make them here. 


I am not responsible for any damage or injury. These projects can be dangerous and should be used with care!

self defence key fob 

These things can hurt.

This self-defence key fob as a monkey fist tied to a round crown sinner.

This makes the handle.

Together they form a impressive piece of self-defence equipment. 

giant monkey fist 

A monkey fist is a welcome addition to any EDC.

A monkey fist has enough power to stop any attacker.

This video shows you how you can wrap a pool ball in paracord to make a monkey fist.

paracord kubotan with screw 

A fantastic piece of weaponry to keep in your EDC.

The portability and simplicity of the kubotan makes it ideal for self defence without attracting to much attention. 

paracord nunchakus 

While they are illegal in most states and over the world, you can make nunchakus out of paracord.

Please check your state laws BEFORE making these! 

The next tutorial who’s you how. 

They require a bit of practice to know how to use them effectively. But once learned they can cause a fair amount of damage.

paracord blowdart

A cheap way to make blow darts from paracords.

All you need is a paperclip, glue and a piece of paracord.

The accuracy is quite the same as store bought blow darts but they don’t travel very far.

paracord practice bolas

This blows is made with 3 monkey fists that have a rope core.

This makes them safe for practice.

If you want the real deal, then make monkey fists with iron cores.

kunai rope dart 

Rope darts are chines material arts weapons and are dangerous.

So dangerous that they tend to cause more harm to the user than to the opponent.

But if you for some reason do want to make your own rope dart, then here’s the video.

paracord DIY survival bow 

A very simple bow that you can make from a piece of wood and some paracord.

This is the most basic bow and you’ve probably made a few of these as a kid when you were playing in the woods.

I did at least.

paracord boresnake alternative 

You have to keep your gun clean.

A bore snake or cleaning rod is essential in doing so. 

This tutorial shows you how you can make your own bore snake from paracord and some cloth.

Paracord Clothing Projects

Paracord can be used as a survival tool as well as accessory.

The next section will show you all different things you can do with paracord to brighten up your clothing.

You won’t find a sweater from paracord, I doubt that would be comfortable, but you will find some amazing accessories for your day to day clothing.

paracord watch strap

Make your watch functional as a survival tool by adding paracord to it.

This watch band doesn’t look so bad I must say.

paracord belt 

A useful way to keep paracord around should you need it.

The only question becomes what do you use to hold your pants up when you’ve used the paracord.

paracord belt with karabiner

A nice addition to the paracord belt.

The carabiner makes it just a bit better looking.

The complete belt is one and a quarter inch wide which is more than enough for most pants.

zippo lighter pouch

Should you carry a zippo with you, just like I do.

Then this paracord project could be for you.

This pouch let’s you easily open your zippo lighter when needed.

zipper pulls

This tutorial shows the use of some heavy machinery.

But You can easily make this without it.

Just take metal tube and saw it with an iron saw instead of the big machine.

After that it’s pretty easy to make but gives a nice look.

wrist lanyard 

A nice addition to your valuable knife.

This wrist lanyard makes sure that you cannot drop it while you use it. 

belt clip

A handy little clip to carry on your belt of backpack strap.

This easy design let’s you carry lost of little items on your belt.

Things like your keys and a pocket flashlight won’t take up space in your pocket any more. 

prussik belt 

A very basic belt if you need one.

This doesn’t look as good as the belts I showed earlier but does it’s job well.

You can tighten the belt by sliding the two knots.

boonie hat wrap

This projects shows you how to make a wrap for your boogie hat.

If you own one then this is a useful way to carry some paracord with you instead of having to carry it with you in your pack.

neckerchief slide 

Mainly used for Boy Scouts, this paracord project shows an nice neckerchief slide you can make to work towards an activity badge.

paracord flip plops 

I mentioned before that paracord is a very versatile item.

The next tutorials is an example of that statement.

You learn how to make flip flops out of paracord. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

paracord bootlaces 

Bootlaces break quickly if you are me.

The solution to this problem is to make them from paracord.

But the tips would fall apart after some time and make them useless. 

The next video shows you how to make a hard tip to the paracord laces to make a superior bootlace.

survival necklace

A neat necklace to make.

The next video shows you how to make a 4 strand round braid necklace, which features a break away so you can easily put it on and take it off.

10 clothing related uses for paracord

We end this section with a video that shoes you 10 different clothing uses for paracord.

It also answers the question what you would do when you used the paracord from your paracord belt.

Paracord Home Projects

These paracord projects aren’t meant for survival purposes but can be very useful for every day life.

Just to keep you busy or have a nice little paracord addition to your home.

paracord koozie 

A koozie is designed to keep your beverage cool while you drink it.

Normally they are made from a kind of plastic or foam, but paracord can be used as well.

You can choose 2 colors you like and follow along with the tutorial to make your own.

double monkey fist bookmark 

Not only a self-defence tool but also a bookmark.

Who would have thought that a monkey fist could be so versatile.

The monkey fists have a marble a a core so they are hard. You can also opt to go for a cordage core if you like.

hammock in a bottle 

This hammock is seriously cool. It takes a little work to make but it delivers.

Very easy to store in a nalgene bottle and can also be used as a food net, fishing net and shelter. Although I prefer the hammock.

paracord iphone cable wrap

No more ugly white cable at my home.

This tutorial shows you how to wrap your cable in paracord using the standard cobra weave. 

drawstring bag

This can be used as a bag when you visit the beach or go to the park.

Only larger this fit because of the big holes.

So if you want to carry smaller stuff make the holes smaller. 

permalok threading needles

When you mess about with paracord you probably know what these things are.

They are large needles that help you with intricate weaving patterns.

paracord trivets

For when you’re tired of crocheting with yarn, paracord can be a very interesting substitute.

This tutorial shows you how to make trivets out of paracord.

You know, those things that protect your tables for a hot dish.

hammer holder

Simple but effective way to keep your hammer with you when you have a DIY project at your home.

Instead of leaving your hammer everywhere you can now take it with you.

pot holder/wrap 

Protect your hands from the heat of your pot (or pan) with a paracord holder.

The alternative is using oven mitts.

But I believe that this handle is a better solution.

beer bottle holder

A neck way to show of your beer bottle on your belt.

This project can also be used to create a holder for other types of containers that hold liquids.

paracord cross 

This makes a 3 1/3 cross that can be hung from a key chain or backpack. 

ID badge lanyard

For those of us that want something that is little different then the standard lanyard that you get when you visit trade-shows.

paracord camera strap 

A simple yet stylish way to make a strap for your camera.

The price for the whole strap is less than $5.00 plus some time time the strap of-course.

repair birdhouse with paracord

Paracord is the new duct-tape.

You can even fix a bird house with it.

The proof is in the video.

paracord wire sleeves

You can add paracord to your computer if you follow the next tutorial.

You will sleeve the wires that are connecting parts of your computer with each other. 

hammock chair 

Not the hammock from earlier but a hammock chair.

This design can also be used as an mergence bag or as a makeshift cargo net amongst other things.

The possibilities are endless with this hammock chair.

vehicle grab handles

A nice idea that you can use to enhance you car.

But I wouldn’t choose the plastic buckles to secure it to the car.

Those things can’t stand any real stress and would break under the lightest amount of stress.

Let alone a whole person that is hanging on it.

otterbox case repair with paracord

An otterbox is a protective case for your smartphone.

The next tutorial shows how to fix one with paracord.

paracord ranger beads

A step by step tutorial to show you how to tie parador ranger beads.

These can also be used to hold paracord bracelets together.

paracord emergency sewing thread 

The inner strands of paracord can be used as sewing thread.

The next video shows you how.

The quality is a bit low but it still demonstrates the purpose very well.

Paracord Pet Projects

Pets, a Preppers and survivalists best friend.

They need the love that they deserve.

The next section is all about creating paracord items for your pets.

I could only find dog related paracord projects but with a little modification your can make them for other pets as well.

Dog slip collar 

This type of collar is a very famous type of collar especially for larger breeds.

Measure your canine friends neck at it’s base (the lowest part) and add a bit more to make sure that the collar isn’t too tight.

Dog Toys

The easy to make colourful toys are great for dogs from any size.

Just adjust the diameter to make it fit your own dog. 

If your dog is a heavy chewer then this might not be for him or her.

Dog Collar

This paracord dog collar feature a cobra weave and a plastic buckle.

While I don’t like the plastic buckle, I still like the way the collar looks.

Dog Harness 

Collar can be uncomfortable for your dog.

A harness feels way better as your dog won’t feel chocked every time you tug the leash.

Halti Dog Collar 

A halts collar makes it easier for you to control your dog.

The collar will fit over the muzzle so that the dog has to use his head and neck muscles to resits the pulling instead of its legs.

This will not take care of the underlying behavioural problem your dog might have if you need to use this type of collar.

Dog leash handle

This video will show you how to make a handle out of paracord for your dogs leash.

A nice addition to the other collars.

dog leash

Why not make the complete leash out of paracord?

This video who’s you exactly how to do just that.

Attach it to the slip collar and the whole leash plus collar is made from paracord. How awesome is that?

Horse rope halter

A step by step tutorial on how to tie your own horse halter.

From beginner to advanced horse enthusiast, you will love the simplicity of this project.

Paracord Projects for Fun

Last section of this post.

All about fun paracord projects that have little to do with survival or prepping.

These project are neat ways to enhance your paracord skills.

Paracord grenade Keychain

This can be useful for carrying a bit of paracord with you.

But since the quick deploy fobs are much better than this kind of grenade, I’ll consider this as a fun project to do.

Paracord Wallet

Vey cool project.

Only downside is that your money sits loose in the wallet.

Adding some sort of clip to hold the money would make this design even better.

lighter wrap

Small yet fun this to keep you busy and learn a bit about how to wrap something without risk. 

keychain with a secret compartment

This tutorial shows how to make a keychain with a secret compartment.

I haven’t seen anything like this so I think it’s pretty clever.

the compartment can be used to hide a bit of extra cash instead of having it in your wallet.

sunglass lanyard 

A perfect way to keep your glasses on your face at all times.

This lanyard not only holds your glasses down your neck but the paracord can tighten when you wear the glasses on your face. 

Laptop harness 

You wouldn’t bring a laptop with you on a camping trip.

And when disaster strikes, a laptop will be the least of your concerns.

But this is still a nice addition to your laptop accessories. 

Paracord army man

I grew up playing with green army men just like the maker of this tutorial.

Sadly they always had the same expression. 

This paracord army man however can do much more than just shooting a gun.

paracord buddy

You’ll never be alone anymore when you decide to make the next project.

This paracord buddy won’t stand but can be attached on a keychain. 

paracord snowman 

You’ll be making three monkey fists for this project.

But they will be filled with foam so they won’t hurt. 

Make the monkey fists and attach them to each other to make a simple paracord snowman.

Attach a loop to the top and you have a neat Christmas ornament.

zipper pull

Useful if you need to be in your bag quickly.

Plus this paracord zipper pull add a little bit of personalisation to your bag swell.

celtic bracelet

I just love Celtic designs.

The weaving is amazing.

The next video shows you how to easily make a Celtic bracelet.

You can change the colors to make a even better looking bracelet.

steering wheel wrap

This could also be used on your bug out vehicle.

Most older vehicles have a worn steering wheel that slips.

Especially when you are wearing gloves behind the wheel.

The paracord wrap makes the steering wheel less slippery. 

Pen holder 

I have a plastic miniature trashcan on my desk that holds my pens.

But paracord is just as nice.

The next tutorial will show you step by step instructions how to crochet a pen holder from paracord.

head band 

A simple weave to wrap a head band.

The centre stitch makes the design stand out more since the rest is just one color.

phone pocket 

I have my phone in the same pocket as my keys.

This causes my screen to scratch when I don’t add a protective layer to it.

The next tutorial shows a different solution to this problem

I-phone Sleeve

Instead of keeping your phone in the same pocket as your keys and add a sleeve to it, you can also create a sleeve for your phone that you can clip to your belt or inside you bag.

This design is made especially for a I-phone but you can make it for any phone.

You just need to adjust the jig to the proper size.

divided sine wave sinnet

A seriously cool 3 strand kay chain.

Change to colors to make it pop even more.

This key chain will look very good with bright colors.

dragon egg paracord pouch

This won’t hold a dragon egg, as they don’t exist.

If they do, let me know!

Other than that it a nice paracord project to make for fun. 

how to make a woggle

This paracord project can be used as a neckerchief by the scouts.

The wiggling lines in this design make it look likes one piece if you’ve made it properly.

tank tracks bracelet

Very thick bracelet that uses quite a bit of paracord.

This could even be useful in case of an emergency. But I rather have my quick deploy with me.

paracord watch band

Make your watch stand out with a paracord band.

Simple design and fun to try.

This adds an other layer to the parador bracelets that you are used to.

paracord jump rope 

A single strand of paracord won’t but it as a jump rope.

You have to twist the paracord to make it bigger end heavier to move through the air more quickly.

Twist the paracord just like the insides of paracord to make a jump rope.

bound tower paracord bracelet 

The bound tower bracelet creates the look of a tower within it restraints.

A neat looking bracelet but it won’t have much use in case of an emergency besides look good.

paracord bullwhip

This is a very long video.

In it you see exactly how to make your own bullwhip from paracord. 

tree swing

The video shows the use of normal rope but paracord may even be better as it is stronger.

Use some hard wood in combination with paracord an start creating a swing with your child.

wind chimes

You’ll need quite the bit of materials to make this project.

And paracord is just a little part of it.

But never the less a fun weekend project.

paracord lasso 

Exactly learn how to tie a lasso the easy way.

This is one of the clearest tutorials you’ll find about how to make a lasso.


A fun little beginner friendly paracord project which uses the cobra weave.

 The complete design can be attached to a keychain.

paracord earrings 

I don’t see many women wearing these but still a fun way to keep busy with paracord. 

paracord elephant 

A very cool paracord project that will keep you busy.

The tutorial video is already 43 minutes long.

When you follow along you might need a bit more time to complete this. 

cat o'nine tails whip 

Pretty similar to the bullwhip in terms of materials.

Other than that a completely different whip all together.

tiny globe knot 

Not your typical ball of paracord.

Most of the time a monkey fist is made to make a round shape.

This video shows a different way that needs a bit of patience to get right.

eternity knot 

Nice looking knot.

The knot symbolizes a never ending circle. 

If you take a good look at the knot you can see the eternity symbol in it.

Guitar strap

Nice looking wide strap for any guitar.

This strap can also be used for any rifle sling or as a belt.

azulejo key fob 

Creates a distinct looking key fob.

The three strand design integrates with the Spanish and Portuguese look of ceramic tile work.

paracord USB bracelet

A nice addition to your bracelet but if the SHTF you want be needing a USB drive.

In day to day life you can easily keep track of your USB drive with this bracelet.


That’s it for all the paracord madness.

There are some useful tutorials inside this article that I will follow to be better prepared then I am now. 

Do you have any paracord projects that you are missing?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Let them know how wonderful paracord can be.