Paracord Projects

This category covers paracord projects.

  • Paracording Pots & Pans

    The pesky thing about heat is that, well, it can burn you. No one enjoys being burned, especially when the burns are severe. It also goes without saying that when you get burned in the middle of nowhere on a camping trip, burn care is not going to be the most available thing. Sure, you can take steps to quell the pain and protect the burn, but there are no doctors in the wilds and you will be, in large part, on your own with only the (hopefully stellar) first aid kit you have assembled. One...
  • Hatchet Haft Reinforcement

    When hiking or making camp in the woods, it is always ideal to have a hatchet or tomahawk of sorts should you need to clear a path for yourself or your tent and accommodations. There are many types of hatchet available that could work for this purpose, but more important than the hatchet itself is how you use it. Naturally, you will use it for standard hatchet purposes, but you can also use it to help you carry something else equally important. In the process, you can reinforce the hatchet...
  • Zigzag Knife Grips

    There are many ways to wrap a knife handle to make the grip area more comfortable and easier to grasp. In the past, we have discussed using basic wrap overlay to cover knife handles, which is done by laying a piece of cord against the handle and wrapping rungs of cord over it to fully over that piece of cord and the rest of the handle. Another option that has come up is the cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) which is done by tying that knot style over the handle until you...
  • Paracord for Floating Flashlights

    It has mentioned before that flashlights should be incorporated into your survival gear and it is so true that you will probably hear it time and time again. Interesting and functional grips and holsters can be made for small flashlights, enabling them to fit around your hand or attach to your belt. While these are wonderful conveniences, what about larger flashlights? There are some flashlights that are too large to attach to your belt due to bulk and possible discomfort, not to mention...
  • Projects with Gutted Paracord

    By now we\'re all pretty well aware that paracord comes with interior twine. That twine has a 50lb tensile strength per strand and can be quite useful as a part of paracord overall or can serve its own individual purpose. Many of us prefer to keep that twine intact so it will be there if/when the day comes that we need it. Removing it, however, changes the appearance of tied paracord quite dramatically, and is sometimes done to create paracord crafts with a different look. You do not have to...
  1. Stay Visible with a Paracord Safety Vest

    Safety is a concept commonly preached about that we should all make it a point to practice. Even though you might want to disappear in the woods and remain unseen, you need to consider the possibility of something happening to you. If you fall into dense foliage or off the beaten path and are dressed in colors the same as that foliage, you will be hard to spot by potential rescuers. Even hunters who dress in camouflage from head to toe don some bright orange for the purpose of being seen. If...
  2. Customize Pens with Paracord

    Whether it happens at work, school, or anywhere else, we've all had someone steal a pen of ours. Perhaps it was not actually stolen so much as borrowed and not returned, but regardless of the details, our stuff has gone missing. No good deed goes unpunished it sometimes seems, and with pens being pretty similar looking across the board, it can be tough to identify and prove what is rightfully yours. With one pen varying very little or not at all from the next one, pens are anything but...
  3. Industrial Bracelets for the Mechanically Inclined

    There are all sorts of uses for paracord, from creating interesting craft items to making your stuff work for you through the use and addition of paracord. Many things go hand in hand with paracord almost naturally, as if the union was meant to be from the beginning of time. Paracord also looks good and makes for a stylish accessory in addition to being able to assist you in a survival situation. Something else you may find useful is nuts, as in the kind that go with bolts. Nuts are used as...
  4. Paracord Neck Lanyards

    Being able to carry items in new and different ways is a lot of the reason paracord has been so widely embraced. Paracord is everywhere, having taken on new jobs as well as grabbing hold of old ones and making them better. One of these old things that paracord has improved is the lanyard. For quite some time, boring lanyards have rested around the necks of people as a means to carry work identification badges or keys. These lanyards were a flat, dull color with a cheap clip that barely...
  5. Mobile Paracord Handles

    When you have a lot of items to carry, using a bag or other form of luggage is an easy and convenient way to do so. Tossing your stuff into a bag and slinging it over your shoulder will have you on your way in no time. However, not all items we need to carry will fit in bags. This can mean multiple trips to get things moved to where we need them to be and it can mean having to designate much more time to the task. You can avoid this by making a set of removable carrying handles out of...
  6. Zigzag Knife Grips

    There are many ways to wrap a knife handle to make the grip area more comfortable and easier to grasp. In the past, we have discussed using basic wrap overlay to cover knife handles, which is done by laying a piece of cord against the handle and wrapping rungs of cord over it to fully over that piece of cord and the rest of the handle. Another option that has come up is the cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) which is done by tying that knot style over the handle until you...
  7. Paracord Handlebar Grips for Bicycles

    If you are one of the many who enjoy cycling long distances, mountain biking across harsh terrain, or even bike rides in the park, chances are good you've spend considerable time holding onto a set of bicycle handlebars. Bikes are a huge source of fun, exercise, and enjoyment for both children and adults of all ages. With warmer weather on the way, it will not be long before the streets are again crowded with bike riders. When the time comes to take your bike out for the first ride this...
  8. Paracording Handles for Comfort Carrying

    Throughout the course of our days, many of us have to pick up and carry something at some point. Whether that something is a backpack, briefcase, or satchel, you carry it by grasping some sort of handle or strap. Handles on bags are often made of coarse nylon that can be hard on your hands. It may cut into your skin as you carry items that are particularly heavy, possibly even causing blisters or callouses. Some bags have handles that are not compatibly made for the load they end up...
  9. Paracord Bookmarks

    With e-readers taking over the book market, it is starting to seem as though actual books with pages are becoming a thing of the past. I myself prefer books made of paper as opposed to those in digital format, so I am hanging on for dear life to those crisp, printed pages. Part of keeping actual books alive is keeping bookmarks to protect the pages written off by so many in favor of a tablet screen. It is important to preserve what we have while we have it, such as is the case with books....
  10. Paracord Fun Project: Beaded Bracelet with Paracord Base

    With spring break coming up, lots of folks are bound to have kids hanging around the house looking for something to do. To keep bored kids out of trouble, a paracord project may be in order. Making bracelets is probably the easiest way to occupy kids, but if you have a girly girl on your hands, a paracord bracelet might not be up her alley. To satisfy the girly side with paracord related crafts, you might need to step up your game. In the craft section of any big box store, you are bound to...
  11. Carry Paracord on Your Head with a Boonie Hat

    When you are going about the business of life, spending time outdoors, you might want a little bit of shade on your face and neck. A good way to get this shade is with a hat, preferably one with a wide brim to shield you from the sun's rays. A good example of this is a boonie hat. Historically, boonie hats (also known as bush hats) were used by the military for the purpose of camouflage. Around the brim of a boonie had is what is known as a 'foliage ring.' This is a continuous band of fabric...
  12. Paracord Fun Project: D-Day Invasion Spike

    A fun project I took on recently was creating a modified handle to grasp on an interesting knife/dagger I found online. The origin of this knife is debated; some say it is fantasy while others say it is military surplus. Regardless of the truth in the matter, it looks neat, and even more so with the addition of paracord. The knife/dagger in question goes by multiple names. It has been called a D-Day Invasion Spike, a D-Day Landing Knife, and an OSS Dagger. While I cannot tell you exactly...
  13. Grip Your Tools With Paracord

    Many of us find ourselves working with tools on a regular basis. This could be because the nature of our work demands the use of tools or simply because we enjoy tinkering. I personally enjoy working with tools even though it can be shouted from the mountain tops that I am not very good at it. That does not stop me, however, and I tackle new tasks with fervor all the time. Sometimes my tools themselves are the tasks, such as is the case with the hammer and wrench below. Unfortunately for me,...
  14. Paracord for Walking Sticks

    Paracord is one of those versatile things that has uses most everyone can appreciate. No matter what your walk of life may be, paracord should be walking with you. Even the most basic task can be made better with paracord. Speaking of walking, that is probably one of the hobbies that can benefit the most from paracord. If you are an avid hiker, you know the dangers you may face by going off the beaten path and into the wilderness. Being injured miles from civilization or when you are alone...
  15. Paracord for Floating Flashlights

    It has mentioned before that flashlights should be incorporated into your survival gear and it is so true that you will probably hear it time and time again. Interesting and functional grips and holsters can be made for small flashlights, enabling them to fit around your hand or attach to your belt. While these are wonderful conveniences, what about larger flashlights? There are some flashlights that are too large to attach to your belt due to bulk and possible discomfort, not to mention...
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