Learn how to make your own personalized paracord keychain. Having one on hand is useful in various survival situations. Plus, a paracord keychain looks really cool!
Paracord is a very durable and flexible material that is used by survivalists and outdoorsy people. Actually, paracord was first used in the army, but after the war, survivalists found it extremely useful in creating various tools.
The paracord keychain is one of these tools and today we are going to discuss how to make one, starting with the type of paracord necessary.
There are several paracord types used for different things but the recommended one to use is paracord 550 which has been tested to hold a weight of 550 lbs. or 250 kg (hence the name). It’s very durable and can come in hand for a plethora of situations.
The difference between high-quality paracord and cheap knock-offs is made by the number of inner strands and the weave.
On the market, you will usually find cheaper versions so, if you want something of good quality you will have to make sure that the cord has 7 strands or even 8.
Related reading: Make sure you also build your own paracord bracelet after completing your paracord keychain project!
We’re going to check out step by step instructions for various models below. Scroll through them and see which one you like the most – some are easier to make than others but in the end, they are equally useful.
Decide which one best fits your DIY skills or the one you like the most and craft that one.
Important tip: If you are very young it’s better to ask for an adult to help you because most of the time you will have to use scissors and a lighter.
One thing that you will need to remember is that with any paracord project you want to make, you will have to think at the length you want.
For example, if you want the finished product to be 4 inches long, you will need 4 feet of paracord so you can get the desired length. And here, usually it’s best to go for longer cords as the longer they are, the most useful they can be.
This is a very simple model that any beginner should be able to craft.
Once the strands have melted you can smooth the edges (if necessary) with something made from wood or metal.
In the video above, you have the model of the same paracord keychain, only it doesn’t have the loop at the end that I was talking about at step 5.
This one is similar to the first one, but it looks a lot better. But first let me tell you how to fuse two different pieces of paracord because you won’t get one unitary piece in different colors.
Thus, you’ll have to fuse two different pieces together, to form the basis for this keychain.
Now we can get to crafting our final product!
Below is a helpful video where the basics of this model are presented.
This is a thicker and cooler model of the first keychain.
Also with this model you have a bigger length of parachute cord with you that may be helpful if there is an emergency. For more paracord knots instructions, see our must-read article on this topic.
Video instruction below:
The monkey fist knot is a spherical paracord knot and is very easy to learn, but requires some practice. The nice thing is that you can use it as a weapon just like a bola – a melee weapon used by sailors and gangs.
Since this is just a keychain, the monkey fist won’t be big, but it’s still useful.
You can choose what ball you want, but remember that the bigger the ball the more wraps you will have to make. In general, the number of wraps is 1.3 per ¼ of an inch of diameter of the ball used.
Above you have a video where you can see exactly how it’s done.
Don’t worry, were not going to put a real grenade in there. This model will combine the cobra weave and the king cobra resulting in a thicker version and will only be useful to hold your keys.
Actually, this is a very practical way to make sure you get some paracord with you wherever you go. If you put it on your keys, you’ll definitely take it with you.
Fun fact: This model can also be used to put a hand sanitizer in the middle (one of the many uses of paracord crafts). However, this one got nicknamed the germ grenade for this.
If the instructions are too dull, here you have the video with the grenade paracord keychain.
Make sure to also check out our recommended bowie knives to be covered in all areas when it comes to your outdoors adventures.
Now this is indeed something very useful. This secret compartment is great for hiding a lot of small stuff, even money.
For the secret compartment you have to complete four or five of this closed crown knots and then insert a pencil in the middle. Continue weaving these knots until you reach the length you want. To finish the project you will have to make a couple of standard knots and, before you take the pencil out, pull tight the strings.
If you like, you can keep the excess cords for a different design, or, as with any paracord project, you cut them and burn the edges until the sheathe melts. Don’t forget to add the key ring or the carabineer.
Above is the video with more details
This is another cool model that you can make with paracord.
This is how you need to do it:
Now, don’t think that you can use a keychain only to hold your keys! They have a variety of uses like hanging things off your bag during a hike, hanging things off your belt, fashioning a hanging device that keeps your food safe in the trees.
The most important part of this is that you will always have paracord with you.
For example, if you are in the woods and you broke an arm or a leg then you can use the paracord and a branch to tie it until you can get some medical help.
Or, if you don’t have anything to eat and you are near a river, you can cut it and pull out the inner strands and you can use it as a fishing string or a net.
Another use for these keychains is that you will no longer lose your keys (or other items they are attached to) in your purse/bag/backpack.
Paracord, especially the colored one, increases visibility and you will find all you need a lot quicker, even if you’re the kind of person who stores everything inside the purse.
The main use of a keychain made out of paracord is to hold your keys and provide you with extra cord when needed. It’s also great to use as a hook in various situations because the weave makes this small device quite sturdy.
According to your skills, you can use any of these models. The only difference is the length of paracord that fits in each of them and the way they look.
Also, if you care about fashion, you can make it a lot more pretty than what we did here using various colors or other accessories.
Regardless of preferences, the main idea behind a paracord keychain is to make sure you’ll always have an alternative when you’re stranded in a bad situation. So, which one of these models is more appealing to you?
For more paracord bracelet uses you will need outdoors, do read our popular piece for your reference.