Make this Paracord Survival Keychain with this easy to follow tutorial. This survival keychain is a great gift for dads, brothers, uncles, grandpas & more.
Still thinking about what you want to give dear ol’ dad for Father’s Day?? Does he like the outdoors?? One thing that my son does while spending so much time at the firehouse is come up with new things to make with paracord, like this Paracord Survival Keychain.
He’s made bracelets & other various things with it that I will share at another time. This time I wanted to share with you this easy to follow tutorial for this survival keychain since Father’s Day is almost here.
We have so many of these around here. My hubs uses short ones as pulls on all his zippers like on his gear bags & such. They are super simple & easy to make. I have broken each step down for you (with the help of my son) so you can follow along.
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Here are the supplies you will need for this Paracord Survival Keychain. Pretty straight forward & not too expensive either, especially considering how many of these you can make from a bundle of the cord.
It depends on how quickly you work. The first one is probably going to take you a bit longer. But once you get it down, they do go pretty quickly. The size also will have a lot to do with the time this takes. If you lengthen the cord, this will obviously take a bit longer. But overall, you can knock this out in about 30 minutes.
To make this size keychain, cut 2 pieces of cord, each of them 18″ long.
Carefully burn the ends of the cord with the lighter to melt the ends & keep them from fraying. A quick pass over the flame should do the trick. Be cautious & don’t let the cord actually catch on fire.
Now this part is easy. Just make one of the pieces you cut one color & the other in whatever color you choose. The colors are really up to you, which is why this is such a great project to make it personalized for your recipient.
Lay the pieces in a cross pattern on a flat surface.
Holding the part that intersects, pull one side over to make a U-shape across the other piece that is laying flat.
If you wish to add beads to this design, simply slide a single bead onto the string throughout the weaving process. Don’t try to weave this keychain with the beads already on the cord. It is best to add them one at a time in the spot where you would like them placed.
While continuing to hold the original intersected piece, pull the other end of the cord back over the straight piece to form a backward S.
At this point, you will slide your keyring onto the cord & place it near the original intersecting point. This will be the top of the keyring.
Well, the original idea is that if you kept this Paracord Survival Keychain on your keys & happened to get stranded out in the wilderness, you would have some strong rope to help you until you find your way back to civilization. Cut open the end of the cord & unravel it to use when needed.
Start pulling all the end pieces to tighten this knot you have begun. This is what it will look like as you pull. Try not to pull any one of them more than the others. It is important to try to pull them at the same time so that the knot ends up where you want it.
This is what it should look like as you get closer to it being tight. But notice this isn’t as tight as it can be. When making a paracord keychain, it is very important that you pull the cord as tight as possible. So if yours looks like this, keep pulling.
Paracord is such a great tool for so many different things & can be so handy to have in a pinch. Here are some ways we like to use it, tying a tarp to a tree, using it as a lanyard to hold items, as an emergency paracord wristband, emergency snare, make-shift fishing line, boot laces, pull it apart & use one of the inner strands as floss, dog leash & more. Remember, you can pull it apart & use each or just a few of the strings within the cord for various uses.
Yes, absolutely. Because it is a synthetic material, not only can it get wet, but it dries quickly too. Keep in mind that when it is wet it will become harder to untie as the fibers tend to be less silky & won’t slide as easily. Keep in mind that the first time the paracord gets wet, it will shrink about ¼”. However, it will not continue to shrink every time the paracord is submerged in water.
It should look like this. Then you will tightly pull the strings & pull this together.
Type III cord that is fairly common, is nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, thus the nickname “550 cord”.
At this point, you will trim your end pieces leaving about 1/8″- 1/4″ of the cord sticking out. You don’t want them so short that the whole thing unravels.
Burn those tend pieces left sticking out. This will melt the cord & keep it from unraveling. Again, don’t catch it on fire. Just pass it through the flame to let that synthetic material melt a bit.
There you have it. One finished simple paracord keychain. Sure to be loved by anyone you gift it to.
These paracord keychains are so easy to make – and you can pick up all of these items while at your local big box mega store or even the hardware store! OR If you’ve never made homemade paracord key ring before, you might be a bit nervous – but you’re going to love this simple project. I have made a list below of the things I absolutely can’t live without when it comes to making this easy homemade gift idea.
This survival keychain will make a great gift for everyone on your list.
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