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80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?


Last week a friend of mine saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain and asked what it was for.

I explained a little history of paracord and told him and many of the different ways that it could be used.

I told him (jokingly) that there were over 100 different uses for paracord.

He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 uses he would take me out to my favorite steak joint and buy me dinner.

What he failed to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list together.

I’ve come up with a list of 80 things so far and I need your help to find the other 20 (or more!)

Here is what I have so far:

1: Tie tarp to trees

2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc)

3: Emergency para cord wrist band

4: Emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)

5: Fishing line (from inner strands)

6: Boot laces

7: Floss with the inner strands


8: Dog lead

9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands)
10:Wrap knife handle

11: Bow drill

12: Clothes line
13: Improvise a seat  by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees
14: Emergency repair for sail while sailing/canoeing


15: Belt for your trousers

16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands)

18: Make a fishing net from inner strands
19: Make into a net hammock

20: Improvise a sling

21: Hobble your horse

22: Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
23: Watch strap

24: Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours…

26: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack
27: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.

28: Tie house keys to forgetful children.
29: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold!

30: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill
31: A standby strop….  for polishing a razor
32: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)

33: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.


34. Bear bag

35: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored.
37: Abseil down a cliff edge

38: Headband/ hair tie

39: Bundling around firewood for easy carry
40: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow.

41: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times
42: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.
43: Improvise a fuse
44: Hanging mirror or other large objects.
45: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass

47: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm

48: Make a tire swing
49: Hanging your hammock
50: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck
51: Pull cord for chain saw
52: Pull cord for boat engine
53: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater

54: Emergency Tourniquet

55: Tying down & securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling
56: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters
57: Tent guy lines.
58: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop.
59: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break.
60: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.

61: To lash poles together to make a shelter
62: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting).

63: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip

64: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges.
65: Handcuffs for bad guys

66: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots  can take your mind off of your current situation)

67: Zipper pull

68: Ladder

69: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night
70: Mooring your boat to a dock
71: Replace a broken water ski rope
72: Teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots

73: Use it to collect water ( tie a knot and place inside a plastic bottle, hang from a rock or damp surface  area and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle)
74: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip
75: Use it to make improvised snow shoes

76: Make a sling for killing small animals
77: Create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment

78: Create trot lines for fishing

79: Create a gill net for fishing

80: Lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord


That’s all I can come up with, so far…

Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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  • mariowen says:

    Use it to tie up an intruder!
    Use it to make a “hammock” for large vegetables to hang on the trellis – such as growing squash and watermelon vertically.
    Use it to rope off an area for no trespassing/danger.
    Use it to hang your kill in a tree while you are out hunting.
    Use it to make a checker board and checkers by using two different colors for the checkers. )Make knots of different colors.) Just make a board with nails around the outside and weave the cord around the nails to hold it in place for the squares.
    Use it to tie to a toddler while you are outside working and not paying quite enough attention. This trick might save the life of your child. (It is not meant to be used to tether your children outside while you leave the premises! Use common sense!)
    Use it to tie to a stake at either end of a garden row to make straight lines for planting.
    Use to string lines for a trellis for plants to grow up – such as beans.
    Use it to secure a load in your truck.
    Use it as a pull cord for lights that work on a pull string.
    Use it to do improvised sewing (inner strands).
    Use it to lash together boxes or other items during moving.
    Use it to thread through the grommets on a tarp to hold down the tarp.

    OK – probably some of these are covered in a different way above but they might trigger off some ideas for other uses.

    • Adriano says:

      Use to tie a bag around a tree limb to collect the morning dew water. (make sure to tie it in a downward position)

    • Phil says:

      Wrap and weave on your hands for emergency work gloves.

    • Harry Sanderson says:

      wrap an ax or hatchet handle for absorbing shock.

      use it as a hanging wire for a picture.

      make a strap for a pair of binoculars.

      make a hunting/defense sling to throw rocks or other items.

      taught the daughters how to braid by tieing 3 and 4 strands at one end, then attaching to a clipboard to anchor the knot.

    • Jane says:

      A ball – enterainment: throwing/hitting, hacky-sack, accuracy game, etc.

    • Jack says:

      Paracord? Ummm…to fix a bad cord on your parachute?…just an idea. Or, how about an emergency / self-defense garrote. There’s two uses.
      Enjoy that steak dinner!

      • Ken says:

        Ah… I wanted to point out the parachute repair :)

      • Walrus says:

        nice to see that somebody remembered from where paracord actually came from – very useful if using a parachute!

        Add to that makes a good “messenger” when making a rope bridge etc. send the paracord over first (nice and light) use it to pull over a heavier rope!

        If need be you can make your heavier rope out of paracord either “plait” it or twist it together, mind you you’d need a lot!

        Makes a nifty dog lead – plait it up so it don’t cut your hand, looks “cool” if done properly.

        that’ll do for now

    • Brigitte says:

      EXERCISE AID – Arm support for pull ups off tree branch also for support for abs, as in hanging knee pull ups for crunches.
      You could cut 4 equal length, two for each side, then other lengths cut to weave as with the para cord bracelets to make
      the needed loop lengths to secur to over head tree branch. Make to chose a branch strong enough to bear your weight
      As you do crunches.

    • Clara says:

      Weave a mat

    • John says:

      I’ve used paracord to secure(spread)to a tree/bush/rock the legs of big game animals while cleaning them when there is no one with me to help.

    • joan anderson says:

      as a former EMT we used it all the time. use with a blanket for a strecher.we also used with pegs in the back of a truck for evacuating aperson with a back injury,used like a sling.tie your tail pipe up when a brace em. leash for dog or cat.we have 4 wheelers
      it great for towing or for the kids out of mud bogs they all have to try it at least onceallso get fer temp mending fences pulling sleds for sleding or movingheavy things with a

    • Tom Elliott says:

      tying up tomato plants to stakes.
      making a fence around the garden so it doesn’t get mowed down.
      use to train bean vines to cimb up a pole.

    • Herb Wyatt says:

      anchor rope, boat tie-down rope

    • G M Faser says:

      Use it to secure bales of hay on a trailer with what we call a hay hauling knot. You make a loop in it then come around the top rail on the trailer run it back through the loop you have tied above 2-3 ft then pull down tight with your weight and then loop around the cord and come back through it tight. I can’t remember the name of this hitch but it is basically a slip knot. When you start you already have it tied to the other side of the trailer with knot you prefer.
      I like to burn my paracord into instead of cutting it and then burning it to prevent unraveling.

      • Ken says:

        It’s called a truckers hitch

    • virginia says:

      I always carry a long rope in trunk of car.May be used to rescue someone from a fall in river by tossing the rope with a limb or board tied to rope end so drowning person can grab and be pulled to safety.

    • Bill says:

      Pull a loose tooth, Flag lanyard, String across motorcycle track for self-defense measure.

      • MikeR says:

        If you use the inner strands for floss and use it often, you may not ever have to pull that tooth.

    • Phyllis says:


    • Mel says:

      use it to make emergency weapons like a sling or a weighted mace

    • HT says:

      Use it to make a sling shot.

      • WO says:

        HT You are thinking of a sling.[Think of ‘David.’] A sling shot uses rubber straps. Mel was correct.
        But a cord could be used to entertain a cat. Or a night trip wire with cans to alert. Tie a door shut. Make a bolo. Hat strap. A river crossing ‘rope.’ Hold up one’s pants. Handcuffs. Hang up food stash. A tourniquet. Splice a broken bone. Tie up faggots. Tie oneself to a tree limb when sleeping in trees[think hunting]Tetherball cord repair. Hold a rolled up mattress. Paracord and duct tape can hold the world together!

        • t losee says:

          He may have also ment a slung shot, the classification of the melee weapons made by wrapping a hard spherical object with a monkey fist knot and leaving a handle on it.

        • Glenn says:

          I have actually made a slingshot out of this stuff. NOT a sling. A slingshot. I used aluminium libs for the torque pressure. Was hard to pull back and somewhat difficult to use but that thing hits VERY hard. Specially with chrome bearings.

    • ALAN18 says:

      Boot/ shoe strings! Duh! Can’t believe nobody mentioned the obvious! Also once SHTF and you run out of rice and beans and the zombies are attacking you can hang yourself instead of becoming zombie lunch!!!!!! Sorry, dry humor.

    • Marius says:

      If you know how to make and use an Obendorf knot, you can use it for rappelling along a rope, if your descending device is broke or missing.
      In the same time, if your ascending device is broke or missing, you can make two Prusik knots and climb the same rope without any dificulty.

    • Var St. Jeor says:

      Repair a horse or pack animal saddle synch.
      Repair a bridle.
      Repair a back pack.
      Make a neck strap for your hat.
      Repair a pin hole in a white gas cook stove tank. (Explanation needed: Air dry the tank, light the end of the cord to melt it, aggressively press the melted material into the pin hole with your knife and let harden before removing the cord. Believe it or not, I did this on a pack trip and it lasted the full week.)

    • Amy McCollum says:

      use it as a trip wire to secure your premises,a leash for your animal,tied between cans for fun communication,playful bind w a partner,tie from ceiling to a pill bottle with gravel for the cat,use it to bind your herbs as they dry ,tie your hair back,to hold on cloth to a wound or bind a poultice to a wound,strung through the hole then the loop on a pair of jeans that lost the snap/button, a belt on your jeans,

    • gaiol says:

      to make a bow or fire drill
      to construct a pole lathe
      to replace a motor pull cord starter
      to set a broken or dilocated joint (Pull strap)
      to construct a block and tackle
      to reset a fan belt, drive chain, etc that has slipped off its pulley
      to construct a rope bridge
      to lash a raft
      to lash greenwood furniture
      to construct a traction splint
      to lower a bucket into a well
      to construct a web seat
      to lash a sharp rock to a long stick
      to lash antler or bone to a short stick
      to secure a fish trap
      to construct a sling pump
      to string a bridge swing
      to construct a snare
      to lash over a pit trap
      to cut wood or stone with a sand saw
      to construct a scale balance
      to pump water or other liquids

    • Steve says:

      I have had to use it for my engine. For the power steering and water pump. lasted well over 300 miles.

    • Barry the Terrible says:

      Make a closed loop and then tie the braid on the loop to make a key chain. Make one end to where it goes over your wrist and the other smaller to hang your keys. Makes a great self defense weapon because if you lose your grip flinging it at someones eyes you won’t throw your keys.

    • BpDavid says:

      Did I see a Cargo Tie-down? How about as a leg tie for your 1911 holster or Kabar sheath? Or an improvised basket to hang meat above bear’s reach.

    • Charlie says:

      sliding prussic to ascend hanging rope; make two and put them around your feet.

  • mariowen says:

    Could it be used as the wick for a candle in candlemaking? I haven’t made a candle but it seems like it might work.

  • mariowen says:

    Use it as barter when SHTF. Everyone needs to have it for all the above reasons!

  • mariowen says:

    Tie up a roast when roasting to keep it together – or the legs of a turkey during roasting.
    Weave it together in a tight square and you have a hot pad to set a hot pot on the table.
    Weave it together for placemats – they make great conversation pieces.
    You can tie one end to a heavy rope or chain. The other end attach a rock or heavy object that is small. With this, you can throw it into a tree or over a large load you want to secure. Then use it to pull up the heavy rope or chain. This works dandy.
    When you dive, attach one end to you and the other to a boat or object on shore. Then in case you get disoriented, you can follow the line back out…or if you get in trouble someone else can haul you out.
    You can do the same as above if you are trekking out in the dark and want to be sure to get yourself back but you can’t, or don’t want to, use a light. Just follow the line back. It would be great for going out in a blizzard!
    OK – go eat steak!!!!

    • BpDavid says:

      As Night-Hunter reminds us–it MELTS! Don’t think I want that on my roast or turkey drumsticks!

  • Sam McCleneghan says:

    Use it as an emergency horse lead (need for that is surprisingly often)
    In the field temporary tack repair. (Broken headstalls, saddle strings, broken latigos, etc)

    • charlie says:

      Rifle sling, trip cord for alarm system ( empty cans etc. ), zip line, ghillie suit, lash a canoe to the top of your car,fly a kite, dog run,

      • Dennis says:

        My .22 has a paracord sling.

        • BpDavid says:

          I wrapped a broken bowie knife handle in a tight spiral with the ends tucked in, applied clear polyurethane, and it’s lasted 20 years and looks better than the wood handle did.

  • Jim says:

    Volleyball / tennis / badminton net, rifle sling, horse / dog lead. Dog harness, fix a cracked gun stock (wrapped around weak portion and epoxy, replacement draw string in a hoodie or sweat pants

    • Joe says:

      ah the cracked gun stock! Good one, any idea how sturdy that makes it?

      • Herb Wyatt says:

        best emergency for cracked or broken gun stock is rawhide. Wrap it tight and let it dry and it is stronger than ever. Squirrel hide is very strong, better than deer.

      • Chuck says:

        If the split has two long pieces to it, it will work fine. Before the age of relatively cheap replacement stocks, there were many wire-wrapped stocks in use. Put the two pieces together, either screw or nail them together, taking care to make pilot holes so as not to further damage the wood and then wire-wrap the two pieces to add strength. Paracord tightly wound around the stock will serve the same purpose as the wire used to. Baling wire was the 19th century equivalent of paracord. Use it to repair everything. Paracord melts at fairly low temperature, so using it around fire or in cooking applications is not a practical application. As one poster to this comment said, he burns the cord rather than cuts it and melts the ends in place of whipping. If you want melted paracord on your meat, then it is okay to use to tie up your roast, otherwise, stick with cotton cord for cooking applications.

  • Charles Hibbs says:

    You use paracord to restring xylophones, marimbas and vibraphones!

  • Dave says:

    -To secure a broken bumper to the car
    – sling for arm
    – Sling for Rifle
    -To tie a broken fan belt in car
    – Tie Christmas tree to roof of car
    -To keep car doors closed when latch is broken
    -With knots in it can be used as Bore Snake to clean gun barrels
    -Can be used to hang yourself
    -Tow rope
    -Can be used as a Turneqet
    -As a guide rope to keep a group together in the dark
    -To tie up a broken muffler on a car
    -with a hook or magnet at one end, can be used to fish out keys out of sewer

    • Dan says:

      Laughed at use it to hang yourself… Twisted but funny

      • BpDavid says:

        But if the noose doesn’t hold and you fall down and break your leg, you can bind up the splint with it. (That is, if you ever return to the self-preservation mode!)

  • Michael says:

    First of all item 3 and 65 are the same “snare” putting emergency or using emergency as an identifier does not change the function. However, because the 250lb capacity it can be doubled, attached to a grappling hook, notted and used to scale walls. Fashioned into a rope ladder, enhance the grip on knives or tools, improvised belt, after soaking inner fibers in alcohol they can be used as improvised sutures, cord can be used as a trip wire, strung up on an approach lane attached to a noise device (can with rocks) to alert of oncoming intruders, soaked in a mixture of gasoline and gun powder can be used as a fuse (once dried), make a firewood bundle back pack, used as a garrote, hang a picture, hang curtains, makeshift door latch, braided it can serve as a makshift door handle. many more but I have to go to work now.

    • Joe says:

      Thanks for pointing that out Michael, Actually the paracord I use is 550 paracord ( 200lb test outer shell and each of the inner strands is 50lb test)

    • Ronald Burke says:

      It is 4 and 65 that are the same. several others are repeats as well.

      • Mark Allen says:

        4 and 65 are not the same. 4 uses the inner strands to BE the snare, 65 uses the cord hold to SUSPEND the snare.

  • Michael says:

    Lashing a christmas tree to the top of your vehicle.
    Self-defense – large monkey fist tied around a rock will do the trick

  • James says:

    Tourniquet, splinting a broken limb, traps of all kinds for people and food, garrote…

  • Dave says:

    A sling for your rifle or shotgun. When woven in advance, this becomes the source of many of the listed uses.

    • Lyon400 says:

      I’m Malaya in the 50’s the British SAS used to replace their metal sling swivels with paracord loops to stop them rattling, because at times they were no more than a few feet from guerrillas and rattling sling swivels could have ruined their day. Admittedly in the 50’s paracord wasn’t as sophisticated, and actually had to be cut from a parachute, but it did the job.

  • Vivian says:

    wrap around a staff to give tracktion when hiking, which can be used to help someone who has fallen down the slope to get back up or unlashed to provide a rope to get up from a distance.
    Make any one of several traps in the wild to trap animals.
    Make a fishing trap, although weaving twigs would save your cord for something else.
    Tie a knot, or something heavy into the end and use for depth gauge in the water.
    Tie something to your head for protection from either wind, sun or rain.
    Use for temorary repair of shoes, or to make the tops of new shoes when your shoes have gave out.

    • duggy dugg says:

      tops of new shoes ? having trouble visualizing how to do that

      • Vivian says:

        Sandal like shoes. Anything to keep things from going into your foot.
        Or you can even weave a top.

      • connie says:

        suspenders and boot strings
        braided to make a collar for your goats
        tie together your fresh water hose for storage in your rv storage compartment
        tie up electrical cords to hang in garage
        use like tie wraps that have to be removed periodically

  • Mike Owen says:

    I use the inner strands as yarn when using eggs fishing. It looks like skain shack and holds up very well.

  • 0

    strap pieces of wood together to make a makeshift table

  • UncleLee47 says:

    Make a monkey fist for throwing or selfdefense
    Use multiple monkey fists for a bolo
    replace guitar strap
    clothes line
    watch band
    neck knife lanyard

  • jerry dee says:

    Haul a radio antenna wire high into a tree (for transceiver);
    Lashed over tyre on drive wheels to add grip in mud, like snow chains;
    Use as emergency fan belt on car;
    Tied to a number of trees to support tarpaulin and give shelter to large area;
    Compress clothing or bedding in garbage bags to reduce volume;

  • Mike Owen says:

    Tie elk/deer bags to pack boards.

  • 0

    Make a decorative necklace, replace cord from a neck knife, replace drawstring on sweatpants or bathing suit, rope ladder (for emergency escapes), repair a broken strap on a backpack, make a splint for a broken limb (with wood)… I’m sure there’s more, but I haven’t had breakfast yet…

  • Mark says:

    On many occasions in bear country, we used it to hang our bear bag in a tree. It is great stuff and I always have a length of it when I go most places.

  • duggy dugg says:

    on a folding scooter , use it to tie the two pieces for easy carry

    weave a strap for a guitar

    retriever for a cross bow arrow

    key ring

    tie closed end wrenches together

    safety line while working on a pitched roof

    tie ladder to roof so it doesn’t slide away

    tie a rock or other weight to allow you to toss the weight over a tree branch to yank down fruit …apple ..pear …cherry etc

    tie a length to both ends of wire saw with throwing weight on one end to get saw in position on limb out of reach

    twisting and three stranding , make a stronger rope for tree climbing / lowering cut limbs to ground / pull rope for pulling tree over after cutting roots or to direct the fall if chain sawing the trunk

    improvise sling for injured arm / splint for injured leg

    temp fence repair …gate repair …railing repair

    restraints for intruder assuming there are still police to call …

    emergency garotte against intruder… a few turns around the neck and lights out temporarily or permanently ….

  • Bill Yoder says:

    Use paracord for a pant leg blouser to keep the bottoms of pant legs tight around boots. (Used inside the turned-up pant legs)The military used to do this.

    • Joe says:

      Good trick! its always nice to keep nasty critters out of your pants

      • levi says:

        I did this alot when I was in the marine corps because in garrison your trousers have to be bloused at all times. the elastic boot bands sold in stores would always break. Fortunately I was a parachute rigger and 550 was always available!

    • Ronald Burke says:

      Yep! Field mice love to run into dark places like an open pants leg. Nothing spoils your day quite like having a scared mouse running around inside your pants.

  • Dave says:

    Emergency repelling , closing loop for skydiving rig, pull up cord, lashing (repairing) plastic atv fenders, hacky sac ,repair webbing on lawn chairs

    • Ken says:

      Do you mean rappelling?

  • Ron says:

    Braid it for emergency tire chains.

    • Joe says:

      I don’t get much (any) snow down here so I would have never thought of that!

      • duggy dugg says:

        was trying to think of a snow chain use ..good one …all i could think of was a woven mat to give traction

        • David says:

          String the ends of the chains to tighten them to the wheel. (in case of lost or broken clips or rubber cords)

  • tdog3 says:

    Weave it together to make an over the shoulder strap to carry gear
    You can make a sweet belt out of it and later use it for anything already mentionedTie up a banner at an event when you for got the tie downs
    Tie off your boat in an emergency
    String your fish
    Gear tie Downs

  • duggy dugg says:

    tie down trunk lid

    tie up a loose muffler / tail pipe …keeping it away from the hot part

    tie stuff to your bike

    tie jacket closed if zipper broke

    secure loose boot sole in the field

    tie stuff on bike / motor bike luggage rack

    light duty replacement for a bolt that fell out of equipment from vibration or you forgot to replace miles ago…

    life line to someone who fell through the ice

    emergency replacement for the toilet flap chain

    sling for the end of a 2 x 4 to use as a pry bar to lift a heavy rock

    tie down for garbage cans and lids

    loop for a snake stick

    woven car floor mat

    as a 3 strand rope emergency tie up for fractu

  • duggy dugg says:

    fractured tree / phone pole

  • Bob says:

    Lash a line of people together so they don’t get separated in the dark (forest, cave, crowded street or hallway during a panic.

    Hang your solar shower.

    • 0

      Make a knot with a loop for children to put their hands through. Keeps together and if one falls they all know to help.

  • Tom Cross says:

    use as a Jump rope for children, or to keep in shape yourself.

    Use it or strands, to tie pine tree lims, or clumps of long grass together to make a thatch roof or bough roof for shade or to keeps out the rain.

    Use in a snare for small animals.

  • Benjamin Taber says:

    ID Lanyard
    Last ditch self defense weapon – Monkey fist knot with steel ball bearings in the center
    Bolas (rope weapon with weights on the end)

  • Earl says:

    Nobody mentioned plant hangers which could be used for gear!

    • duggy dugg says:

      good one ..any source of twine or cord can substitute for paracord in many spots

  • 0

    Zipper pull, strap to carry a water bottle, tie to a rock for a simple anchor…

  • TSgt B says:

    Hang traitors and Oath breakers.

    Impromptu halyard and line to raise a flag.

    Booby traps.

    Trip traps for animals or intruders.

    Set underwater trip traps at river/stream crossing points.

    Use inner strands and willow branches to fashion fish net.

    Use inner strands to fashion gill nets/bird nets.

    Weave support system for solar still.

    Site to site tug line for silent communications.

    Hang short length for use as a windage gauge.

    Tie to rock for use as a water depth gauge.

    Use with animal skin or cloth to make a sling (ala David v. Goliath)

    Tie knots to uase as a Ranger distance meter/counter.

    Tie to trees in short lengths to mark a trail.

    Tie small rock to one end; swing overhead to use as an audible signal device.

    • stan says:

      A necktie gift to Obummer for his going away party. Several members of congress should be similarly outfitted…

    • IBDE says:

      Just got my vote for best submission, all good 1 through 5 being my favorites, so thanks for that.

  • duggy dugg says:

    wow ..bright minds ..i think we got the steak dinner nailed ! ! ! !

  • Farb says:

    Use it as an emergency starter cord for a chain saw or small engine/generator.

  • Gary says:

    Use as a lanyard for; knife, pistol, eyeglasses….you get the idea.

    When wrapped around something hot it will act as insulation and protect hands.

  • stpso440 says:

    Lanyard for eye wear (sunglasses, eye glasses, safety glasses, etc…).
    Pistol lanyard – so you don’t loose you sidearm overboard.

  • Michael says:

    Stabilize the head on stretcher for neck injury
    Good bite block for seizure patient
    Bite block for emergency pain management
    Could be used in a gaping, bleeding trauma wound to fill the space so applied pressure to wound is maximized, to stop the bleeding (Don’t worry about infection. If you can’t stop the bleeding, they die anyway.)
    Weight cord for dislocated shoulder
    Secure eye patch over injured eye

    I could give more, but it looks like you won the steak dinner already.

  • Jeff says:

    You can use it to climb tress (tie para cord between feet but around tree to help cling to trunk while climbing).

    You can use it as a saw to cut zipties off your wrists. Tie loop in each end and hang the middle over the zip tie then bicycle your feet to create friction to the ziptie. Eventually it will cut thru.

  • Lori says:

    We’ve used paracord to tie down deer once harvested to a sled to pull out of the woods.
    Also makes it easy to make a ground blind during deer season by tieing cut branches together to stakes for cover.

  • Will Wallace says:

    As soldiers know, when you remove the kern (inner strands), the mantle is a nylon tube which you can use a sleeve for your dog tag chain. It subdues the bright metal of the beads.

    • Joe says:

      And I assume that it would feel quite a bit more comfortable than the metal as well as be a great insulator from heat and cold?

  • Judy says:

    Use it for a temporary bra strap if one breaks;

    Use it to keep a makeshift bandage on if have no ace bandage or tape;

  • Jack says:

    make snow shoes

    hang a liberal

    snare a deer by spreading a snare loop across a game trail

    tie two sharpened sticks together at 90 degrees to each other to improvise a throwing weapon

    • Judy says:

      LOL (Hang a liberal) Not nice but funny considering the last few months especially.

  • Pappy says:

    I have made a lanyard for my duck calls.

  • 0

    Make a bola for hunting small game.
    3 long poles tied by paracord form the frame of a Teepee.
    “David and Goliath” sling shot – takes practice!
    Inner thread laced to replace lost eye glasses hinge screw.

    Thanks for expanding my thinking also. Wow!

  • Thomas says:

    I didn’t see this above, but use it to purify WATER! collect rain water from a fresh puddle in a plastic bottle, then replace the top. tie the cord around the neck of the bottle and swing around your head in a large circle. this creates a centrifuge effect, forcing any sediment to the bottom of the bottle. after several seconds, sit the bottle down and sip the fresh water off of the top!

  • Stu says:

    how about emergency snow chains. they can be wrapped around the tire through the wheel and will provide moderate traction. I always wondered if putting knots every 6 inches or so would help even more

  • mariah says:

    Mexican “String Holster.”

  • Larry says:

    Use as an improvised flail with your keys or flashlight.

    Create a loop to go from waist to feet and do resistance exercises by pulling in opposite direction with hands.

  • Ed says:

    Rifle sling, flashlight around neck, compass around neck, zipper pulls, eyeglasses retainer,mark perimeter or property line, tie blankets into bedroll, and hang over shoulder,.
    Enjoy your steak dinner!

    • Nathaniel says:

      You don’t want to put this around your neck. Most materials used for necklaces or that are designed to be worn around your neck have a specific weight bearing loadout they are not allowed to exceed. This is so that if you fall and get it caught on something, it will snap before your neck does or you stragnle to death. So bad idea to put something that can hold more than twice your weight around your neck.

  • Anishinabi says:

    I used 550 paracord last November to truss up my mule deer to the front end of my jeep to bring it back to our camp, 4 miles away. I cut and burn the ends of 32″ segments and use them to temporarily secure gear to backpack and for other temporary purposes. I always keep 100 ft rolls on hand, and seem to use them up every 2 years or so. I have knotted 100 ft rolls every 5 ft and used them to stake out distances for shooting in the desert when I did not have a rangefinder. I also use the short lengths to bundle cables in my home office computer desk. Like one of the guys above, I built a snake pole with a few feet of plastic pipe and some 550 cord to snag reptiles.

  • Anishinabi says:

    If you have a Western hat or Fedora and it fits too loose, you can put a loop of 550 cord under the leather or cloth hat band to make it fit more snugly. I do this when I cut my hair shorter than normal. Then you can just take it out, or cut it in half if the hat seems to get tighter as your hair style changes or you don’t get a hair cut for a while.

  • Jhymes Palmer says:

    Tie knot and use as a pull thru for cleaning gun barrel
    Russians use boot lace

  • Ringo says:

    Use as a a Bolo.
    Use to bind a fracture as in a splint.
    Weave back and forth on an old aluminum chair seat bottom that has rotted out.
    Use as suspenders.
    Dog leash.

  • Tony says:

    Bow-n-arrow. Repair, string replacement or building both from scratch.

  • Sid says:

    For making a garrote. This is why I would be hesitant to use it to tie it around my neck, spare key, etc.
    Use it to tie your girlfriend up? Have her tie you up? emergency belt? suspenders?

    • Nathaniel says:

      I agree with you about tying it around your neck. The point of a necklace needs to be that it can break off before strangling you. People have asked me why I don’t make necklaces out of the various colors, as I make keychains and rifle slings. It is because that rope won’t break if it gets caught on something before it strangles you. As for the garrote, again, the purpose of a garrote is two-fold. 1: Strangle, 2: Cut the carrotid and jugular.

      • Russell C. says:

        Get some break away clips to use for a dog tag chain necklace.

  • Dave says:

    Tie weights to floating duck and goose decoys; Lanyard for duck and goose calls

  • Dave B says:

    I didn’t see lashing a bone, stone, or steel point to an arrow or spear shaft.

    I’m sure I missed it but didn’t see the obvious fishing line from inner strands.

    This was a fun post though and really gets one creatively thinking.

  • Tim S. says:

    Wrap boots or shoes if sole is coming off.

  • Coleman says:


  • luis says:

    as emergency shoestring for your boots.
    yeah two pieces of wood with string tied in the middle of both makes a great garrote.
    to tie equipement to your belt (swiss army knife )

    • Nathaniel says:

      A Garrote is an okay idea in that it certainly won’t break before you strangle someone, the problem is that the main function of a garrote is to not only be able to strangle, but to slice through the carrotid and the jugular. So it makes a great hangman’s noose, but not a very efficient garrote.

      • Russell C. says:

        A garrote can be used to sever the neck, lots of blood. Pretty messy. I prefer a 14 gauge piano wire. with wooden handles.

        If you use a rope, I like the old clothesline rope. I like to tie three overhand knots in the middle of the rope. Make sure the rope loop will fit over an enemy helmet. I use a double loop so the target will tighten the loop if he pulls on the rope trying to struggle free.

  • Skye says:

    Everyone thought of every thing except

    Tie to the space shuttle when you go for a space walk

  • Skye says:

    Ok . . .I got it

    Create a monkeys knot
    Nice weapon, effective

    An carry that on a space walk

  • Carl S. says:

    I did not see this, being in Kung-Fu, you can use it in hand to hand combat to choke your attacker to death…Just Saying…

    • Adastra62 says:

      Carl, make (2) separate monkey fists with a steel ball bearing inside the fist, then tie a Reeves knot(Hangman’s noose) of about 9~12″ in length on the other end. Slip your hands one in your left and one in the right through the noose and tighten gently. You can then hold the monkey fist ballbearing assembly in your hand and throw it at your attacker or use both of them in crisscross motions in front of you like nunchucku.
      click the link to see a completed one as an example:

  • Nathaniel says:

    I use it for shoe string most often. I have used it for rock climbing, for dragging game, especially my braided string is good for dragging elk, moose, or bear behind my 4-wheeler. I use it also to tie down stuff when traveling in my truck. I also use it to tie down the tractor weight in the back of my truck for that added weight I need in winter conditions such as I am currently experiencing to add more traction on the icy roads. I also use it to build rifle slings. I braid mine with 4 strands also, creating a very sturdy tow rope for towing vehicles. Oh! And I have used various colors to make team specific and holiday specific keychains and hanging lanyards.

  • Al Carr says:

    Anyone mentioned connecting a skydiver to a parachute yet?

    • Roland says:

      I have been looking for someone to mention the most obvious use of para-cord, which is to jump out of airplanes. Para-cord is after all a major component of parachutes. I first learned about the many uses of para-cord in the USAF survival school. The sleeping hammock we made, complete with mosquito net, was great. However, in arctic survival, the shelter we made using para-cord, tree boughs and snow was absolutely required for survival at -40 degrees F.

  • lawrence muhr says:

    I put a plastic/spring combo lock on both or one end to various lengths of para-cord to use for many things: fish stringer, hang ducks or small game from your belt, tie your sleeping bag up or on and made one to put my fishing tools on, rather than spent $35.00 in a store. Hobble a horse, tie a land anchor to your mule or cow, tie a potato sack or a money bag. Make a tourniquet in an extreme emergency, splint an arm/leg (be careful not to tighten. I once used one as a fan belt. (not serpentine), tie to plastic coke carrier to cool beverage in lake or stream. Boat anchor, tie boat to dock or tree.

    • Ronald Burke says:

      Finally someone mentions a tourniquet. Thank you! I was wondering if anyone had old time first aid training.

  • RDW says:

    CHAIR BACK on my inversion table after the original material tore off the table. It works great and is very comfortable and a near fraction of replacing the material with seamstress/ster coast. I hope you get that meal and thanks for the email updates!

  • Mike says:

    I’ve used 550 cord to make a “dummy cord”. That means that you tie valuable equipment or weapons to your body so you don’t lose them. In the jungle in Panama, we used to dummy cord our gear and weapons to ourselves, while we were sleeping to keep the monkeys from stealing it. They were notorious for that.

    Also, we would carry “prussic handcuffs” made out of 550 cord to bind the hands of captured enemy Soldiers before the nylon flex-cuffs came out.

    I have also seen guys fashion a “swiss seat” for rappelling with 550 cord and even used multiple strands for short rapells.

  • geoff says:

    A garret for unrulely plane passengers.

  • James. Fulcher says:

    String for fire by friction bow, laundry line, line between a tripod to dry jerky

  • Mike says:

    Tie a rock, stick, or canteen to 550 cord and throw it over a high tree branch and use it to hoist up an expedient antenna to increase the range of your radio.

    You could also use 550 cord to tie your Lieutenant’s gear to the top beam of the tent just to mess with his head. I probably have a few pictures of this one somewhere.

    Tie a rock, stick, canteen, or improvised grappling hook to a length of 550 cord and use it to clear a lane through an area suspected to be booby trapped. Just make sure you’re in the prone position before you throw it our and pull it back to you.

  • stormydave says:

    I used to whitewater canoe. I lost a net bag of gear when my greenhorn wife got scared and grabbed a low branch,tipping everything over.I tie all my gear to the canoe with cord. Looks like you’re going to eat steak,enjoy!!

  • Hank Bondurant says:

    Actually used:: 1. Outboard Motor pull starter rope.
    2. Holding Alligator bait just above water.
    3. Tying buoys to an anchor. Bouy is WHITE
    clorox bottle to find your way back out of a swamp.

  • 0

    Emergency Fan Belt! Wrap several times, tighten tention.

    • rick says:

      re straining device
      man trap net
      security lock for homes

  • Jack says:

    use as a zip line
    tying marker float to crab trap
    tie baited turtle hooks to brush
    tie your buddy up so you can get to the best fishing spot first
    Oh, best one, tie your buddy up so you can eat his steak too !!!!!!!

  • 0

    Hang large picture frames.
    Hang european mount skulls.
    Haul rope for bow, backpack and deer stands. (my most frequent use)
    Gambrel for skinning small game.
    Help make retrieval device for items dropped from a tree stand.
    Fishing stringer.
    Zipper tabs for coats, tents, and other outdoor gear.
    Fray and use as fly for Gar fishing.
    Cord to add movement to duck and turkey decoys.
    Tie a stick to one end and toss over high dead branches enabling you to break them off, opening up shooting lanes from deer stands.

  • Steve Rhinehart AKA peter propwash Outlaw Aviatior Rufis McGoofis says:

    Tie down your airplane after a forced landing. (personal experance)

  • joan anderson says:

    for anything that goes around the neck use
    breakaway snap like they use on dog collars

  • 0

    Hold food items up out of reach of animals.

    Trip line in front of punji spike bed.

    Tie double-door handles together for greater security.

    Tie groups together during blizzards and sand storms.

  • Michael says:

    When traveling in the dark, the paracord could be used to connect people to each other to prevent getting lost. You can make a weapon by enclosing a rock on one end and then attaching to a stick, be sure to leave 3-4 feet of cord between the rock and the stick – really rings their bell. also you could make a 4 rock grouping to throw at peoples feet or an animals to hold them till you catch them or to flee. jmh

  • Gary says:

    I use it for tactical/survival rifle and shotgun sling. In an emergency sling can be unwoven and used for alot of things in the list.

  • Rick says:

    tying supplies equipment to pack horse
    securing ice fishing equip. to toboggan

  • Ron says:

    add pulleys and hooks and you have a block and tackle .

  • Tom says:

    build a raft for water transport

  • ALBERT says:

    Steak is easy, Try a Real Man’s Challenge, ” fresh Beef Liver!
    I Know, You can’t stand the Taste, Right & There is Only one to eat Liver, & That is with Onions & You can’t stand onions either correct?
    WRONG !
    You can’t stand the IRON TASTE it has & That Old Boot Leather that your Mom made, is the Same as Her Mother Made & the same as Her’s before her ETC…
    Now, Go to a Good Butcher Shop, Purchase some FRESH, NOT FROOZEN Beef Liver, About a pound this time around. you might try some Organic, Unfiltered Cider Vinegar as well, although white Vinegar is o.k. in a pinch.
    At Home, Take a Mixing Bowl, ( 4Qt. or bigger, Add to it, 1 Cup Vinegar & set aside, Taking another Lg. Bowl, Place the unpackaged liver inside & Rinse under cool running water. Once each piece is rinsed, place it in the bowl holding the vinegar. Once your finished, wash out that empty bowl, dry & ready to use again.
    To the bowl of liver & vinegar, add enough water to cover the meat, cover the bowl & chill in fridge for 3 hours.
    now, use clean bowl:
    2 – cups Flour
    1 – Tsp. Powdered Garlic
    1 – Tsp. Powdered Onion
    1/2 tsp. Ginger Powder
    1/4 tsp. Powdered Cloves
    1 – tsp. Red Pepper
    1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
    add/Minus as you prefer any spice.
    Mix well, Cover & set aside.
    after lever has rested & Chilled, place near Dry mix & prepare Your skillet. Add about 1/2 Inch Deep, Cooking Oil ( Your Choice ) I Prefer Olive or Corn oil, Heat oil until it is just starting to smoke. using Tongs (Steel) or a Steel Fork, dip wet Liver into Flour mix, ( Coating Both Sides, & Gently & Slowly place in hot Oil! Being Careful not to get Burned by oil.
    Fry Liver on one side, about a count of 45 Seconds to 1 min. Turn over & repeat for same amount of time. Remove Meat from Heat & oil, when both sides are Golden Brown.
    Test Cut into the middle of a piece, if it’s Done to your Liking, But NOT DRIED UP in the Center, It’s Ready.
    Note; I Like a little Crushed Fresh Garlic, & Bar-B-Que Sauce with mine.
    Now for the Moment of truth. dig In, If Done Properly, You Shouldn’t taste anything of that nasty IRON TASTE!?
    In Truth, I like mine to be just Pink in the center.

    • UncleLee47 says:

      Liver Rocks!!! Real men eat it all the time.

    • Anne says:

      My husband always hated liver until I cooked it for him. Fresh or frozen, deer, beef, whatever. You cook it just like wild game;low heat, and not overdone. Period. Oh, and did anyone notice that there was a counting mistake on the original 80 uses of paracord?? Like, 4 or 5 short due to mistakes in typing the numbers, but who cares. There must be about 200 uses posted by now. LOL

  • night-hunter says:

    I didn’t see:
    Tie as a hackmore or bridle for a horse
    Tie as a muzzle for a dog
    Tie as a comfortable handle for carrying objects (water bottles, firewood, fence poles, &w/canvas for duffelbag, etc.
    Use as throwing line for heavier lines
    With a weight and pulley to pull teeth (rig for upward force or downward force as needed) Also good w/water filled 2L bottles as an exercise machine for physical therapy
    and, with a length of stick, can be tied to make a snake catcher.

  • ALBERT says:

    As for your para-cord uses, It’s Like DUCK-Tape, The uses are nearly Limitless. Enjoy!

  • Lenny33604 says:

    In kayaking: to secure bilge pump, bilge sponge & shoes within reach,
    on another kayak: to secure mirage drive, dagger board from taking the deep dunk.

  • Bryan says:

    Hobble an unruly suspect while waiting for transport, wrap around steering wheel for added padding and to protect your hands from getting burned during the hot summer months. Emergency fan belt. So many uses probably more than 100 uses the possibilities are endless when it comes down to emergency situations.

  • Sven says:

    Improvised boresnake 5.56 .22 .223 etc, just tie a knot in it and pull through I’ve used it this way many times in the field to give my gun bore a quick cleaning.

  • Everett says:

    Make inside pants holster. Mexican carry is great, but your gun may slip down into your pants and this set up is cheap and works great.

  • Hawk FE says:

    Thread gutted or un-gutted 550 cord through your dog’s choke chain to silence the links from rattling, use to repair a lost or broken zipper pull by running a double strand through the slider, then pull the loose ends through the loop you have created. Tie knot or melt loose ends together to enhance your grip on the zipper pull. Number 10 zippers can be repaired with un-gutted (full strength) 550 cord, or gut the cord for smaller zipper repairs.

    Fashion a key lanyard (about six inches long) between your key ring and your car’s remote fob to keep your keys from resting on the bottom of your pants pocket. Just drop your keys into your pants pocket, and tuck the fob into the watch pocket of your jeans. Makes your keys immediately available with the sweep of a finger, and keeps them out of the pile of junk at the bottom of your pants pocket.

    Tie a figure-8, by knotting a triple fold of 550 cord (about 7-8″ long) with a simple overhand knot in the middle. It will look like a small set of thumb cuffs when finished. Works well for securing two carabiners together. Works well for securing gear in helicopter/vehicle/workshop/storage closet, etc…

  • Ken says:

    I don’t think I saw any of these mentioned yet:
    Remove the inner strands and fill casing with shot or coarse sand for a slinky weight for fishing.
    Use inner strands to wrap bait to fishhook.
    Makeshift jig skirt for fishing lure.
    Fish stringer.
    Lash pack-saddles on mule or horse.
    Pull rope for dragging branches to obscure your tracks.
    “blunt object”/sap/blackjack – whack someone with a hank (as purchased).
    “remote control” for improvised fan.
    guide line for directional felling of branches.
    Macrame hammock
    mesh swing seat
    Securing sleeping bag to backpack.
    Tie bungees together to make truck-bed cargo net.
    Japanese bondage porn
    Braid multiple cords for a vehicle tow strap.
    Quick fix radiator hole by filling with melted/burning cord. Milk jugs work better.
    Connective stabilizer lines for 3-rope bridge.
    Rescue rope: Tie heavy float to end – for water rescues.
    Lash poles or branches together to make travois.
    Cordon off “safe zones” such as an axe yard.

    There ought to be well over the hundred you need to get your steak now.

    • connie says:

      If you have to go through the woods with blind children, a paracord can be used as a guide rope for them to hold on to

      • mariowen says:

        If you happen to have blind children in any situation, you can use it as a guide rope!

  • Hipockets says:

    I have some my Dad had in his survival stuff (he died 16 yrs ago’) I’ve put it in my survival gear,even though I had no idea what to do with it. I’ve seen comments on it lately and now know. If the SCD,I’d rustle me a Horse and use it to secure my bedroll and other gear I’d need to boogie with. Also, if you injure your arm,make a sling. This item is a must have,over 200 uses if you want to start a list. As a woman,I can think of 100 right off. Most have been covered here. Secure your ponytail etc.Just make sure you have some. Hope you order Filet Mijon'(make sure it’s the spendy steak’)

  • brandon says:

    In USMC Recon we would send one teammate across water while holding onto several strands and upon reaching the other side he would tie them off and make a crude rope bridge. Another few lines would be made for getting the gear across. The only downfall is that takes 2 people.

    • ALBERT says:

      USMC + NAVY, There is a Reason, For the BUDDIE SYSTEM or Team Work!
      One might survive on their own, but 2 Can Survive better than 1, Besides after a Year of being on your own (OR LESS) The Human tends to start talking with themselves, Afterwards, it’s a Quick trip to LA, LA, Land!

  • Rick Crumley says:

    Use as a standby belt.

  • mariowen says:

    String all your canning rings onto a piece and tie it in a loop to hang for storage.
    Tie several empty liter bottles together and use as a float.
    Use to hang a pinata.
    Tie to the back of a picture to use for hanging.

    • ALBERT says:

      Let’s face it, after a week of Para-Cord uses, it’s time to move on, How about the many uses of _ SPIDER-WIRE FISH-LINE. OR how Fishing Gear can Double as a HUNTING/TRAPPING, Gear. Once you go Fishing for Game, You’ll never go back to hunting small game & Birds Included, with a GUN!

  • Patricia says:

    I don’t remember reading this. To secure splints in the event of accidental broken bones. Also, can be cut and use small pieces tied around an object in the event you have to travel deep into the woods or a cave if you might need a guide to get out if someone is chasing you. Also, if you and family memebers use different colors you can use the different colors to alert others where you are heading in the event one gets separated from the group for whatever reason.

  • Carol says:

    Made suspenders for kids or adult pants.

  • scott says:

    For the horse: halter,lead rope, bridle, reins, saddle cinch,breast collar, saddle strings(attaching eguip. to saddle), fly mask, rope corral.

    • ALBERT says:

      O.K., One Last Use, Make an Emergency ” Snow-Blindness ” preventive Goggles, out of the Top & Bottom of a Tin Can.& Para-Cord To Tie it in Place!

  • CRYSTAL says:


  • Dan Kidder says:

    When you say improvise a sling, I assume you mean for an arm, but you can also make a sling as a weapon for hurtling stones. Think David and Goliath.

    • ALBERT says:

      As Advance Scouts, we were lucky to have a Retired Navy Seal as our Den Master. He was tough but fair & as 15 & 16 year old, He taught us quite well.
      The point is, your letter reminded me of how my Dad taught us Kids to use a Sling. It was made of Some Bailing string & A leather Tongue, from a old boot. During the Summer & after Chores where done You could find us slinging small stones at a target DAD had set up on the Back of the barn. the rules were simple, Treat the sling like you would a GUN of any type. And after we got good enough to hit Center at 50Feet, Then we could go out & hunt rabbits, Fox, Coon or Any Small Game as Long as we cleaned it & We ate it. Great Fun & very Educational.
      also, You can take that para-Cord & fashion a Bola with it 7 3 med.Size Pine Cones, add some Indian Clay to the Cones 7 let them Dry & you’ll have a weapon to trip up a Man or Beast, for an Easy Kill.

  • Brenda says:

    Bore snake for cleaning your guns.

  • gkearton says:

    Voice box removed due to cancer. I drill a hole in a whiteboard and attach a 550 cord loop on it. Hook it over my leatherman on my belt. leaves my hands free.

  • Toby Smith says:

    I use it to hold my lantern while camping. Throw it over a tall branch, light the latern, and raise it to the best height for lighting the campsite.

  • Toby Smith says:

    Shoe laces or raft construction.

  • Steve says:

    Ascender. Use to climb a line, (rope), that would be too fatiguing to climb otherwise. Works a lot better than shoelaces if done properly.

  • Wil says:

    String a long length of cord about a foot off the ground around trees and hang some cans from it to make a perimeter alarm.

  • Allen says:

    Use as much as you need to stretch out to launch an airplane (glider); some hobbiests use surgical tubing or other similar material. Now I need to find a source to lay in a supply.

  • Allen says:

    I could write a novella about using a glider in an emergency situation. Alas, no time.

  • Shawn says:

    Play Cat’s Cradle

  • Johnny says:

    Clothes Line
    Wrap a flat tire to inflate
    To lash poles for a Raft, Bi-Pod or Tri-Pod
    To lash Loads on vehicle or trailer

  • Timothyee says:

    Paracord makes a great carabiner (how to on the web).

  • barry says:

    tie off your kayak paddle ,so it won’t float away
    ””””””’canoe oars,””””””””””””’
    make anchor lines for kayaks ans ,or canoes
    tie a line to your kayak or canoe ,so if you fall off you can grab trailing line .

  • Paula Jaquez says:

    To make a trap for small animals and for the two legged kind.
    Also a sling or for wrapping around splints.

  • Steve Davis says:

    Fly a Kite
    6 pack holder for in a stream where cold water is –Great refrigerator!
    Cut food if without a knife
    Wallet chain – to make sure you don’t lose it
    Boundary marker – mark off sections of land
    Tape measure – for distance checking
    Guide line to find your way in the dark or find that special spot underwater where food is plenty –fish
    Make shift emergency ladder
    Bucket line for well water
    Joining sheet of plywood together to make walls

  • Jackie says:

    Hang the tarp walls of the latrine for mixed company wilderness camping

  • Tom says:

    When performing a “space walk”, use it to tether yourself to the spaceship.

    • duggy dugg says:

      now that’s outside the box…lol

  • David says:

    attach water buckets to a yoke to haul water on your shoulders.
    raising and lowering rifle from tree stand.
    Can replace duct tape in many instances. sorry duct tape.
    carry several jugs of moonshine at one time. saw it on “moonshiners”.
    Inner strand can be tied to the front of your rifle to keep you aware of wind direction. A light thread will catch the slightest wind that you can’t feel.
    tie between two tin cans for sophisticated communication device.

  • David Mills says:

    I have used paracord as makeshift fishing flys. Just melt the head ens and fray the tail end. Use a piece slightly longer than the hook you will insert inside the fly and a split shot in the head may help in casting or trolling. Also a monkey fist can be made for defensive, offensive or hunting as well as using it to lash a rock, pipe, or whatever to a Y stick to make a war club

  • Mike says:

    Make a sliding-bead tabulating device (Ranger Beads) for counting off tedious numbers like the number of footsteps or miles walked on a long trip. Army rangers travel long, precise distances on a given schedule without GPS by knowing where they started and how far in which direction they walked. Sounds simply until you try to remember how many paces you walked in the past 4 hours. Rangers are taught to KNOW how many paces they walk in 100 meters, and use a string tabulator to “click-off” each 100 meter block of paces.

    The tabulator consists of a length of about 2′ of para-cord and some sort of beads or buttons with holes in each that allow a tight fit on a double strand of para-cord. You will need 14 such beads and 2ft of cord (you can also make beads out of short lengths of cord knotted and cut free). Take a bight in the line creating a 2″ loop at the middle of the cord, make this a truckers knot, and we will call this the top. Now slide 5 beads up the doubled free ends to the knot, now allowing about 3″ of cord (the distance is determined by the size of beads) of enough space so you would be able to fit at least 2 additional beads on this section take another bite and throw a truckers knot in long ends below the 5th bead and 2 bead space, we will call this section the middle. slide the remaining 9 beads onto the loose ends, leave plenty of space to slide the 9 beads back and forth and tie a 3rd truckers knot. Now pass the loop around a front loop on your pack straps or or button hole on your shirt. Slide all the beads up, start walking your “x paces=100 meters” (about 35-40?) every time you pace your number slide one bead down (starting at the bottom and then second, third, etc.) when the 9th bead is slid down on your next interval you slide the 9 lower beads up and one upper bead down. when the 5th “top bead” gets moved you have walked 5,000 meters or 5km or about 2 miles. It works for me.

  • duggy dugg says:

    just bought 100′ of black paracord from sgt knots
    really like the fly fishing use …i will use the cord for boot laces …knot tied close to the ends so they don’t pull out …i will restring a camp cot that has too stretchy lashing that sinks too far down…

  • Roland says:

    Make emergency tire chains with paracord.

  • Matt k says:

    Ive used it as a serpentine belt for my truck when mine broke

    • duggy dugg says:

      wow …a serpentine belt ! good to know …how many strands were used ?

  • Lowell says:

    Use as a substitute pulley belt when your alternator/water pump or AC belt breaks. You won’t be stranded far from civilization if one of those belts break. (Speaking from experience)

  • duggy dugg says:

    used a cord today to tie up a ceiling light fixture during sheet rocking to keep the weight of the fixt off the black and white ac wires

  • john wells says:

    When money was tight for a couple of years when I was growing up, I slept on a bed made from a sturdy wooden frame wrapped w/ clothesline about every three inches, up on legs and a thin mattress thrown on top. 550 paracord ought to work even better. It just takes a lot of it. Dad drilled two rows of holes for the cord to keep the cords from slipping. See “rope mattress”. I also saw a reference to a “Mexican” or “String” holster, which I presume is the same as what I learned long ago as a “Maquis”(say it like the name,’McKee’} holster. They work better with automatics than revolvers, but can be used with either. Just pull a bight of cord from the bottom up under your belt, put the weapon in the loop you just created, then tie another loop around the weapon below the belt and cut off most of the excess. Not a good holster, but better than trying to carry a .45 in your pocket for two weeks when the supply sergeant is out of holsters and you have to keep your weapon on you in the field.

  • john wells says:

    Sorry, just thought of one other use I hadn’t seen. Attach one end of about 25′ through a rifle sling loop or tie a loop around the barrel and tie that end to the trigger guard. Tie the other end to an empty canteen or some other float, and wrap the rest of the cord around your float. Secure it with a short bit of duct tape when you make a water crossing. If you drop your weapon, you have a way to find and recover it.

  • ron says:

    may have overlooked it but how about a belt to hold your pants or
    close up.
    some good idea’s here and i learned alot from all of you.
    thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • Amanda says:

    i would like to know how you got a key ring on your key fob!

    • Joe says:

      Hi Amanda it’s pretty simple, when making the fob you leave room for the ring and then it just slides on the same way you would put a key on the ring

  • Nita says:

    I’ve used the cord for two years now on my Ham Radio antenna with no signs of fraying, rotting, or any weather damage. I live in the PNW where it’s plenty wet too. At the end of each leg of my INVERTED V wire antenna, which is a home brew I made out of an 100 ft. extension cord. I’ve tied it off to the end insulators for the correct height, and of course strength!! Have a great dinner! :)

  • Tom Griswold says:

    I use woodland camo or desert camo to wrap the polished barrel of my rifles. I also have wrapped some stocks to increase the quality of the grip. Wrap could also benefit bows and other items that otherwise may give away your position.

  • Terri says:

    Replace a bra strap

  • duggy dugg says:

    i am going to get some regular cord ….para is nice for certain things even makes good zipper pulls when you yank out the filler cords …the outer sleeve thins down nicely and makes the loop and knot for the zipper pull …gotta cig lighter the ends of everything..

    put para in construction / m c boots..a little slippery ….maybe lose some of the slipperyness when worn in a bit …i tie knots in the ends of laces …keeps ’em from pullng out …the para takes a simple knot but ya gotta pull it very tight to keep it from coming undone….

    • Joe says:

      Really? That’s interesting, I have never had any issues with the knots pulling out, in fact I have always found that the knots have a great bite and hold really well.

      • duggy dugg says:

        maybe my cord is different construction ….it is a bit springy

        • Joe says:

          could be. Do you know if it’s mil spec?

          • duggy dugg says:

            bought it from “sargeant knots”

  • duggy dugg says:

    100′ black 550 on ebay now for $13

    • Bill Dean says:




  • duggy dugg says:

    paracord bracelet or any strap with click buckle

  • HJ Lamb says:

    Use inner strands for a fishing line without a hook. Start by removing an elongated thorn, use a knife to make a small channel about the middle of the thorn, tie the para-cord inner strand to the channel, use the pointed end of the thorn to thread into a worm or some other suitable bait, toss it in and let the fish swallow it completely, give a tug on the string and the thorn turns sideways lodging itself into the fish’s innards, haul in the fish, prep it and eat it! No hooks to worry about cutting out of the fish or you!

  • Eddie Moore says:

    when I was in the service I made a hammock for myself to sleep in it worked great. you can also use it to weave a seat for a chair. braid it to make a stronger rope. make a fishing net out of it.

  • Keara says:

    Make a monkey fist for self defense

  • Sam says:

    You could use it to make an SOS if the cord is in contrast to the color of you surroundings
    Tie to a kid who is learning to snow ski instead of buying a set of leads
    Tie two kids together who are fighting and put them in a room to work out their problems, if they can undo it then they have to be somewhat corporating
    Tie water/snow skis together to keep kids from doing the splits

  • scott says:

    I had a muffler bracket break on my motor cycle. So I used para cord as a temporary fix. It worked great. Hope you enjoyed the Steak.

    • Tamra says:

      I came across your comment & couldn’t pass the opportunity of sharing our website with you. My husband and I build all sorts of custom para cord designs. One of his projects being that he wrapped the cables of his motorcycle (with the thoughts of use like your own situation). An original way to customize your bike while having your tactical gear readily available! Check us out! Survive in Style! Veteran owned & operated!

  • Jack G. says:

    Repair a sail with a torn out grommet using a sheet bend knot, you can also tie a larger piece of rope to smaller para cord to make a longer rope with the same knot.

  • Mom says:

    You can use it to tie a baby, child, or injured adult onto your back. Google babywearing. You can use the “strap carry,” but it would be more comfortable to use a blanket as well.

  • meisha says:

    Macrame shower caddy
    Macrame pool-side gear bag

  • teabag says:

    cat toy!
    weave into shopping bag
    tie inner strand around finger as a reminder
    use as a strap to keep glasses on your face
    to hold medic-alert bracelet or necklace (yes, we can be preppers, too!)
    replace/repair purse strap. or murse, of course
    fix flip flops (say THAT three times fast!)
    weave sanitary napkin holder (i know, tmi)

    this is fun! and great mental prep for when SHTF.

  • Bruce says:

    Perimeter line for intrusion detection (with noise-makers; gravel in cans).
    Tomahawk lacing with green wood and flat river rock (rawhide not available).
    Deadfall stick pull line for trapping fowl, squirrel or rabbit. Caught a wild rooster years ago with this.

  • kenjjm, says:

    Shocking…. I read through this list. You mean nobody has ever made a 12′ bullwhip? I have made many whips and flogger for friends and have sold many 8′ 10′ and 12′ snake whips and bullwhips. There a lot of fun too.

  • Barry; AG4I says:

    10 more uses for paracord

    Use paracord to hang your food cash from a tree to keep it from bears or other varmets.

    If you are an amateur radio operator it can be used to hang emergency antenna fro a
    high spot thus improving transmit range and reception.

    Wrist strap on walking stick.

    Secure gloves to coat sleeve to prevent loss.

    Make a wrist strap to knife, machete, flash, to prevent loss.

    Cloths line; you gott’a dry them sometime.

    Use to tie glasses, sunglasses, hat in place to prevent loss.

    Use to secure pistol to prevent loss.

    Use as a rifle sling.

    Lash shirt, coat, fly back together; or rips in clothing

  • KenLL says:

    In the original 80, numbers 25,34,36,& 46, were left out. Ref: no.43 – What kind of FUSE do you propose to improvise with paracord? A fuse has to conduct electric current.

  • R L Diehl says:

    Can be used to make a boleadora such as the gauchos in South America use. Consists of two rocks (golf ball to tennis ball size) tied at each end of a 2 1/2 ft. to 3 foot cord. A third cord half that length is tied to the middle of the first cord. A lighter piece (ball of wood for instance)is tied at its end. It is used to bring down small game etc. by twirling it around ones head then flinging at the prey’s legs. On contact it whips around the victim’s legs and brings them down!
    Also good for tying spear/arrow head to shaft & for attaching feathers to arrow.

    Now how about exploring the many uses for a bandanna? Don’t leave home without one.

  • Chip says:

    Read most of these and haven’t notice anyone saying anything about what you can do with MELTED paracord. As long as the melted nylon will stick, you can repair (or make) all sorts of things as well as bond things together. Use it like glue to hold things in place by itself or so you can lash it with unmelted paracord. I suppose you could use it for dental floss, too. BTW, LOL at tie up your buddy & eat his steak and thanks to Albert for the great liver recipe. :o)

  • Steve says:

    If they aren’t already dead after invading your home, use it to secure and bind home invaders.

  • Joe says:

    I’ve used it to hang a deer from a tree for dressing
    All my tents & long camping gear are suspended between the rafters by a web of 550 cord tied to eyelets every 12″
    Saw for cutting para cord

  • Bob G says:

    Use for guying up a ham radio
    antenna pole (my pole is 36’tall
    and is guyed at 28′;) use to
    stretch a ham radio antenna
    between trees(I currently have
    a 135′ antenna stretched
    between two trees that are 200′
    apart;) Support for a pole with
    a signal flag when lost.

  • Barefoot MedicMamma says:

    As a Wilderness EMT we use Paracord quite inventively all the time,
    I have seen it used for everything from raising a litter out of a ravine, to a makeshift repelling harness, emergency patient restraints, emergency handcuffs, to suspend a cooking pot over a heat source, emergency, shoe and clothing fixes of various kinds, I have actually seen it weaved into an emergency satchel, to hold a splint tight, emergency tourniquet, I wouldn’t reccomend it but I have seen it used as a gag, friction to start a fire, and because everyone needs a little fun, as a makeshift rope swing!!! Hope these help!

  • feather j says:

    here are all the things we have used par-a-cord for;
    horse or donkey or dog halter &
    tying packs on same three or even your self
    quick harness repair
    bent green sticks & par-a-cord = snow shoes
    making litter for injured person
    making splint for injured person
    if not tied too tight can be a support for injured ankle
    (use continuious wrap)
    also can be used a rib support for cracked ribs .
    (works best with lg pad of thick material over injured area)
    suspend lights in tent & shelters
    wrap the tang of a broken knife handle
    last but not least: from my grandson an “idiot string” to keep your gloves with you when you have to take them off, you run it from one glove up the sleeve accrost the back in the coat & down the other side to the opposite glove (you never loose those all important gloves)

  • RMB says:

    Well you could use it to tie those whom didn’t bother to read all the ones already mention , so enjoy your free meal !

  • Cynthia says:

    use as a leash for your dog
    tie up bad guys/intruders (as long as you know how to tie a good knot)
    secure your fly tarp for your tent
    construct a pulley system for lifting heavy objects

  • Rob Lewis says:

    I used 4 strands from the core to make a fob/lanyard for my cell phone, a lot easier to get it out of a pouch or pocket with that to grab.

  • john says:

    tie up chicks to your bed
    gag a hostage

  • Rob says:

    Don’t forget it’s primary use: as parachute cord! Didn’t see it mentioned on your list…


    Splint bindings
    Choker necklace
    Choking device for auto erotic asphyxiation (lol, kidding)
    Rope games
    Incense for post-poop bathroom deodorizing (when burned, the melted ends smell pretty strong!)
    Cauterizing bandage. When melted, the plastic-like melt will cauterize and protect an open wound.
    Fire starter assist- bow string style
    Restraint of any living thing
    Disciplinary whip or belt (**Crack**Ow, daddy!)
    Suicide (hanging)
    Homicide (hanging)

  • ray says:

    MELT it and fashion to a knife or spear head.

  • Stacey Jones says:

    survival bracelet of paracord:A teething ring for babies-it’s hard on the clasp and textured on the cord and can be washed; use the bracelet to carry/secure several shopping bags together; make a necklace, make earrings with loops of cord, make emergency sandals (I have seen the pattern,) make a bag/pouch.

  • Russell C. says:

    1. Bola

    2. Ojibwa Bird Snare

    3. Trot Line.

    4. Constructing Meat smoking/drying Tee Pee

    5. Constructing a bow saw.

    6. Snow shoes

    Good Luck.

    • Russell C. says:

      Just remembered. Tie an inner strand to your rifle barrel while patrolling to help detect trip wires.

  • Richard Schultze says:

    In Vietnam I had parachord tied to all the grommets on my poncho two were tied between two trees, the four corners staked to the ground, the ones in between were tied to short sticks, insert one end of stick into canteen and suspend over night the water vapor from my breath would condense on the poncho and run down to the parachord and into the canteen I could fill several canteens overnight, and if it rained it was even faster.

  • ally says:

    use it to knit or crochet almost anything. Could make a nice bowl,a welcome mat, sleeping mat, pot holders(might melt though) a pillow, the uses are endless.

  • Rich Restucci says:

    Cool idea

  • Dawn King says:

    Pet collar, tie the intruder up, tie your significant other down (with permission, of course!)…

  • Darlene Kay says:

    Forgive me if I missed this in the lists… yourself and your things up in a tree so you can get some sleep without falling out of said tree. I’ve always had a hard time sleeping sitting up but hey, when you are that tired some worry free time could do the trick.

  • David says:

    I have used a 4 strand flat braid to make suspenders and matching belt. I used the same braid to make a hat band. A dragon claw braid for a hat band, watch band, and key fob. Shoe and boot laces. 100 feet with double dragon claw braid and snap clips to make a short loop to tie a blanket, tarp, and stakes for BOB. Emergency kit in Jeep, and trunk of car each has 200 feet.

  • sue enstrom says:

    how about a calendar? tie a knot every day. to measure time.

  • Mark says:

    Use to tie up your wife. She can’t escape so you can watch all the TV you could want. I also made a similar list at Paracord central.I think the most fun item to make is the paracord hammock (it uses a lot of paracord though). The most practical in my opinion is the belt.


  • Jerry says:

    Wrap it around bucket holding ice fishing stuff so bucket can be thrown to someone who fell through the ice and you can then pull them up onto the ice.

  • Shay says:

    Weave the paracord to make a seat, then attach it to a chair. Or, Make a seat up in a tree using the limbs up there and paracord. At least you’d be able to sit down, especially if you found a better tree to climb for deer hunting and didn’t have a tree seat.

  • Stephen says:

    Toilet paper holder
    Tarzan style swing

  • 0

    Tying stuff to a bike rack
    Replace chain on dag tags
    Rifle sling when one breaks out in field

  • 0

    Ment to type dog tags

  • John Ruckman says:

    Build a raft
    Indian style arm band

  • John Ruckman says:

    Paracord Uses
    Build a raft
    Indian style arm band
    leg band
    tree stand
    lash together a door for underground shelter
    fishing spears
    gathering baskets
    tump line(?) that strap that goes around your forehead when carrying things on your back
    hide stretcher
    draw string replacements for coats, sacks, etc.
    sheath for whatever
    campfire tripod and other devices
    cast iron frying pan handle insulator
    leg and arm ties to keep out bugs and foxtails
    impromptu snake guards or shin protectors
    pant suspenders
    binocular strap replacement
    eyeglass strap
    makeshift backpack
    tow strap
    back brace, pulled muscles, etc.
    waist strap to take the weight off your shoulders
    knife whip?
    hat band
    fishing survival kit
    necklace survival kits

  • Dave says:

    I noticed you have “bow string” on the list but you could also use the inner strings as a “wrap around” to protect the string where you nock the arrow(or in other stressful places). I have a crossbow that I was able to wrap the string where it goes into the release.

  • David says:

    Use it to pull up and lower bow/rifle from tree stand
    Improvised handcuffs/restraints
    Lash sticks to make a bushctaft chair
    Tie water bottle to your person or backpack
    Tie out for your dog
    Hold trunk lid down when hauling oversized items
    Makeshift seatbelt
    Glasses strap
    Hanging your friend if he skips on dinner 😉

  • frank1986 says:

    81) to get free steak dinner 82) bdsm 83) motorcycle tie down

  • Chuck Riley says:

    Accelerator pedal on truck broke once. Tied it to pedal and ran through to carb. Couldn’t get over 50 mph, but got me home.

  • Jim M says:

    I keep 20′ of paracord in each of our cars. Both cars also have fixed blade knives so it can be cut into smaller lengths. I also keep 10′ on my motorcycle.

  • ryan says:

    Zipper pulls
    Cutting off circulation to wounded area
    Tying up assailant
    Hanging house decorations(inner threads or full cord)
    Keeping items bundled together
    Booby traps

  • dave says:

    large loop around feet to climb tree with no limbs(coconut)tournakit.

  • Nick says:

    How about the following:

    Tie down gear to a roof rack.
    Use as a rifle sling.
    Use as a sling to support an injured arm

  • Art says:

    primitive , but..a garrote! save amo!!

  • DAVE says:


  • Gage Eldridge says:

    Use as a emergency car belt (tie knot every inch) short term only

  • John McLane says:

    I Use Paracord For Fish Stringers, And Also For A Kayak Anchor Line When I’m Out Kayak Fishing. I Wouldn’t Leave Home With Out At Least 100 Ft. In My Camping And Fishing Bag…. Love You Site By The Way JGM

  • FACE says:

    1) Restraining prisoners (if you find yourself in that situation) or criminals, until the authorities arrive – that might have been mentioned below…
    2) Surprise attack on an armed burglar (neck choke from behind … hopefully only until unconscious)
    3) To hold a splint in place

  • Chuck Cramer says:

    Make the webbing for improvised snowshoes.

  • 0

    Emergency Tourniquet

  • Eric says:

    how about tying knots every foot with a weight on the end to check depth of a body of water

  • evan says:

    Bow drill for fire starting.

  • Anthony Morales says:

    dental floss(inner strands), a light string, as a weapon to choke, strangle or kill in (self defense), window blinds cord,, a handle, a retriever cord for spear fishing.

  • craig says:

    use to tie 2 limbs on leg for a splint.

  • corey says:

    Make a pouch thatwill attach to your belt,rucksack,or vest that will carry a Leatherman , altoids survivaltin, phone, ammo mags. Etc.

  • Bear says:

    I know it may not be pleasant to think about, but what about using paracord to restrain some one.

  • Christian says:

    -You can use it to tie a Bachmann Hitch(or other slide and grip knots)for ascending a rope.
    -You can use it for a bear bag(used for elevating your food on a camping trip to keep it out of reach from predators)
    -Use it as an emergency harness(only in quick emergencies, the small diameter of the cordage can cut your circulation if used for prolonged periods of time)
    -Makeshift suspenders
    -Make a rope ladder
    -Zipper pull
    -Make a Bolas(throwing weapon with weights on both ends)for hunting
    -Sling to support a broken arm
    -use it in combination with a long stiff object to create a makeshift splint
    -Pull cord for retrieving rope for a repel/descent
    -Lash logs together to make a raft
    -Trip line or use for booby traps
    -Tie someone up
    There are dozens more im sure, but those are a few that come to mind. Have fun on that dinner lol

  • Bruce says:

    Some things about this list surprise me.

    !) No “posted on” dates.
    2) Almost no one read the whole list or did a “find on page” search. So lots of people posted the same things.
    3) No one here is a Star Wars fan? geez :)

    So, my suggestion;
    Carry a grappling hook and some line on your belt as every day carry gear. (Which means you have probably practiced with it for years and you most likely have a real harness under your clothes.) Then you can play Luke and Leia in the Death Star and swing across the chasm to escape the bad guys.

    So how was the steak anyway?

  • john cooper says:

    riffle sling, to make a kite with a survival blanket to be noticed, hang a neck knife, to hang or strangle someone, pull cord for snow machine, fashion a raft together, to mark a trail, fashion ranger beads to count distance, tie two people together when walking near crevasses on ice or snow, to make a circle on a map by holding one point using a pen to mark a circular parameter, use as a leash to tie to one end to spear and one end to self.

  • Phil says:

    Hoist gear into a tree, or up a mountain.Tie up someone who is trying to steal your supplies.Emergency zip line escape, Rope art if you are bored

  • Albert says:

    Belt, choke out a bad guy “Seal toggles”, stitch up a wound, compress a wound, sling shot a rock,

  • Matthew Steele says:

    Multi-tool sheath

  • Jöran says:

    You can make ranger beads with paracord.

  • Korey says:

    To secure your hat to your head on a windy day, tie a father or piece of paper to end for cat toy.

  • johnny rosato says:

    Emergency wedding rings !!! LOL

  • johnny says:

    wedding rings !!! LOL

    • Ken says:

      I carry 100 feet of 550 whenever I go skiing in case the chair lift breaks down and we have to get off. Some people have been stranded for many hours in nasty conditions before the (limited) ski patrol could reach them. Others have mentioned rappelling, but I saw no mention of this problem. You would not normally be carrying much in the way of survival gear while skiing, mostly just some first aid stuff.

  • Pat Wullschleger says:

    emergency halter for horse and also emergency saddle cinch strap
    and the other girth strap on the saddle. that’s 3. Good Luck!

  • Ray Lindsey says:

    Use it to tie up an intruder!

  • Daniel Ellenwood says:

    there is a website called 101 uses for paracord by Dans just google it.

  • Arkas says:

    tie food up in tree to protect from animals
    lash multiple types of shelters
    burn as an oil based product to assist in longer burns (torch maybe?, have to try that)
    lanyard loops for all items to attach to pack
    bind paper around meat/ candle to keep clean
    makeshift grappling hook (maybe not for climbing depending on hook)
    bow fishing line/ harpoon fishing line
    carrying sling for rifle/ rucksack/ buffalo sack…etc
    makeshift splint a limb or digit
    lower items up and down cliff face after/ before climbing
    many traps (best with deadfall imo)
    use as a makeshift filter with charcoal and dirt as the layers before
    tie up a bedroll for easier storage
    hang a steel bottle over a fire for boiling/cooking
    hang meat for smoking or drying in summer season preservation

  • Lani says:

    How bout hanging slaughtered animals for dressing out….

    Hanging water bags for showers.

  • John T says:

    Use it to spell out “thanks for the steak dinner”

  • Ed Kay says:

    For sutures.

  • Peter says:

    Use it to string up traps/alarms “string with Tin or Aluminum cans”…

  • Thomas Mitchell says:

    Pull cord for snow blower. Pull cord for older model snowmobiles. Tying down articles (i.e. sleeping bag) to a motorcycle. Tying up a rolled up sleeping bag. Zipper loops. (Makes it easier/quicker to zipper objects by being able to hook your finger through the loop). Hair tie. Wrist loops (to secure a flashlight or knife to your wrist in case you need your hands in an emergency and need to let them go but don’t want to drop them). Not likely but a remote pull pin for a hand grenade. Makeshift handcuffs. Gun strap. Hope this helped.

  • Johnny Pritchett says:

    A sling for a rifle. To hang a dead animal to clean.

  • Don Wheeler says:

    Paracord can also be used for replacement shoestrings……can’t think of anymore right now but will keep thinking and let you know…..

  • Jack Luft says:

    Can also be used for making bank lines and/or limb lines for fishing.

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    I used mine as a pullstart cord on my snowmobile.I haven’t bothered to change it out because it still works like new:-D

  • Karen says:

    a lead rope for a horse, or a makeshift halter for a horse if there isn’t a halter available. Use it to tie items in the back of a vehicle that might other wise blow out or slide around and break, how about a candle wick?

  • WestTXGirlAHS says:

    I read the entire list, from top to bottom, and am simply agog at the many facets of good ol’ Yankee ingenuity displayed by all the contributors! I didn’t want the list to end!!! Thanks to everyone who shared their paracord uses–these hints and tips could make a difficult task easier, keep food/supplies safe, teach us to think creatively when faced with a problem, and, yes, even save our lives and/or the lives of our loved ones! Thanks again to everyone, and Joe, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your steak while your friend “ate crow”! Ha, ha!

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  • Dave Barrett says:

    A cord for your eyeglasses or sunglasses…on hot humid days when im hiking my eyeglasses always slide down my nose.

  • Tim says:

    make a bolo tie for your steak dinner

  • Virginia Pruitt says:

    You can use it to tie off an umbilical cord between mama and baby. in and emergency.

  • Gary Denicourt says:


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  • Gary Denicourt says:

    Pull a tooth

  • Gary Denicourt says:

    Tie thousands of different knots….DONE

  • John says:

    Use it to hang tin can alarms on at the door or round your sleeping area,

  • Brian Malecki says:

    Circumcision of your newborn son, providing you have the head cap.

  • Stephen says:

    shoe strings, crafting, belt, rifle sling, tie down furniture when moving, fishing stringer, hang a lantern, hang a bird house or feeder

  • Chris Hamby says:

    tender it is quick lighting

  • Shannon says:

    Kids can play “cat’s cradle”

  • greg says:

    use it to restrain an enemy.
    restrain your dog.

  • Kelly says:

    Hair The/ponytail holder

  • Mark says:

    Macrame pot holder,

  • Bryan says:

    Repair or replace broken horse tack.
    Tie down cargo in or on a vehicle.
    Temporary corral.
    probably already covered but oh well

  • John Hamilton says:

    you can make a case for cell phone or leatherman

  • Kristy says:

    Take a length of paracord, tie a 1/2 lb. rock on the end, and swing away.
    Lash a combat knife with paracord to a pole or stick to make a spear.
    String bells on paracord around your campsite to act as a warning system.
    Use paracord to make a monkey fist for a weapon.

  • Been Ghost says:

    Melt it for a small amount of improvised wax.

  • Chris says:

    Weave different colors of paracord together (you can dye them or just go monochrome if you only have one color) to make a friendship bracelet. (I actually just saw a premade paracord bracelet kit at Wal-Mart marketed towards young girls.)

    • Chris says:

      Crochet a paracord rug.

  • Chris says:

    Tie it around your finger to help you remember something.

  • Avis says:

    Para cord Usages:
    1-Can be used to make a dog collar.
    2-Used as guide lines for setting up vertical antenna and/ or mast.
    3-Tent replacement guidelines
    4- Gurrot (self defense purposes)
    5- Strapping cargo on vehicles
    6- Gardening by tying saplings to pole or stick, tying vine type plants on trellises
    7- Rifle/weapon sling
    8- Clothesline
    9- Guitar strap
    10- Use to tie stick or branch to set a broken leg or arm

  • Karen Edwards says:

    To make a ladder.

  • Desert Fox says:

    1.Hang a bucket for a shower.
    2.Create a knot rope to measure depth of water.
    3.Use as warp to weave a grass bed mat.
    4.Tie a few logs to make a raft to cross small body of water.
    5.Hang a pretty stone you found, around your neck.
    6.Tie a fishing fly using inside threads.
    7.Repair holes on shoes.
    8.Make a safety line during a whiteout snow storm
    9.Make an old-fashion phone (two cans with a string!)
    10.In a cabin with no walls, use a line to hang a sheet for privacy.

  • Ayla Green says:

    I make neck ropes for horses with para cord, for bridle-less riding

  • Gary says:

    tying up a bear bag while hiking, trip wire for booby traps, a lasso to catch animals, a noose for a hanging, a bolo to either catch or kill animals, a rescue line, to make a garrotte, used to make handcuffs, braiding lines to make a climbing rope, hog tying, use to carry squirrels home from hunting, Used to hold open a deer when gutting, Hang a deer up for processing the meat, use for lines to grow blackberries on, use to extent a fence higher to keep deer out of a garden, Braid to make a tow rope for getting a vehicle unstuck. Use temp. as a fan belt, tie down items on the roof of a vehicle, repair a broken bra strap, use to repair torn clothes, tie to trigger on a gun to test fire a old or repaired gun, lash together a frame for a wilderness shelter, repair a broken fence, use it in bondage, make a ring for a finger,

  • VICKI says:

    1.macrame 2.plant hangers, 3.

  • David Deitsch says:

    A few more paracord projects:
    – Weave a sack to carry stuff.
    – Lash two backpack frames into an improvised spine immobilization frame (“back board”).
    – Make an Alpine Cacoon Stretcher (which is not the same as the net stretcher that you listed, and can be used to haul an injured climber up a steep incline).
    – Hobble a pack animal over night.
    – Secure gear in a sack onto a saddle or frame using a diamond hitch.
    – Improved hand cuffs.
    – Transit line for moving gear over a river or ravine.
    – Did your list include shoe laces? Paracord is not only useful for improvising when a lace breaks. Some of us remove the laces that come with new boots, and replace them with paracord just because paracord works better than the stuff that regular shoe laces are made of.
    – Improvised repair of a broken or too short backpack shoulder strap or hip belt.
    – Head band to keep long hair out of our eyes.
    – Regarding tourniquets; please avoid using paracord for that as it will increase the severity of the patient’s injury and reduce the chances that surgical reattachment will be successful. A strip of cloth cut from the patient’s trousers or a belt will work better and do less damage to an already endangered limb.

    Enjoy that steak!

  • Sheila says:

    -Use inside strands as dental floss.
    -Use to tie up an enemy you don’t want to kill.
    -Use to tie up the legs of animals you catch but want to transport alive.
    – Wrap around and tie an alligator or croidile’s mouth shut (depending on where you live)
    -Use as a guideline during blizzards to get from one building to another, etc.
    – Use to fashion homemade numchucks(sp?)together.
    -Use to tie your hat to your head to keep the wind from blowing it off.

    Those are some ideas…don’t know if you think they are viable.

  • Paul says:

    I didn’t read all the comments but just recently I used paracord to tie up a rolled up sleeping bag that I had busted the sewn in type of roll up cord on.



  • PacisIngredio says:

    Para Cord 100 uses
    81 Rappelling
    82 Rapelling Harness (kinda uncomfertable)((use at your own risk))
    83 tie equipment to yourself so you don’t drop it
    84 Rifle sling
    85 tie down rifle scope or optic to rifle
    (all of these I learned at and put into practice at ft Benning Georgia during basic training by America’s greatest drill sergeants)

    86 but cutting 3-4 inch lengths (many many of them) and then fraying the ends, tie down to jacket and pants to make a generic ghillie suit
    87 Ranger donut
    88 Ranger donut pillow or seat cushion
    89 to hang picture frames to your wall (yes I’ve done this)
    90 tie your exaust pipe or muffler to the frame (redneck ingenuity)
    91 we used them in Iraq to tie down antennas on our vehicles so they didn’t hit power lines
    92 secure your door for extra strength (most likely something on the door will break before the cord with several windings)
    93 zip line (use at your own risk)
    94 by attaching a small loop to the bottom of your magazines they can be used as rip cords to pull out mags easier (I’ve only used on rifle magazines)
    95 a bow loop for bow and drill fire starter
    96 a bookmarker
    97 dog tag chain
    98 tie loops about 18 inches in diameter and make the loops about a foot apart from eachother to make a loop ladder
    99 make shift handels on a foot locker
    100 boat anchor cable
    I’ve used all of these aside from the zipline and boat anchor, but I’m sure they would work if absolutely necessary in an emegancy

    enjoy your steak

  • Donna Brown says:

    You can use it anytime that you need to tie something onto your vehicle, tie down the trunk or hood when it won’t close anyway. Did you mention you could use it as an animal lead?

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  • Ghleehanna says:

    All right guys…you never would think of these…ladies like myself need to keep our long hair tied back, makeshift bra…you know just in case we used the one we were wearing for a slingshot, and ummmm uhhhh…tampon.

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  • Corneilius says:

    1 shoelaces
    2 makeshift braces to hold your trousers up
    3 dog lead
    4 dog collar
    5 sling for hunting
    6 rifle sling
    Hope this helps. Enjoy the steak!

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  • Adam says:

    For those of us in the military:
    -If ever captured by an enemy, using paracord as boot laces or any other item that you might keep on you can allow you to have a crucial tool with you.
    -One tool is the ability to escape. Modern restraints are of the nylon “zip tie” form, but very thick. Use the friction of rubbing 550 cord against it and it will break free.
    -If you ever find yourself without a knife, 550 cord has tremendous cutting power via friction.

  • Raven says:

    There’s also the BDSM that use it. I’ve seen it be used to make floggers and clothing.

  • brian says:

    make a bow drill to start a fire
    weave a trap for fish, crawfish, crab
    tie to a waater bottle to hold it above fire to boil water
    make a bolo to throw at small game

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    • Mark Allen says:

      all of those are on his list.

  • Jenene says:

    Make a hackimore for your horse.
    Use as lead for your pack mules.
    Tie down bundles on your pack mules.

  • Tracy Cooper says:

    You only have 79, snare is used twice #4 and #65. But use it to hogtie undesirables, binde ankles for climbing coconut palms.

    • Mark Allen says:

      technically, it is 2 uses, because one only uses the inner strands as the snare itself for smaller game and the other uses the cord whole to suspend logs for dropping on larger small game.

  • Bryan Young says:

    You can also use it to attach a parachute to its harness…

  • Devin says:

    Use to cut thru zip cuffs ( only takes 1 1/2 seconds to do )

  • Duane says:

    Makes a great emergency fishing lure. Cut about an inch piece, pull the inner strands out one end slightly, slide it over a hook with the inner strands towards the bend in the hook, then melt the cord to the hook near the eye. Use another hook to fluff the inner strands and you have a great jig.

  • David says:

    Make a tag for a zipper. Similar to the one you have on your key cgain

  • Scott says:

    tie items to back seat of your motorcycle, IE tent, sleeping bag for over night camp out

  • Mark Allen says:

    I’ve checked twice and there are 4 that I can think of at the moment which are not on the list.

    81: binding splints

    granted the following are advanced, but if you can weave paracord well enough to create some of the suggestions above (such as lanyards, hammocks, lanyards, and knife hilts just to name a few of the many advanced projects listed above), you should be able to make these as well

    82: weave emergency sandles/moccasins
    83: weave a tunic
    84: weave a watchcap/beenie

    and these have brought other uses to mind:

    85: weave a balaclava/ski mask
    86: material for knitting, instead of yarn
    87: shock-absorbing carrier/hangar for mason-jar lanterns
    88: cargo tie-downs
    89: securing camp raiders till authorities arrive
    90: hanging kill for dressing out (yes, hanging kill was on the list, but only to keep it from animals, not for dressing out)

    91: Stretching hides
    92: survival garden lashings and lattices

  • howard says:

    Use to secure a splint to leg or arm.

    Collar for dog.

  • Donald McNany says:

    Make a zipper pull
    Did I miss bow drill in your list?
    I saw a Utube of using paracord to cut a glass bottle, making a glass.
    Ridge line for a tarp over a hammock.
    Ridge line to limit the desired drop on a hammock.
    Rifle sling
    Emergency suspenders
    Backpack strap
    Axe grip & lanyard
    Tomahawk grip & lanyard
    Walking stick grip and lanyard
    Improvised pistol retainer hanging from belt
    Water bottle holder
    Canteen pouch

  • Karl says:

    1.Tie clothes together when skinny dipping to keep them together.
    2.Ladies can make a stylish string bikini bathing suit.
    3.Hang a string of lights to keep the weight of the lights from fraying or weakening the electrical cord.
    4.Use to hold and lower a flashlight, torch, or lantern into someplace dark to be able to see inside.
    5.Attach flashlight/lantern to body while lowering oneself into a darkened place or climbing a tree in the dark so as not to lose the light and keep hands free for climbing.
    Mark a short trail to keep off the grass.
    6.Guide line to keep people together, each one holds it to keep their place in line so no one gets separated especially in the dark.
    7.Rope together when traveling across dangerous terrain, reel them back in when they fall through the hidden crevasse.
    8.Pull cord for a box trap, if you want to sit all day waiting for creatures to enter it.
    9.Tie the lid latch down if you don’t have a stick to go thru the hasp of a hinged latch.
    10.Book mark.
    11.Chin strap for a hat.
    12.Straps for makeshift sandals or flip-flops.
    13.Secure your paddles or oars to the boat so they don’t float away if they go overboard.
    14.Ridge-line for improvised shelter.
    15.Tie tarp to poles to make a boat.
    16.2Tie up goods in a tarp to keep them dry while crossing a stream.
    17.Tie corners of a poncho together to keep it down in high wind.
    18.Tie a sail to a boat, mast.
    19.Use in a pulley for lifting/lowering a bucket into a well.
    20.Tie a sail to a wagon.
    21.Tie goods to a boat to keep them from sinking if the boat turns over.
    22.Tripwire for improvised alarm.
    23.Tie a door closed if a proper latch is not available.
    24.Tie leaves Adam & Eve Style
    25.Tie camouflage leaves and branches etc to hat.
    26.Make a hat or head covering. (tie large leaves together)
    27.Tie and hang large leafy branch overhead as a fan.
    28.Tie large leaf to a stick or pole as a fan. (fan the fire, yourself, others pharaoh-style)
    29.Tie tarp/blanket, etc together to hold goods in lieu of a backpack or knapsack.
    30.Tie poles together for a raft.
    31.Tie poles into a bridge
    32.Tie poles together to make a table.
    33.Tie together a tripod stool, tripod basin for washing face and hands, etc.
    34.Tie poles between trees to make a sleeping pallet off the ground.

  • John Tonningsen says:

    Tie a person up, use instead or a sling if you hurt your arm or shoulder, to tie pieces of wood to your leg if you have hurt your knee.

  • Saltporkdoc says:

    Though not sterile and thus suitable only in a true emergency and for skin closure ONLY, inner strands can be used as sutures to close large wounds or wounds over an area of flex!

  • Paul says:

    How about a bear bag?
    Anchor line?
    Crab hand line?

  • Harle Ross says:

    Use to tie up hands and feet on a bad guy, even tie bad guy to tree.
    Cover coffee pot handle for easier handeling when hot.
    Self defense – choke someone
    Cloths line to dry cloths or sleeping bag.

  • Dean says:

    Paracord is an ideal material for extra guy ropes for your tent or shade shelter during high winds – so the whole thing won’t blow over or blow away.

  • Dean says:

    use it as an emergency tie rope for your canoe/kayak/raft, when you’ve beached it for a while, so it won’t “float off” if the river rises while you’re sleeping or otherwise away for a while.

  • William Stone says:

    Tying splint to ankle or knee.

  • David says:

    Paracord uses: to tie sticks together to support broken bone, use to make shoes,, use to help get food out of high places, used to keep food out of reach of animals. Hope these help.

  • Fred Myrick, Jr. says:

    An emergency fan belt for your car

  • bobert says:

    Key Chain!

  • Marie Gray says:

    Other uses for Paracord: extra handle for a purse, a suitcase, a bucket; to strap a water bottle to your waist or purse; to hold a lunch pail together; to hold a potted plant from a tree.

    I hope these help.

  • Joe pedrogo says:

    use for making a monkeyfist bolo
    use for making zipper pull tabs
    use as a “dummy cord” to attach knife to the sheath
    weave it into a pot holder
    weave it into a pouch to hold things like canteens

  • Noreen says:

    Create a mesh bag to carry things.
    Use to string up onions, garlic, or other foods.

  • Steve Parker says:

    Read them all and didn’t see this…tie to one windshield wiper and through the truck to the other wiper when the linkage breaks. Pull back and forth to work wipers. Better if you have a helper. This works…I’ve done it when we HAD to go.

  • Delmar Fairchild says:

    Use fibers to attach fletching and heads to arrow shafts.
    Place a small rock in a cloth, wrap cloth around the rock and tie a cord around the rock to improvise a gromment. Useful for making tents without cutting holes in materials.

  • Woodard says:

    #81 Splint lashing
    #82 Buddy safety line
    #83 Boonie/hat synch replacement
    #84 Buzzsaw for chemlight
    #85 Prisoner handling kit

  • Glenn says:

    As a muzzle tie for dog/when u wrangle that alligator.

  • Mojo says:

    How about making a lasso and using it to hogtie?

  • Rick says:

    You could us the para cord for making restraints for someone that you’re waiting for the appropriate law officials to arrive.

  • Karin says:

    Hanging a solar bag for shower
    Hanging a privacy screen

  • Mark says:

    Use it to play ‘Jacobs Ladder’ with the kids. It’s easy on the hands and will help the kids be familiar with it too.

  • Josiah says:

    Emergency pull cord for a motor.
    Tie a “monkey fist” melee weapon.
    Woven correctly could produce a decent flak jacket, reinforcement patches for clothing (knee guards, gaiters, etc).

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  • johnny says:

    make them just for fun for a belt for mini rings a net to catch a fish a pocket to hold stuff like a wallet lighter knife key or to hold strings

  • Carlos says:

    To envolve a gattery exposed wire.
    To repair a flat tire (melting the line while it is applied to the puncture and pressed to cover as much as possible).

  • Mish says:

    tie up your long hair; important to keep cool and safe near fire and moving parts. tie around a cloth or piece of plastic to make a bag.

  • GZ says:

    Make a hammock
    Make a fishing net
    Make a net and attach to stick or pole for hunting or fishing

  • Sabrina says:

    You could make a key chain with paracord

  • Jill Samberg says:

    Reins for your horse

  • Mitchell says:

    1)Decoy line (inner strings) 2) Duck Call lanyard 3) Shotgun Sling 3) Rifle Sling 4) BB gun sling 5) Belt 6) Duck Hauler 7) Goose Hauler 8) Rabbit Hauler 9) Squirrel Hauler 10) Goose Call Lanyard 11) Tying food up high from a bear 12) Fish stringer 13) Lantern holder 14) Dead Deer hoist 15) Dragging dead dear 16) Dragging dead pigs 17) Pulling your buddy out of the mud 18) Toy Rifle sling 19) Tent tie down 20) Tying up a criminal I could probably think of more, but this is a start!

  • Magic Mac says:

    What Jason Hanson showed to tie onto feet and peddle around Tie Wrap handcuffs to friction cut it into.
    Tie leather strap back onto rifle.
    Use iner strings to pull a loose tooth.
    Use it to strangle a criminal.
    macramae flowerpot holders or anything.
    Use connected and pulled between to cans for a telephone like we did as kids.
    Tie around chin and head to prevent snoring.
    Use as candle or lantern wicks.

  • Troy says:

    Use it to wrap a Gators mouth, if you dont have tape.

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    We used it to put a “Student Driver” sign on our CSM’s bumper.

  • Andrew says:

    You seem to have ommited its original usage of parachute suspension lines. That is, after all, what it was developed for!

  • Nadine Maciolek says:

    OK I hope I’m not repeating anything …. I didn’t have no ugh time to fully process your list as its 4:30 in the morning and I’m supposed to be getting ready for work lol 😛
    a few more things I do with it :)
    Bracelets & necklaces (basically jewelry)
    As a makeshift belt for kids who’s pants keep falling down
    Zipper pulls
    shoe laces
    loops w/a ball at the end to go through & secure something with a grommet (I don’t know what they’re called lol)
    Make dog toys (tug of war toys & w/ ball at end)
    Well that’s a few that I can think of right now lol
    Have sn awesome day …. I’m off to get more coffee 😀

  • John Hardy says:

    Here are a few more uses I can think of. I am a cyclist so I would use this to attach items to my back rack ( as a replacement for either a bungie cord or a rack strap.
    To tie saddlebags together ( run it through the straps, so they don’t get lost.
    To keep saddlebags closed in wind ( while riding of course)
    To attach keys to the top of them so they don’t get lost.

    Hope you get that steak dinner.

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  • William Hopkins says:

    Hi, There has to be at least a thousand uses for 550 Paracord, if not more. . . I just think of everyday items that I may not have available and need to make using just paracord, or pairing it up with other items to make a functional emergency tool. . . . If you are desperate for a weapon you could fashion a tool such as David used to slay Goliath, as the ammo (rocks) would be plentiful in almost any environment. . . Also, I actually prefer a Paracord sling on tactical rifles. . . The sling can be a fancy woven one, using many strands and providing extreme length (when disassembled) depending on how wide you make the sling. . . It’s like a Paracord wristband on steroids and nice to have around when you are out in the woods, away from civilization with your rifle and alone with no backup. . . Also, a gun sling with only a single strand or two, with a wider portion for a shoulder pad, makes a excellent rifle sling as it is not cumbersome and folds up out of the way entirely when not needed. . . . While you’re sitting around the campfire cooking your dinner, you may realize you could sure use a “pot holder” and a Paracord potholder would work quite well and provide quite a bit of emergency Paracord should you need to “disassemble it. . . . How about “suspenders” should your belt break ? . . . How about a “chicken tether” for staking out a live chicken for predator (coyote bait)? . . Yeah, that one was pretty weird, but doable ! . . . Emergency shoe repair when your boot sole comes off ? (actually had that happen in Colorado Rockies). . . Makeshift emergency fence ? . . .Measuring device ? . . Before I broke down and purchased a rangefinder, I used a 100 Yard (plus) piece of Paracord with knots tied at 10 yard intervals to set up makeshift shooting ranges in the appropriate areas. . . Hey, those rangefinder batteries DO go bad ! . . Be sure to “stretch” the Paracord out pretty taught so your measurements are accurate and leave a 10 foot tail on each end to tie to a solid object when extra hands aren’t available ! . . Believe it not, if done correctly, it can get you within a inch or two at a hundred yards ! . . How about a cheap pair of emergency handcuffs ? . . Hey, it could happen ! . . Oh, and what about using the inner strand(s) to tie to your emergency arrow for retrieval when bow fishing ? . . . I don’t know if any of these ideas suit your needs, but it’s been fun thinking of different scenarios where 550 Paracord could be useful. . . Thanks for listening, and enjoy your steak dinner. . . Be sure to take your 550 Paracord “placemat” with you to eat your free steak on ! . . lol, Bill

  • Cynthia Creasy says:

    Another use. Take shoe laces (made from paracord), tie them together to make stirrups with a length of cord between. Use that length to saw through duct tape if you have had your hands bound.

  • Ron White says:

    Use paracord to tie down a christmas tree to the top of your vehicle

  • Andy says:

    you could try using it for a horses harness and reins, or string for a kite, I use it to tie the handles together on my kitchen cupboards to stop my dog getting in them
    enjoy your steak, mate

  • MM says:

    With so many uses and quickly approaching the holiday season, why not snap a few “bracelets” together and use as a “ribbon” on a gift. Also a great stocking stuffer!

  • Don says:

    Safety line to keep you from falling out of a tree.

  • cmac says:

    The man (Mykel Hawk?) on Man Woman Wild said he always replaced his boot laces with paracord and left it extra long (I think he wrapped it around the tops of his boots several times before tying it).

  • Sherril says:

    Here is what I came up with to add to your list. A choker for an attacker, a hair tie,boot or shoe lace if yours breaks, hang meat across to cure, wrap it around rock repeatedly leaving a long string making a weapon,tie around your gun to hoist in tree stand, use it as a guide to get across creek if to deep, set a trout line , tie some hides or choice material to make a carrying pouch/purse, tie your hat down in wind , a belt to hold your pants up,and that’s all I can come up with.

  • Will H says:

    How about to restrain or tie-up someone you think will do you harm.
    No handcuffs? Use Paracord!

    I use a paracord with a weight(rock) to throw over a limb and pull up my extedted wire antanna for my hand held Ham radio.

  • Loa Andersen says:

    When my car door latch broke mid-trip, I used paracord to tie it shut until I could get it repaired!

  • todd says:

    You can make a three rock bolo used in tripping up prey so u can finish it off in a survival situation. I am making one with three lug nuts as the weights.

  • Patrice Kassan says:

    Anyone remember making & playing with a Cat’s Cradle? Good game to keep 2 kids(or adults) entertained.
    Use it to weave a pot holder(simple) or a shirt(tougher)
    Making cool bracelets & anklets for your friends

  • Elle says:

    Emergency ladder for an upstairs room in case of fire.

    Ladder for tree house

    Swing for kids.

    Swing for indoors.

    A net to put in kids room to hold toys.

    Hanger for flower pots (Macrame).

    A hot pad.

    A purse.

    Anchor rope.

    Picture hanger.

    A net to wrap up a Christmas tree after cutting.

    A cargo net.

    Make a weapon by wrapping a steel ball.

    Baby Sling or grocery sling.

    A net to hang in back of truck to put rubber boots or to hold bags of food…

    I could probably think of more…these took me just long enough to type each one… hope you get your steak dinner! and thanks for the info… think I may make a lot of these ideas myself!

  • brian says:

    carry a piece of paracord with a loop tied in one end you can place your foot in then loop through spring eyes on larger conibear traps to release tension on jaws

  • Susan Detweiler says:

    Another way to use paracord.
    Use it to dry fish for future use.
    Use it to hang meat in a smoker.
    How about using it as a temporary fix if your fan belt breaks.
    I enjoyed reading the responses.
    Hope you got your steak dinner.

  • Paul says:

    Handle wrap for walking stick
    Splint ties
    Neck knife lanyard
    Lash poles together to create an emergency stretcher
    Emergency sling for injured arm/shoulder
    Hog tie a hog or other wild beast
    Lash down a cooler lid
    Lash down boat cushions and life jackets

  • ThomasK says:

    Book binding. Stack books, use the cord to fasten them for easier carrying sans a carry bag.

    Lay out length of paracord
    Set books center ink the cord underneath

    Wrap both ends of cord to the top center, twist 90 degrees.
    Flip stack of books upside down.
    Repeat if nescessary to secure properly, tie off in a nice bow.

  • Joseph Wentzel says:

    1) Tie-down strap for an aerial antenna.
    2) Make-shift rifle sling.
    3) Clothesline.
    4) Emergency tourniquet.
    5) Guideline for spelunking, or keeping small groups tied together in inclement weather or at night-time.
    6) Trip line for perimeter defense.
    7) Plumb-bob (add a weight to the end).
    8) Secure antenna masts for TV’s, radios, or 2-way communications.
    9) Dogtag necklace.
    10) Anchor “chain” for small boats.

  • Jöran says:

    You can use it as a lasso the same thing cowboys use :) and you can make a monkeys fist with a steel ball inside and use it for selfdefense and you can make basket and bottle holders and you can make a carpet I hope this is some ideas for you to add to your list

  • Bill says:

    Makes a great zipper pull as well. Especially useful when wearing gloves.

  • Nikki says:

    Use to make a monkey fist for self defense use

  • Susanne says:

    String from tree to tree to find your way to the makeshift latrine in the dark.

  • trevor Wilson says:

    tie up the mrs for some sexy fun,

  • Corey Johnson says:

    Use paracord for many things that normal rope can be used for:
    As part of block and tackle system to lift heavy things
    Emergency belt
    Splint an injury
    Lace your shoes
    Lace your boots
    Tie terrorists to chairs
    Connect yourself to your parachute
    Create a snare and catch a small animal
    Use with bamboo to create scaffolding
    Connect spars together and build awesome structures like bridges, camp tables, and other pioneering projects (is this just one use?)
    Dry your clothes by making a clothesline
    Hang your hammock
    Bundle your gear with simple cloth and a piece of cord
    Attach bundles to your animal
    Secure cargo to your truck
    Use as guy wires for flagpoles, trees, and tall structures
    Twist into rope and make a rope swing
    Crochet it into a hat, (trivot or hot pad not recommended, melted nylon is bad for your hand skin)
    Start a fire using paracord on your bow drill
    Make emergency nunchucks using good hitches and sticks
    Tie a jug hitch to make a handy sling for your water bottle
    Securely attach a mattress to the top of a minivan
    Some even use it as a non-secure way to attach a mattress to the top of a minivan
    Tie cans to the back of your friend’s car on his wedding day
    Hand a 2ft length of it to a toddler to keep them occupied
    Play tug of war
    Tie around a doorknob to assist in the removal loose teeth (strands)
    Lash a knife to a pole with it and make a spear
    Do magic tricks with it
    Make a fish stringer from it
    Tie your trunk lid shut so you can overpack
    Tie your hood down (not recommended, natural fibers may be a better option)
    Make a key fob
    Wrap a knife handle for comfort or aesthetics
    Bundle your schoolbooks with it

    Read the Ashley Book of Knots for a quick additional 100 if your friend ups the ante.

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