Are you looking for nifty paracord projects to keep you busy in your spare time? Our selection offers everything from paracord lanyards and belts to whips and weapons – even a cool paracord key chain with a secret hidden compartment that makes a super tiny survival kit.
Fun DIY Paracord Projects for Preppers
Parachute cord, which is now universally known as paracord, is a lightweight nylon all-purpose utility cord used by military personnel and civilians alike. Paracord is an ideal material for different projects due to its durability and flexibility. You are likely familiar with the ever popular “survival bracelets” made from paracord, which is meant to be unraveled when needed to lash poles together, to fix broken laces and straps, and to secure cargo. The uses of paracord in a survival setting are countless, which is why these paracord projects should prove beneficial to you.
Paracord Projects 101
Before you get started, make sure you know what you’re working with and have the right supplies. If you want to get into para-weaving, you should check out Paracord 101. After that, you should be all set to delve into these 36 paracord projects for preppers!
Project #1: Paracord Belt
Paracord bracelets can come in handy but only have 8 to 12 feet of rope, while a paracord belt can have up to 50 feet or more of rope. This belt is a quick deploy survival rescue belt that uses Slatt’s rescue weave. You can unravel or deploy the paracord in a matter of seconds. Make your own belt with these paracord belt instructions.
Project #2: Paracord Keychain with Secret Compartment
There are different ways to make this, but the one we like the best is this survival kit keychain from DIY Projects. You can store cash, matches, and any small essential survival item you can think of in this cool key chain with a secret compartment.
Project #3: Paracord Bullwhip
Do you know that you can make a bullwhip entirely out of paracord? Well, it shouldn’t be that hard for those of you who know their way through ropes, knots, and braiding. You will also need to know (or be willing to learn) some ‘advanced’ knots to make it look nice. For more information on this paracord project, click here.
Project #4: Paracord Rifle Sling
This is another sling to keep your weapons close by without taking up your hands. This is perfect for any hunter or outdoorsman in need of a rifle sling and an emergency paracord at the same time. Make your own with these instructions.
Project #5: Paracord Giant Monkey Fist
Why make a regular monkey fist when you can make a giant one? This DIY project using a pool ball core will give you the ultimate monkey fist to use for self-defense. A paracord monkey fist can be valuable in survival situations. It’s super easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker.
Project #6: Paracord Bundle Compression Strap and Handle
This is a simple yet very handy tool. It will keep your sleeping bag, tarps, and other large items bundled up tight for easy carry. Making this does not require many tools or materials. I used two colors to make this, but you could, of course, use one if you prefer. I am using this for camping so I used a darker color paracord to ensure that it does not look dirty after extended use. For the full instructions, click here.
Project #7: Paracord Snow Shoes
You never know what kind of conditions you’ll have to prepare for. This is a traditional style snow shoe with paracord for the webbing. The intention is to give the classic style snow shoe a modern twist, something that almost everyone is familiar with. This tutorial includes a step by step for the frame and also shows you the basic weaving for the net. For the full DIY, click here.
Project #8: Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet
There are several paracord projects that will teach your how to make paracord survival bracelets. Here’s our favorite version: The Blaze Bar. The blaze bar paracord survival bracelet unravels in seconds. Here’s how to make a paracord bracelet like the one above.
Project #9: Paracord Survival Tin Pouch
Keep your Altoids tin survival kit in this pouch to keep it protected and yourself prepared! For many outdoorsman or survivalists, Altoid tins are the perfect containers for a small, pocket survival tin. I like using the pouch for my survival tin so I can pack more stuff into it and not worry about it popping open. Check out the full instructions!
Project #10: Paracord Watchband
Add some survival gear to your daily wardrobe by creating watch bands for a pre-existing watch face. This is one of the coolest paracord projects out there if you want to make something unique and functional. You can either make a solid color watch band or one with two colors. You can also follow the same steps in this tutorial to make a bracelet with a side release buckle. Check out these DIY instructions.
Project #11: Paracord Hanging Chair
With the addition of some palette boards, you can create a hanging chair out of paracord. This chair is comfortable, and very easy to make from a pallet and some paracord. I have never seen a chair like this before. Click here for the instructions.
Project #12: Paracord Tent Rigging
With some paracord and know-how, you can turn any ordinary tarp into a makeshift shelter. The paracord is strong enough to hold the tarp in place for the night and keep you dry in case it pours. For the full DIY, click here.
Project #13: Paracord Koozie
Make a can koozie out of paracord to keep your drinks cold and store your paracord. You will need at least 50 feet of paracord to cover a regular-sized soda can and that amount of paracord goes a long way. To make your own koozie, check out this DIY.
Project #14: Paracord Snare Trap
This easy snare trap will help you catch small game and could be your key to staying fed in a survival situation. These instructions and tutorial will show you how to use paracord and sticks to create a basic snare that will increase your probability of catching something in the wild. For more, check out the full DIY!
Project #15: Paracord Dog Toys
These easy to make colorful rope toys are great for any size dog. Just scale up or down the diameter of the rope to fit your dog, 1/4″ for small dogs or 3/8″ for large dogs. Directions given are for a basic toss/tug toy pictured below. Pictured are several variations based on the basic knot that can be created with a little practice and creativity. For the full instructions, check out this DIY.
Project #16: Paracord Laptop Harness
Stow your gadgets in this cool paracord case! When starting this project, I had several criteria I wanted to hit, and after three other prototypes, this one succeeded. It successfully held the laptop and secured it in place. To make your own, check out these instructions.
Project #17: Paracord Chair
This is another paracord chair project on our list, but with a different layout and design. Here, the seat is made of paracord rather than wood and is not suspended. This project is really simple: it involves two intersecting wooden rectangles that have a seat and back made from woven paracord. Want to build your own? Click here
Project #18: Paracord Leatherman Pouch
Keep your Leatherman safe and close using paracord to fashion a custom pouch. The method used can be easily modified to fit a range of items from multi-tools and torches to mobile phones. It is very simple to make and doesn’t use any fancy or difficult knots. Find the full DIY here.
Project #19: Paracord Dog Collar
For this paracord dog collar, we are going to take it one step further by doing a King Cobra weave! This weave is super strong and even adds thickness and padding to the original cobra weave. As a result, it makes the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes. Click here to find the full DIY.
Project #20: Paracord Double Monkey Fist Bookmark
This multi-function project can help you stay safe and stay on track of your reading. I’m sure this snazzy bookmark will impress all your friends! I like playing with knots and stuff, so when I saw a picture of this somewhere on the internet, I decided it would be a cool project to make. It was a bit of a challenge, but it wasn’t too difficult. It surely has a definite cool factor to it! Find the instructions here.
Project #21: Paracord Bottle Net
Keep your water bottle strapped to you with one of the easiest DIY paracord projects. It’s great for hiking, biking, or any outdoor activity! If you’re someone who always loses the lid, then this project should come in handy. The net gives you multiple attachment options and offers some protection against rubbing too. Make your own with these instructions.
Project #22: Paracord iPhone Case
These instructions will help you make a case to protect your precious phone. Create this simple case with a few knots to keep the paracord wrapped tight and your phone secure and in place. Use different colors to alter the look and create a 550 paracord case that’s custom to you! Full DIY here.
Project #23: Paracord Bow Sling
This paracord project is a cool one for archery enthusiasts. Keep your bow close by and your hands free with these instructions for an awesome 550 cord bow sling. Make your own DIY paracord bow sling with these instructions.
Project #24: Paracord Hammock in a Nalgene
Whether you want to use it for the backyard or for hammock camping, this DIY project will help you create an extremely durable paracord hammock. This hammock can also be used as a food net (to keep bears away from food), fishing net, or temporary shelter. Check out the instructions!
Project #25: Paracord Lanyard
A lanyard made of 550 paracord will last a long time and is very durable. You can pick from hundreds of colors of paracord. You can also add a Tracer, which is a piece of micro paracord braided in. This is really one of our favorite easy paracord projects! Check out the full instructions!
Project #26: Paracord Eyeglass Lanyard
Whether you’re fishing or floating, use paracord to keep your glasses in place. Based on the adjustment of the cord, the glasses can either dangle on your chest or fit snugly to your face. This method uses only paracords, but additional materials can also be incorporated into this project. Check out the full instructions!
Project #27: Paracord Water Jug Harness
This simple rig can be customized to different-sized jugs. It’s a very convenient tool to have when bringing water jugs with you. You can attach this anywhere in your backpack for hiking and camping trips. Follow these instructions to make your own!
Project #28: Paracord Army Man
Finally, one of those paracord projects that even the kids will like! This is amusingly simple. You may not find this paracord project very useful, but the kids will surely love it. Keep the youngsters entertained with this set of army soldiers made completely from paracord. Get the instructions here.
Project #29: Paracord iPhone Cable
Everyone gets annoyed when their phone cable breaks. A paracord intervention should provide protection and add style to your cable. Up the durability of your cables with this project! For full instructions, click here.
Project #30: Paracord Self Defense Key Fob
Apart from being a keychain, this project features a monkey fist to better prepare you for self-defense situations. Who would think this cute thing could knock the lights out of a possible attacker? Plus, there’s no concealing needed for this weapon. Read the full instructions here.
Project #31: Paracord Drawstring Bag
This Paracord DIY will help you create a versatile and durable bag; it is adjustable too! Since I was going for a simple design, I used overhand knots for 99% of this design. Due to its simplicity, I’m sure others have ended up doing this at some point or another. This can be used as a general idea to make more drawstring pouches/sacks using different knots. Check out the full DIY.
Project #32: Paracord Multi-Tool Pouch
This project is an exciting one for outdoor enthusiasts and those who just can’t leave the house without their multi-tool. Every good prepper knows how important a multi-tool can be. So why not make your own paracord pouch to house your valuable tool? Make your own with these instructions.
Project #33: Paracord Backpack Strap Wrap
The paracord strap wrap is a simple way of tidying up loose ends on your gear using various lengths of paracord. Depending on the amount of strap you want to cover and the thickness you prefer, you can use anywhere between 2 or 3 meters or even up to 15 meters if needed. Click here for full instructions.
Project #34: Paracord Bandolier
In the endless pursuit of lightening my pack and reducing bulk, I’ve combined the two. Rather than just carrying around paracord on the off chance I might need it, here’s a way to give it a full-time job — holding your ammunition. It allows you to leave the ammo boxes at home and keeps your ammunition in one place. Click here for the full instructions.
Project #35: Paracord Wallet
Aside from looking pretty cool, this super durable wallet will last a lot longer than traditional wallets. This wallet is made from approximately 28′ of gutted paracord. This is one of the paracord projects that I really like due to its practicality. I like how my cards and cash fit snugly inside it! Check out the full instructions here.
Project #36: Paracord Rock Sling
This DIY will give you a backup weapon that doesn’t need bullets or arrows to be useful. It has been used since ancient times for hunting and more prominently, in warfare. The sling was popularized as an inexpensive and easy to make weapons with a range greater than that of a bow. Due to its low cost, it is considered a weapon of the poor. Read the full instructions here.
Watch this video by OmegaGear and check out these 101 uses of paracord for survival, homesteading, and for fighting zombies:
There are tons of benefits a paracord can offer not only for survival but also for everyday tasks. I bet the people who invented it didn’t have any idea that it can be utilized in so many ways. You just have to apply some ingenuity to make good use of it. A tool as useful as a paracord should always be kept within reach for your convenience.
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