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 keychain with a secret hidden compartment that makes a super tiny survival kit. 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.
Fun DIY 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 paracord 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. These paracord belt instructions are also easy to follow.
Project #2: Paracord Keychain with Secret Compartment
There are different ways to make this paracord key fob, 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 paracord bullwhip entirely out of paracord braids and knots? 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’ paracord knots to make it look nice.
Project #4: Paracord Rifle Sling
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This paracord rifle sling is great for keeping 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.
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 on any survival expedition. Making this DIY paracord strap does not require many tools or materials. You can use any color you want but using a black paracord or any darker color cord will prevent it from looking dirty after extended use.
Project #7: Paracord Snow Shoes
You never know what kind of conditions you’ll have to prepare for when it comes to survival. This is a traditional style snowshoe with paracord for the webbing. The intention is to give the classic style snowshoe a modern twist, something that almost everyone is familiar with. This paracord snowshoe tutorial includes a step by step for the frame and also shows you the basic weaving for the net.
Project #8: Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet
There are several paracord projects that will teach you how to make paracord survival bracelets. The Blaze Bar is among the best paracord bracelet instructions. The blaze bar paracord survival bracelet unravels in seconds.
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. You can use the pouch for your survival tin so you can pack more stuff into it and not worry about it popping open.
Project #10: Paracord Watchband
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Add some survival gear to your daily wardrobe by creating paracord 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 paracord bracelet with a side release buckle.
Project #11: Paracord Hanging Chair
With the addition of some palette boards, you can create a hanging chair out of paracord. Paracord projects can be useful for comfort as much as it is for survival. This chair is comfortable, and very easy to make from a pallet and some paracord.
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. Paracord tent rigging will definitely come in handy on any outdoors adventure.
Project #13: Paracord Koozie
Make a DIY 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.
Project #14: Paracord Snare Trap
This easy paracord 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.
Project #15: Paracord Dog Toys
These easy to make colorful paracord rope toys are great for any size dog. Just scale up or down the diameter of the cord 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. You can use also paracord bracelet patterns to make a paracord dog leash and collar for your canine companion.
Project #16: Paracord Laptop Harness
Stow your gadgets in this cool paracord case! When starting this project, you may have several criteries you’d like to accomplish and and make serveral prototypes. Until it can successfully hold the laptop and secure it in place.
Project #17: Paracord Chair
This is another paracord chair project to put on your 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.
Project #18: Paracord Leatherman Pouch
Keep your Leatherman safe and close using paracord to fashion a custom paracord 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.
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.
Project #20: Paracord Double Monkey Fist Bookmark
This paracord double monkey fist bookmark can help you stay safe and stay on track with your reading. This snazzy bookmark will impress all your friends! It may be a bit of a challenge, but it surely has a definite cool factor to it!
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. This paracord bottle net gives you multiple attachment options and offers some protection against rubbing too.
Project #22: Paracord iPhone Case
These instructions will help you make a case to protect your precious phone. Create this simple paracord 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!
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 and then try it out in the wilderness.
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 paracord hammock can also be used as a food net (to keep bears away from food), fishing net, or temporary shelter.
Project #25: Paracord Lanyard
A paracord 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 may be one of your favorite easy paracord projects!
Project #26: Paracord Eyeglass Lanyard
Whether you’re fishing or floating, use this paracord eyeglass lanyard 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.
Project #27: Paracord Water Jug Harness
This simple rig can be customized for different-sized jugs. A paracord water jug harness is 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.
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.
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 paracord iphone cable!
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 paracord self-defense key fob could knock the lights out of a possible attacker? Plus, there’s no concealing needed for this weapon.
Project #31: Paracord Drawstring Bag
This Paracord DIY for a drawstring bag will help you create a versatile and durable bag; it is adjustable too! Due to its simplicity, it’s a popular paracord project among survivalists. This can be used as a general idea to make more drawstring pouches/sacks using different knots.
Project #32: Paracord Multi-Tool Pouch
This paracord multi-tool pouch 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?
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.
Project #34: Paracord Bandolier
In the endless pursuit of lightening packs and reducing bulk, you can combine the two in this paracord bandolier. Rather than just carrying around paracord on the off chance you 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.
Project #35: Paracord Wallet
Aside from looking pretty cool, this super durable paracord 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 are popular due to its practicality. Your cards and cash will fit snugly inside it!
Project #36: Paracord Rock Sling
This DIY paracord rock sling 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.
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The uses of paracord in a survival setting are countless, which is why these survival paracord projects should prove beneficial to you. There are tons of benefits a paracord can offer not only for survival but also for everyday tasks. You can also go beyond this list and create your own paracord ideas. 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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Editor’s Notes – This post was originally published on September 11, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.