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Paracord Projects | 36 Cool Paracord Ideas For Your Paracord Survival Projects

Want to know how to make cool paracord projects? We picked 36 of our favorite 550 cord ideas for you to try out. Our selections offer 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.

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A paracord is one of the most essential tools every survivalist should have. It can be used for different purposes and could help you in life or death situations.

Work on these paracord projects and get multi-purpose accessories you’ll find handy in a survival setting!

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1. Paracord Belt

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Paracord bracelets can come in handy but 8 to 12 feet of rope will fall short while a paracord belt can have up to 50 feet or more of rope you can depend on. This paracord belt is a quick deploy survival rescue belt that uses Slatt’s rescue weave.

In fact, you can unravel or deploy the paracord in a matter of seconds. These paracord belt step-by-step instructions are also easy to follow.

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.

3. Paracord Bullwhip

Do you know you can make a paracord bullwhip out of paracord braids and knots? Well, it shouldn’t be that hard for those of you who know their way through ropes, kinds of knots, and braiding.

You will also need to know (or be willing to learn) some ‘advanced’ paracord knots to make it look nice.

4. Paracord Rifle Sling

This paracord rifle sling is great for keeping your weapons close by without taking up your hands. That’s why it is perfect for any hunter or outdoorsman in need of a rifle sling and an emergency paracord at the same time.

5. Paracord Giant Monkey Fist

Why make a regular monkey fist when you can make a giant one? 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 because it’s easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker.

6. Paracord Bundle Compression Strap and Handle

This is a simple yet very handy tool because it will keep your sleeping bag, tarps, and other items bundled up tight. Thus, easier to carry on any survival expedition.

Besides, making this DIY paracord strap does not need many tools or materials. You can also use any color you want, but using a dark-colored cord will keep it from looking dirty after long use.

7. Paracord Snow Shoes

You never know what kind of conditions you’ll have to prepare for when it comes to survival. So check out this traditional style snowshoe with paracord for the webbing.

The goal is to give the classic style snowshoe a modern twist.

8. Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet


There are paracord bracelet instructions that will teach you different paracord bracelet patterns. The Blaze Bar is among the coolest paracord bracelet designs because it will unravel in seconds!

9. Paracord Survival Tin Pouch


For many outdoorsmen or survivalists, Altoid tins are the perfect containers for a small, pocket survival tin. So keep your Altoids tin survival kit in this pouch to keep it protected and yourself prepared!

10. Paracord Watchband


Add some survival gear to your daily wardrobe by creating paracord watch bands for a pre-existing watch face. This is one of the cool things to do with paracord if you want to make something unique and functional.

You can either make a solid color watchband 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.

11. Paracord Hanging Chair

Paracord projects can be useful for comfort as much as it is for survival. In fact, with the addition of some poles, you can create a hanging chair out of paracord which is comfortable and very easy to make.

12. Paracord Tent Rigging

With some paracord and know-how, you can turn any ordinary tarp into a makeshift shelter. Not to mention that paracord is strong enough to hold the tarp in place for the night and keep you dry in case it pours.

A paracord tent rigging will definitely come in handy on any outdoor adventure, indeed.

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.

14. Paracord Snare Trap

This easy paracord snare trap will help you catch small game and can be your key to staying fed in a survival situation. So check out this tutorial that will show you how to use paracord and sticks to create a basic snare for catching something in the wild.

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.

You can use also paracord bracelet patterns to make a paracord dog leash and collar for your canine companion.

16. Paracord Laptop Harness


Stow your gadgets in this cool paracord case! When starting this project, you may have to make prototypes until it can successfully hold the laptop and secure it in place.

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 simple since it only involves two intersecting wooden rectangles with a seat and back made from woven paracord.

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.

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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.

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 your friends, especially your bookworm ones!

It may be a bit of a challenge, but it surely has a definite cool factor to it!

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 as well!

If you’re someone who always loses the lid, then this project should come in handy. This paracord bottle net gives you many attachment options and offers some protection against rubbing, too.

22. Paracord iPhone Case


These instructions will help you make a case to protect your precious phone. So, create this simple paracord case with a few knots to keep the paracord wrapped tight and your phone secure and in place.

You can use different colors to alter the look and create an iPhone paracord case that suits your style!

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.

24. Paracord Hammock in a Nalgene


Whether you want to use it for backyard or hammock camping, this DIY project will help you create an extremely durable paracord hammock. This paracord hammock also makes a great food net (to keep bears away from food), fishing net, or temporary shelter.

25. Paracord Lanyard


A paracord lanyard made of 550 paracords 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 maybe one of your favorite easy paracord projects!

26. Paracord Eyeglass Lanyard


Whether you’re fishing or floating, use this paracord eyeglass lanyard to keep your glasses in place. Based on the changes to the cord, the glasses can either dangle on your chest or fit snugly on your face.

27. Paracord Water Jug Harness


A paracord water jug harness is a very convenient tool to have when bringing water jugs with you. You can fit the simple rig for different jugs and attach it anywhere in your backpack for camping trips.

28. Paracord Army Man


Finally, one of those paracord projects even the kids will like because it is quite simple and amusing! You may not find this paracord project very useful, but the kids will love it.

Keep the youngsters entertained with this set of army soldiers made completely from paracord.

29. Paracord iPhone Cable


Phone cable breaking is annoying and a paracord intervention should provide protection and add style to your cable. Up the durability of your cables with this paracord iPhone cable!

30. Paracord Self Defense Key Fob


Who would think this cute paracord self-defense key fob can knock the lights out of a possible attacker?

Apart from being a keychain, this project features a monkey fist to better prepare you for self-defense situations plus, there’s no concealing needed for this weapon.

31. Paracord Drawstring Bag


This Paracord DIY for a drawstring bag will help you create a versatile and durable bag; and it is adjustable, too!

Due to its simplicity, it is a popular paracord project among survivalists. You can use this as a general idea to make more drawstring pouches/sacks using different knots.

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?

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.

34. Paracord Bandolier


In the endless pursuit of trying to lighten 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 as well.

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 popular due to its practicality. That’s because your cards and cash will fit snugly inside it!

36. Paracord Rock Sling


This DIY paracord rock sling will give you a backup weapon that doesn’t need bullets or arrows to work. Since ancient times, it is used for hunting and more prominently in warfare.

In fact, the sling is popular as a cheap and easy-to-make weapon with a range greater than that of a bow. Due to its low cost, it is considered a weapon of the poor.

The things you can do with paracord are amazing, and these paracord projects are some of the most useful. So a tool as handy as a paracord should always be within reach for your convenience.

With these paracord projects and ideas, you can do just that, so take out your paracord supplies and work on one now!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 5, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.




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  1. Gregory Lesniewski

    March 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Very interesting information! Saving to my “memory bank” on my laptop for future reference! Thank you! This is important info!

  2. WP Nevins

    March 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    I have a development project in Costa Rica that has a river running through it. I would like to use “Paracord” to build a two walking-bridges to cross the river channel ( 40-50 yards+/-) during our 6-month rainy season. Do you have any manuals that would guide me in this effort? Please respond ASAP, because the rains begin in May and I’m running out of time to get the bridges in place!
    Muchas gracias amigos…WPNevins

  3. Wade

    March 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Great list, but FYI, I personally will look at the descriptions of the items at the end before adding to my cart. Instant no purchase for me.

  4. Thomas P. Anderson

    March 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Hi, there’s a lot of great ideas for paracord projects here, but I’ve been looking for a way to wrap my Cold Steel/Katana machete handles for a better grip while I’m hacking the Indian grass behind my barn every year. What is the best way to weave onto the handle? Where can I find a book on how to weave paracord? Thank you!

    • Randy Baldauf

      August 5, 2018 at 5:36 PM

      you could use project #33 to do that.

      • Anonymous

        July 5, 2019 at 6:46 PM

        I make a lot of handles by doubling the cod and wrapping it around the shaft and putting the two ends through the loop. then reverse direction and pass through the loop formed. This can be made as a spiral or straight pattern. Continue until you have the grip length that you want. I make ”walking sticks” that have up to 20′ of usable cor in the grips.

  5. Jim Ray

    March 14, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    great ideas

  6. Kim

    March 14, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    What great ideas. I am always looking for things to make for the men in my life and I got a couple good ones from these. Thanks!

  7. Roxy

    March 15, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Thanks for this (I think) my husband will be busy for months!!!

  8. Cynthia kowalczyk

    March 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Awesome we are planning on making for us and some for gifts. Great gift ideas!

  9. J.M. Williamson

    March 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Great article. I especially like #13! You can also wrap the handle of your fixed-blade knife with paracord. Check out how I did it on my site linked above.

    • Randy Baldauf

      August 5, 2018 at 5:38 PM

      You could use project #33 to do that too.

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  11. Robert Mitchell

    March 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I would like to see more

  12. SN

    March 15, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    love most of what you posted but feel that you missed one, the DIY permalok needle @ http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-your-own-permalok-needles/

    • Stephanie

      March 16, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Cool. Thanks!

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  17. Mark

    April 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    That is a kick ass list!
    If you would like to expand it at some point I have a couple more projects I would recommend adding.

    I like the paracord pouches and the belt ideas the most, a few of those I have not yet tried, so time to get cracking!

    Mark

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    May 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

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  27. Vernon E. Jones

    October 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    You should checkout Stormdrane’s blog & thee YouTube channel and many books written by TIAT as well Stephanie… 😉

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  34. PrepperZine

    June 18, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    This is the list that got me started…The koozie is the most used piece of paracord in my house! It took me a little while to get the hang of it. I have another bigger list of paracord projects here: http://prepperzine.com/101-paracord-projects/

  35. jaq

    July 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    So many cool projects here! I actually just saw this one today and thought it was super awesome! http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Hammock-3/

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  37. Mary Dante

    January 31, 2016 at 4:17 AM

    would be better on the whips if the guy knew how to correctly crack them with out hitting himself and they are not a good self defense weapon, yes you can cause damage but really it will not win against a gun…IMHO

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    October 4, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Really cool!! 🙂

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  53. Grampa

    January 5, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    many of these items are truly valuable and provide durable goods. If I may put the proverbial fly in the ointment. when you plan on using the paracord for multiple uses when we take one apart one item we loose the use of that item. remember how long it took to make it and what you needed? a belt made of paracord will work as well as any but wont hold your pants up if it is used for something else. I guess what I am saying is the use of paracord is great but it like any usefull tool is only good for what it was designed for. cute little doodads are fun to make but not practical unless they are to stay in that form. if a belt is needed get one that will last a leather one that will hold your pants but will hone an edge on a knife. wrap your equipment in paracord. when used itis easy to wrap again not needing all the fancy knots. like any cord it will take the form it is held in.when undone will try to return to it. it will cause the cord to spring and fold where you dont need it. I offer these things because at my age I had to do without all the modern tools. Yes I had a saw that didnt use electricity. I can cut a board off square without using a square to mark it. it is important to know how to use tools and have skills that are no longer used. that will be the true value when TSHTF. anyone who thinks you can have all you need in an Altoid can to survive will die. find the old people and learn. survival is only knowing how to cope and adapt. knowing how to make a petty bow isnt the answer.
    Grampa

    • Anonymous

      June 19, 2018 at 9:57 AM

      I wish you were my Grandpa. Mine are all in heaven now and my uncles are joining them fast. We need the old ways desperately. I know just enough to to keep me alive if electricity goes but beyond that …

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    January 9, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Totally cool paracord stuff to try and learn this year! The kids will surely love to try them as well.

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