How to Make a Paracord Cross

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How to Make a Paracord Cross
A lighter can help the paracord cross stay intact. (Lighter. Lighter to light cigarettes. image by L. Shat from

With holidays and birthdays always coming up, a hand-crafted gift could be the perfect gift to say "I Love You." A paracord cross is a crafty accessory that can only be made with nylon paracord. It is created when you loop, cross, fold and pull the paracord into the shape of a cross. You can use the cross as a key chain, a purse charm or a necklace.

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Things you need

  • Nylon paracord
  • Scissors
  • Ring or hook
  • Glue
  • Disposable lighter

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    Creating the Paracord Cross

  1. 1

    Cut four pieces of paracord 48 inches long each. Select two of the four cords and measure 12 to 14 inches from the end and cross the cords at that point. It will arrange a "+" sign.

  2. 2

    Place a ring or hook. Put it through the vertical strand of paracord and move it to middle of the "+" sign.

  3. 3

    Take the top piece of nylon over and behind the bottom cord. Continue by bringing the short end around then back over. Take the short end and lightly pull it under, over then away from the other cord. This makes a square-shaped knot.

  4. 4

    Pull the top cord through the exposed loop. Pull this cord tightly to make a knot. Bring the bottom cord over and to the right side of the braid. Turn the braid counter clockwise and bring each cord over the layer.

  5. 5

    Bring the last cord over and through the loop. Pull all the cords to make another layer. Repeat the process until you have completed eight to 11 layers of square braid. Make another squared braid, the same length, with the other two pieces of paracord.

  6. 6

    Put the two pieces of squared braids together with the shorter cords facing up. Take two cords from each piece and bring the lower right cord up and over the upper right cord then bring the upper right cord to the left.

  7. 7

    Bring the upper left cord over the lower left cord. Pull the lower cord through the loop to form your first connected layer.

  8. 8

    Bring the lower left cord over the upper right cord. Turning the whole piece counter clockwise, pull each cord over the layer. Bring the last cord over and through the loop. Tighten each cord to make a second layer. Repeat until you have eight to 11 layers on each end of the cross. The paracord will resemble a symmetric cross when the looping and crossing is complete.

    Crowning and Finishing the Cross

  1. 1

    Bring the bottom string of the top of the cross over and to the right. Keep turning the paracord counter clockwise and bring each cord over the paracord cross. Pull the last cord through the exposed loop. Pull the knot lightly.

  2. 2

    Select one of the four cords. Bring the cord to the right and pull it through the centre of the braid. Repeat this with the other three cords. Pull all four cords to make a crown-like knot to hold your cross in place. Repeat to finish the bottom end of the cross with a crown knot.

  3. 3

    Apply glue at the ends of the four crosses. Let the glue dry then singe off the excess string to ensure that the paracross will stay intact.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful with the disposable lighter. Have someone who has used one before light the tip of your paracord.

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