How to Make a Bungee Cord Lanyard

Written by donna armstrong
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How to Make a Bungee Cord Lanyard
Used bungee cords can also be used to create a lanyard. (Gary Gladstone/Creatas/Getty Images)

Lanyards are becoming more and more popular, because they can keep items easily displayed or close at hand. Lanyards are used to carry ID badges, mouth guards, duck calls and much more. Bungee cord lanyards have an elastic quality that that allows the lanyard to stretch out and return to its original shape. These lanyards are strong and durable.

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Things you need

  • 26 inches of 1/8 inch or 3/16 inch bungee cord
  • 2 lanyard clips
  • Large bead
  • Lighter

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    Necklace Lanyard

  1. 1

    Gather the supplies. Most hardware and home improvement store sell bungee cord by the foot and will cut if for you there.

  2. 2

    Thread both ends of the bungee cord through the large bead and tie a knot in the end of the cord. The bead is used to adjust the length of the lanyard once it is on the wearer.

  3. 3

    Burn the ends of the cord to keep the cord from fraying. Only allow the cord to flame for about two seconds.

  4. 4

    Pull the lanyard straight and find the middle where the clip will be placed.

  5. 5

    Tie a slip knot in the lanyard to attach the clip. To do this, fold the loop under to make two loops. Slide the right loop through the hole in the lanyard clip. Thread the left loop though the right loop and pull the cord to tighten the knot.

    Clip Lanyard

  1. 1

    Cut the bungee cord to the length of the desired lanyard plus 2 inches. The 2 inches is added to accommodate the clip attachment.

  2. 2

    Tie one clip to the end of the bungee cord and burn the end for about two seconds.

  3. 3

    Repeat step 2 on the other end with the second clip.

Tips and warnings

  • These types of lanyards can be made from a variety of different cords and some flexible tubing. Some of the most common are elastic cord, beaded thread, rubber, and PVC tubing.

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