Paracord is a strong and extremely durable form of cording. Intended for use with parachutes (hence the name), its lightness, relatively smooth texture and strength make it ideal for many other applications. With practice, you can use it for various conventional applications, including jewellery and strap weaving, as well as a few more surprising uses.
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Braiding paracord is easy and makes a durable bracelet. Easy as it is to unwind, this adornment doubles as an emergency length of paracord that you can have on hand at all times. Aside from this utilitarian feature, paracord jewellery is popular just as a fashion statement of its own. RAEMS.com has a photo tutorial of the basic knotting process and StormDrane.Blogspot.com has instructions for adding a buckle. Homemade-Gifts-Made-Easy.com, meanwhile, shows how to integrate two or more colours into a bracelet with its print and video instructions.
Paracord is an ideal material for lanyards because of its strength and lightness, as well as the ease with which you can braid it. Lanyards are useful for conveniently carrying small items such as keys, whistles and pocketknives; they're especially useful when camping or engaging in other outdoor activities. Lighthound.com has tutorials for making lanyards with the square weave, the cross weave and the alternating square weave. EDCFeatures.Blogspot.com has a comprehensive overview of the materials and accessories you'll need to make paracord lanyards, as well as photos and instructional resources for a wide variety of weaves.
A decorative use for paracord is to wrap it around the handle of your favourite knife. This type of handle is easy to grip and doesn't get mushy with sweat. You can wrap a knife handle with an open-style wrap, a braid or one composed of knots tied closely together; each of these wraps provides a different feel and serves a different purpose. ZombieHunters.org has pictorial instructions for wrapping the handle of a tomahawk. AtwoodKnives.com has a tutorial for its own style of wrapping dubbed the "Atwood Style." GRTC.org has instructions for wrapping a Chinese sword or sabre. For more advanced techniques, check out NorthCoastKnives.com's instructions for a two-layer wrap.
Nets, Slings and Koozies
Paracord also makes an excellent sling for water bottles and other small containers, such as cans and glass bottles. Its flexibility and strength allow it to hold such containers with ease. These projects tend to be more challenging and generally require knowledge of knotting in order to create the net. Stormdrane.Blogspot.com has a variety of designs, including a cow-hitched water bottle holder and a similar design for an aluminium can. Slinging.org has a photo tutorial on how to make a five-cord sling for small balls and other projectiles and KnifeForums.com has instructions for a netted bottle holder.
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