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!
Paracord Projects Every Prepper and Survivalist Must Know
1. Paracord Belt
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
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.
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.
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.
With these paracord projects and ideas, you can do just that, so take out your paracord supplies and work on one now!
What can you say about these DIY paracord projects? Is there a paracord tutorial you’d like to add? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 5, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.