To help you get your hands into some simple do-it-yourself projects, here are a couple of ideas using paracord. Paracord (parachute cord) has many uses and applications, not to mention it's great for craft projects. Make Knots Your Friend This may come as a surprise, but... knowing a few basic knot-tying techniques is a skill that could help just about anyone. Sometimes it will even save a life. Sure, knowing how to tie certain knots is a good way to get yourself out of danger when you're out in the wild. But let's say you're not. There are a ton of other applications too, all very useful and very practical. There are tons of different types of knots—they are used in boating, camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, backpacking, search and rescue, at home, in your yard, and so on. Need to form a non-slip loop at the end of a rope? Or hang a swing from a tree? Or join two separate lengths of rope together? Or climb a big rock or mountain? Or secure a rope around an object? Or add a weight to the end of a rope? (Get the point?) Even if you learn only a few of the basic knots (there are hundreds), get to know them really well. You'll be much more prepared when it comes time to ... well, tying or hitching something. Start by learning some simple knots. Some people can learn by looking at diagrams or photos. But we find it's faster to watch. The video below shows how to tie these 7 essential knots (they each have names):
1 - Bowline Knot 2 - Clove Hitch 3 - Noose Knot 4 - Square 5 - Sheet Bend 6 - Figure 8 Loop 7 - Heaving Line
It's fun, it's easy, and even your kids can acquire the skill. So, go find some cord or rope lying around your home and try it! Or to add variety, use colored paracord. You can find paracord spools on Amazon in 100 and 200 foot spools, in all kinds of colors. Ditch the idea "If you can't tie knots, tie lots". Instead, become a master at a few basic knots.
Make a Watch Band from Paracord The video below shows how anyone can easily make a cool-looking watch strap. The 6-strand, flat braid is stylish and not bulky like other paracord bracelets.
You can either buy a jig for about 30 bucks, or make one yourself by pounding a couple of nails in a piece of wood.
What is a Paracord Fid? The fid is a simple metal tool (shown below), pointed on one head, hollow on the other. It's used when you're lacing or braiding paracord. It's pretty handy for getting in between individual strands without disrupting the pattern of your strap or bracelet. A fid can also be quite beneficial for certain weaves and tricky ties.
We found some affordable fids available on Amazon (and they have decent reviews):
There are numerous other DIY ideas that use paracord. If it's your first time, we found these crafting kits can help you get started. They come with 550 commercial grade parachute cord in assorted colors and have good reviews (we always look at reviews). From time to time, we'll add other ideas here. But this can get you started.
Whether you're tying knots, making watch bands, bracelets, camera straps, rifle straps, paracord is easy to get and has a ton of handy uses.