Paracord, originally called parachute cord, is a lightweight cord or rope made of nylon kernmantle. The term parachute cord speaks for itself. It means it was originally used for parachutes.
Parachute cord has evolved into a paracord bracelet. Nowadays, it is not any more used in military. It is now used as well in many general purposes such as survival projects.
You can make your own custom paracord survival bracelet. Here is one video tutorial that can help you.
Nevertheless, here are 25 survival projects you need to try with the paracord bracelet:
1. Paracord Belt
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Any type of belt can be used in a survival kit. However, if your belt is made of paracord, you will find it more useful than any other type of belt. Instructables has a complete step-by-step guide on how to make it.
The benefits of paracord belt over the other belts are its durability and flexibility.
2. Paracord Bracelet
The paracord bracelet is the first and initial concept that has been made through parachute cord. At first, it was just a fancy creation. Eventually, it has become useful in many ways.
OutdoorLife has a list of 10 practical uses of paracord bracelet. You can explore and discover more uses along with them.
3. Paracord Keychain
The paracord keychain is a simple yet useful project anyone can make. Although its main purpose is to hold your keys, you can custom-make one with a lot of uses aside from just a key holder.
It’s easy to make and there are a lot of DIY guides you can follow as what you can see in Guide Patterns.
4. Paracord Wallet
We know that a wallet is important in keeping our money, credit cards, Identification cards, and other important papers. The paracord wallet, on the other hand, can be smarter than the usual wallet you have depending on your custom need.
According to Slim Wallet Junkie, it is even possible to make a paracord wallet that can start a fire in emergency situation.
5. Paracord Lanyard
The paracord lanyard can be used in many ways. You can use it as a necklace to hold your ID badge or keys. You can also use it to hang a knife or a flash light. If you want to know how to make durable and smart lanyard, Survival Mastery provides DIY instructions that you can follow.
6. Paracord Can Coozie
If you are active in survival adventure activities, you will have to bring a drinking can or a water jug with you. In that case, paracord coozie is the smartest kit you need to hold such small containers.
Paracord Guild has a simple guide on how to make paracord can coozie.
7. Paracord Rock Sling
Weapons such as guns and arrows may not be sustainable in a long period of survival adventure. Paracord rock slings are one of the most ancient weapons that is proven to be self-sufficient.
Just pick up a rock and hit your target with rock sling. Using paracord as material will give you an advantage.
8. Paracord Bandoiler
If rock sling is not enough for you for use as a survival weapon, you may as well bring your rifle. The problem is that you will have to carry with it boxes of ammunition.
The paracord bandoiler will help you hold your ammunition without carrying extra boxes. Just wrap it around your belongings, and you’re good to go.
9. Paracord Multi-Tool Pouch
You don’t have to bring one pouch for every tool you need in your survival camping. It is always smart to have a multi-tool pouch that can hold or bring various belongings. You can use it to hold keys, Swiss army knife, pen light, and other survival belongings.
10. Paracord Drawstring Bag
The paracord drawstring bag works like paracord koozie. The difference is that the latter is smaller while the former is bigger in order to hold bigger things such as bigger stuff that are soft and can be folded or shrunk.
It is like a net bag that can also be used to carry fruits and even smaller animals depending on the style of paracord drawstring bag you make.
11. Paracord Water Jug Harness
Just like paracord koozie, the paracord water jug harness is used to carry a water container. There is no actual comparison between these two.
Paracord koozie is only for small cans than can be attached to your belt or side pants while this simple paracord water jug harness can be adjusted to carry different sizes.
12. Paracord Eyeglass Lanyard
For people with eye glasses, paracord eyeglass lanyard will help them prevent their eye glasses from falling. If you need eye glasses, too, even in survival activities, this is the most important paracord project you should make.
You can use this as a necklace to hold your eye glasses or to hang them on a tree near you.
13. Paracord Hammock
The paracord drawstring bag may not be enough to use as net. If you want to have bigger nets for several more uses, the paracord hammock is a must.
You can use it to improvise a wall to protect food, to keep bears from entering, and to carry fish. Aside from that, you can use it as shelter and, of course, as a hammock.
14. Paracord Bow Sling
The rock sling is not the only weapon you can make out of paracord. You can also make a paracord bow sling. In fact, paracord is one of the best materials to use for this.
It’s durable, and flexible. Moreover, it is easy to find as it’s available almost everywhere.
15. Paracord Phone Case
Nowadays, almost everybody has a smart phone. You, too, are probably carrying a smart phone everywhere. If you still have it with you even in your adventure activities, don’t forget to improvise a paracord phone case to protect your smart phone and keep it with you wherever you go.
16. Paracord Bottle Net
The paracord bottle net is an enhanced version of paracord water jug harness. It is because a simple harness is not enough to hold a more delicate container such as bottle. It is a net that surrounds and holds the bottle.
17. Paracord Dog Collar
If you can bring your dog with you in your camping activities, make sure your dog is comfortable with his collar. A paracord dog collar is the best that you can provide for your dog.
It is soft but durable. When you make one, a wider and a thicker paracord dog collar is recommended.
18. Paracord Chair
Plastic or mono-block chairs use up much space and is not advisable for camping activities. A folding chair will do.
The best folding chair you can bring is a wooden frame type that has paracord intersecting along the sides of the wooden frames. The paracord chair is light, cool, and easy to set up.
19. Paracord Laptop Harness
We all can’t live without a smart phone anywhere we go; laptops are also another gadget that has already been part of our lives. In your next survival camp, you will probably bring your laptop with you.
If that is the case, don’t forget to make and use a paracord laptop harness to protect it and easily carry it.
20. Paracord Tent Rigging
If you don’t have an expensive tent that has sophisticated poles to help it stand; you may as well resort to a simple folding tent. In order to hang it in between trees, you need a paracord tent rigging to do so.
There are many types of ropes you can use to improvise a tent, but paracord tent rigging is a better choice.
21. Paracord Hanging Chair
You can make a hanging chair out of paracord. What you need are some pieces of wood that can be tied one after another. Afterward, you can also use paracord to hang it on a tree.
Paracord is soft but it is durable, so you don’t have to worry that your paracord hanging chair will break.
22. Paracord Watchband
A paracord watchband is not only used for fashion but is also functional. You can use it to protect your watch. With the paracord watch band, you can easily hang your watch anywhere whenever you need to remove it.
23. Paracord Snow Shoes
Just like the paracord chair, paracord snow shoes are made of a wooden frame with paracord intersecting along the sides of the frames. This is one of the most practical ways to have snow shoes in survival situation.
24. Paracord Bundle Strap and Handle
It is difficult to find a bag that is big enough to carry big things than can be compressed into it. There is a solution for that.
If you carry large things that you can fold, compress, or fold up such as tent or blanket, you can wrap around a paracord and make it as a bundle strap or handle to help you carry these belongings.
25. Paracord Bullwhip
Although the paracord bullwhip is a simple whip, the task of making it is admittedly daunting. Nevertheless, it is easy to learn. All you need to achieve is to make a whip thicker from one end getting thinner toward the other end.
Which Paracord Projects Will You Try?
There are many things you can make out of paracord. The above projects are just a few of the many options you can consider but these are the top projects that are useful in everyday situations.
You don’t have to make all of them. You can choose one to try. In fact, you can invent your own paracord projects or introduce a new concept. All existing paracord projects today are a product of concept and creative work.
If you want to make now, start with a simple one. What is important is you have a paracord rope to begin with. Along the way, you can experiment on your own.