November 11, 2012

Paracord Buddies: Project Idea For Paracord Scraps

Paracord Buddies: Project Idea For Paracord Scraps

Photo Illustrated Step by Step Instructions on How to Make Paracord Buddies with Parachute Cord Scraps

After making numerous paracord bracelets I ended with numerous left over strands of paracord scrap. Because my six year old daughter enjoyed making paracord bracelets with me, I thought it would be fun to teach her how to make paracord buddies too and after showing photos of the finished paracord buddies, I decided to share these instructions for making paracord buddies.

  Step by Step Instructions on How to Make Paracord Buddies
To make paracord buddies you will need two strands of parachute cord, aka paracord, a single inner strand removed from the core of your paracord, a single 14mm wood bead, a lanyard hook or split ring key chain ring, scissors and a lighter.

Tie a single knot on the end of the strand of paracord that will be your paracord buddies' legs.

 Ream the hole of the wooden bead with your scissors to make the hole larger.
 Loop the single inner strand around the strand of paracord that will become your paracord buddies' legs.
 Feed the inner strand thread ends through the wooden bead
 Pull the thread, pushing the bead down.
 Continue pulling on thread while pushing down bead to pull paracord through the hole of the bead
 Discard the thread and attach a lanyard hook or split ring key chain ring to the loop.
 Pull bead up.  This is your paracord buddies' head.
 Take your second strand of paracord and lay it across it over the front of your paracord buddies' body.
 Using the same cobra knot technique applied to my how to make paracord bracelets post, take one end and loop it around the back and over the other end of strand as shown.
 Now take the other end and cross it over the front and through the loop
 Now pull the two ends to tighten and form a cobra knot
 Repeat, this time starting from the other side.
 Repeat again one more time, again, starting from the opposite end of your last knot
 After last knot is pulled tight, pull your paracord buddies shirt up so that it sits just beneath its head.
 Use your scissors and trim the arms to equal lengths.
 Use your lighter and singe the ends of the arms.  Do not burn or start a fire.  Paracord is 100% nylon and melts if heated too long and WILL catch on fire if you do this incorrectly

Next, tie a single knot on your paracord buddies other leg so that it aligns with the other one.  These are your paracord buddies feet.
Now cut off the excess paracord below the knots and singe the ends.

You are now finished and just made your very own paracord buddy.

These are great for children to make, with adult help for the cutting and singing.  My daughter loves them.

Paracord buddies are great as key chain charms, as back pack zipper pulls, or even as Christmas tree ornaments.

1 comment :

  1. Just what I was looking for. Wanted to make something with my grandkids for their teachers. Thanks