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November 13, 2013

How to Make a Planter Out of a Bible

How to Make a Plant Container Out of a Bible

Haworthia Attenuata in Bible Planter
Haworthia Attenuata in Bible Planter


Oh my has it been a really long time since I last posted here.   Not only have things been sort of chaotically disorganized in my life, but I am also overwhelmed with a multitude of tasks of late, leaving me little time, energy or motivation to write, because often, at the end of the day, I am just too exhausted and can't even think straight, never mind even think about what to write about.

  Fortunately today is not one of those days.  If you know me, then you know that I love growing houseplants and have a large collection of various plants throughout my home.  For quite some time I have been wanting to create a unique planter out of a book, however, haven't gotten around to doing it, particularly because I didn't want to destroy any of the books I own. 

Bible
Well, take it as a sign, but as I was dumping my trash into the dumpster outside, I noticed a small stack of books, one of them being a Bible.  I thought to myself "hmm.. a perfect candidate for destruction" and brought it inside with the intentions of creating a planter out of the Bible.

Of course you don't have to use a bible to create your own planter.  You can use the Koran or any other fairy tale you wish, so long as it's a hardcover and has enough depth to house the plant you wish to plant in it.

First you want to flip over several pages, and then cut away a hole through the remainder of the book making sure to leave a couple dozen pages at the bottom.




Next, flip over about 4 of the pages you cut out of and then line the hole with plastic.  Now fold the opened pages over the exposed plastic.  Fill with soil and plant your favorite small plant in it.

November 24, 2012

Paracord Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornaments Made With Parachute Cord


Shortly after publishing my post on how to make paracord people I began getting visitors looking for paracord Christmas ornaments because I mentioned that the paracord people would make some cool paracord Christmas ornaments.

Naturally, because I love dragonfly, I also began making paracord dragonfly and after completing a few of them, I thought perhaps if I added a paracord inner stand in between the center of the paracord dragonfly's eyes, I could add a small lanyard hook, or Christmas tree ornament hook, and use the paracord dragonfly as a tree ornament as well.

Due to the fact that several people arrived here on my blog searching for paracord Christmas decorations, I decided to see what I could create in addition to the aforementioned, and so here I am just after completing my original paracord Christmas ornaments, ready to show off my work.    I am very pleased with my self, because while there's many people who make paracord bracelets, and several other things out of paracord, it seems that I am the first to create paracord Christmas ornaments.

Unfortunately, it won't be long before word spreads and others begin copying my ideas for the two Christmas ornaments made out of paracord that I created and designed using the cobra knot pattern.


Paracord Christmas Ornaments
Paracord Christmas Ornament with jingle bell,  paracord dragonfly and one of the several paracord people I made.

My original paracord Christmas ornament that I designed and created, with jingle bells, wooden beads & small silver beads, to resemble a small wreath. Paracord Christmas ornament copyright protected original design and work, may not be reproduced, modified or based on for commercial purposes without license.
Paracord Christmas Ornaments
Original Christmas ornaments made with paracord

Recommended Books for Paracord Crafts and Tying Knots

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.
Paracord, buckles and more for parachute cord crafts
Recommended Books for Paracord Crafts and Tying Knots

October 26, 2012

How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet

How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet

Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
White & Pink Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
For quite some time I have been very interested in learning how to make stuff using paracord, such as paracord bracelets, knife lanyards, key chain fobs & more since I have been into emergency survival preparedness since 2008 and paracord is a very useful item to have on hand during an emergency or survival situation due to virtually infinite number of uses it has.

 As much as I was interested in making things out of paracord, I simply never made the time to learn how until very recently and after having made a little over a dozen two color cobra knot paracord bracelets, I decided to share with my readers and followers this how to article on how to make two color paracord bracelets using cobra knots.

When choosing your paracord, whether buying paracord online, or in a store, make sure that the paracord you're buying is type III 550lb seven strand.  This means that there are seven individual nylon strands inside the outer shell and the cord has a test rating of 550 ft lbs.  Certainly you can still make paracord bracelets with any of the other types, however, their capacity as a survival bracelet is greatly reduced, or diminished altogether if you're using a lower quality or lower rated paracord.  In addition to paracord, you'll also need a side release buckle.



Type III 550 Paracord, Side Release Buckles & More

Instructions on How to Make a Two Color Paracord Bracelet


 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Materials and Tools You Need to Make a Two Color Paracord Bracelet.

To make a two color paracord bracelet using cobra knots, you will need a four feet of paracord  for each color you want your paracord bracelet to be. and you will also need a side release buckle, scissors or knife and a lighter.  You may also need pliers, particularly if you have sensitive fingers.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Step by Step Instructions on How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet: 

Using your lighter, singe one end on each of your four foot lengths of paracord.  Next, take one of the paracord sections and pull on the white inner threads until they're out about an inch and cut them off..

Pull on the paracord so that the inner threads recede back into the interior, then take the other four foot length of paracord and slide it inside of the paracord that you just cut the inner threads from.


 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
   Using your lighter, lightly heat and singe the two sections to fuse them together.  Paracord is made out of nylon and burns fast, so, you only need to move your lighter underneath and around for a quick second to heat it up.  After heating the paracord, pinch it, or use pliers to squeeze it together.  Heated nylon paracord can get very hot when melted, so, be aware that you can get burned by pinching.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
   Next, slide one end of the paracord into the top of one end of your slide release buckle.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Now do the same with the other end, making sure that the fused sections are centered.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Pull both ends of paracord at bottom of buckle through  the loop making sure the fused section remains centered.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
   Pull the two ends of the paracord to form a hitch.
This is what your hitch should look like from the top.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
   This is what the bottom of the hitch should look like, with the split between the two colors in the center.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Now slide the ends of the paracord into the other half of the side release buckle.  Measure from end of buckle with hitch to the base of center prong on other half of buckle to ensure you have at least 7.5" to 8".  Slide unsecured buckle if necessary.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Fold paracord over buckle and pinch to secure it.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
   Take color you want to show the most, the one that will be on the sides, and slide it under the center strands.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet










 After sliding the paracord under the center strands,  cross it over second color.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Take second color paracord and loop it over the first color and over the center strands, and then through the hole of first color paracord.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Pull to tighten and form a cobra knot.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Now do the same, this time from the opposite side, again starting with the first color, under the center strands and over the second color.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Again, take second color and go over first color, over center strands, through the hole, and pull to tighten.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Repeat this process until you get to the bottom of your paracord bracelet, making sure you keep the center strands taut as possible.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Once at the buckle, make your final knot and stop.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Cut remaining paracord.
 How to Make a Two Color Cobra Knot Paracord Bracelet
 Use lighter and singe the cut ends.
You're now finished and just made your first paracord bracelet.
Two Color Paracord Bracelets
You can purchase one of my own hand made paracord bracelets from Two Knotty Girls in the online shop.