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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

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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.
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