Introduction: Adjustable Paracord Glasses Lanyard

This Instructable describes a method of making a paracord lanyard to help keep your glasses on, or near, your head.  Based on your adjustment of the cord, the glasses can either dangle on your chest, or be held snugly to the face.  This method uses only paracord; some alternative approaches that incorporate additional materials are shown at the end.

Step 1: Materials

Required Materials

Paracord, about 1 yard (or 95cm)
Eye glasses or sunglasses (if you don't have these, well, why bother?)
Lighter (to singe cord ends)
Knife or Scissors  (unless you have really sharp teeth)

Optional Materials

Plastic Cord Lock
Wooden bead

Step 2: Getting Started

Begin with a 3' (~1m) length of paracord.  Snip it in half and singe the ends so they won't fray.

Next lay the two pieces parallel to each other on a flat surface.

Step 3: The Figure 8 Knots

You're going to tie two Figure 8 knots, one in each piece.  Start with the right end of the piece nearest you, and follow the detailed Instructions in the pictures below to tie the knot.

Step 4: Repeat

Now, using the left end of the second cord, tie a figure eight knot around the first piece, just like you did in the previous step.  The two knots form the stops at the end of the joined pieces.

Step 5: About Tightness

Since the cords need to slide for the adjustment, make sure your figure eights are neither super tight, nor too loose.  You should be able to gently slide the knots together and apart.  This will shorten or lengthen the overall joined piece.  If you have unsightly ends dangling from your knots, you can snip and singe them in place.

Step 6: Preparing the Ends

This is done by forming a small noose at each end of the joined piece.  It's not really a noose because it only has two turns, but otherwise it's pretty much the same knot.  To find where your end knots should be placed, pull the two figure eights knots so they're about 6" (15cm) apart, and place behind your head.  Grab each end just above and behind your ears.  This is about where the knot should be.  Don't worry about being exact, it's adjustable!

To make the mini-nooses, follow the steps in the pictures.

Step 7: Attach This End

Slip the "noose" over the ear piece of your glasses, and tighten.  The whole knot should tighten up nicely as you pull on the long end..

Step 8: Repeat.

Repeat this process (steps 6 & 7) on the other end of your lanyard.  Pretty simple, huh?

Step 9: ...and You're Done.

Ta-da!  Remeber, by sliding the two Figure 8 knots together, you can snug the glasses to your face.  This can be particularly helpful if someone has irresponsibly let your youngest brother drive the boat you're on.  Trust me.

Step 10: But Wait, There's More...

If you have an old cord lock, or even a bead with the right aperture, you can forgo the whole figure 8 business, keep your cord as a single piece, and use that hardware to adjust your snugness.

Step 11: ...and That's Not All.

If you're feeling fancy, you can attach the cords to your ear pieces so that they don't protrude.  Even though it looks a little neater, this makes the cord harder to put on and remove from the glasses, so I opted for the simpler method above.

Step 12: There You Have It...

... a couple of ways to keep your glasses close at hand.

(This is my first substantial Instructable; please rate!  Thanks!)

Comments

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Kiteman made it!(author)2010-07-17

I made one of these for Roger-X to go canoeing (but with 2mm cord I had left from another project).

Easy to make, and effective to use.

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frenzy made it!(author)2010-07-22

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EmberAshes made it!(author)2016-12-09

My glasses frame is hard plastic and broke recently, and I used a glue gun to temporarily repair until I get a new one. However, the temporary repair is rather wide and I was badly seeking one of these glasses straps, so thank you for posting this!

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kfacer made it!(author)2016-06-09

Perfect!!! I had all the pieces on hand and put it together in less than 10 mins, using a cord stop, versus the sliding knots.

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lstollin made it!(author)2015-06-08

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final_boss made it!(author)2015-06-04

This is exactly what I was looking for! I've wasted so much money buying other lanyards and never being happy with them. This took 10 minutes to make and 50 cents worth of materials! Plus, you can customize a bit to your liking. Here's to DIY projects!

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morffeo made it!(author)2015-03-31

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JefferyG1 made it!(author)2014-10-02

This was the perfect solution for me. I am near sighted and only need my glasses for distance and need to remove them when I read or use the computer. I looked at the junk they sell at the glasses shop and they are all tacky and around 6.00. I picked up the paracord for 2.00 and with a minimum of time and effort was able to get a nice looking lanyard for my glasses. I only have two issues with your instructions; that being when you are referring to the "working" end let people know that it is the loose end, and the images for when you're making the "noose" knot that you indicate which end was the loose end in the image. These will make it simpler for those of us who have not studied knots much. Other then those two very minor issues excellent instructions!

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technofossil made it!(author)2014-08-03

This is a great ibble. Thanks for posting.

The only change I made was I gutted the paracord. It makes it a bit lighter and it also makes the knots a little smaller and more comfortable.

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PugFaceDoc made it!(author)2013-07-16

Lookin' for a lanyard - bit sidetracked by this cool project

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rolltidehank made it!(author)2012-08-26

Great and well explained project. I just made some for my Costas. I altered the attachment to my glasses. My Costas have a hole where a rubber plug was for the frames to grip my head. I pulled that out and threaded the paracord through the hole and used another figure eight knot to attach. Works and looks great! I've dubbed them my "Para Croakies."

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rolltidehank made it!(author)2012-08-26

I didn't realize the pics uploaded upside down until it posted.

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gserrano701 made it!(author)2012-05-31

Good instructable, thanks, I'll certainly try it

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fjmontiel made it!(author)2012-05-04

With the wooden baed you can use a little ring made from wire to aboid it to got out of the cord.

Something like this:

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kat_the_vamp made it!(author)2011-11-26

THANKS SO MUCH :D i made something a bit more complex than this with it but id always wondered how to make those knots

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jdtwelve12 made it!(author)2011-11-27

You're welcome. What did you make?

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kat_the_vamp made it!(author)2012-01-18

a glasses lanyard thingy i used rex lace and beads

heres a picture https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/390638_2787985983675_1379070580_3114238_1024186454_n.jpg

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pecker made it!(author)2011-06-19

I like simple.
Made one up while having my breakfast coffee.

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notimeoff made it!(author)2011-06-16

This is so on the money....I stopped by the surplus shop today and need to get a few "glass's keepers" thy where out. then I find this.......THANK YOU >>>>THANK YOU>>>>THANK YOU.
Now I have a use for all the short bit's of para-cord I have in a bag in my rope box.
Beer are on me if you get to BROOKLYN.

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ronin59 made it!(author)2011-06-11

Simple, elegant and very useful. My first project and I could not be happier! Thanks!!

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mysss made it!(author)2010-07-11

I find two double overhand knots tightened pretty tightly works great for this--I've used it as an adjustment in two improvised shoulder straps--one on my largest nerf gun ( ;D ) and the other on my (heavier, hehe) industrial flashlight (I had to steal the pad from my messenger bag strap to make that comfortable...). I've never had trouble with that, although perhaps the adjustment would be a little too difficult and the security would be overkill for this. Unfortunately I have no real use for this since I'm blind without my glasses anyway. ;)

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terry1769 made it!(author)2010-04-17

Thanks!  Just saved me a few dollars and the frustration of trying to find a lanyard for new safety glasses.  :)

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Applejacks made it!(author)2010-03-25

nice ible; as an alternative to the fig-8 knots you could try some prusiks or prusik-like knots. then itd be that much more hardcore

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jdtwelve12 made it!(author)2010-03-26

Thanks!  As I understand it, the Prusik Knot holds tight to the line it wraps around when the knot is under load (perpendicular to the aforementioned line), and it loosens when the load is relaxed.  I'm told this is what makes it useful for climbing purposes.  Since I want the the lanyard to hold fast in whatever position I set it in, I'm not sure how a Prusik would work for this purpose, hardcore though it may be.  :-)  Of course, I'm far from an expert on knots, so I just might not be understanding your intent.  Maybe you could post a picture over what you envision?

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caarntedd made it!(author)2010-03-25

Double fisherman's bend?

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kcls made it!(author)2010-03-25

Nice job!

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kissiltur made it!(author)2010-03-25

the cord lock is a good idea, but you might want to add a knot at the end of the loop to stop it coming off the back when slackening off.

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jdtwelve12 made it!(author)2010-03-25

Nice addition, thanks!

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