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Tie a JUG KNOT around a water bottle, soda bottle, or aluminum bottle to make a secure carrying strap.

Re-purpose any container into a reusable water bottle by adding a convenient carrying strap. This Instructable will demonstrate how to tie a JUG knot which like its name suggests, is meant to properly secure around the neck of a container.

With some cord and the knowledge of this knot, you will be able add a handle, lanyard, or carabiner loop to any of your favorite beverages to carry them on the go.

It works perfectly for those disposable water bottles, and who knows, once you add some colorful cord to the plain old clear water bottle you just might be inclined to refill it and use it again.
(Check out pictures 4&5 below)

In addition to plastic beverage bottles like pop, water and sports drinks, you can turn those rugged aluminum beer bottles into a backpacking canteen.

Those of you familiar with my previous aluminum bottle Instructables:
ROLLED RIM METAL TUMBLER
http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Bottle-Tumbler-Cup-Cook-Pot/
ALUMINUM BOTTLE LIGHTWEIGHT ALCOHOL STOVE
http://www.instructables.com/id/Aluminum-Bottle-Alcohol-Stove/
will recognize the water canteen shown below as a re-purposed aluminum beer bottle. Here, I have added a painted surface treatment to turn it into a proper looking water bottle. More on that in steps 13, 14, 15.
 
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Step 1: Getting Started

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Cord size is important. Select a small medium weight cord like the one shown here. It is a general purpose camp cord sold at most sporting goods stores. (shoelaces might also work)

Do not use a heavy cord or rope because the larger diameter will not tuck under the relatively small lip at the top of the bottleneck and the bottle will fall out.

Also, the smaller cord cinches tight on itself and will not loosen accidentally.
oraxia made it!1 month ago

Thank you so much for the super clear tutorial :) I received a solar lantern cap a while back, but haven't really tried to use it for camping with my Nalgene because I didn't have a good way to secure it to the bottle (and being so used to the attached cap, I figured I would surely drop the thing at an inconvenient time, with it rolling over a cliff or something equally dramatic--that's just the way my luck typically works). This, however, worked on the first try and looks great :D Thanks!

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jackscrap9 months ago

can you please do a tutorial on trussing like that bottom picture i have several bottles that don't have a lip at the top

I had the same reaction as bmelton1, to be honest, this is the first paracord instructable I've ever tried, and it came out perfect. Now I've got a water bottle to attach to my camp/survival pack.
It looks like its just a Turks head with a loop in one end
Mr.19112 years ago
I commend you on the clear, easy-to-follow, precise instructions. The idea of marking the bights made this a very simple knot to tie. If there were any ratings that went above 5, no matter how much, I would give them to you. Keep up the great work. To sum up what I've written, EXCELLENT JOB!!!!!
Covo5 years ago
I grew up calling this knot the Anga-gah-sec-agnute (sp?)...not sure if my Grandfather made the name up or it was the scandinavian name. He also said that the vikings would use this to tie a line to their "spirits" and other beverages, then throw them overboard to keep them cold. Anyone ever hear this or was I the victim of childhood gullibility? I currently use it on my key chain.
I haven't heard of this, but, if Vikings kept their water/spirits in glass or ceramic bottles it would be VERY possible that they did this. I'm not sure if it would work using some sort of container made from an animal bladder. I do this (this being hang my water bottle over board) when I'm out on an expedition kayaking trip. I lead 5 day kayaking trips along the North Carolina outer banks. To keep it cool I'll often use a carabiner to lash it to my deck rigging and drag it with me. The sound isn't that much cooler than the air, but if I store my water in my cockpit with me, it still gets warmer than the water in the sound. On the deck of the kayak it'll get as hot as bath water. Out on the ocean, where the Vikings would have been sailing, the ocean water would be pretty cold even on hot days and would keep tasty beverages pretty cool.
Oft times, in days of yore, containers made of animal bladders were covered with a natural waterproofing material such as insect shellac or some sort of tree sap or gum. This kept bottles from leaking. It didn't keep them from aquiering,(sp), an off taste. The coating also made them hard and they could be hung with out distorting.
geoslim13 Covo3 years ago
was he a sailor, because this knot was most common on sail boats and sailors make words like that up.
ybunnygurl Covo3 years ago
I don't know the name but I have heard this story too, when I learned how to make almost the same knot... this is easier then the way I was tough so I'm using this one now.
bmelton13 years ago
I actually laughed when I started tightening mine. Not because it was funny but in disbelief that I did it right!
Tip: put up a video, it makes everything easier than it already is ;)
CaseBoy3 years ago
can this be removed without uniting the knot
hpstoutharrow (author)  CaseBoy3 years ago
Yes, the knot can be loosened without untying it.
JMRaphael3 years ago
I've been to about a half-dozen other sources and is this is the first one that explained the knot in a clear, easy-to-follow fashion. Most sources fail around the point where you begin crossing loops over, but you did an excellent job of explaining those steps. Kudos to you; keep up the good work.
MSCRCEI73 years ago
I liked the color coded tape to help explain. Kudos.
wibown3 years ago
Thank you so much. Your directions are VERY clear and easy to follow. I really enjoyed learning how to tie this knot.
jarofol3 years ago
I must commend you on this instructable on what now seems such a simple not to tie, NEVER have i seen such clear and easy to understand instructions on any knot before.
I love the cork stopper. How did you cut a hole in the synthetic cork so that it looks so nice and clean? I was thinking about drilling a hole but that seems like it would look ragged. Also, where did you find a cork that was plain white? All the synthetic corks I see from wine bottles have something printed on them like grapes or something.
hpstoutharrow (author)  WayfinderAli4 years ago
The cork does have printing, just not on the side shown. At the risk of plugging a product...Barefoot Wines has a cork with a footprint on it. (Very appropriate for a hiker's water bottle.)

As far as the hole in the cork, a drill works nicely. The cork has a tendency to close-up when the bit is removed so use one larger than you would think.
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Kryptonite5 years ago
Hey great Instructable, I got a new bottle from an expo that I went to on the weekend and it was great for holding it. Do you think you could post an Instructable about different trussing techniques? Any way, thanks. Favourited, and here are some pictures.
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Indeed. I haven't seen anything like that, even though I was already familiar with this knot!
Yeah it looks awesome.
golfer123454 years ago
guess what i just figured out you can use a neck lanyard and it makes a great handle. the second picture is the clasp on my neck lanyard
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hpstoutharrow (author)  golfer123454 years ago
Excellent
I always carry my load-bearing Carabiner with me (on my beltloop). If I flip it so the skinny side is down, I can insert a bottle and slide it down, it locks in place because it is a perfect fit. That's how I carry my water bottles with me :P
tulekah4 years ago
i've been using jug-slings for years (ashley) but it never occured to me to string a cork on the loop.  brilliant!
Great instructable - thanks!

There is a REALLY neat way of tying a jug knot. Take a look at the link below. Don't worry about the dialoge - actions speak louder than words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqdKyhY9X30&feature=related
spacedog735 years ago
I just did one of these for a bluegrass fest I just went to.  I didn't have an aluminum bottle so I used an big old Chimay bottle and a natural cork.  Very cool.  I cut up some old can coozies to keep the bottle cold and protected. 
scottm_1135 years ago
This has got to be one of the BEST Instructables that I've seen yet. It's a simple project and Very well laid out...and Useful too! I tip my hat to you!
static5 years ago
 Great instructable with a useful skill to learn. Thanks  for posting.
t-b0ne5 years ago
i made an awesome water bottle thanks to you!  i got a sweet half liter glass bottle from the army surplus store (the type made for corks), and managed to secure a champagne cork on the knot!  thanks a lot, i have the coolest water bottle ever :)  <3
more photos of this version this is perfect for 550 paracord
Here is the complete set of pictures I took. It includes close ups of all the knots - <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/tags/jugknot/show/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/tags/jugknot/show/</a><br/>
rtadlock5 years ago
Awesome instructable and thanks for reminding me I like to tie knots. Here is my finished product (complete with a few more knots): http://www.flickr.com/photos/rtadlock/3957170956/
seaworthy5 years ago
Approximately how long a cord should I start out with to get a result like that shown in Step 1? Thanks.
hpstoutharrow (author)  seaworthy5 years ago
The cord length shown in the photo in step 1 is 36 inches.
Very nicely done. Two things though: 1. For a first timer, it would be helpful to know how long a piece of cord to use. You say to put the bight in the middle of the cord, but a 24" cord or a 24' cord? 2. It would be nice if the first picture had some size reference. A pencil or a hand or something. The mat and the arrows make it very clear what steps, but they do not give much sense of scale. Thanks for a great set of directions!
hpstoutharrow (author)  kleinschmidt5 years ago
24 inches for a Water Bottle......24 feet for a Water Tower It all depends on what you are tying around :)

If you look closely in step 9 you can see my assistant helping with cord he may help with the scale...or k not.
angelmi5 years ago
Well done. Your use of graphics and color was very helpful. I was making the knot in no time. Thanks.
aphesia5 years ago
great instructable. and it focuses on the repurposing of otherwise useless refuse. 54 points!
This is killer. I'd love to know how you did the one in the last step, but I imagine that'd be kind of in-depth.
foroncethen5 years ago
This is quite possibly one of the slickest knots I have ever seen. I am very much impressed by both it, and the quality of this instructable. Well done.
marcintosh5 years ago
Well yes this is a great instructable. It tells me how to mod some great stuff and It's all green and all that I expected BUT what really pulled me in is the clarity of images and the method you used to illustrate the knot tying.
I've taught kids and adults to tie knots for various reasons in various groups. Your visuals beat any book or pamphlet or flashcards I have ever used hands down. Thanks for your work.
hpstoutharrow (author)  marcintosh5 years ago
Thanks for the compliment. I tried different size cord and rope for the demo but found them difficult to control and look consistent for the photo shoot. Finally decided to use wire. 14 gauge automotive wiring held its shape nicely. Added the directional arrows to the photos with MS Powerpoint.
Sewicked5 years ago
I'm a little confused *hanging head*. The center of this melange is/will the knot, correct? So I ~lift it up, to move the 'yellow' from right to left?
hpstoutharrow (author)  Sewicked5 years ago
I am not sure I understand the question but I will try to answer what I think you are asking. When moving the portion of the cord with the yellow colored marker, the yellow marker will pass underneath the knot. So, yes, the whole knot will have to be lifted up to allow the yellow portion to pass behind it. Does that help?
Yes, yes it does. I have braided packing string and made a jug knot for my soda.
kissiltur5 years ago
This is a lovely instructable, very clear. I will certainly be using it to add handles to bottles that don't have them. One question - what knots did you use to complete the handle loop in the images in step 1?
hpstoutharrow (author)  kissiltur5 years ago
After threading the the loose running ends of the cord through the loop end of the cord(which happens to be the original bight,) they were tied with a "two-half hitch". I like the two-half hitch for this application because it will slide allowing the length of the handle to be adjusted.
Sewicked5 years ago
This is really neat. Thank you so much for posting it.
tundrawolf5 years ago
Very cool! I ride a V Star 1100 and will try this instead of sticking drinks between the windshield and the handlebars.
Bottle bondage, eh? Neat.

=)
tacamaral5 years ago
I own three knot books but could never tie this knot (I'm stupid, I know). Thanks for very clear instructions and ideas. : )
skeet5 years ago
I'm pretty sure water bottles (the cheap ones, aquafina, nestle, and the like) are harmful to drink from multiple times.
That's if you wash them in the dishwasher other than that, you're fine.
srilyk skeet5 years ago
As long as it's PETE it's pretty safe. Most of the el-cheapo ones are pete, they're just really, really thin PETE.
90mp11 skeet5 years ago
not entirely true...otherwise they wouldn;t be allowed to sell them. There is a relatively small amount of plastic leaching if a liquid is stored for a long period of time (beyond the best before date on the bottle) but so long as the bottle is filled and drunk within a few days there is such a small amount of leaching that there are no harmfull effects
versanil 90mp115 years ago
And lets face it, who drinks the skanky water that has been sitting in the bottle? - It tastes like crap! Just another old wives tale to toss on the bonfire of unfounded urban legends and scare stories.
This should prove useful for the costume I'm planning for next years RenFest! I'm going as a drunken satyr so being able to hang a bunch of bottles off my costume will be handy.
2fst4u5 years ago
wow, brilliant instructions. really clear and easy to follow
I agree, this is how they all should look.
3leftturns5 years ago
This is so cool, and so green. I am going to make a bunch of these with my scouts. Thanks for sharing. This will hopefully keep some bottles out of our landfills and oceans.
l8nite5 years ago
That makes a really cool looking finished knot ! It looks difficult but once I had a cord in my hand it was rather easy to your steps... VERY nicely done ! Neat idea with the "metal bottle" now if I only knew someone who drinks beer from "metal bottles"
gobigred5 years ago
This is also called a Spanish Hackamore. Tied properly, the loop goes over the ears and the muzzle of the horse goes in the center and the two free ends become the reins.
scoochmaroo5 years ago
A difficult knot very clearly explained. Thank you!
keng5 years ago
I too was considering a Jug Sling but the other method in Ashley's. GREAT job showing how to do this one; it's very tough to illustrate but you did a great job.
mowdish5 years ago
I don't particularly need to tie knots around bottles, however this might be the best explanation of how to tie a complex knot that I've seen.
ChrysN5 years ago
Handy knots and great instructions, nicely done!
Aww, I was going to do the same instructables... Well you are the king :)