Introduction: Cobra Weave Key Fob

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You may have seen my instructables on paracord bracelets, well this is the same design with a few variations.  I used to reach in my pockets and have to search for my keys.  Now i reach in and go right for the key fob.  These can be all one color, or multi colored. 

Step 1: Supplies

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-6ft of gutted paracord or 3ft of two different colors (always good to start with extra)
-Another piece, size depends on how long you want it, 3ft is good to start with (not gutted)
Both will be trimmed and melted when finished.

Step 2: Lanyard Knots

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You need to make two lanyard knots, one creating a loop, one ending the bracelet.  All of the instructions are shown through the pictures.

Step 3: Cobra Weave

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Multi-colored instructions
Single colored instruction

-Tie the two colors together using a square knot or melt them together
-Put the piece behind the other piece with lanyard knots, equally on both sides (Square knot centered)
Create an "S" with the piece on the right and then take the piece on the left and slide it through the bottom part of the "S"  and then behind the middle and up through the left side.
-Pull tight and repeat.
-I recently saw the Paracord Survival Necklace in which there is a flint inside of the cobra weave.  That idea can be easily included in this as well.  Just place your flint steel in between the two lanyard knots and continue as if it weren't there.  If you make a longer key fob with the flint steel it can easily be considered a Survival Key Fob.

Step 4: Variations

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These can be made into
-zipper pulls
-Self Defense (Longer so that you can swing keys at attacker)
-Knife lanyard

Have fun, and leave a comment on what else these could be used for.


HomeTweet (author)2011-01-08

1st-WOW.. WHAT A WONDERFUL WEBSITE !! I am so happy I found it !! Thank you. NEXT... I AM SO confused... I want to make many of the items I see-- but am very confused about the finishing of them. I love this and am going to try it-- but I also saw the bracelet with the note- not the side clip and just don't know how they are finished !! I have more reading to do I guess.. I can't watch videos' we are on dialup... LOL.


tevers94 (author)HomeTweet2011-01-08

Alright, if or when you do need help let me know. Good luck!

HomeTweet (author)tevers942011-01-09

thank you SO MUCH !! I am looking forward to trying this tonight. My family has an army navy store and we sell paracord... We have a bunch of customers who come in, buy the stuff and show us what they make but no one has taken time to show me (even though I have asked !!) how to make/finish stuff.. I am so thrilled I found this site. Now I just have to jump in and try something. I got some new colors the other day and look forward to making things. I love the bracelet with the monkey fist, but would like a small fist for the ending.. Thank you !! I wish there was a book I could sit with, I don't like to sit at the computer for long periods, I have back problems and problems with my arms... so I can't do this stuff for long periods but really want to learn.


VoiceofTJ (author)2010-12-31

Very cool. I had some leftover paracord lying around, I made a lanyard off this pattern for a pocket knife. Thanks!

tevers94 (author)VoiceofTJ2011-01-02

That looks great!

Weezuzss (author)2016-09-04

Pics for making the beginning loop are confusing without written instruction. Otherwise, great model.

joao.nuno.7528 (author)2014-12-09

Hey there!
First of all, this site is awesome! Though I have a small problem... I can't understand this Step 3: Cobra Weave. I just can't get the beggining and so on. Can someone help me please?
thank you in advance!

defensemonkey (author)2013-11-03

Look nice attached to a monkey's fist key chain.

jessy1313 (author)2012-09-14

what is the difference in "gutted" paracord and paracord that is "not gutted"?

8Carmody (author)jessy13132012-10-21

Paracord has both the external weave and internal cords. Depending on the variety of paracord you have it could have up to 7 cords in the core. These are very useful in their own right. "Gutted" paracord refers to paracord that has had these internal cords pulled out. The result is a paracord weave that is not as strong, but lays much flatter. "Non-gutted" paracord of course has not had the internal cords pulled.

fireball1234 (author)2012-06-04

"Self Defense (Longer so that you can swing keys at attacker)"


TheAmateurArtisan (author)2012-01-05

You have the swiss+tech Utilikey as well? Finally, I'm not alone!

They are great, and I recommend them to everyone.

cwalton5 (author)2011-12-12

For some reason, I cannot figure out how to make the second lanyard knot.

huntingbears (author)2011-11-03

thank you for the instructions, it took a bit of time, but got to the end eventually :)

bpyke (author)2011-08-26

there is an issue with picture 5 in step 3. if you look closely at pic 5 it shows the blue forming a loop inside the green when it should actually encompass both of the green strings on the right side...slide under the main body and back into the bottom of the green on the left side

batonas (author)2011-08-16

put a monkey fist at the end of yors Cobra Weave, sould look nice.

cwix09 (author)2011-07-27

How did you do the long orange and yellow in the last photo without the lanyard knot on the end? How did you start it?

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-07-27

The orange piece is not connected to the rest, I tied the cobra section on to it and then cut the end of the long orange piece and melted it so that it wouldn't pull off easily.

cwix09 (author)tevers942011-07-27

oh so you basically took tied a cobra weave around a simple piece of plain paracord with no knots on it. Just doubled up the orange piece to make the loop and then started the weave at the top of the two ends right?

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-07-27

Exactly, let me know how it works out for you.

iMakeItHappen (author)2010-06-13

its a cool project, but "put the piece behind the other piece...." REALLY!!!! :-(

cwix09 (author)iMakeItHappen2011-06-26

agreed.. the wording of this project is very unclear
Also I am not certain yet of what the point of showing the green and blue ends within each other, if that is what it is, in the third picture. What happens to that part? and where does the square knot end up?

cwix09 (author)cwix092011-06-26

ok I see where the square knot is supposed to go.. but in the eighth picture its loose ends just disappear. did you cut them off?
and if so.. where is the square knot itself?

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-06-26

In the 8th picture, I did cut off the short pieces from where I began and then melted them down. At the other end, the cobra weave comes back down over the part that was previously done.

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-06-26

Sorry about that, the third picture is just another way of staring it, by connecting the two pieces.

cwix09 (author)2011-06-13

Where do you buy your paracord?

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-06-14

So far Supply Captain has been the best for me. Here is a like directly to the paracord section. I believe they are located in New York, so for me, in PA, it ships quickly.

cwix09 (author)tevers942011-06-14

Cool!! Thanks so much!
I really like the colors of the cobra weave in the first picture. Is that just orange and blue? or is orange and a like a purple-blue. I cant tell from the pic

tevers94 (author)cwix092011-06-15

It's actually red and blue. My schools colors.

cwix09 (author)tevers942011-06-16

Oh wow
It looks so orange to me :P
oh well
Thanks again!

adsandy (author)2010-06-28

What is this knot called?

tevers94 (author)adsandy2010-06-28

Well, a lanyard knot is all i have ever heard it referred to as. Sorry if this doesn't help

rhendric (author)tevers942011-06-02

I have always heard this knot called a Diamond knot, only here have I heard it called a lanyard knot. It is a modified Carrick Bend. A complete Carrick bend is shown in picture six.
Great instructable!

Hunter O. (author)adsandy2010-07-06

I've heard it called the diamond knot. On youtube, Tying It All Together has a video of it

Monkeyboy13 (author)2011-01-26

It looks like a Solomon bar within a Solomon bar almost. Is that what this is essentially?

clax1227 (author)Monkeyboy132011-03-04

yes the weave for this bracelet is the cobra stitch, portugese sinnet braid, or soloman bar meaning all the same thing just the weave/braid for this bracelet but yes, it's a soloman bar within a soloman bar but the second soloman bar is referred to as the the king cobra stitch

tevers94 (author)Monkeyboy132011-01-27

Thats exactly what it is, it's also sometimes called a "King Cobra Weave"

WerdNerf (author)2011-02-14

I really appreciate the project, but I've been fighting with this step for over an hour and I find it simply incomprehensible. Are the 4th and 5th photos possibly reversed? Is there an implied step between the 5th and 6th images?

Sorry I just can't manage to follow.

tevers94 (author)WerdNerf2011-02-15

Yeah, your right. The fourth image shows it after picture 5 and 6. Sorry for the confusion.

Arleatir (author)2011-01-02

I tried to make this knot following your pictures... got it right to the 8th one but after you turn the knot I think and it's impossible to guess what you did.

tevers94 (author)Arleatir2011-01-02

This is a link to a video by Stormdrane, hope it helps.

Arleatir (author)tevers942011-01-06

It really does, thanks a lot.

struckbyanarrow (author)2010-03-28

Utili-keys are the bomb!

tevers94 (author)struckbyanarrow2010-03-29

They are so useful, i use mine daily

brickman93 (author)tevers942010-08-24

no i plan on buying one

JesusFreke (author)2010-06-12

You may want to blur the images of the keys.. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to duplicate a key from an image, but it seems like it might be do-able. Just a thought :)

sk8r4life (author)JesusFreke2010-06-23

I am not sure about how worried he should be about pictures of his keys. The "key copying bandit" would have to know where he lived or worked. Of course you could always back track his IP address... lol

monkeywithawrench (author)2010-06-12

could you please make one like those used as floats for keys on boats? thanks

nunzilla555 (author)2010-04-27

this will make a nice handle braid for a whip

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