Introduction: DIY Flexible Tie Ties (CHEAP)

There are a number of flexible ties on the market and they range from 5-10 dollars. Here is a way to customize them to whatever color and length that you want, and to do it for a fraction of what they cost retail!

MATERIALS:
8 guage (1/8 inch) aluminum ground wire. I had some in the garage, but you can find it on ebay for about 15 bucks for 50 feet.
550 paracord
Razor Blade
Lighter

Step 1:

Cut a piece of the ground wire to the length that you want your tie to be.

Cut a section of paracord 3/4 inch longer than the wire.

Pull the center cordage from the paracord.

Step 2:

Feed the wire into the center of the paracord. Leave approximately 3/8 of an inch over the end of the wire. When the wire is centered in the paracord, use your lighter or small torch to melt the cord, this will lock the wire inside and cover any sharp ends.

THAT IS IT!! You are done. Use them to manage cords, hang items, bind things to your pack....YOU NAME IT.

Comments

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jnorv (author)2016-06-07

I make them from1/4 inch braided poly rope and a plastic fid. I start with a 3 foot piece of rope. You can make fids from ball point pen barrels or hollow knitting needles.

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LouS (author)2016-06-07

Even simpler, get a pack of old style pipe cleaners (the ones with the wire in the middle) and wrap them around the wire bundle. They're available at dollar stores and Amazon has 100 packs for about $2.

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ccmrry (author)2016-06-07

Or do it simpler. I take a short length of cotton clothesline rope and tie a loop on both ends. Put it around the cord and pass one loop through the other to cinch the cord. Hang the free loop from a hook on the pegboard or a nail.

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herb.karg made it! (author)2014-02-15

Made some similar and made an instructible to show. Thanks for the inspiration!

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seadraggin (author)herb.karg2014-02-16

Glad it sparked an idea. Cheers!

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Blechmen (author)2014-01-12

This is so smart i love this.

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thebutler (author)2013-12-26

DUDE YOU ARE AWESOME .IM GONNA MAKE HUNDRIDS OF THESE MUAHAHAHAA

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carlfugate (author)2013-12-18

I just finished making some tonight. If you have problems with it catching as your sliding them through I was able to make quick work by just using a twisting motion as it tended to snag on the inside. Great post!

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Skysurfer_uk (author)2013-12-15

Excellent idea! Now I know what to do with those miles of paracord when we kill a parachute.

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nwlaurie (author)Skysurfer_uk2013-12-15

How often do you kill a parachute? (and does it float up to heaven when it dies - against ALL its training!)

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Skysurfer_uk (author)nwlaurie2013-12-17

Nope, they go to garden plots for shades, make drogues, toys parachutes, replace shoelaces... the list is endless. We use them as tow 'chutes, so they last longer (no shock). But they do die eventually...

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chrispix (author)2013-12-16

Very nice idea. I have some of the plastic ones they sell at Home Depot, and find that the wire breaks after a while if you twist it in the same place. How well does the 8 gauge wire hold up to repeated bending?

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seadraggin (author)chrispix2013-12-16

The aluminum grounding wire is really malleable so I haven't had a problem. I also usually don't use them like the twist ties you find on bread loaves, but wrapped around things like a spring (see the first photo).
Cheers

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chrispix (author)seadraggin2013-12-16

Yeah, I use them to bind stuff in my garage, but I find I always bend them in the same place. Just ordered some 8 gauge wire on ebay, so I'll be trying it soon. Thanks!

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texdanm (author)2013-12-16

Grrrreat Idea. I had a bunch of 12/2/wG romex pieces and it worked perfectly. It also gave me something to do with the little pieces of paracord that I always have left over.

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lotus 7 (author)2013-12-16

Love it!
Thanks.

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ToolHoard (author)2013-12-15

@jcook20 Haha

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John Saint (author)2013-12-15

Practical, useful, easy, and can use recycled scraps. Inventive elegance. Thank you very much.

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darthbindy (author)2013-12-15

Now I'm jealous I didn't think of this first! =P
Amazing job, keep making things like this! =D

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jcook20 (author)2013-12-15

Hey guise is there an instructable that will tell me how to acquire and cut wire to specific lengths? I found this instructable a bit too advanced.

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Nataliezacher (author)2013-12-15

Awesome! and sooo easy too!

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GypsyRvr (author)2013-12-15

Great, wonderful, Thank you !!!

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spizzak (author)2013-12-15

Great idea, and excellent execution!

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lukish (author)2013-12-14

GAHHHH!!! I did this a long time ago, I just never documented it! You documented it quite well, though, I must admit. I think you deserve the win... I'm just kinda frustrated that I missed my chance at being awesome :(

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dkrall (author)2013-12-12

as an electrician I have a lot of small copper scraps. I will be doing this but use copper wire instead. I plan on leaving the plastic insulation on the wire.

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Jet A1 (author)2013-12-12

I'll be making some of these!!

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seadraggin (author)2013-12-12

Thanks for all the positive feedback. Screaminscott, there were sharp corners from the dykes after I cut it. I rounded it all off with a quick pass on the belt sander...no more sharp corners. No need for plastidip.

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kinderdm (author)2013-12-12

Thank you for this. I love the commercial option but never buy them as they are way overpriced in my opinion. I will definitely be making some of these.

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screaminscott (author)2013-12-12

This is awesome! I wonder how well melting the paracord will prevent the wire from poking thru? Maybe dipping the ends in Plasticoat or Sugru would help?

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Cpt_Cosmos (author)2013-12-12

after months of lurking I signed up just to say well done.. it is the things that seem so simple that are often the hardest to see.

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oakironworker (author)2013-12-11

making it thanks

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