Introduction: Easy Paracord Survival Key Fob

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Here I will show you how to make an easy paracord key fob. It is used for survival because when unraveled, you get 4 feet of paracord that has been tested to hold 450 lb.!!!!!!

Step 1: Stuff

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What you need:
Paracord (about 3.5 feet)
About 5 mintues

If this was made into a kit, it would include 4 feet of paracord, a keyring, mini-scissors, a cheap plastic ruler, and possibly a cheapo lighter.

Step 2: Attaching to the Keyring

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To attach to the keyring:
  1. Fold the paracord piece in half
  2. Pull the folded paracord through the keyring
  3. Bring the bottom pieces up around the keyring and through the loop at the top
  4. Tighten

Step 3: Weaving the Fob

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The easiest way for me to explain this is with pictures, so just look at the pics and read all the captions.

Step 4: Finishing

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Continue weaving until you have squeezed in as many knots as possible in front of the keyring. Make sure the last knot is tight and then cut the excess cord off and melt it down to prevent unraveling.

Step 5: Go Use It!

Attach it to your keys! Now when you reach in your pocket to get your keys you can just grab the fob! And if you get into an emergency situation, you can unravel this for 4 feet of extra-strong paracord!

Thanks for looking! If you make this, post a pic in the comments so I can see how you did!


AndyB197 made it! (author)2017-01-10

Just made this... got 4ft of cord attached to the second most important item of survival equipment - a bottle opener :D

matti.virta.1 (author)2016-10-11

i no understand how i end this ??

Liz92B (author)2016-10-06

my first paracord project (stuck with using 325, not 550) - turned out at 3½" long!

ChrisC553 made it! (author)2016-09-22

Made this one and another one for a friend. Quick and easy.

tmpeavy made it! (author)2016-06-08

My first keychain....thanks for a great set of instructions!

JakeE15 made it! (author)2016-06-07

Thanks Adam. You made this grandpa happy. I watched so many videos on how to make a paracord lanyard and then I found your instructions and 10 minutes latter I made my first one.

SteinC2 made it! (author)2016-05-28

Great to carry some length of rope and decorate at the same time

KalebM5 made it! (author)2016-05-07

great instructions! Makes a great fob for my deck knife and sweet addition to my bosun sheath

Pattytes made it! (author)2016-04-27

Great instructions. Just have to cut and finish the ends.

JamieC69 made it! (author)2016-04-16

Never messed with p-cord and was kinda in a hurry to make this but your writeup was very easy to follow, thanks!

Fercho9 made it! (author)2016-02-20

Great for my victorinox!

sjdon made it! (author)2016-02-04

my first Paracord project

sjdon (author)2016-02-04

This is a common Paracord instructables but it is an essential starting point for anyone that wants to get started in Paracord. I would like to post my own someday!

Miguelc1 made it! (author)2016-01-10

i like them shorter. Great instructable btw

bighoppy1 made it! (author)2015-11-25

Easy! Great instructable! Thanks!

ErickS9 made it! (author)2015-10-04

I really like how you make things that seem difficult to make, very simple. I made it and added just a small addition to it

Invention Station 4509 (author)2015-10-01

I really like this Instructable! It explains how the weaving works. Thanks!

caleb44 (author)2013-04-02

how do you make it with two colors?

ColinG2 (author)caleb442015-07-09

You have to "fuse" them, so basically, you just use a lighter, burn an end of each colour (coloUr cause I'm Canadian), then push them against each other. Then, with gloves, or something like a granite table, squish the ends into a smaller bulge, then tie it with the first loop, covering where the two colours meet

rocgod made it! (author)2015-07-04

thanks, great weave very classic

jameseric.backhouse made it! (author)2014-12-24

An excellent instructable! Here's my first attempt :)

I like what you weaved it onto, much better than a plain 'ol keyring :P

DemonP (author)2015-03-29

great explanation it really helped to make it

Posh Josh (author)DemonP2015-06-29

That looks great, is that silver paracord?

How do you put fish hooks and flint in it?

Posh Josh (author)2015-06-10

Did it with black paracord, really easy! Thanks!

ColtonJ1 made it! (author)2015-04-02

Made it and it was super easy. I did have to go back though because I made it too long, but my second time was way better. This is simple and easy for everyone.

mikethebeast989 (author)2015-04-02

how long is it?

xxeevee (author)2015-03-07

I'm stuck on the first step

drewfranz made it! (author)2014-12-03

Really easy to make. Thanks!

cmwolo made it! (author)2014-11-17

Extremely easy to make - great project. I was able to make the fob pretty stiff by pulling hard after each knot and compressing the knots after every other loop. Definitely would recommend to a friend for an easy project.

emcfudd (author)2014-01-14

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! took me a moment to get it, but once I got it, everything was good to go. Can't wait to try a couple more!

GennyH (author)emcfudd2014-09-27

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

emcfudd (author)GennyH2014-09-27

I actually got it at JoAnn's Fabric Stores

GennyH (author)emcfudd2014-09-27

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

bumferry (author)2014-09-02

Fantastic. Been wanting to make one of these for ages. Really clear pictures and, once I got going, simple to complete!

Thanks a lot for posting this.

Brilliant! :O)

alison.stroebel (author)2014-08-01

hi thank you for the tut. I just made one :) my first, being doing lots of firsts the last two days :). I have a question, I find the loop through the split ring gets too tight to turn the split ring. So one has to wriggle and wriggle it to turn it and get keys on. Is this 'normal' or have I don't something wrong? Thanks Alison

CmaverickD made it! (author)2014-05-13

nice intstruction really easy and fast thanks

viperasp made it! (author)2014-02-08

Thank you. This really made my day. I learned how to transform a piece of rope into a nice key fob in just a few minutes. I used 4mm (~0.15 inches) paracord so this doesn't look very thight but it is. I've made it 9 cm long (~3.5 inches) and i've used about 93 cm (~3 feet) of paracord.

jharrell7 (author)2013-09-21

And I was curious if anyone knew how to make this kind of weave or knit in double the width so I guess with 4 strands

Adambowker98 (author)jharrell72013-09-21

To make it the double width, you just continue weaving back down instead of burning the ends when you finish.

jharrell7 (author)2013-09-21

This is mine. It probably has about 7 foot of paracord though

k2potter (author)2013-08-05

Thanks. You made it easy to follow

the_names_levesque (author)2013-07-09

question: where do you cut or undo to unravel your 4 ft paracord ?

Frogboy1 (author)2013-06-05

If I only have #325 paracord, do I use the same measurements?

Adambowker98 (author)Frogboy12013-06-05

Because it is much thinner you can probably use less paracord and get the same length fob.

mark_well (author)2013-05-22

A decent design, bases on the survival bracelet snake knot pattern.
You can find a few more paracord keychain instructions on my site.

hburkett (author)2013-05-10

Thank you for posting this. This is exactly what I was needing.

must_ache (author)2013-04-23

Thanks for the great guide, somehow I've been unable to get this simple weave through my head after a few videos and other guides.

I modified it by using an alpine butterfly loop at the end rather than a keyring, if you make the loop about 1" to 1.5" inner diameter you can pass the fob through it to attach it to whatever you like after the fact.

jcarlson4 (author)2012-12-01

Very easy instructable to follow, thanks.

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