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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.!!!!!!
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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

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!
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DemonP2 days ago

great explanation it really helped to make it

xxeevee23 days ago

I'm stuck on the first step

jameseric.backhouse made it!3 months ago

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

drewfranz made it!3 months ago

Really easy to make. Thanks!

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cmwolo made it!4 months ago

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.

emcfudd1 year ago

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!

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GennyH emcfudd6 months ago

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

emcfudd GennyH6 months ago

I actually got it at JoAnn's Fabric Stores

GennyH emcfudd6 months ago

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

bumferry7 months ago

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)

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!10 months ago

nice intstruction really easy and fast thanks

viperasp made it!1 year ago

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.

jharrell71 year ago
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)  jharrell71 year ago
To make it the double width, you just continue weaving back down instead of burning the ends when you finish.
jharrell71 year ago
This is mine. It probably has about 7 foot of paracord though
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k2potter1 year ago
Thanks. You made it easy to follow
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question: where do you cut or undo to unravel your 4 ft paracord ?
Frogboy11 year ago
If I only have #325 paracord, do I use the same measurements?
Adambowker98 (author)  Frogboy11 year ago
Because it is much thinner you can probably use less paracord and get the same length fob.
mark_well1 year ago
A decent design, bases on the survival bracelet snake knot pattern.
You can find a few more paracord keychain instructions on my site.
hburkett1 year ago
Thank you for posting this. This is exactly what I was needing.
must_ache1 year ago
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.
caleb441 year ago
how do you make it with two colors?
jcarlson42 years ago
Very easy instructable to follow, thanks.
Adambowker98 (author)  jcarlson42 years ago
Nice job with your fob! I like that camo color!
jedired2 years ago
Thanks for the instructable.

Adambowker98 (author)  jedired2 years ago
No problem! The fob looks great!
ROOKIE492 years ago
Could you show how to connect to plastic buckles
Adambowker98 (author)  ROOKIE492 years ago
Try another paracord bracelet instructable. They usually show how to tie to a buckle. It's basically the same thing as putting it on a keyring.
Adambowker98 (author)  ROOKIE492 years ago
Try another paracord bracelet instructable. They usually show how to tie to a buckle. It's basically the same thing as putting it on a keyring.
mayfair20052 years ago
Turned out fairly nice for my first try, 3.8ft of paracord fairly loose so its flexible. I did over melt the end thou :/
Adambowker98 (author)  mayfair20052 years ago
Good job! Looks pretty good to me.
MalcolmB2 years ago
Hi All...

I use a hollow needle called a "fid" to pull the ends under the front and back of the fob, then cut them as short as possible with a pair of paramedic scissors (the only scissors that I've found will cut paracord cleanly), although I've also used a hot knife tip on a gas soldering iron.

Then I bend and wiggle the fob a couple of times and the cut ends disappear underneath, It's a much neater finish than cutting and melting although you have to justify the cost of the fid (about 8GBP).

Happy paracording!!

jamob2 years ago
I made one! it was difficult for me at first but once i got into it it was easy although it does look a little akward becuse i started knotting a bit too high
Adambowker98 (author)  jamob2 years ago
Can you post a pic?
As you can see its a little short but thats my fault for putting the knot a little higher than you said
Adambowker98 (author)  jamob2 years ago
Oh, that doesn't look that bad! Having it shorter like that actually gives it some more flexibility at the top.
mmichener2 years ago
I have a wood burning tool that I use to melt the ends, works like a charm.
Adambowker98 (author)  mmichener2 years ago
Great idea! I have a soldering iron and wood burning tool, but have only tried burning the ends with the soldering iron.
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