Easy Paracord Survival Key Fob

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Introduction: Easy Paracord Survival Key Fob

About: Currently a sophomore at NCSU studying computer science. I enjoy making things, hacking things, building electronic circuits, and cooking!

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

What you need:
Ruler
Paracord (about 3.5 feet)
Keyring
Lighter
Scissors/Pocketknife
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

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

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

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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!

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

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

great explanation it really helped to make it

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That looks great, is that silver paracord?

Did it with black paracord, really easy! Thanks!

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I'm stuck on the first step

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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Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

I actually got it at JoAnn's Fabric Stores

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

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

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

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