Picture of Easy Paracord Survival Key Fob
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.
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caleb442 years ago
how do you make it with two colors?
ColinG2 caleb441 month ago
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!1 month ago
thanks, great weave very classic
jameseric.backhouse made it!8 months ago

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


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

DemonP5 months ago

great explanation it really helped to make it

Posh Josh DemonP2 months ago

That looks great, is that silver paracord?

How do you put fish hooks and flint in it?

Posh Josh2 months ago
Did it with black paracord, really easy! Thanks!
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ColtonJ1 made it!5 months ago

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.


how long is it?

xxeevee5 months ago

I'm stuck on the first step

drewfranz made it!9 months ago

Really easy to make. Thanks!

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cmwolo made it!9 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 emcfudd11 months ago

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

emcfudd GennyH11 months ago

I actually got it at JoAnn's Fabric Stores

GennyH emcfudd11 months ago

Where did you get the nice cord It looks fantatsic

bumferry1 year 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!1 year 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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k2potter2 years 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 ?
Frogboy12 years ago
If I only have #325 paracord, do I use the same measurements?
Adambowker98 (author)  Frogboy12 years ago
Because it is much thinner you can probably use less paracord and get the same length fob.
mark_well2 years ago
A decent design, bases on the survival bracelet snake knot pattern.
You can find a few more paracord keychain instructions on my site.
hburkett2 years ago
Thank you for posting this. This is exactly what I was needing.
must_ache2 years 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.
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!
ROOKIE493 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 :/
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