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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.!!!!!!
 
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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

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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 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!
viperasp made it!2 months 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.

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emcfudd3 months 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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jharrell77 months 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)  jharrell77 months ago
To make it the double width, you just continue weaving back down instead of burning the ends when you finish.
jharrell77 months ago
This is mine. It probably has about 7 foot of paracord though
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k2potter8 months 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 ?
Frogboy110 months ago
If I only have #325 paracord, do I use the same measurements?
Adambowker98 (author)  Frogboy110 months ago
Because it is much thinner you can probably use less paracord and get the same length fob.
mark_well11 months ago
A decent design, bases on the survival bracelet snake knot pattern.
You can find a few more paracord keychain instructions on my site.
hburkett11 months 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?
jcarlson41 year ago
Very easy instructable to follow, thanks.
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Adambowker98 (author)  jcarlson41 year ago
Nice job with your fob! I like that camo color!
jedired1 year ago
Thanks for the instructable.

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Adambowker98 (author)  jedired1 year ago
No problem! The fob looks great!
ROOKIE491 year ago
Could you show how to connect to plastic buckles
Adambowker98 (author)  ROOKIE491 year 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)  ROOKIE491 year 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.
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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Adambowker98 (author)  mayfair20051 year ago
Good job! Looks pretty good to me.
MalcolmB1 year 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!!

Malc
jamob1 year 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)  jamob1 year 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
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Adambowker98 (author)  jamob1 year ago
Oh, that doesn't look that bad! Having it shorter like that actually gives it some more flexibility at the top.
mmichener1 year ago
I have a wood burning tool that I use to melt the ends, works like a charm.
Adambowker98 (author)  mmichener1 year ago
Great idea! I have a soldering iron and wood burning tool, but have only tried burning the ends with the soldering iron.
agent-00081 year ago
if your using twice the paracord you measure twice the length, right?
Adambowker98 (author)  agent-00081 year ago
Yes. So 6ft of Paracord = 6 inch fob.
ROOKIE491 year ago
This the first Instructible that I could reilly follow and now I am making these like crazy for everyone. Good job Adam
Adambowker98 (author)  ROOKIE491 year ago
Thanks!
skwalter21 year ago
Really enjoyed making the key fob. I've made similar cobra weave bracelets before, and this was just as easy. I tried making each knot as tight as possible, so the entire fob is pretty taut. As with the paracord bracelet I made, using a soldering iron made melting the ends really easy. Thanks a lot!
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Adambowker98 (author)  skwalter21 year ago
That looks awesome! I've had a soldering iron for a while, just never thought about using it to burn the ends.
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