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 Welcome to this paracord Instructable !

I first discovered this awesome material through stormdrane's Instructables and quickly got hooked - lanyards, bracelets, handles, I even went so far as to knit it (great result by the way, you should try it) ! The paracord contest I'm entering with this Instructable has shown me how much people around the world are doing awesome, elaborate stuff with their paracord but I thought I'd go a different route and offer you guys something geeky, easy and that can be done on the side of a table :)

I use a lot of flash drives, if only to try out Linux live CDs thanks to Unetbootin or to move my pupils' data from one computer to the other and over time, the glue that holds the case together tends to give up on me. So I came up with what I thought would be a quick fix until I get to make a set of USB chess pieces for my father...And for the last 2 years, these paracord-adorned babies have never shown a sign of wear, so I kept them that way.

Interested ? Then...On to the next step !
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

Picture of What you'll need
 For this project, we'll need :
- Paracord, obviously ! For 1 flash drive, 80 to 90 centimeters (about 3 feet) are necessary ;
- A pair of scissors (gnawing paracord with your teeth won't work) ;
- A USB flash drive, yup ;
- A lighter to melt the ends of the paracord and seal it.

All green ? Let's get started !
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LucasW2 months ago

its great, shame i lost USB.

LucasW2 months ago

its great, shame i lost USB.

LucasW2 months ago

its great, shame i lost USB.

C-R-E-84 months ago
Cool but just a suggestion to make it stronger :hold the usb in its casing if its nice and flat.
But still very cool
I can't recommend this. I tried it with an old flash drive, and after a couple of uses the head of the flash drive was wiggly (it was not wiggly before). Soon after that I had to hold the drive in a certain place for it to work. I will probably solder the head back onto the board and try again but I think that the cord is pulling too hard on the drive, causing the head to loosen.
awesome instructable :D ive pretty much fallen in love with paracord (and thumbdrives) and this is the perfect thing to add to my collection. thanks alot
rana193 years ago
hi I would like to thank you about the nice and simple idea I like it
and i will tray it soon thanx
evil ernie3 years ago
I find a good way to not get burnt ends is to use a windproof lighter and not just a plain Bic lighter. I think the windproof creates more heat at a faster speed and if done carefuly leaves no black marks.
Deslivres (author)  evil ernie3 years ago
Good to know - I'll have to see about that and try myself. Could you post pictures or a video of your technique somewhere so we can see, ernie ? Or maybe an Instructables of your own ? Thanks for your comment !
I posted a Instructable. Take a look and see if it works for you.
Deslivres (author)  evil ernie3 years ago
Awesome, thanks ! I'll give it a shot as soon as I have a new batch of keys in the making.
DonB!3 years ago
Thanks for sharing such a simple, but good idea.
Deslivres (author)  DonB!3 years ago
Hi Don,

Thanks for your comment ! I'm glad if it helped.
krunal8003 years ago
Tried this but without any knots. Basically just wound the paracord round the edges and burnt the tips to the flash drive. Great instructable!
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Deslivres (author)  krunal8003 years ago
Looking good, too ! Good job krunal800 :)
Well I tore apart my USB and now I cant figure out how to do the knot lol. Any more instruction, videos or photos on this USB wrap would be greatly appreciated..
Deslivres (author)  brutalboy9093 years ago
Sorry it took so long to get back to you ! Taking a look at other Instructables specifically about this type of knot could help : this woven paracord bracelet by Stormdrane might be a lot of help and got me started with paracord braiding in the first place.

Keep us updated !
emerett3 years ago
This guide should really be removed, seems easy, people tear apart their usb sticks, and then the pictures are directions are awful.
Deslivres (author)  emerett3 years ago
Hey Emerett,

Thanks for the reminder - I haven't had the time to sit down and take new pictures or revamp this Instructable as I thought I could. I'll try to take care of that over the course of the next few weeks, as the paracord USB flash drives is one of the projects my middle-school students are interested in :)

Cheers !
martinl5383 years ago
can u make a video doing this please
Deslivres (author)  martinl5383 years ago
Hey, I'd love to - that would actually be a great addition to the Instructable ! - but I'm all out of paracord and all out of broken flash drives these days I'm afraid. Next time I'm making one though, I'll totally film it !
ok thanks i didnt unerstood the pictures that good
DrCarterM4 years ago
I had trouble at first and I found two things that help... 1- Tape your cord to the back of your USB then start the braiding 2- braid it TIGHT. I tried it with a regular size usb, that was rather thick, and it didn't work at all. So I switched to a stream line one and it worked great. I left the case on because I was worried about the drive over heating and melting the cord. Anyone else not do this and have good experiences?
Deslivres (author)  DrCarterM4 years ago
My drives have never had a case on (the reason I came up with this Instructable being that some of them were actually broken) and I never had any issues with the cord melting or the board overheating. I've been doing this for about 2 years now without problems :)
Nice! i'll give that a shot! BTW, I was looking at the drive you made with the cammo cord. The loop and weave looks pretty flat, did you take the inner cord out before you wove it?
Deslivres (author)  DrCarterM4 years ago
I tried both empty and full cord, and full cord gave a better esthetic result in the end. On the pictures though, the cord is full. Maybe it's something about the cord I use !
Ikkalebob4 years ago
Can I make a suggestion and say its probably best to give your usb stick a small cover up somehow before you apply the paracord - just so the little electronic bits dont get dammaged. Apart from great instructable! Im gonna paracord some of my sticks :D
Deslivres (author)  Ikkalebob4 years ago
That's something I was concerned about when I first had that idea, so I tried it on a very cheap flash drive. And somehow it worked ! Still does with flash drives with electronics very close to the board, but a thin layer of epoxy could indeed do wonders. Glad you liked the Instructable, fatcatcog !
anyone having trouble with thew braid: google "cobra stitch." that's what's being used here.
Oxyjin4 years ago
I'm having trouble with the initial 2 steps of the braiding =\
d3monhax0r4 years ago
can't do this =(
Deslivres (author)  d3monhax0r4 years ago
I'm sure you can do it :) Keep training ! I'll make sure to uploads better pictures soon for reference, that might help.
tevers944 years ago
You should trim a little more of the excess so that when you melting it, it won't leave a big burnt/melted spot.  I guess with black it doesn't matter but for colors the melted ends will be the same color as the rest if you dont burn it to much.  nice post by the way.
Deslivres (author)  tevers944 years ago
Thanks tevers94 ! Paracord is a harsh mistress when it comes to melting and trimming, I'll try to get better at that.
also i wanted to mention that i have started using nail clippers to get extra close
half of the paracord bracelets or key fobs or whatever end up having burnt ends, but they are getting better.
Jake224 years ago
Great Idea!  I have been wanted to pull apart some flash drives so that I could cover them with epoxy and make them waterprooof but always thought that I would have a big ugly glob of glue so I hadn't bothered.  With your technique I should be good to go.
Deslivres (author)  Jake224 years ago
 Glad that could help, Jake22. The epoxy approach is a very good idea and as some Instructables show, can give very good results. Give it a shot ! I've been very tempted to make a paracord case then give it an epoxy soak on top to get a nice, polished smooth look to the whole thing but haven't had the occasion yet. Let us know if you try, and post pictures !
BrianKT4 years ago
 I was totally thinking this idea! I was just to lazy to execute it... Anyway, what as was thinking was to first encase the flash drive in JB-Weld to waterproof it. Then, once it's dry, to do the paracord wrapping. The end product will be rugged and versatile. However, since I'm lazy, feel free to do this.
Deslivres (author)  BrianKT4 years ago
Or you could do it and post about it, or take pictures or share them with us in the comments section :)
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