Introduction: How to Make a Paracord Fender Keychain

For those who don’t know, a fender is a bumper used mainly on boats to keep the boat from being damaged from bumping into objects.
While this isn’t an actual fender, it serves as a great decorative keychain.


  • 3- Strands of paracord that are 40 inches long will create a keychain that is four inches tall (loop included)
  • Scissors (any instrument that will cut the cord will work)
  • Lighter
  • Ruler or Tape Measure (I prefer to use a yardstick)
  • Masking Tape (any tape that will stick and hold to the paracord)


If you want to create a keychain that is exactly like the one shown, the loop will need to be 3½ inches long once braided and will require 4½ inches of cord to create the loop.

Gather the three strands together and then measure from one end down to 17¾ inches.

Hold the three strands at the 17¾ point, and then grab a strip of tape to secure the paracord together (make sure to place the tape edge against the 17¾ point).


To start braiding, bring the outermost right-hand strand over the strand to its left.

Then bring the outermost left-hand strand over the strand to its right.

Continue this process of right-to-left until the braid length is 3½ inches long and then tape the strands together to hold them in place at the point you just measured.

Note: to show the directions clearly, I braided the loop loosely, to make a nice looking loop you will need to braid the strands together much tighter than shown.


Bring both taped ends together forming a loop; secure them together with a strip of tape.

From the top of the strip of tape (the loop end), measure down 2¼ inches and then secure the strands with tape at that point.


The knot used to tie the fender is called a Crown Sinnet and can make a great looking decorative design to wrap objects in paracord.

I. From the bottom of the tape, bring the strands back up towards the loop.

II. To tie the Crown Sinnet, make a backward “C” from each strand laying each strand on top of its neighbor to the left.

III. Pull the strands tight.

IV. Repeat the same procedure laying each strand on top of its neighbor to the left.

V. Pull the strands tight.

VI. Continue as with the previous steps laying each strand on top of the strand to the left.

VII. Pull the strands tight.

VIII. Continue these steps until you reach the top of the tape


You can finish the fender a few different ways, but with this example I chose to tie a Footrope Knot. Captain Charles Smith said this about tying the knot: “First a Crown, then a Wall, Tuck Up, and that’s all”.

Start tying the Footrope Knot by tying a Wall Knot. It’s the same as a Crown except instead of going on top of its neighbor, it goes under it.

Once you’ve tied the Wall Knot you need to finish the knot off by tucking the strand up and behind the strands as shown with the arrow.

Keep tucking each strand until you’ve tucked every strand.


To finish the fender you will need to remove the remainder of the excess strands.

Use the scissors to trim the excess paracord as close as possible to the inner part of the Footrope Knot.

Now take a lighter and singe the ends of the paracord strands. Continue trimming and singing each strand until every strand is complete.

I took great care to make this tutorial as clear and easy to follow as possible, but if you get stuck on something please leave a comment and I will try to help as soon as possible.

For more decorative paracord knot designs and tutorials, visit my blog.


DonovanB19 made it!(author)2017-06-01

Wasnt that hard for my first paracord project thank for the quick tutorial

NinjaDad made it!(author)2016-07-03

Super cool. My first try at any para cord stuff, turned out fantastic. Awesome job on the instructions :)

manskybook made it!(author)2016-03-23

I'm pretty much a novice, but, still, I must be missing something. A 4-strand crown sinnet is the typical summer camp lanyard that I tied since I was 7. But neither your directions, nor the picture where the 6 strands first overlap make any sense to me (your direction are about backwards C on top of the left strand, vs the picture look like the opposite). I've looked for 6-strand sinnets all over the Internets, but there's little help. Video, maybe?

MattDSwainJr made it!(author)2015-09-08

So which end do you start the braid (handle portion) of the fender? Do I braid the 17 3/4 end or the 22 3/4 end?

airjammer made it!(author)2016-03-10

22 3/4

KaylaM9 made it!(author)2015-11-02

I believe that this keychain fob is by far one of my favorite paracord projects!!

LeAnnP made it!(author)2015-08-02

Will this float?

roonie.maloney made it!(author)2015-03-13

I haven't done a lot of work like this but this was easy to follow. I found it easier when tying the Crown Sinnet to put it in the neck of a bottle

lagrimos made it!(author)2014-12-29

Yep, I'm done! Thanks for posting!

airjammer made it!(author)2014-10-04

I did this one over the summer

arowan3 made it!(author)2013-05-12

im really struggling with the foot knot to finish, any chance you have a video or a couple more pics ? i get to the stage where i need to put the ends through again, then it looks nothing like yours!

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2013-11-18

I apologize for not replying earlier and I hope that you have achieved success, but for everyone else who may be having trouble finishing the fender, here's a link on tying a Footrope Knot. You may also finish it with a simple Wall Knot, both methods will yield a great looking fender.

arowan3 made it!(author)2013-11-19

thankyou , was a fiddle but got there in the end seems to be holding ok . cheers mate

mishmash25 made it!(author)2013-08-15

I love it and I found this really easy to follow many thanks regards Mish from Wales UK

TheGeek1984 made it!(author)2013-04-22

Well, I went from a very easy water bottle handle to this. The foot hold knot at the top stumped me, but I was finally able to pull it off. Mine doesn't look as good as yours at the top, but for my second paracord project ever, I think it looks pretty darn good.

paracorded_inspirations made it!(author)2013-04-11

I can't tie the foot hold knot at the top could you give a link to a taturial on that knot thanks

paracorded_inspirations made it!(author)2013-04-10

I'm in Canadian sea cadets and that is actually a bell rope commonly found on a bell for decuration and a Handel

ColtsFan9710 made it!(author)2012-10-11

I will definitely be trying this within the next day or so... if I can get it to turn out, I'll post some pics... thanks for posting!!!!

fretted made it!(author)2012-09-11

One thing this would be great for is a rope thrower like a monkey fist youcan use it to put longer ropes up into trees or over limbs to hang those backpacks full of food up to keep the pesky bears away or at least watch them dance trying to reach it !

jgrab81 made it!(author)2012-05-08

Just made my first one, instructions were very clear and easy to follow! Thank You :) Just curious, how long did it take you to make your first one? Mine took a little over an hour (was watching tv too while doing it) :)

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2012-05-10

Good Job, it looks great! The first one I tied probably took longer than that because I tried several different starting and finishing techniques. Tying paracord designs and watching tv is one of my favorite pastimes, lol.

spaap made it!(author)2012-05-03

can you take it apart later and use in survival situation????

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2012-05-07

You could, but when I tie "survival' paracord designs, I usually like to be able to deploy it quickly with a single long strand. This wouldn't unravel quickly and it would have multiple short strands.

R9K made it!(author)2012-03-18

Nice instructable, only trouble i had was with the last step. Tucking it up part to be precise, still not sure if i did it correct but it seems to be holding together so cheers!

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2012-03-22

Thanks, that last step was a little tricky to photograph correctly. The knot that is used in the step is called a Doubled Footrope Knot. I learned the tying technique from "The Complete Book of Decorative Knots". Google Books provides a preview of the book which shows the instructions a little better, here's the link.

Santawon made it!(author)2012-03-17

This was the best way I have ever seen it explained and now I finally got it. Thanks for the instructions. I am going to make one out off thicker paracord to use as decoration.

dur.sk8 made it!(author)2012-02-22

This is so wonderful
I am definitely going to make it

dman07 made it!(author)2012-02-17

Awesome work, Thank you

glenngarf made it!(author)2012-02-15

I'm definitely going to try this with my daughter, but for future Instructables, you may want to use different colored paracords. It's a little hard to see which side the cord is threaded on the black-on-black-on-black cords. TFTI!

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2012-02-15

That was a mistake on my part, I usually try to use contrasting colors. I chose to use black because I had the lengths needed for this design beforehand. I appreciate the feedback and I hope you and your daughter enjoy tying this design.

SyberProdigy made it!(author)2012-02-13

Thanks for the feedback, this is not an easy tutorial to make clear directions, but I was careful to show every point in hopes that it will be easy for everyone to tie.

jessyratfink made it!(author)2012-02-13

Looks so good - wonderful photos!

Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2012-02-13

That is crazy! Awesome!

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