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Paracord Lovers,

Ask any one who has ever worked with paracord that there is probably no accurate way to measure the exact length of paracord required to make something. That is the reason there will always be tons of paracord scrap. Ask a beginner like me, tons of the cord is wasted because of improper choice of lengths or improper technique used.

Look at the picture above and you will see what I mean. Those small pieces of paracord always got me thinking that there must be something that can be done or made with those. I did a lot of search on the internet and found some great Ideas, I also came up with some original ideas of mine too. In the end, I started to believe that there is no such thing called paracord scrap. Every single piece is useful.

This instructbale is more like a collection of Ideas unlike a set of instructions. It has instructions where ever required.

REQUEST: Although I have mentioned sources and link for Ideas not mine ( or not sure of license) but in case you are the author of those Ideas and found it inappropriate for me share here, please send me a PM and I will remove it.

If you have any ideas that you want me to include in this ible, please send me a PM with details.

Let's begin the show:)

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Step 1: Fashion finger rings: Paracord pieces of length 6-8 inch

Picture of Fashion finger rings: Paracord pieces of length 6-8 inch

These fashion rings are my Idea.

There are two designs. Cross Knot and Crown Knot.

See images above and follow:

The first one shows how to create a ring using Cross Knot. Once the knot is made the strings are cut and singed.

The second one shows how to create a ring using Crown Knot. Once the cords are cut and singed I glued a button on top to make it look fancy. You can use beads or other decorative stuff on top.

These rings are not limited to Cross or Crown Knots, experiment more and come up with your own rings.

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AmandaL921 days ago

Very nice article, I have just green scraps right now but as I get more colors I want to make some paracord jewelry for my girls, I think they would enjoy the rings.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  AmandaL921 days ago

Thank you so much :), please do share if you make something :)

Opinel28 days ago
Collect it and melt into wood molds and make gun grips and slingshots
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Opinel28 days ago

Interesting!!! thanks for the Idea :)

Great instructable, I would use most of these great ideas, except I have made formulas of exactly how much cord to use... down to the inch for most of my creations and products. Great job though!

I too would like to see these formulae.

The formula is actually something a lot of people use for the cobra bracelets, 1 foot paracord/inch of bracelet + 1 extra inch when you get to an 8 inch bracelet.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  idahoDHbiker1 year ago

Thank you so much :). Would you mind if ask you to share your formula :)

nice recycling! But it's kinda girly. Don't u think

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  david foeckler2 months ago

The idea is reuse.

Sexist alert!!!

Bban2 months ago
Nice I am a big paracord fan although I have no posted paracord items. I've made paracord items for a long time and this is a great reuse.
jadm11044 months ago
I have used my scraps to secure smaller or thin items. like my fish poles when they are broken down or hang hats from my ceiling. ive also used it to secure my binoculars to my rifle and often will carry plenty of full sized cord with me on hunting trips or times that ill be in the woods for lengthy periods of time but i also take plenty of scrap cord out with me aswell. There is a million and one functions for it
this is great! I've always wondered what to do with the rest xD
man this is really cool gr8 info to know

Thank you :), I am glad you liked it.

sunshiine1 year ago

I like the rings and the heart!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Yaaayy!! rings were totally my Idea :).

Awesome! I loved the button!

Little hard to follow with the first one
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bthompson231 year ago

I am sorry I do not understand what you mean.

kbc21 year ago
i did the ible for the para cord keyring. keywords paracord and keyring. hopefully atleast a little entertaining.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  kbc21 year ago

Wow... I liked the Idea. Thank you for letting me know:)

shazni1 year ago
How about headband accents, book marks ...the list is endless :-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni1 year ago

Thank you Shazni :). Why don't you help me extend this list :)

would love to. ..except I'm trying to squeeze time to get my papercraft project done. :-\

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shazni1 year ago

No worries.. this one is not pressed for time :).And I an excited to see what are you up to :)

It's 3 a.m. and I have just published my instructable ! let me know what you think :-) I'm like soooo trying for the Papercraft Contest!!

rushing off to take a couple of hours of sleep now :-]

Awesome work Tarun! love the keychain fobs ;)

Thank you, Thank you Muhaiminah :D

elliemae611 year ago

Cool idea - yes young girls will love this. I am using my scraps to make a 'rag rug' type guitar strap. You can really weave anything you want just by fusing together your scraps. The different colors can make really cool colors when finished weaving.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  elliemae611 year ago

Aha... I see you have an ible in progress. That looks great.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  elliemae611 year ago

Wow... 'rag rug' sounds great. Please share a picture if you have one. Thank you :)

kbc21 year ago
will do... i will tag you or pm you when i get it done again.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  kbc21 year ago

I would really appreciate that. Thank you.

kbc21 year ago
ohh and cool ideas, my daughter enjoys the rings.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  kbc21 year ago

Thank you much :), I am glad your daughter likes em. I hope you make few for her.

kbc21 year ago
another use for smaller pieces is on key rings. some of my smaller rings would snag and pull open. find your length, remove the core fibers, carefully melt the ends, and with a little patients... feed it onto the keyring just like your keys. makes for a decorative keyring and somewhat quiets the keys.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  kbc21 year ago

Wow I like the Idea, can you post a picture of this for better understanding :). Thank you for stopping by.

emlu.voon1 year ago

Neato ideas, love especially the rings and jellyfish!

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