Introduction: How to Reuse Paracord Scraps

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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:)

Step 1: Fashion Finger Rings: Paracord Pieces of Length 6-8 Inch

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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.

Step 2: Keychain and Zipper Fobs: Paracord Pieces of Length 8-12 Inch

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You can find tons of tutorials on how to create different keychain fobs and zipper pulls on instructables.

The fobs above uses small paracord of 8-12" length and most of them utilizes a Cross Knot and 4-strand diamond knot.

Step 3: Jellyfish: Paracord Pieces of Length 6-10 Inch

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A gorgeous looking jellyfish like zipper pull made using 3 short length paracord. Very easy to make

First create a cross knot, introduce third cord, then create a crown knot and finally create a 6-strand diamond knot.

It can also be used as a mobile phone charm.

The Idea came from

Step 4: Lash Points: Paracord Pieces of Length 2-4 Inch

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A simple and brilliant Idea.

Take a small piece, cut & singe the ends, stitch it leaving gaps.

Source :

Step 5: Fishing Lure: Paracord Pieces of Length 2-4 Inch

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Instructable member RedneckEngineer created an awesome tutorial here.

Step 6: Paracord People Charm or Fob: Paracord Length 1-2 Feet

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Instructable member everythinghunt257 created an awesome tutorial here

Step 7: Art and Scrapbooking

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When the pieces are too small to make anything, I think they can be used in crafts like greeting cards, scrapbook, photo frame:

Image source :

Step 8: Decorating Fobs : Paracord Pieces of Length 4-8 Inch

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Another awesome use of paracord pieces I found today in this instructable created by tbosen

Step 9: Final Thoughts

Thank you for your time to read this ible, I hope that you will find the information here useful.

Should you have questions, feedback or suggestions, please do share in the comments below.

I am thankful to all the authors for their awesome work using paracord scrap.

So... you believe now that there is no such thing called paracord scrap :)

You are awesome.

Stay Tuned


nightmane (author)2016-05-29

Also, very short pieces are easy zipper pulls. Just feed through the zipper tab and tie an overhand knot, or melt and fuse if its too short to knot.

PallaviD5 (author)2016-05-23

they said try be nice while u comment... Tarun, you r definitely in India, coz that aint "paracord" is it? Its very sad that it's not available easily in India. What r ur thoughts on this? I have made soooooooo many projects since i got hooked on knotting, but sadnthat we dont get good quality cord with consistent colors and size and durability :-( siiiigh.

You are right.. This is actually a cheap Chinese stuff sold under the name Paracord or parachute cords. I use them only for craft projects. You can get tactical Paracord in India but it is ridiculously expensive.

PallaviD5 (author)PallaviD52016-05-23

btw, do u realise that u maybe d 1st cord instructor in entire Indyah! Yayy to that!

I am so glad to know that you think this way. Though I am really not sure if I'm the one. Thanks a lot.

PallaviD5 (author)PallaviD52016-05-23

btw, do u realise that u maybe d 1st cord instructor in entire Indyah! Yayy to that!

TaylorH36 (author)2016-02-06

I just used to tie the ends together until they made a string long enough for my cat or dog to play with. I make them faster then they can destroy them, so I'll try some of these ideas!

That's Great !! Thanks

TimothyE10 (author)2015-12-11

I have done a few of these. For paracord people I use a wooden bead for a head. Put a bight through a wooden bead and then attach it to a key ring. I also use scraps to carry bottled water. I tie a constrictor know around the neck of the bottle, follow that with a square knot to be certain it won't come loose, then tie the ends together with a square knot or a doubled up overhand, and I clip a carabiner to it. Quick and easy carrier for a water or soda bottle. Also, I've heard of that formula many times, but I never use a ruler to measure my paracord so I always have scraps.

Those are some really good uses, thanks for sharing :)

idahoDHbiker (author)2014-05-15

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!

Blakgryf (author)idahoDHbiker2014-09-06

I too would like to see these formulae.

idahoDHbiker (author)Blakgryf2015-03-26

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.

Cool!! I am going to try this. Thanks.

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

Amelia makes stuff (author)2015-06-10

Cool, but might I add that, along with the heart, you can add a cancer awareness ribbon to a bracelet? I will be doing an ible on how to make one shortly, if anyone is interested in checking that out.

Great Idea :) I am looking forward to see it.

shantinath1000 (author)2015-05-27

Don't forget - for pieces 2 to 4 feet - shoe and boot laces.

Ahha!! See we focus too much on special uses that we forgot the most common one. Thank you so much :)

AmandaL9 (author)2015-04-30

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)AmandaL92015-05-01

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

Opinel (author)2015-04-23

Collect it and melt into wood molds and make gun grips and slingshots

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Opinel2015-04-24

Interesting!!! thanks for the Idea :)

david foeckler (author)2014-12-27

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

The idea is reuse.

Sexist alert!!!

Bban (author)2015-03-20

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.

jadm1104 (author)2014-12-27

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

Byakuya Uzumaki (author)2014-12-06

this is great! I've always wondered what to do with the rest xD

MandalorianMaker (author)2014-04-01

man this is really cool gr8 info to know

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

sunshiine (author)2014-03-13

I like the rings and the heart!

Yaaayy!! rings were totally my Idea :).

Awesome! I loved the button!

bthompson23 (author)2014-03-13

Little hard to follow with the first one

I am sorry I do not understand what you mean.

kbc2 (author)2014-03-13

i did the ible for the para cord keyring. keywords paracord and keyring. hopefully atleast a little entertaining.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)kbc22014-03-13

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

shazni (author)2014-03-11

How about headband accents, book marks ...the list is endless :-)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)shazni2014-03-11

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

shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-11

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)shazni2014-03-11

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

shazni (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-13

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 :-]

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-03-12

Awesome work Tarun! love the keychain fobs ;)

Thank you, Thank you Muhaiminah :D

elliemae61 (author)2014-03-12

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.

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

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

kbc2 (author)2014-03-11

will do... i will tag you or pm you when i get it done again.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)kbc22014-03-11

I would really appreciate that. Thank you.

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