The Paracord Germ Grenade is a hand sanitizer bottle wrapped with paracord (parachute cord), which was recently featured on my paracord design blog . Once tied it can be hung upside down using a carabiner or by using a tie made with paracord or other means. I keep one in my vehicle hanging from the rearview mirror so that anytime I leave a store, it is close at hand.

This wrap doesn’t have to be strictly for hand sanitizer, some may prefer hand lotion or any other items you use frequently that you want to keep close at hand. It is also a very easy wrap to tie, if you can tie a knot then you can tie the Paracord Germ Grenade.


Picture of SUPPLIES

• 13 Feet of paracord in the color of your choice
• Hand Sanitizer bottle (I used Purell)
• Ruler or tape measure
• Hemostats or other small needle-nose pliers
• Lighter
• Rubber band
• Scissors (anything that will cut the paracord)
• Super Glue (not necessary)


Measure the paracord with your ruler and cut to length, if using a bottle close to the same size as the one I used, thirteen feet of paracord will be sufficient. Use your lighter to singe the ends of the paracord to keep the strands from coming out and it makes the paracord easier to work with.



Find the center of the paracord and form a loop at the center. Take the loop and wrap it around the neck of the hand sanitizer bottle. Then run the two strands down the middle to the bottom and back up the other side.
Place the rubber band around the bottom of the bottle to secure the paracord in place.



Split the strands on the backside which will have one strand on the left and the other on the right.
Bring both strands around to the front. Using the hemostats, pull the right strand underneath the two vertical strands.
Take the left strand and run it over the two vertical strands and then tie a half knot and pull the two strands tight.



Flip the hand sanitizer bottle over and then pull the strands around to the back.
As you did in the previous step, take the right strand and pull it underneath the two vertical strands.
Bring the left strand over the two vertical strands and then tie a half knot and then pull the two strands tight.



Flip the hand sanitizer bottle over and then pull the strands around to the front.
Continue by pulling the right strand underneath the two vertical strands and then bringing the left strand over the two vertical strands and then tying a half knot and then cinching the strands tight.
This is the basic tying technique for the Germ Grenade, just continue to flip the bottle over wrapping as explained until you are about half way down the bottle.
At this time you want to compress the strands together and tweak the strands with either the hemostats or a dull pointed tool to make the wrap fit snugly in the same place all the way up and down the bottle.



Continue wrapping the bottle until you reach the bottom.
Finesse the wrap again as you did in the previous step, making the tucks even all the way down.



Once you’ve wrapped the bottle all the way to the bottom you will need to cut the excess paracord.
Mark the paracord with a pen at the points where it needs to be cut. Use your scissors and cut the paracord even so that it makes it look as if the wrap continues on.
Now take you lighter and singe the ends, if you have superglue, you can use it to secure the strands in place (make sure not to use the superglue on sections of the paracord that will be seen, it should be used on the underside of the paracord).

Your Paracord Germ Grenade is now complete and hopefully you have created something similar to the one I tied. Add a carabiner to the bottom of the bottle or leave as it is, the end result is up to you.


Nguyendtu02 made it! (author)2016-11-11

first time using paracord. struggled a lIttle bit at first but found it easier as the process went on. really enjoyed it. thanks so much.

docbake made it! (author)2016-10-16

I've made several. they come in handy camping.

NYChip (author)2016-08-05

Any advice on how to make the cord wrap so perfectly? Last one I made worked but was no where near as perfect as the ones in your photos. - Thanks

NathanW85 made it! (author)2016-07-15

Followed the directions directly. Gutted the cord and glad i did. It made for a nice, flat lay. I wrapped it tightly, so that when i first used the sanitizer it gushed out a bit. 2 oz bottle with 14 foot of cord. I had about 1 ft left in total.

Jlfelix (author)2016-03-29

Thank you so much!

number12 made it! (author)2015-11-08

I gutted the orange and yellow cord for a flatter wrap and used a cobra knot over the fusion on the loop for stability. The green one had a snake knot on the lanyard. The snake know used gutted cord to be less bulky.

AlecE (author)2015-07-29

I am using a slightly larger bottle, what is the foot of para cord to inch of bottle size ratio

number12 (author)AlecE2015-11-08

I used a 2 oz. bottle, and 15 feet of gutted cord for a flatter knot. I had about a foot left over on each end.

hsanford made it! (author)2015-07-02

These are so cool and fun to make!

cool123cool (author)2015-05-30

Paracord cool!

Scenographer (author)2015-01-03

Thanks for this great technique! In K9 Search and Rescue training we use baby powder to check wind direction - hanging a travel size bottle upside down from your belt near dog height. Most handlers cut up travel size shampoo or sanitizer bottles as cradles but this method serves an additional purpose - providing an emergency cordelette and 'biner!

n_d_hanks made it! (author)2014-07-23

Thanks for the post. It's super simple, super functional, and looks awesome!

speedracer425 (author)2014-06-27

This was fun to make. A little time consuming.

pierow made it! (author)2014-03-16

Good write-up - Thanks for the project.

timingworks (author)2014-03-11

Very cool! My first paracord project. I just made one for one of my new Cub Scouts. He left his hand sanitizer at our last meeting. He was proud of his little bottle, showing everyone. He probably thinks he lost it forever, but we are all going camping in 2 weeks. I'll give it to him there. I think he'll be very proud of it now, and with the carabineer I added he won't loose it this time.

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Cman_117 (author)2013-10-03

Is the wrap just like cobra but around the bottle?

speedracer425 (author)2013-08-14

Can you create a video of this please?
I am stuck on the 4 step -_-

Sorry I haven't responded til now, but If you will take a pic of what you're tying, I should be able to talk you through it.

Adastra62 (author)speedracer4252013-08-19

maybe this video off of youtube will help....

smart_ax (author)2013-03-16

Simple and beautiful!

Dj NurSpek (author)2012-08-22

Super easy, I thought it going to be way harder. I used Coyote Tan/FDE and it turned out great. I work in a hospital so this is going to in my tool bag.

bbgun_sniper (author)2012-06-25

what color is the paracord on the left i like that color alot

I'm not sure which photo you're referring-the orange color is Neon Orange, the brown color is Coyote Tan. I purchased the paracord from Supply Captain, they are continuously adding new colors to their inventory and they have always been a great supplier for me.

BLUEBLOBS2 (author)2012-05-26

This is a genius idea!

motorgirl112 (author)2012-03-20

How do you tie the little loop you added on the end in black?

The loop is called the Chinese Butterfly Knot and I learned the tying technique from "The Book of Decorative Knots". Google books provides a preview of the book which shows the instructions on tying the knot, here is the link.

Thanks, I got that part, and now have a butterfly knot with two strings hanging off, how did you get the seamless loop?

It's kind of tricky, but all you have to do is use one cord, instead of using two as the book describes.
Use one end for each strand and once you have it loosely tied, you have to work the strands taught to create the small loop. Also, if you're going to tie as the photo shows, you'll need to go under the bottom cord of the Germ Grenade before starting to tie the Butterfly, I recommend using a fairly long strand so that the Grenade won't be in your way.

dguillinta (author)2011-09-18

When I read "germ grenade," I was thinking of something along the lines of biological warfare.... shame.

black hole (author)dguillinta2011-10-15

Me too. I suppose that says something about our characters...

Agentfern (author)black hole2011-12-30

Me too. I only clicked on it because I was wondering what it had to do with paracord.

vulcan24 (author)Agentfern2012-01-21

You know what they say, "Evil minds bent on poisoning the world via Bio-Bombs think alike."

rudedude119 (author)vulcan242012-03-11

when i read your comments i thought that you are all going to be making dirty bombs

mysterion (author)2011-12-20

Thought this was a biological weapon :( lol
great idea making those un-sightly handsanitizer bottles look cool!

apurdon (author)2011-11-14

Awesome idea! I love it! What size bottle did you use, tho? My 2oz one looks bigger than the pic. I guess I'll see if I run out of cord! :)

SyberProdigy (author)apurdon2011-11-22

If I remember correctly, I think it was a 2 ounce bottle, but I'm not for sure. I tend to look for the smallest bottle I can find because I think it looks better, but that's just my opinion, others may like the larger bottles.

paracordbylane (author)2011-10-11

this is a great instructable easy to follow. made my first one in like a couple of hrs. the second one only took an hr. they are great for diaper bags which is what i made mine for. never seem to have a sink handy when you need to change a diaper outdoors. made one for my lunch box as well.

I am glad you found the instructions useful, it sounds like you have taken the design and ran with it. I would love to see photos when you have time.

Thanks for the support.

here's the first one i made for our diaper bag man has it come in handy.

hossweightlifter (author)2011-09-24

Hmmm you must have a lot of spare time on your hands.

Its called passion...

Still must have a lot of spare time......

samuel.jackson2012 (author)2011-07-30

Can this holder be removed and placed on another bottle of the same size? Awesome design! Love it!

No, the vertical strands loop over the neck of the bottle and then are locked from the backside. Without untying it, you're stuck with the bottle it was tied on. You could always wait until the bottle is empty and then put whatever you want back in it.

chewy3939 (author)2011-07-12

Man I love this! I made one for my mom's birthday. She's germ crazy. I really like this. Way to go!

SyberProdigy (author)chewy39392011-07-12

Thanks, your mom sounds like me, hope she had a great birthday!

chicopluma (author)2011-07-11

haha the title sounds like a bioweapon or something

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