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It can get frustrating carrying soft items like blankets or clothes to a camp ground. I designed this super easy to make strap to carry blankets; however, it can also be used to carry other items like bundled wood which makes it incredibly useful!!
The Design is super simple and does not require many tools or materials. I used two colors to make this, but you could of course use one if you prefer. I am using this for camping so I made sure to choose darker color paracord to ensure that it will not show how dirty it will get after extended use.
10' - Red Paracord
7' - Black Paracord
Lighter or candle
Cup of water (I like to use this to cool the ends of the cord after I melt them)
Knife with serrated edge
Pen tube (used to slide on the cord to create a locking mechinism)
Wire hangar (for added support in the handle)
Measure tape (not required, but will help to be precise)
12" File folder (used to measure paracord)
Wire cutters (to cut hangar pieces)
I designed this handle to be super simple. It only requires 2 different types of knots and can be made with 17' of paracord and household items!
1. Measure the cord - I like to use a file folder to measure out the length. The standard size is 1' which allows you to easily measure out the appropriate length for your project. You will need 2 strands; 1 - 10' length for the strap; and 1 - 7' length for the handle.
2. Cut 2 - 7" pieces from the wire hanger and mark the middle (aprox 3.5"). This will be used to add some support to the handle which will keep the cord separated while carrying your equipment. The hangar method is only going to give enough support for around 10 pounds, so if you are planning to make this to carry something heavier I recommend using something stronger for support; I used an aluminum tent steak for my wood carrier.
After you cut the wire, mark the center point. Since I used 7" lengths, I marked them at 3.5 with my knife.
3. Cut 2 equal lengths of tube from the pen casing. I recommend using lengths that are around 1 1/2 ".
4. Melt the ends of the pen casing to give them a smooth feel so that it will not wear away at the cord. When melting the tube you want to make sure that you have a cup of water handy to dip the plastic in to cool it down after it has taken form.Be careful because if you melt too much you melt to much you will not be able to pull the cord through the center.