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Picture of Paracord Breast Cancer Awareness Keychain
My Aunt beat breast cancer not too long ago, and that makes two cancers that she's beat (yay!) Since then every woman in my family has gone 'pink ribbon crazy'. And when my mom found out that I'd recently taken an interest in paracord projects, she requested a pink ribbon that she found via Google images. So here is how I made it.
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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- Paracord
- Scissors/Knife
- Lighter
- Key Ring
- Ruler/Tape Measure
- Perma Lok or an Awl or similar tool

Step 2: Starting Out

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To start out, I used two lengths of paracord, each measuring 5' 10". It was longer than I needed, but better to be too long than too short.

You'll want to use the 'box knot', like I did here, and in order to make a 2 1/2" ribbon, you'll need to start out with 15 layers.

Here is a video to better understand certain steps.

Step 3: Adding the Ring

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Now that you have your 15 layers, you'll need to add the key ring or other hardware. The first one I made has a clip so that it can be easily removed and placed somewhere else. To add the ring or hardware, pick a corner, and thread two ends through as shown.

Then continue with the box knot until you have 23 layers.

Step 4: Bending

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Now to bend your chain to make the ribbon shape.

Bend the chain in on itself making sure that the ring/clasp is on what will be the top, and, depending on which corner your thread is coming through, thread as follows.

On the end that butted up against the chain, the piece that 'points towards you' ended up at layer 6, so that's where I threaded through.

After that, you need to see where your next one is closest to. Thread through there.

Pull both ends as tight as you can, then flip.
JaneN4 made it!20 days ago
I made my ribbon teal representing PTSD and PCOS awareness.
Thanks so much for sharing these easy-to-follow instructions.
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SAWS19924 months ago
jkorolchuk made it!4 months ago
I wanted to make one with teal/pink for my wife, having beaten thyroid cancer, but these are the next best colors I had to choose from. I made mine very tight and rigid, therefore I put the key ring at the 18th layer to get the shape to look right, then I fed the outer solid pink strands through the center instead of over the front/back faces.
Great instructable, thanks. It's my first attempt at the box knot or anything shaped.
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TheGeek1984 (author)  jkorolchuk4 months ago
Well congrats to your wife! Survivor stories are always the best! And your ribbon looks great, when they're two colors it is better to try and feed the stands through the middle so as not to "break the illusion"...If that makes sense...good job!
yamaharider005 months ago
i actually decided to make a key fob because i didnt have enough paracord to make a ribbon
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TheGeek1984 (author)  yamaharider005 months ago
That's fine, it still looks good. As long as you're happy with it. And you could always make a ribbon next time. :)
yamaharider005 months ago
i found it quite hard at first because i couldnt figure out how to tie the first knot then i was having trouble with the next five knots. it took me 45 minutes for five knots! but now that I've got the hang of it i can tie five knots in two minutes.

In a few days i will buy 325 paracord to make a lapel pin for my mom. She lost her twin sister to breast cancer on February 22 2013. Thanks for the great instructions and pictures.

I made one, but for a different purpose, in a slightly different way...

Thanks! And to TheGeek1984, your instructable is being featured in mine :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-A-Mortal-Instruments-Rune-Necklace-Wit

TheGeek1984 (author)  hipoweredhacker08 months ago
Sorry I didnt get around to responding earlier, I did see your 'ible and thought that it looked familiar, nice job repurposing the ribbon!
Dutch568 months ago
My wife is a Thyroid Cancer Survivor and since their color is purple, I made this for her.
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TheGeek1984 (author)  Dutch568 months ago
That looks awesome, and congratulations to your wife, I'm glad that you two get to spend many more years together!
WandaWood9 months ago

I changed the color to yellow for Spina Bifida. Loved it was easy and quick. I'm trying to download the instruction and can't download.

jtamminga10 months ago
great tutorial.
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spini11210 months ago
I love this one not for what it can stand for but how hard it is for a first-timer thanks. the two color mix for me stands for bio Chemical or zombies but that's just me
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LeatherandInk made it!1 year ago

I found your instructions easy to follow and detailed. I was able to make this on my first try. Thank you.

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TheGeek1984 (author)  LeatherandInk1 year ago

You're very welcome, and your ribbon looks great!

angiedj621 year ago

Thanks for easy to follow instructions. I've now made18 ribbons. I'll b glad when I can do one under 30 minutes but that'll happen as I get use to doing them. I gutted the inner strands so that they would have a less round appearance and eventually I narrowed it down to 4 feet of cord. That still allowed me to make larger ribbons with only a few inches of scrap left over.Thanks for your help. Here's what I came up with.

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TheGeek1984 (author)  angiedj621 year ago

Those look great! I love to see how everyone's projects come out, because they're all unique.

Can you be more specific on what size to cut the paracord

TheGeek1984 (author)  marlanadalton1 year ago
Two strands at 5' 10" for a ribbon this size. Using more or less will result in a larger or smaller ribbon, although the 'knot count' will differ with each.

How I figured out my initial measurement was to make a 1" long chain of box knots, then I cut the paracord right at the end, un-braided, and measured. I then figured out which dimensions would look good on a keychain, figured out how long of a chain I would need and applied that overall length to the ratio that I got from experimenting. If I had the numbers here in front of me I'd give them to you as a guide, because that is all it would be good for. It really comes down to you...or your hands. I've got fairly dexterous fingers and tend to pull really tight when I braid, some people may not. Even my measurement of 5' 10" may or may not work exactly the same for everyone, but its a good place to start. Because as I stated in the 'ible, its better to have too much rather than too little.

I realize this is much more of an answer than you probably wanted, but I hope it helps. Best of luck, and thanks for taking the time to read my instructable.

TheGeek
bman20111 year ago

Success Success old chap, Make them mini by using 350 cord

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TheGeek1984 (author)  bman20111 year ago
Those both look great!
bman20111 year ago

Oh hell yes! I will do all the awareness ribbons I can and make donations to the organizations they supports,this one is the patrictic awareness

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TheGeek1984 (author)  bman20111 year ago
Very nice! Great job!

thanks, stay tune, going to try to make a purple ribbon but out of 350 cord will snap a pick and send if success.... Ben

This was great. Thanks for the page. Made use out of it.
aqua 122 years ago
Cool
yollabergh2 years ago
Looks great but could you show step for step how to start the plaiting?
TheGeek1984 (author)  yollabergh2 years ago
I have added a link to another instructable that shows how I did the box knot. Here you go! 
TheGeek1984 (author) 2 years ago
The joining part is a little difficult to explain. The next one I make I'll include a video to demonstrate how it's done.