Introduction: Paracord Desert Flower Medallion

All creative souls,

I never thought working with paracord would be so much fun until today. It is proved over & over again and today that there is no creative inspiration source better than instructables, I love you .

Paracord projects always amazed me and I thought they are too difficult to work with but having seen here so many of them, few days back I finally decided to get my hands dirty and I am so glad that I did.

This project is a decorative flower, known as Desert Flower created to look like a medallion or pendant. It can be a lovely gift and can also be wore as a neck piece. Very unique.

Please don't get overwhelmed by so many number of steps, you will find them very easy to work with, step-by-step.

I tired to incorporate all my learnings into this instructable, some of them are very basic and I hope it will help beginners like me.

This is my first ever paracord project and I worked really hard to put this up as an instructable. I hope you will like it and vote for it.

Lets begin.

Step 1: Stuff That You Will Need

To make this paracord medallion, you would need the following:

  1. 1 paracord of 5 ft length of color of your choice (white in this ible)
  2. 1 paracord off 6 ft length of color of your choice (red in this ible)
  3. A sharp scissor.
  4. A cigarette lighter.
You can increase the length of the cords to make a bigger medallion.

Step 2: Singeing

This is a process of sealing the ends of the paracord, so that they are secured and do not open up. Singeing is a very simple process but needs to be done carefully. You can use a cigarette lighter or a butane torch to heat up the ends.
Heat up the ends as shown in the picture above and press it by some metal object or pliers. You only need to expose the cords to flame for few seconds.

It is that simple. We singe at the end of this project.

NOTE: Experts recommend that before you start working with your cords, you may want to singe their ends to avoid opening of the woven nylon threads.

Step 3: Find the Middle of the Cords

From the middle of the cords, arrange the cords as shown in the image above, shorter cord inside (white in this case).

Step 4: Pull Short Cord 1.5 Inch Below and Behind the Long Cord.

Step 5: Cross the White Cord From Back Such That the Left End of the White Cord Is Below Right End.

Step 6: Pull the White Cord at Least 1 Feet (more If You Want a Longer) Below

Step 7: At the Point Where White Cord Cross, Circle the Left Red Cord

Step 8: Around the Crossed Cords

Step 9: Pull the Cords Untill Firm

Step 10: Flip the Entire Arrangement Horizontally

Step 11: Create a Cross Using the White Back Cords

Step 12: Circle the Left Red Cord Around the Crossed White Cord and Tighten

Step 13: Repeat Step 5-11 Untill 14 or More Petals Are Formed

Step 14: Bend the Fob and Pull First Petal From the Top

Step 15: Pull the Petal Till a Small Loop at the Left End of the Fob Is Formed

Step 16: Pick the Red Cord From Left and Insert It Into the Loop on Right

Step 17: Pull the First Petal Completly to Tighten the Loop and Secure the Red Cord Inside.

Step 18: Pull the Red Cord to Bring the Two Ends of the Fob Closer.

Pull petals on the left completely one by one till the big loop reach in the middle of the flower.

Step 19: Notice the Hanging Cords, We Will Tie Them With 4-strand Diamond Cord

Since I am new to knots, I had a hard time learning the knots, but I finally figured out this knot. Also I was not able to shoot picture while I was making the knot below the flower, so for the sake of demonstration I used two separate cords to show 4-strand diamond knot. The steps are.

  1. Intersect the red and white cords as shown in image 1.
  2. Bend the white cords as shown in image 2 & 3.
  3. Insert the red cords inside the white loops as shown in image 4 & 5.
  4. Insert the top left white cord from below the bottom left red cord into the center of the cross knot (yes the previous arrangement of cords is called cross knot). See Image 6.
  5. Repeat 4 clockwise for remaining three cords such that all cords are peeking out in the middle of cross knot (image 7).
  6. Adjust and tighten the cords until firm.

Step 20: Snip the Cords to Desired Length and Singe :)

Step 21: Showtime

Your beautiful & unique desert flower medallion is ready.

I really enjoyed working with paracord, I think I am going to make more stuff using it.

Thank you for your time to read this ible. I hope you have liked it.

Please vote.

You are awesome.

Stay tuned :)


yv215144 (author)2016-05-18


thundersticks (author)2014-06-17

The respectful thing to do in the maker community is to give credit to the origin of your project idea if it isn't your own. JD Lenzen is a great supporter of the knot tying community and shares some amazing ideas that he worked very hard to design and share.


You are right about the credits and I thank you for providing the links. I had not seen them because I had bought his book Paracord Fusion ties Vol.2 and learned the technique

According to his book, here is the excerpt

"To the question:Is it okay to make and sell the knots and ties presented in the TIAT books and online videos?The answer is yes. Absolutely! It is my intent that others use my knots and ties as they wish, for profit, fundraising, gifts, or otherwise. I would appreciate it if you didn’t change their names. Still, granting this request— however appreciated—is ultimately up to you. So don’t hesitate to start an online business or anywhere else you think fusion paracord ties would be appreciated. Just promise me one thing.

If your livelihood is improved to the point where you can afford to give back to your community, through tithing, gifts, or donation, please do. Just think of it as paying forward the gifts fusion knotting gave to you"

Since I have not changed the name and also all the pictures are 100% original, I have no intentions to hide the credits but since it forgot to mention, I can not deny that I should given appropriate credits.

KraftyKrew (author)2014-05-09

i am going to do a cross between this and a cross to create an ankh.


Great..good luck :)

elliemae61 made it! (author)2014-03-04

This is my version - designed to hang from rear view mirror or hook on to anything you want. Not quite the same as yours but yours was my inspiration!!


Oh.. That is so cool, I loved it even though it is not the same but it is looking awesome. Please check your inbox :)

implode707 (author)2014-03-03

Thank you! This will make a great gift!

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Wow... your look just super awesome. I love the colors you chose. Thank you so much for sharing :)

elliemae61 (author)2014-02-27

nice project - going to try and make for hanging on your car rear view mirror. After all you never know when you can use some paracord in your car!!

Excellent instructions, very detailed and clear.


Wow.. That is an excellent idea. Thank you so much for your kind words.

yoyopig (author)2014-01-25


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)yoyopig2014-01-25


yoyopig (author)2014-01-25


Tarun Upadhyaya (author)yoyopig2014-01-25

尽量使用图片,看看您是否能理解。 :)

yoyopig (author)2014-01-25

Can not read English。

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)yoyopig2014-01-25

I am so sorry :( I hope the pictures can help you.

Thank you for stopping by.

shazni (author)2014-01-24

That is lovely! I still haven't figured out what paracord is called here...must try once i do find it!. Paracoard stretchy? or doesn't it flex? Thanks!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)shazni2014-01-24

Thank you so much Shazni :). I had the same problem finding it. Paracords have very little elasticity. Try finding it with name parachute cords at shops those sell macrame strings or similar stuff.

grrr21 (author)2014-01-23

Very well written & photographed. Good job.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)grrr212014-01-23

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

Sonam Sawant (author)2014-01-23

pretty !! :)


Thank you :]

antoniraj (author)2014-01-23

nicely done Tarun Upadhyaya


Thank you so much for your appreciations Sir. :)

watchmeflyy (author)2014-01-22

These look lovely! Your pictorial tutorial (rhymes.. heh) is really clear, so thanks for sharing.


Thank you so much for your appreciation. I am so glad you liked :).

emilyvanleemput (author)2014-01-22

It looks really nice!!


Thank you so much Emily:)

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