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Hello Felllas,

I am loving paracord now and after making this awesome keychain fob with hidden compartment I realized that I should have tried this as my first paracord project rather this one, because this is much simpler.

You will not believe me If I tell you that I tried 3 times before I could finally make a perfect one, silly mistakes, lots of learnings and off course some tricks which I discovered while making these.

I think it is a perfect hidden compartment for survival money. Imagine you forgot your wallet at home and driving your car and ran out of fuel. Thankfully you car keys are hooked to this fob with a $100 bill inside :)

I have realized that knot based projects can only be understood best if every step is captured as images. This is what I tried to do in this instructable, I hope you will find it useful and like it too.

Lets see how to make it.

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Step 1: Required Stuff

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You would need:

  1. 3 paracords of 5 feet in length and color of your choice.
  2. A Cigarette lighter.
  3. A sharp scissor.
  4. A pencil
  5. Patience :)
  6. Something to hide like a dollar bill or your treasure map or a love letter, or teachings from your Grandpa or your secret James bond Laser weapon pen :D

Step 2: Find center

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  1. Intestect two cords from their middle.
  2. Arch the horizontal cord (green) over the vertical cord (red) in opposite direction (See images above)

Step 3: Cross knot

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  1. Weave top cord (red) into the lower right arch (green).
  2. Weave bottom cord (red )into the top left arch (green).
  3. Pull cord to form a loose cross knot

Step 4: Introducing the third cord

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  1. Insert the third cord (white) from top and pass it through the center of the knot (See image).
  2. Let the third cord (white) pass through until its middle.
  3. Stretch the cords to make a firm knot (See image).
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This was way harder than expected at first, but I got the hang of it!! I love it <3
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hey_y0ungbl00d21 days ago
I'm glad that were able to make it. Thanks :)
worldstrad made it!5 months ago

Fun to make! The beginning was a bit confusing, but it all worked out with some patience. I chose black, dark and light grey for "greyscale" key fob for taking on long bike rides. Emergency money inside in case I need a new tube or tool or water to get back home. Thank you for the good pictures, they inspired me to try it!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  worldstrad26 days ago

Thanks for sharing :). This looks great :)

alihassan1697 made it!4 months ago

Awesome Instructable

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  alihassan169726 days ago

Thats looks great :). Thanks for sharing.

Chicaboo1 month ago
I kept messing up at first. But once I looked at the pics again it was so easy. Thanks for the great instructions.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Chicaboo26 days ago

Looks great !!. Thank you for sharing. :)

thundersticks6 months ago

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.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  thundersticks6 months ago

I can not agree more about showing respect because I have learned a lot from JD but I am sorry , this is not the same .

I have experimented with the design and came up with approach and tricks after making many mistakes. If you go through all the steps, you will learn , how each picture is taken and documented.

I have learned this knot from this website and extended it, but I can not make anyone believe it.

lilplayamade37 months ago
this would make for a great mini keychain survival kit
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lilplayamade37 months ago

It would indeed :), thanks a lot :)

Spectre996 made it!9 months ago

Made it! Now I'm working on an all-black 16" one. It's tough keeping track of those 6 long loose ends.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Spectre9969 months ago

Beautiful job done here :), please do share the all black version. Thanks for sharing.

Finally finished! 15.5" long wrapped around a thin steel bar. It took 3 16' strands of cord. I stretched the weave out to create a more open look and to keep the cord tight around the bar. I finished it with a crown knot followed by a doubled three-strand braid and an overhand knot fed back through the braid to create a small wrist lanyard.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Spectre9968 months ago

That is awesome :D, check your inbox

Johnny Rockstar made it!9 months ago

Was Fun To Make! Thank you For The Instructable!

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Johnny Rockstar9 months ago

Wow... I loved the colors and I also liked the tiny knots in the end. Thank you so much for sharing :)

The photographs are simply great and on par with utility of the Item.

Thank you so much :)

The photographs are simply great and on par with utility of the Item.

elliemae619 months ago

Excellent instructions. Going to give it a go now that I can do the square not (just two cords) in my sleep. Your instructions and VERY CLEAR and CONCISE!!!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  elliemae619 months ago
Thank you so much:). Appreciation like yours makes the job of posting an ible worthwhile. :)
786Ayesha9 months ago

Woah ...look at the two cups on top right :) and the star is shining...Double congrats again....18/18

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha9 months ago

Thank you so much glare in my eyes LOL


those 2 medals look amazing..! congrats again..! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza0079 months ago

Thank you so much Faiza :)

vladivastok9 months ago


ed'imprima made it!10 months ago

Made it ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  ed'imprima10 months ago

That is an awesome looking fob with beautiful colors :), check your inbox :)

faiza00710 months ago

congratulations on being a finalist..!! you deserve it.. :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza00710 months ago
Thank you so much Faiza, it was a big surprise for me, very happy about it.
rcssa10 months ago

please friends any full link in sent me

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  rcssa10 months ago

What kind of link?

The Pencil Guy10 months ago

We Indians!

Where did you get the paracords?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  The Pencil Guy10 months ago

Answer to that is just few comments below :)

I'm always looking for new projects to make with paracord. You did a
great job giving instruction and the pictures were very clear. Look
forward to seeing some more paracord instructables from you.

Thank you so much, appreciations like yours make the hard work worthwhile :), I will try my best to post more of your interests :).

sahaab noor10 months ago
Voted for both contest!
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