Introduction: Paracord Fob With Hidden Compartment

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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.

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).

Step 5: Making First Crown

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The paracord fob is nothing but sinnet of crown knots, lets see how to make the first knot.

  1. Pull top right cord (white) and cross the next cord (red) moving clockwise (See image).
  2. Repeat 1 for next cord clockwise, continue till the last cord (red).
  3. Insert it inside the arch of the first cord (white in this case)

Step 6: Stretch Untill Firm

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First crown knot is ready.

Step 7: Keep Working Up and Making Crown Knot 3 More Times.

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Do you see the beautiful patter coming :)

Step 8: Insert Pencil and Work Up More Knots

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Once you are done making sinnet of 3 crown knots, insert pencil in the middle and keep working up to make more knots. I stopped when the fob was around 4.5 inch long.

NOTE: It took me a while to figure out this very useful step. Without pencil, when you try to stretch the cords to make a firm knot, you may end up with uneven sinnet, some knots may be loose , while others may be tight. Keeping a pencil in the middle as you work up will ensure that the entire fob has same thickness. You can stretch the cords without having to worry about too loose or too tight. This will also ensure that the secret compartment inside is intact.

Step 9: Making the 6-strand Diamond Knot

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  1. Make your final crown knot slightly loose.
  2. Hook the lower right cord end clockwise around the next arched cord and insert it through the center of the Crown knot (See image).
  3. Repeat for remaining 5 cords.
  4. In the end, all cords will pop from the center

Step 10: Tighten the Knot and Remove Pencil

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  1. Snip the cords to your desired length
  2. Singe the ends with lighter.

Step 11: Hiding Something

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  1. Pull the cords apart to reveal entrance to secret compartment.
  2. I have hidden 500 INR Bill inside it :].
  3. Fold the bill and insert it completely.

Step 12: Where Is My Money?

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Your awesome keychain fob with secret compartment is ready to use. When you wish to take out your secret stuff, just push from bottom gently and it will peek out from entrance :).

I just loved working on this project and worked really hard to make it easy to understand.

Thank you for your time to read this ible, I hope you like it. Should you have any questions, comments or feedback, please share in the comments below.

If you like, please vote.

You are awesome :]

Stay tuned.


Rata001 made it! (author)2016-08-27

It's awesome❤

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Rata0012016-09-09

Wow... this turned out very beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

Monstrells (author)2016-07-29

arrrgghhhh! It's so hard at the begging, but when you get the hang of it, it becomes quite easy

manuelmasc (author)2016-04-18

it looks so italian!! I like it!! :D

Thanks so much , My Friend Linda (who is an Italian ) also feels the same way :)

If you mean Linda Rose I know her too ;)

P.S. congrats again for the great ible!

Yes That's Linda :). Thanks again :)

SarinaJ made it! (author)2016-03-13

Attach a booby pin to your money to keep it rolled up and to give you something to push on when retrieving it.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)SarinaJ2016-03-14

That is a great Idea and your fob came out very beautiful.

JCBerry (author)2015-04-17

how do you get the item you are hiding out?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)JCBerry2015-04-17

You can push it from the bottom of fob to pop the item out.

Exidis (author)2015-04-02

Nice project. i made it and it was fairly easy to make. Thanks for the instructions!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)Exidis2015-04-02

You are welcome. I am glad you found it useful :)

Mr AbAk (author)2014-12-31

Hey tarun where to buy Paracord In India??

Mr AbAk (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2015-01-02

Thanks!For Your Help!

hey_y0ungbl00d (author)2014-11-26

This was way harder than expected at first, but I got the hang of it!! I love it <3

I'm glad that were able to make it. Thanks :)

worldstrad made it! (author)2014-07-13

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!

Thanks for sharing :). This looks great :)

alihassan1697 made it! (author)2014-07-26

Awesome Instructable

Thats looks great :). Thanks for sharing.

Chicaboo (author)2014-11-17

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)Chicaboo2014-11-20

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

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.

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.

lilplayamade3 (author)2014-05-04

this would make for a great mini keychain survival kit

It would indeed :), thanks a lot :)

Spectre996 made it! (author)2014-03-21

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

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.

That is awesome :D, check your inbox

Johnny Rockstar made it! (author)2014-03-15

Was Fun To Make! Thank you For The Instructable!

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

Atmakuri Koteswararao (author)2014-03-09

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

Thank you so much :)

Atmakuri Koteswararao (author)2014-03-09

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

elliemae61 (author)2014-03-09

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!!!

Thank you so much:). Appreciation like yours makes the job of posting an ible worthwhile. :)

786Ayesha (author)2014-03-08

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

Thank you so much glare in my eyes LOL

faiza007 (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-08

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)faiza0072014-03-08

Thank you so much Faiza :)

vladivastok (author)2014-03-05


ed'imprima made it! (author)2014-02-08

Made it ;)

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