Picture of Paracord Fob with hidden compartment
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

Picture of Required Stuff
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
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JCBerry4 months ago

how do you get the item you are hiding out?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  JCBerry4 months ago

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

Anon123454 months ago

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Anon123454 months ago

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

Mr AbAk8 months ago

Hey tarun where to buy Paracord In India??

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Mr AbAk7 months ago
Thanks!For Your Help!
This was way harder than expected at first, but I got the hang of it!! I love it <3
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  hey_y0ungbl00d9 months ago
I'm glad that were able to make it. Thanks :)
worldstrad made it!1 year 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)  worldstrad9 months ago

Thanks for sharing :). This looks great :)

alihassan1697 made it!1 year ago

Awesome Instructable

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  alihassan16979 months ago

Thats looks great :). Thanks for sharing.

Chicaboo9 months 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)  Chicaboo9 months ago

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

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)  thundersticks1 year 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.


this would make for a great mini keychain survival kit
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lilplayamade31 year ago

It would indeed :), thanks a lot :)

Spectre996 made it!1 year 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)  Spectre9961 year 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)  Spectre9961 year ago

That is awesome :D, check your inbox

Johnny Rockstar made it!1 year ago

Was Fun To Make! Thank you For The Instructable!

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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.

elliemae611 year 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)  elliemae611 year ago
Thank you so much:). Appreciation like yours makes the job of posting an ible worthwhile. :)
786Ayesha1 year ago

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago

Thank you so much...omg..so much glare in my eyes LOL


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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza0071 year ago

Thank you so much Faiza :)


ed'imprima made it!1 year ago

Made it ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  ed'imprima1 year ago

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

faiza0071 year ago

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza0071 year ago
Thank you so much Faiza, it was a big surprise for me, very happy about it.
rcssa1 year ago

please friends any full link in sent me

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