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.

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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).
Spectre996 made it!27 days 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)  Spectre99627 days 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)  Spectre9969 days ago

That is awesome :D, check your inbox

Johnny Rockstar made it!1 month 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 month 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 month ago
Thank you so much:). Appreciation like yours makes the job of posting an ible worthwhile. :)
786Ayesha1 month ago

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  786Ayesha1 month ago

Thank you so much glare in my eyes LOL


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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza0071 month ago

Thank you so much Faiza :)

vladivastok1 month ago


ed'imprima made it!2 months ago

Made it ;)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  ed'imprima2 months ago

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

faiza0072 months ago

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

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  faiza0072 months ago
Thank you so much Faiza, it was a big surprise for me, very happy about it.
rcssa2 months ago

please friends any full link in sent me

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  rcssa2 months ago

What kind of link?

We Indians!

Where did you get the paracords?

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  The Pencil Guy2 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 noor2 months ago
Voted for both contest!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sahaab noor2 months ago

Thank you so much :) you are very kind. Please check your inbox.

Suraj Grewal2 months ago

so you are Indian,How were you able to find the paracord?

I've spent a long time searching for it.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Suraj Grewal2 months ago

You are right, it is difficult to find but not impossible, it also depends upon the place you are living, try craft supplies shops or shops that sell macrame strings.

I wish you luck.


makwa2 months ago
Love this tutorial ! Now I will have to break down and buy some paracord
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  makwa2 months ago

Thank you :), paracord is so much fun :]

lindarose922 months ago

What a great idea! I keep looking at these knots and I think I must try them too someday! Plus I love the (Italian) colors combination :D

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose922 months ago

Hey Linda :), glad you came to see it. You must try them, they are fun to work with and you know, the color combination is of Indian National Flag too :)

Thank you so much.

Oh I didn't know that the Indian and Italian flags had the same colors! Well, maybe I knew but I don't remember about it...I'm not good with remembering countries' flags! I will definitely remember that India and Italy have something in common from now on :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose922 months ago

The reds is more of dark Orange like in first picture :). But who cares , they are similar :). We should have a robot flag of instructables :)

That's a great idea! I would proudly show it to everyone :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose922 months ago

Me too :)


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