Make-to-Learn Contest answers:
What did you make?
I made paracord key fobs with charms. The main things you need is a charm, some paracord, and a key ring.
I made a one for my mamaw for her birthday that has a charm with a cancer ribbon and the word hope (pictured). I chose this charm because she has survived both colon and breast cancer.
I also made one with a music note for my choir teacher (not pictured) and the one with the cross (pictured) for myself.
How did you make it?
I've been making key fobs/bracelets/ect. since roughly 2008. I saw some charms at hobby lobby the other day and decided to make some key fobs with charms. I couldn't get the small key rings on a couple of the charms (I had cut my nails to short) so I had my mom help me on that, but that was all the help I needed. The only things I changed my mind on were the length and position of the charm.
Where did you make it?
I made these at home in about 5-10 minutes each. The thing that took the most time was taking the pictures and making sure they came out clear.
What did you learn?
I learned that I shouldn't cut my nails as short. Haha. But seriously, I really like the way these turned out. I found a use for the necklaces that I never wear! I definitely will be making more of these, and I'll be adding them to the little business that I'm trying to start. :) I'm going to make one with multiple charms and see how that looks.
In this instructable, I will show you how to make a paracord key fob with a charm. These are great for small gifts to give to people. They're really easy to make!
MaterialsParacord (1 ft per 1 in. EX: 3 ft for a 3 in fob) (For a 2-colored key fob, 1/2 ft of each color for every inch EX: 1 ft blue + 1 ft red for a 2 in key fob)
Needle nose pliers
Charm (I got the square hope charm at hobby lobby and the cross is from a necklace. I had to put small key rings on each of the charms. I think the small key rings were 6 mm)
Step 1: Step 1
In this 'ible, I will show you two different places you can attach the charm. At the end or up next to the key ring. You can attach multiple charms to one key fob, just make sure its long enough so that you can see all of them.
Attach the paracord to the key ring by folding the paracord in half, pushing the folded end through the ring, and pushing the ends of the cord through the loop made from the fold. Pull tight.
Step 2: Step 2
If you're attaching your charm, do so now. Otherwise, begin your braid as follows.
Measure how long you want your key fob to be and begin your braid by looping one strand around the front, and then the other over the end of the first strand, around the back, and through the loop created by the first strand. Pull tight.
Step 3: Step 3
Continue braiding until only one more braid will fit (If you already attached your charm, continue braiding). Attach your charm (make sure it won't be backwards when you braid the last knot) and braid the last knot. Pull tight. Cut the excess cord off and seal the ends with a lighter.
E-mail or message me if you have any questions. If you made one, post a pic in the comments!
Keep your eyes out for one of my next 'ibles! I'll give you a hint: it involves bottle caps.