I am a Cubmaster and very often a Den Leader. There are many times, especially during the Webelos years, I am looking for crafts that they can do to work towards activity badges. This is one craft that you can do to meet requirement 4 of the Craftsman activity Badge. The requirement says:
Make four useful items using materials other than wood that you and your Webelos den leader agree on, such as clay, plastic, leather, metal, paper, rubber, or rope. These should be challenging items and must involve several operations
This is a Paracord Neckerchief slide.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
For this instructable, you will need the following:
- Paracord in your color(s) of choice. (For this one I used two different colors of a camouflage.
- About 3 feet of each will work best.
- Lighter (I use a grill lighter so I can light it without burning myself)
- Screwdriver (or 16d nail, or a fid if youhave one. Just something that you need to start your lacing)
Step 2: Start Your Lacing
Set up your screwdriver. I folded over about 3 1/2" to 4" of cord over the top with the longer part going underneath.
Then you start your basic stitching. You will have one color that is over the top and one that is underneath. These colors need to stay in a consistent position. (IE - Same color should always over the top.)
In this one, I am taking the brown camo over the top two short strands. Then I take the green camo, go over the single strand from the left, under the two long, and through the loop that is formed by the brown camo.
Then repeat this process, with the brown coming from the right on top, and the green going underneath.
Step 3: TIghten Up
Before you get too far into your lacing, pull the short ends so that they are tighter. Do this while your screw driver is still in the loops, that was you can work with it a little easier at the end when finishing the project.
Step 4: Coming to the End
When you have gone the length that you want, 3" works best, it should look something like this.
Using the forceps, work them under the last two top stitches and grab the two ends of the short cords. Then do the same with the working ends of the cord, but pull them through the loops that were made when you started the project.
Step 5: Finish the Ends
In the process of making finishing the project, you will need to trip the excess cord to a length of about 1/4", Then using your lighter, heat the ends and smooth them into the other cord. This will also prevent unraveling.
Then work it a little to male sure that it is in a circle.
Step 6: Finished Product
Now you have a finished product. Just slide it up the neckerchief. You scout also has about 6' of emergency cord, not to mention the inner strands, (Usually 6 or 7 of them) that had about 6' each.
Remember, one of the most important things that a scout can have in a survival situation is cordage.