Introduction: Paracord Whip!

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In this instructable, I will be teaching you how to make a paracord snake whip. Snake whips are easy to make and even more fun to play with. Whips have many purposes like self defense, hunting, and most of all recreation. PLEASE NOTE: WHIPS AREN'T TOYS AND SHOULD BE USED WITH CAUTION. EYE PROTECTION RECOMENDED. Enjoy!

Step 1: Supplies....

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For this instructable you will need..
>parcord, one 5 foot section, one 15 foot section and two sectios of pararcord, 6 foot of cord for every foot of the whip. I am making a special 9 foot whip but about 5 foot is average.
>measuring tape or any other way to measure paracord by the foot
>electrical tape, at least 1 roll
>lighter or small torch
>rope that has a core, thicker than paracord, but not too thick
>metal BB's

Step 2: Shot Loading

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BBs are to really get enough mommentum in the whip to easily crack it. It isn't vital, but pretty handy. Take the metal BBs and insert them into the rope. Tie a loose knot in the middle of the ripe and fill BBs up to middle. This may take some time, but get a tablet or phone or tv and watch a movie. It helps....
After you have filled up the cord with BBs, tie a firm knit at the end. Undo the knot in the middle and wrap it a couple of times around with electrical tape so the BBs are tight together and won't come out of the other side.

Step 3: Core First Layer and Handle....

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Now, we need to make the fist core layer. All you need to do is just wrap the whole whip in electrical tape VERY tight to make the whip a bit stiff. Now, start back up at the butt of the whip and wrap an extra layer. this will make for a stiffer handle.

Step 4: First Belly

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First, measure out two 10ft. sections. Next, grab the white strands inside the paracord and pull it out. Toss is to the side, and keep the two paracord outside. you will use those to weave.

Step 5: 1st Belly Weave...

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Go to the end of this instructable to learn the weave. I really want others to learn this so I put up the weave instructions.

Step 6: 1st Belly Tape and Finish Off

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Once you have only a couple inches left for the braid, put tape on the last weave really tight. Then, cut the excess so if is staggered. this will make for a smooth transition. Cover the whole woven section with tape. now you ar ready for the second and finall bellie.

Step 7: 2nd Belly

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Take the rest of your cords and braid the final part. You will have to drop cords, which is easy. Just take the cord, and electrical tape it down. Continue to do the same braid while dropping the rest of the cords until you have the last four. braid it all the way to the end, and tie on your fall with a fall hitch. That's it. Trim the cords and tidy everything up. Then, put a cracker on the end (you can use the inssides of the paracord). Hope you liked this instructable!! don't forget to vote.

Step 8: Final Step!!! Rolling!

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now, pick a smooth section of concrete, a garage will work, and dust it off. Get a piece of wood or a cinder block, and roll it on your whip. This will round it out and make it smooth!! Congrats!!! You have a whip!!! leave comments if you would like me to make a more in depth instructable on how to do the braid!!! your done!! I will post another instructable on braiding for a more in depth process!!! hope you like!!!! plz vote!!!!


Picture of THE BRAID

Alright, so people were telling me that this was incomplete without the braid, so here it is. I did it around a sharpie because I have already made a whip and didn't want to make another right now. start off, with your 2 strands crossing each other,left going under right. make sure it is where you want the braid to be. Now, start off with the cord that is the HIGHEST in the pattern, with is the top left. Bring it back behind and cross under, and up through the middle of the cords, in this case one on top, one below. when working with 3 or 4, always have an even number on both sides or 1 more on the bottom. Now, bring the cord over the top, and back to it's original left side. Do the same thing to the right top cord now, BEHIND, THROUGH, OVER. go back and forth don'tmg this, and you will be a paracord Ninja! Again, I'm sorry for not putting this up, I was being dumb. Please vote for me!!!!!!!!!!


exercraft (author)2017-11-28

the first step got confusing whitnhie you worded it and i don’t know which piece to use where , any help?

Buddy N TylerJ (author)2016-05-04

My son used it on his baby brother

fish2003 (author)Buddy N TylerJ2017-09-07

lol poor baby sat

MånsE1 (author)Buddy N TylerJ2017-03-04

Like father like son l'll guess ?

GrumpyOldGoat (author)2016-09-02

Too bad the Mule Skinners hauling ore and freight didn't have paracord.

witherman (author)2016-04-04

one question. Does it hurt when you whip somebody. I'm thinking of using this for self defense. I don't think you need a license or a specific age to carry around a paracord whip in your backpack. Do you?

TechS7 (author)witherman2016-08-05

it is like getting hit by a wire but 10x as worst

TechS7 (author)witherman2016-08-05

hurts like hell

Maxw15 (author)witherman2016-04-11

Hmmmmm..... Good Point ...... not a bead idea...... i think thats a good Idea!


witherman (author)Maxw152016-04-11

yeah, it's not a bead idea. You also said new instead of bad.

witherman (author)witherman2016-04-11

bead not new

JamesB414 (author)2016-04-16

How long was the rope that is shot loaded?

TechS7 (author)JamesB4142016-08-05

half of it is filled with bbs

TechS7 (author)JamesB4142016-08-05

it is 5 ft

TechS7 (author)2016-08-05

does it Crack or no

JohnY8 (author)2016-04-11

How long dose the Thick rope have to be

witherman (author)2016-04-04

thanks for this! I need to make one.

flying monkey pig (author)2016-03-31

Hey, how much Paracord do you need to make a 11 foot whip? Just wondering you would be the one to know.

Random_Spectator (author)2016-02-28

Im confused on when to use which rope and where. You listed specific lengths in the begining but not later on during the actual instructions. Please explain waht lengths of paracord are being used dduring each step.

bubbajj7 (author)2014-09-10

instructions could use clarification about the shot and weave and handle but all and all worked great only took me a few hours to make

patfisher (author)bubbajj72015-11-02

what is a paracord and bbs

Naudie-Maudie (author)2015-03-19

I want to try this soon you did a good job

vladivastok (author)2014-12-08


Kyleluvspets (author)vladivastok2015-01-02

it gives momentum

hsahrc (author)2014-03-06

Well done! At last I also know how to it. My Grandpa used to make his own whips - one I distinctly remember was about 24 feet long. He used to cut his own leather strips for them and, if I remember correctly, they stated of with 8 strands, tapering down to 3 or four. A skill that's quickly dying out here in South Africa... Sad...

Well done and thanks!

Kyleluvspets (author)hsahrc2014-04-25

AWESOME! I love to see someone in south Africa is reading this. awesome. hope you liked it.

Kyleluvspets (author)hsahrc2014-03-16

glad you enjoyed it!

1Tyden (author)2014-04-21

Which side is the bbs on

Kyleluvspets (author)1Tyden2014-04-25

It's int the handle and closest half to you if you are holding it.

Pyromaniac2450 (author)2014-02-25

can you add an instructable about the braid?

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

rexraid213 (author)2014-02-26

yeah, so far I'm up to the tape. I can't find the weave on google or anything. I'd vote both of the 'ibles up if you posted one on how to weave it.

Kyleluvspets (author)rexraid2132014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

shinma22 (author)2014-02-27

I see that you mention in your comments, you plan to do an instructable on the braid. No offense, but without the key technique for the whip, this is an incomplete instructable. I know you changed your mind, probably due to comments, but you should update the instructable to reflect that. Could be a good instructable, but at the moment, it incomplete.

Kyleluvspets (author)shinma222014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

nekko fox (author)2014-02-27

I have to agree with the majority of people who have commented thus far. If you aren't going to share you 'secret weaving technique' I can't say this is complete. You have half the work demonstrated and explained, which is appreciated and awesome, but to be frank, the purpose of this website is to show people how to make things, not 'I'll show you most of it, but the rest of it you're on your own'. Especially when there are other instructables posted that show how to do what you're saying needs to be done. I'm sorry my friend, but this is just incomplete if you're not going to show everything, that's just how it is.

Kyleluvspets (author)nekko fox2014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

BenTauer (author)2014-02-27

Yeah I have to say this is just not a good tutorial. As someone learning to make whips I can tell you that you leave out so many steps and little points that are important in the process.

I get that people are supposed to be supportive and constructive on here but what exactly is "the game"? You use a simple herringbone round braid, thats it. And its available in like every leather/rope braiding book or video out there. Why wouldn't you explain the details of it? I get the impression that you just wanted to throw up a tutorial for the recognition. You're promoting your instagram to someone who isn't satisfied and then you tell them to bug off. Its very unprofessional and I have to agree with bgipson1's suspicion that you may not actually know what you're talking about.

Kyleluvspets (author)BenTauer2014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

bwilson42 (author)2014-02-28

You're "secret braid" is on youtube right here

Kyleluvspets (author)bwilson422014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

fantomu (author)2014-02-28

What size of the cut pieces do you do this with ?

Kyleluvspets (author)fantomu2014-03-02

about 15-25. I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

jgarsea (author)2014-02-28

why do an even do this of you're worried about your "secrets". this could have been cool.

Kyleluvspets (author)jgarsea2014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

Dartag (author)2014-02-28

This comment may not seem positive, but I hope it is constructive...I certainly mean for it to be. I have to agree with the spirit of some of the previous comments, even though their delivery may have been less than kind. I believe Instructables is all about teaching how to do things, not "almost" or "kind of" teaching how to do things. Why in the world would you leave out what you yourself call "important"? It also seems confusing that you post first that you're not willing to share your secret about the braid, then in the final steps you say you will post a future Instructable about the braid. If you are going to share it in the future, why is it you, in your own words, "can't tell us this important part"?

If you're not willing to share all aspects of your process, it might be best to wait until you either a) have a different process you're willing to share or b) have changed your position on sharing the current process. I do appreciate what you have posted, but I cannot say it is a good teaching tool without all the steps involved.

Again, please take this as constructive criticism to help you better serve your audience.

Kyleluvspets (author)Dartag2014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote! I really appreciate your words, and hope you will look at some of my other instructables to maybe help me on those!

Davadaam (author)2014-02-28

Nicely made instructable, disappointed that I was unable to do this one as the core weaving know-how was missing - could have been so much better!!

Kyleluvspets (author)Davadaam2014-03-02

I put up the braid step!! Hope you will change your mind and vote!

morglew (author)2014-03-01

What is the purpose of the metal beads/shot? You didn't explain... And why no explanation of the weave? What game are you talking about? Is it a proprietary weave you invented? I think I'm going to go check other whip instructables. Thanks for wasting my time.

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