I will show you how to make a wrap for a strait-walled aluminum water bottle out of 550 cord/paracord.  I will be using some decorative knots that are fairly easy to master during the process.  We will be using a modified Chinese Good luck knot and a Cross Knot.

You will need the following:

-An aluminum water bottle
-Four  stands of paracord each measuring 112" inches (448" total) or shorter depending on what you do at step 6.
-A lighter (for melting the ends of the paracords closed)
-Scissors or knife
-About 4-6 Hours
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Step 1: Choosing the Water Bottle

Picture of Choosing the Water Bottle
The water bottle I chose to use was a generic aluminum water bottle I got a Kohl's Department store for about $5 two years ago.  It was a good candidate for this project because it is strait-walled and has a large mouth.  Feel free to use one that has curves to it, it will just be a bit harder to get a tight weave on it since you will have to weave it while it is on the bottle.

Step 2: Starting the Weave

First we will start the Chinese Good Luck knot for the base knot.  Take the four strands of paracord and fold them in half.  Put a 90 degree bend in the middle and roll the ends up to make it shorter if you want.  Then Just follow the steps below.  Make sure cinch it up tight before continuing on to the next steps.

Step 3: Starting a Cross Knot

Now we have 8 stands.  

Step 1:  Take two of the strands that are next to each other and make an S shape out of the cord having the right-most one cross over the left strand bringing the bottom half of the S under the left strand.  

Step 2:  Bring the left strand underneath the S and feed it between the two cords at the very top to the left of itself.

Step 3:  Now feed the same end through the bottom of the S in step 1 and pull it tight.

Now repeat 3 more times to have 4 cross knots evenly spaced from the Chinese Knot.
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IsaacC16 days ago

What i did is near the neck of the bottle i weaved a hair tie in the knot so that I could remove the bottle and have it have some retention, I also instead of melting the extras like you did I cut them at the end of the knot like you would do if you were making a braclet

dadukeadux122 days ago
Used the wrap, used a different handle and added a fero rod holder out of leather.
RumbleAMS1 month ago
Very fun project. I used different Cobra stitches as the handle. This was for my seven year old do the colors are ...unique.
SunbeamFromJesus made it!5 months ago

I assembled all the supplies for this project and gave it to my boyfriend for his birthday. Then we spent a splendid evening together following the instructions and making it. Turned out perfectly! We were a little reluctant to finish the handle off the way shown, but couldn't figure out a better way, so that's what we did.

lynsta1 year ago
How much did it cost you to make the paracord water bottle holder? I read that it used about 100 -120 inches of cord. Are there different sizes of the cord; if so, which size is best?
wlaraby lynsta5 months ago

I should have read down sooner after finding this ible, even though you have probably moved on maybe it will help someone else.

I would use 550 cord.

There are different thicknesses of cord. But actual paracord is 550 cord with a 7 strand nylon core. 550 is supposed to indicate the cords strength in lbs though it is not abrasion resistant, nor rated for shock strength so please do not use it to repel.

Now as for thinner cords, you could go with a 3/32" cord. It's usually available in your local surplus store with the 550 cord. It's about 220 lb strength, with a 4 strand core. BUT it is very tight, which means stiff. Also the knots would be smaller and the knots are what make the project look nice. But it's up to you.

On a side note. I highly recommend looking around for a surplus store, not a craft store. You will pay about the same price for 1/2 the cord if you go to craft stores to get your cord. My local surplus store carries Atwood Rope paracord, and I am quite happy with it. You can get it from their site as well, however the surplus store was cheaper and no shipping lol.

wlaraby made it!6 months ago

Ok so first, the project is actually about 2 hours to complete for the first time as instructed. I made a change to the handle after completing the tutorial, and figuring that out took another hour. I made a good luck knot on each side then used the 4 strands on each side to make base for the handle. The problem was getting the 4 strands from each side fused together evenly. I also staggered the fusion points to improve strength.

1) Line up first set of cords and cut to desired length so they meet in the middle. 2) Cut about 1/4" out of the inner strands on one side. 3) Fuse the inner strands from both sides together and crimp. 4) Slide one side of shell over core and fuse. 5) Slide other side over and fuse. 6) line up the next set and make cut a few inches to left side. Use the first fused section as a guide for length, then repeat steps 2-4. 7) line up 3rd set to the right side and repeat 2-4. 8) 4th set go back to center.

Shortening the core allows you to overlap the shell for a solid connection. You would think that you also end up shortening the length of that section, but in the end they wind up near perfect.

So with the inner strap complete I did a Solomon bar knot. (the standard knot for paracord bracelets) 1" = 1' of cord. I used a 15 inch strap so 15 feet of cord.

Figure 10-20 minutes to prep the handle another 10 to tie it. With 1-2 under ones belt it should be no problem to make the whole thing in about 1 hour for either version.

In the second picture I pulled the strap down to fit it into the frame. They are connected at the same point on each side.

Speedster447 months ago

It'd be cool to use rope to wrap a 55 gallon drum like this.

wallerdog8 months ago
Great idea , I used it to wrap an Xmas gift.
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hms19971 year ago
I made one but instead of doing the handle, I just did two chinese good luck knots at the top (one on each side). I cut 108" for each cord and had about 18-22" left over.
I am also curious on how you determined the length. I have a few containers that I'm wanting to do this for, but they're all different sizes.
slaitch1 year ago
Do you recall how you calculated your starting lengths of cord? I'm wanting to try similar, but on a much larger container.
clear instructions, well written. photos are awesome. i am very visual, so i was able to follow with the photos and when i got stuck, re-read the written instructions. <2 thumbs up>
EmilyJade1 year ago
Thanks for giving this tutorial. I made one for my nalgene, I added a handle and a strip with a D-ring so I could attach it to my bag or climbing harness. I'll try to post a picture
Really liked this one, had to try it for a Christmas gift. added to leads for other attachments.
Thanks, and great job.
Hello I am wondering how you got your diamond knots to cross opposite colors? could you do an Instructable?
Just curious, would this work with a non-synthetic material, like maybe a rope of some sort? Because this is perfect for my renaissance attire, but I'm aiming to avoid using synthetics in it (Realism and personal preference as well). If it could, anyone have suggestions on what I should use?
Ah, addendum to my prior comment, I've found a cotton twine that I believe would be suitable.
farmerboyk2 years ago
AHA! So THATS why my bottle resembles yours! There both from Kohls! Lol there was this one and the one I got, but the one I got was cheaper. on clearance though, 2-3ish bucks. Good but sorta junky...if you push the straw part out all the way it doesn't suck up water right -.-
dman072 years ago
Thanks alot, It worked great for a cell case too.
HTWTUSA2 years ago
hotmetalmel3 years ago
This was so fun to make, I've made 4 so far and working on a 5th! The only difference in mine is how I ended the handle.... instead of finishing it off with 2 crowns side by side I wove all of the strands into one crown knot that aligns with the rest of the handle. I also made a few using different junction knots instead of crown knots. I used the alpine butterfly bend and the double coin knot.... the knots are slightly bigger but the effect is just as cool looking as the crown knots. Thanks for a great tut... lookin forward to more cord crsfts.
Great instructable! I have a 64 ounce flask that needs a holder ASAP. I think this will be perfect for it. Thanks for the instructable.
IKEtje3 years ago
It's perfect to use Thanks
tledgerwood3 years ago
would it be a nice effect to use 2 different colours or would it be a nasty uneven blend?
yes you CAN do it... seeing as how it is 4 different strands... so an advisable thing to do is 2 strands one color, 2 strands the other. When you put it into a cross pattern, lay them across each other, so opposite and start the weave.
did it, and did a genoese bar followed by a soloman bar and i attached it to side release buckles, so i could split the handle, so it can be clipped to my bag stap, i looks nice. but i cant upload a picture.
elco_chan (author)  tledgerwood3 years ago
I think it would look nice but the colors would have to complement each other.
There is a better way to finish the ends... Actually several.
Way #1: Instead of Chinese Crowns for the handle, use 2 4-part braids of about half the length desired. Splice the braids together.Melt the ends, then add a whipping.
Way #2: Use the crowns as normal, but tie a shroud knot to join the sides. ABOK 1565 is probably the easiest. Melt the ends, then add a whipping.
Here's a picture of a grommet I just made to illustrate the technique. Take the strands, but them up, tie footrope knots around the opposing bundles, then splice into the braid. Cut the ends, and tie a west country whipping around the ends. has a nice pic.
mary candy3 years ago
Nice thing.
I voted.
elco_chan (author)  mary candy3 years ago
Thank you : )
tmredmond3 years ago
I finished mine off by tying the loose ends real tight around a mountain climbing D-clip. It looks good and add function. Great project, thanks!
Link to pic if you wanna see mine:
elco_chan (author)  tmredmond3 years ago
uknvenom3 years ago
I took your design and made it in to a net where I put a soccer ball to be used for power kicking practice. I can will post pic when I have completed it.
raytian3 years ago
EXCELLENT!! this is awesome.. works perfectly to carry around. Im staff at a summer camp... so I need this.... now.... to carry it around in some sort of cool manner.

Thanks! Very descriptive. By the Way, I used Desert Camo Paracord for this.
kris79usa3 years ago
Fantastic instructions!! I made one last night for a small wide mouth Nalgene just in case I messed up my first try but it came out great. I'm looking forward to making more for my friends and family. Thank you so much for posting!
Arghus3 years ago
Great instructable ..
i've got a bottle like this, only mine is brushed aluminum

and i wanted to make one for mine but i couldnt find this in the instructables..
what is the diameter or the rope you used?

elco_chan (author)  Arghus3 years ago
I used the standard 550 1/8" diameter military grade paracord you can find it all over the internet. I got mine at a local gun show for about $8.
greatpanda3 years ago
Excellently done, you could change the distance between the knots to conform to a different shape of bottle as well.
TechDante3 years ago
just used my last paracord o this project. the instructions were brilliant many thanks. i did change one thing though, instead of using cross knos to make the handle i fused a pair from each side together to make a closed loop above the bottle then used a cobra stich from either side till they met in the middle then i worked the ends into the weave hiding them.
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