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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

Step 1: Choosing the Water Bottle

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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.
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GwenR12 days ago

Wonderful instructions, very clear. Thank you. I finished the top knot by separately joining the eight strands into 4 loops. It looks kind of elegant and also creates a nice place to hang the bottle or hook a carabiner. I also added a loop of paracord at the bottle neck, with a cord barrel lock, to cinch the whole thing in place.

Now I don't have to drop my water bottle all the time!
Exel24 made it!1 month ago

Great instruction! Thanks a lot!

Now I got a nice flexible and light bottle wrap or bag...

To make it look more individual I used 4 different colors (black, grey, white, red) and I did a slight change on the handle.

And I think I am invected with the "paracord-virus" ;-)

Sweth766 made it!1 month ago
this is nice. you can also use this as a bag. I added some rangrer beads so I could losen and the bag drawstring. and a small coabra weave for decoration I made one for my two sisters and my dad and one for me all with under 100 ft of paracord
110RPM made it!2 months ago
bu_gekkony3 months ago
That`s my "handmade"...
sniperrats made it!5 months ago
muy fácil de hacer gracias al paso a paso de las fotos.
yo le hice unas pequeñas modificaciones, una traba y le agregue un gancho para llevarla en el cinturón o mochila
cranders made it!6 months ago

On second thought, it pulled apart when I tested it. Don't finish it with a Chinese Knot.

Looks good. Starting on my third one tonight. Here's a way to do the handle i really like. After melting your ends, use a icecube to flatten the cord. It creates a mushroom kind of top that won't pull through.
cranders made it!6 months ago

I followed your instructions until the last step on the handle. I went ahead and did another chinese knot to join the two handles before cutting and melting the excess. It turned out better than I expected. It is nearly seamless. Thanks for the instructions!

jrwkubas81 made it!6 months ago
Wine bottle gift wrap!
jrwkubas81 made it!8 months ago
Awesome instructions!!! I went with hemp and changed the handle a little and it turned out well.
bahgheera10 months ago

I climb wind turbines every day. This is perfect for clipping a water bottle to my harness during the climb. Thanks for the instructable.

IsaacC111 months 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

dadukeadux111 months ago
Used the wrap, used a different handle and added a fero rod holder out of leather.
RumbleAMS1 year 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!1 year 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 lynsta1 year 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, http://www.atwoodrope.net/shop/ however the surplus store was cheaper and no shipping lol.

wlaraby made it!1 year 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.


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

wallerdog1 year ago
Great idea , I used it to wrap an Xmas gift.
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hms19972 years 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.
TheGeek19842 years ago
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.
slaitch2 years ago
Do you recall how you calculated your starting lengths of cord? I'm wanting to try similar, but on a much larger container.
crazy gypsy2 years ago
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>
EmilyJade2 years 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. http://www.lowes.com/pd_349224-258-071514026268_0__?productId=3587886&Ntt=twine&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dtwine&facetInfo=
farmerboyk3 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 -.-
dman073 years ago
Thanks alot, It worked great for a cell case too.
HTWTUSA3 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.
IKEtje4 years ago
It's perfect to use Thanks
tledgerwood4 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.
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