Introduction: Paracord Wrap Bottle

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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.

Step 2: Starting the Weave

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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

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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.

Step 4: Starting the Diamond Pattern

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Now that we have four knots that come over the bottom of the water bottle we can begin the diamond pattern of the weave.

Take the right strand and the left strand from knots that are next to each other and make a cross knot between them.  Leave about 1" between the knots to get a good symmetrical pattern.  Now repeat three more times again with the knots next to it.

Step 5: Continuing the Diamond Pattern

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Now just keep repeating the diamond pattern until you reach the desired length that you would like.

Step 6: Crossroads

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At this point you can do one of two things you can either end the weave here and just tie some cross knots closer together to have them squeeze the neck of the bottle or you can continue on and make a handle for it and also have a weave you can slide off if you needed to ever wash to bottle.  I am going to go with the latter of the two options.

We are just going to narrow the weave down to two 2 groups of 4 strands now for the handles.  To do this just take two of the strands and now treat them as one strand and make another cross knot further up.  I have 2" of cord from the small cross knot to the large knot to begin the handle.

Now just make the cross knots really close to each other and you will get a thick flat handle.

Step 7: Joining the Strands Together

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Joining the strands together can be quit tricky.  What I did is combine two cross knots at the top.  After I tied two cross knots as you can see in the second picture I took all 8 of the cords and feed them up through the square hole that is in the center with the strands facing upwards.  I trimmed them evenly and then fused all of the ends together with the lighter.  Not as pretty as I wanted the finish knot to be but I could not think of another way to bring the ends together.

Step 8: Finished

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And you are finished.  I decided to make that wrap removable just in-case you wanted to wash the water bottle and you would not have to wait for the weave to dry.  Thinking about it you could make that same type of  weave for a wine bottle or any other type of container if you wanted to tote it around with you.


Galaxytommy016 (author)2017-03-28

I thin it would hep to use a ruler to space the knots about 1 inch apart to make it look uniform, great idea tho:-)

Lu Arcon (author)2016-11-25

Muito legal. Precisava algo assim para meu cantil. Obrigado!

Munozjoseph1649 made it! (author)2016-08-26

I could use some practice but this is an awesome thing to make anyway

NathanW85 made it! (author)2016-07-15

Followed the plan, but used a 4 strand diamond braid for the strap. where both sides of the strap came together i braided the ends (following back the opposite side) rather than tieing off and having a knot.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Got it buddy. Strange I can't find the message. But I read it in my email.
Will try to find it and reply you there.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Do you have messenger or something where we can talk easier?

I PMed you.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Should I make the strap in continuity with the netting?
Or should I use a separate length of cord for it? I think the latter option would make it easier to determine length for shoulder sling but then what would I do with the edges of the netting?

Make it continuous. Much easier to deal with.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Haha cutting like green onion would be nice.
And what's B.A?

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

I didn't understand a step in calculation for the strap. Don't know how to explain

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Wow Nathan thanks for the quick reply. I'll have to understand that strap calculation.
Sorry forgot to mention that my main bottle is a 64oz growler. The other bottle is about 25oz.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Hey. Did anyone who make it still come online here? I want to ask how much length would I need for a shoulder strap so I don't run out of cord as I reach the top

Depends on your strap. You could cross knot, snake knot, cobra knot, 4 strand diamond braid etc. A good tutorial on a diamond braid in about the length you would want for a strap is here:

Check out my comments above on length calculations.

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

Also how do I cut Paracord. Is it done easily with scissors?

Use a SHARP knife on a cutting board under it and cut it like a green onion. This will give you a really clean cut.

Scissors are another option, although you'll want SHARP scissors, not like the ones kids use in school, you don't stand a chance. Kitchen shears might work.

Not precise, but pretty B.A, cut it using paracord:

manofsteelinstructable (author)2016-06-27

And he said 4 strands of 112". My bottle is thicker but maybe shorter. Is there a way to know what length strands I need before starting it? I'm really confused as I don't want to waste cord or run short of it. I want to make two pouches like this.
So suppose I get a 100 feet Paracord and cut into 4 strands of 12 feet for the big bottle and 4 strands of 10 feet for the smaller one. That'll leave me with 12 feet, can it be used to make shoulder slings for each one?

You'll want at least 12 ft. His bottle looks to be about 22oz. If you are using a 32oz (e.g. Nalgene) you'll need more than 9.5 ft. For a 32oz, I would plan on 10 feet of cord just to do the netting. Also, one factor is the length between knots in the net. The short the length, the more cordage you need.

Depending on how you plan to finish the strap, you'll need a lot of line to do a 3 foot strap using cross knots. Take four 1 ft strands and tie all together with an overhand knot and then tie cross knots using a pair of strands as a single strand for the knot. This will simulate the final strap/handle. Once you have knotted all of the line, measure the result. Then divide the length of the strap you want (in inches) by the final length of knotted line you just made. The result is the number of feet you need for your strap. For example, if my four 1 ft strands made 4 inches of cross knot, and I want a 4 ft (48in) strap --> 48in (Strap) / 4in (test length) = 12 ft (of raw paracord for each strand). In this example I would add 12 feet to the amount of bottle net I need so I would cut four 22ft lengths of para cord.

Also, you'll likely want to bundle your cord like he did. It helps to make the net tying a lot easier, especially when the lines are long. Use a fast rope method. Check out this quick video for howto:

AamirS3 (author)2016-06-23

My wife used to do macrame a long time back. Viewing this project inspired her to start her hobby again and she made a similar bottle holder for our youngone.

Nice explanation and inspiring work.


JohnD316 (author)2016-06-22

Looks neat but nobody explained why this was done.

MrFixit1954 (author)2016-06-21

Reminds me of the cheeses you see hanging in some delicatessens.

runlevel0 (author)2016-06-21

Nice! It has inspired me an idea to make something like that but to attach to a camelback as extra "pocket" to store stuff during ultra marathons!

I still need to think about it but I will definitely post the project/s

Bitingecko made it! (author)2016-05-25

Love it! Great instructions! I made the handle with a different knot and added a buckle... just perfect, thank you :)

CharlesG25 made it! (author)2015-11-21

Just finished my 1L and cup Carrier! Great Job with the instructions, the pictures saved me time and again!

TimF30 made it! (author)2015-11-11

I made it for my Stanley water bottle. I used a small plastic buckle on the strap to make it easy to clip onto my belt, pack or tree branch.

TimF30 (author)TimF302015-11-11

Next step is to braid a strap using the same size buckle to use as a removable sling for "over the shoulder" carry.

GwenR1 (author)2015-08-28

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.

Rocketraccoon (author)2015-08-17

Now I don't have to drop my water bottle all the time!

Exel24 made it! (author)2015-07-26

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! (author)2015-07-09

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! (author)2015-06-26


bu_gekkony (author)2015-05-15

That`s my "handmade"...

sniperrats made it! (author)2015-03-21

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! (author)2015-02-03

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

jrwkubas81 (author)cranders2015-02-03

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! (author)2015-02-03

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! (author)2015-02-03

Wine bottle gift wrap!

jrwkubas81 made it! (author)2014-12-31

Awesome instructions!!! I went with hemp and changed the handle a little and it turned out well.

bahgheera (author)2014-10-20

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

IsaacC1 (author)2014-09-24

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

dadukeadux1 (author)2014-09-08

Used the wrap, used a different handle and added a fero rod holder out of leather.

RumbleAMS (author)2014-08-24

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! (author)2014-05-01

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.

lynsta (author)2013-09-10

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 (author)lynsta2014-04-07

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! (author)2014-03-21

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.

Speedster44 (author)2014-02-06

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

wallerdog (author)2014-01-11

Great idea , I used it to wrap an Xmas gift.

hms1997 (author)2013-07-15

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.

TheGeek1984 (author)2013-06-24

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.

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