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
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.