Introduction: Paracord Wrist Lanyard Made With the Snake Knot

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This instructable will show how to make a wrist lanyard using paracord and the snake knot. The lanyard can be used to secure a key chain, knife, multi-tool, flashlight, cell phone, camera, binoculars, compass, etc. More projects, links, knot references can be seen on my blog page, Stormdrane's Blog.

Step 1: Supplies

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You'll need about 4.5 feet of paracord(you may use other types of cordage if desired). The paracord I used is from the Supply Captain. I left the inner strands in the paracord, but you can remove them if preferred. If done in one color, it will be one continuous 4.5 ft length, if done in two colors, you'll need 3 ft for the primary color that includes the wrist section, and 1.5 ft for the second color that will show in the snake knot. Also used are scissors, tape measure or ruler, lighter, hemostats or needle nose pliers(not necessary, but they make it much easier), and a swivel clip, key ring, snap hook, cell phone lariat, carabiner, or whatever attachment you prefer to use.

Step 2: Attaching Two Colors of Paracord

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If using two colors of paracord, you will insert one color about 1/2 inch into the other color. You may remove a small amount of the paracord's inner strands by pulling them out, trimming with scissors, and pulling the paracord outer sheath back over the strands, leaving room to insert the other color. For various projects, I've used three different methods for attaching two colors of paracord: melting, sewing, or gluing. The choice is yours, I usually sew them together, it doesn't matter as long as it's a good connection. It will be hidden under the first knot.

Step 3: Find the Center of the Length of Paracord

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Take the center of the length of cord and bring it thru the attachment, I'm using a swivel clip. For this tutorial I'm measuring the wrist loop at about 10 inches from the attachment. The connection of the two colors will be just on the other side at this point.

Step 4: Making the Snake Knot

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The snake knot will be made 'around' the wrist loop section of paracord, the loop strands being the 'core' of the knot. I've added a series of photos showing the steps I use. By using two colors, you'll see that I flip the lanyard over after making each knot, so that I'm working with the cord on the right side of the lanyard. I bring it under all the other cords, working the hemostats under the previously tightened knot and pulling the cord back thru. Then tightening up the knot keeping the cord from twisting and working it up against the previous knot. Again flipping the work over, you'll see two parallel cords of the same color which will be split with the cord on the right going under, around, and pulled thru with the hemostats, then tightened up. Continue this procedure until you've done about 10 snake knots(you can count them down either side.

Step 5: Count Your Knots

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Once you have 10 snake knots you're almost done. You'll notice from the photos of both sides of the lanyard, that one side has the snake knots alternating all the way down and the other has a set of parallel knots at the top and botton of the sequence of knots. You'll always have those at the start and finish of the snake knots, I prefer to have them end up on the same side of the lanyard so one side appears to have a more uniform look, but it's not required.

Step 6: Trim and Melt the Excess Paracord

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Use the scissors to trim off the excess cord and quickly melt the ends with a lighter so they don't fray.

Step 7: You're Done!

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You can make a range of variations using less or more cord/knots. Shorten the loop for a double ended key chain or make the loop longer for use as a neck lanyard, a Lanyard Break-Away Connector could be added for the safety conscious. You can also add a wooden bead, skull, cord lock, etc. Visit my blog page for more knot related projects, links, and resources: Stormdrane's Blog. You can find ideas for other gear/gadgets to attach to your lanyard on EDC Forums.


salm9118 made it! (author)2017-07-02

Awesome instructable man!

rryder made it! (author)2016-12-25

a little different than your but gave me a great idea for a twisted Solomon lanyard.

AndrewJ113 made it! (author)2016-08-12

Camera Wrist strap to start with, I will add a few more loops to the camera bag for general kit.

keith_earickson made it! (author)2016-08-03

I've made a few things using the snake knot as a way to finish off a lanyard or a monkey fist button for a key ring.

Well done!

hispanickausinpanik made it! (author)2016-05-10

Incorporated this into my Instructible. Pretty easy. Thanks!

Nicely done! :)

KirtS1 (author)2016-04-29

I must be dense... the photo's do not show the ENDS of your to me it looks like you have FOUR pieces of cord to form the snake knot..... how you do that?

Stormdrane (author)KirtS12016-04-30

You're seeing the loop end and the two working ends that are tied around the loop end. ;)

denacho (author)2016-03-20

i am already lost on Step 2. i cannot get one cord into another. ugh!

JaniR3 made it! (author)2016-03-10

TY for the instructions heres my creation

Domsurfs (author)2015-10-30

Hey mate there is a lanyard you have done with a snake knot and some sort of other knot. It is yellow and black. Could you please tell me how to do this type thanks

SpectrumArts_ made it! (author)2015-09-19

Awesome! made it with a carabiner instead of a clip.

SpectrumArts_ (author)2015-09-19

innocent1 made it! (author)2015-09-04

Ta Da...! Thanks for sharing this, your tutorials are excellent.

DavidL117 (author)2015-08-30

Cool, thank's!!

ZaraM1 (author)2015-07-29

ZaraM1 (author)2015-07-29

linhnguyenx made it! (author)2015-03-24

Just made it

hobodad made it! (author)2015-01-31

Hi Stormdrane! I made this as my first paracord project as a wrist strap for my camera, and am very happy with my second attempt. First attempt wasn't quite tight enough. Your photos and instructions were nice and easy to follow, so many thanks for helping to get me started!

asemery (author)2014-09-15

Here is my version

mark.kimber.52 made it! (author)2014-09-02

I've made this as a first project. Done it as a neck lanyard for my keys. It has worked well but the two pieces of cord I used were slightly differing thicknesses (one is cheap stuff rather than 550) which spoils the lay of the knots. Fun to do though, Thanks.

whoneyc2 made it! (author)2014-08-05

Made it to match the same colors of my MINI Cooper. Love the project!

K-DiDDY made it! (author)2014-05-20

This really made my key chain look like the bomb! It was simple enough to make in school, and I added some minor extras before wrapping it up. Thanks a bunch man!

Black_Country_Lad made it! (author)2014-05-19

This is a great tutorial. I had a load of olive green para-cord offcuts lying around (found them in these 58 pattern webbing sets I was sorting out for my cadet unit) and since I broke my last keyring fob, I thought why not and knocked my own one up an hour ago.

creone made it! (author)2014-05-10

Thanks Stormdrane! I make something like this from Your Instructable

johnny1486 (author)2014-04-24


chickybut1 (author)2013-09-14

just wanted to say thanks again for the pattern. I made them as neck lanyardsRad"s FX lighting and production crew for with neon green and silver with reflective tracers. anyway we are doing the lights and sound for DANCEFESTTOPIA and we had "IMPORTANT" people coming up wanting to see them and asking where to get them. Anyway I thought that was pretty cool. Who knows I may get some orders from it all. Just wanted to share that story with you and say THANKS again. I made sure to let every body know that I learned this knot from your instructable.

chickybut1 (author)2013-08-28

the hardest part about these tutorials is that everything is right handed and I live in my own left handed world. any suggestions? I really need some. It is very hard to think right when all you know is left.

Stormdrane (author)chickybut12013-08-28

Some photo programs let you flip/reverse images, so if you're going by the instructable photos, you might try saving the images and flipping them to see if that helps.

With my dad being a lefty, I know the 10% of the population that's left handed do suffer somewhat in a right hand world.  :)

chickybut1 (author)Stormdrane2013-09-11

thanks for the advice. everyone in my family makes fun of me because I do everything backwards. according to them : )

normski2000 (author)2013-07-05

Great tutorial dude!

killeryeti4217 (author)2012-08-19

I added a diamond knot to where i wanted the snake knot to end.

Gunner7800 (author)2012-06-09

Is there any way to use this knot to make a continuous loop?

Stormdrane (author)Gunner78002012-06-09

I've not tied the snake knot that way, but if you tied it around a separate loop of cord or start with making a loop first,  maybe like these slip-on type paracord bracelets, you could have the end finish right up against the start, where it may not be very noticeable and give the look of a continuous loop...

mbreukel (author)2012-02-27

really nice knot! just made mine, with woodland and black.

i was wondering, of you take enough cord, could you wrap things with it? like a lighter?

Stormdrane (author)mbreukel2012-02-27

Yes, you can make the knot around other objects as the core of the knot, like a lighter, walking staff, flashlight, knife handle, etc...

tomtom88 (author)2009-06-02

Excellent Instructable! I've made countless cobra stitch bracelets since I first read your Instructable and finally tried this one out. Very clear instructions makes it really easy to follow! Great job! Now if only you could make an Instructable for a monkey's fist!

Stormdrane (author)tomtom882009-06-02

I did make a video for making a monkey's fist using rope. The thing that I think most folks have trouble with when tying them, is that you need to gradually tighten up the fist by just working a little of the slack out from one end to the other over several passes before it's eventually as tight as you can get it.

tomtom88 (author)Stormdrane2009-06-04

yup, you sure did haha. nice vid. the first directions i saw for making a monkey's fist were pretty clear and precise. it definitely looks easy. i guess the tightening part would be the most difficult part as you say.

reeseecup (author)tomtom882012-01-13

it is very hard

SIRJAMES09 (author)2011-11-02

TY Sir for sharing. :)

Excellent Ible.

tphan4 (author)2011-10-25

Stormdrane, how much paracord would i need to make this a 72" dog leash?

Stormdrane (author)tphan42011-10-25

If you're going to make a dog leash just like the wrist lanyard is tied, I'd figure on starting with around a 75 foot length of paracord to be on the safe side and not come up short, but how much you actually use may vary by how tight or loose you make the knots as you go...

tphan4 (author)Stormdrane2011-10-26

How long for primary color and then the secondary color

Stormdrane (author)tphan42011-10-26

This is just a guesstimate since I haven't made a dog leash length version of the snake knot lanyard, but around 45 ft for primary color 30 ft for secondary. Once attached, figure at least 12 ft or so of primary will be doubled up for the core/wrist loop, and then the attached section of paracord will be looped around your swivel clip/snap hook where you can begin knotting, as in the instructions...

With using two colors instead of one, make sure you do a secure job of joining the paracord, whether you sew, melt, or super glue them together, since a dog leash will be under greater strain than a wrist lanyard would, and you don't want it to be pulled apart with a dog on the leash. ;)

nkillingsworth vi (author)2011-08-28

stormdrane, I love all the things you've done with paracord. Can you figure out how to make this type of lanyard? I've looked and cannot for the life of me figure out how to make this. I don't know whether to begin with the knot on the end or the snake knot. Any ideas are helpful! Thanks!

I would guess the Chinese cloverleaf knot is tied first, a loop made with one strand coming from the knot, then both used to snake knot back towards the cloverleaf knot around the two strands.

montys survival straps (author)2011-08-14

this is a great design im going to sell this on my website!

kalmahot (author)2010-04-05

 muy bueno, practico, ahora se como utilizar mis cordones viejos, bueno, mejor compro nuevos y coloridos =).....

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