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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.
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ZaraM11 month ago
ZaraM11 month ago
linhnguyenx made it!5 months ago
Just made it
hobodad made it!7 months ago

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!

asemery11 months ago

Here is my version

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mark.kimber.52 made it!12 months ago

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!1 year ago

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

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K-DiDDY made it!1 year ago

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!

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Black_Country_Lad made it!1 year ago

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!1 year ago

Thanks Stormdrane! I make something like this from Your Instructable

johnny14861 year ago


chickybut11 year ago
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.
chickybut12 years ago
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)  chickybut12 years ago
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.  :)
thanks for the advice. everyone in my family makes fun of me because I do everything backwards. according to them : )
normski20002 years ago
Great tutorial dude!
I added a diamond knot to where i wanted the snake knot to end.
Gunner78003 years ago
Is there any way to use this knot to make a continuous loop?
Stormdrane (author)  Gunner78003 years ago
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...
mbreukel3 years ago
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)  mbreukel3 years ago
Yes, you can make the knot around other objects as the core of the knot, like a lighter, walking staff, flashlight, knife handle, etc...
tomtom886 years ago
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)  tomtom886 years ago
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.
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.
it is very hard
SIRJAMES093 years ago
TY Sir for sharing. :)

Excellent Ible.
tphan43 years ago
Stormdrane, how much paracord would i need to make this a 72" dog leash?
Stormdrane (author)  tphan43 years ago
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...
How long for primary color and then the secondary color
Stormdrane (author)  tphan43 years ago
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. ;)
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!
Stormdrane (author)  nkillingsworth vi4 years ago
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.
this is a great design im going to sell this on my website!
kalmahot5 years ago
 muy bueno, practico, ahora se como utilizar mis cordones viejos, bueno, mejor compro nuevos y coloridos =).....
when in Rome speak Roman, que pasa ?
No habla espanol ! English por favor !
hcohen4 years ago
is it possible to make it without the clip and out of the same color
i no its kinda stupid just wondering..
Stormdrane (author)  hcohen4 years ago
Yes, you can use one color with a single length of cord and tie the lanyard without the clip. You would need to tie it directly to something or use an attachment other than the clip, because if you hold the snake knot section and pulled on the wrist loop, there'd be nothing to keep the loop ends where the clip is from pulling down into the snake knot section.
rgonzalez134 years ago
This is my first band! I followed the steps (mostly the pictures to be honest). See the results!. Thanks for sharing all of your instructions.
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Ianoath4 years ago
I really like the looks of this lanyard, but I notice you refer to it as a wrist lanyard and you give the length of paracord to use for this, if i were to make a lanyard following this same design to wear around my neck, how much cord should I use?
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