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Poseable Army Men

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The original poseable paracord army men!

I grew up playing with little plastic green army men. They were okay, but they couldn't really do much. They were either shooting guns, throwing grenades, or using binoculars. That was about it.

So I made some poseable paracord army men, and these guys can do all sorts of cool stuff. They're not just limited to war-type activities anymore; they can dance, scrapbook, chase butterflies... anything is possible.

If you make one of these, post a photo of it in the comments and I'll give you a code for a free pro membership to the site. I've got a bunch . . . but when they're gone, they're gone!
 
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Step 1: Get started

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You will need some paracord and some thin wire. I used "bell wire" which I believe was 22 or 24 gauge.

Cut two strands of paracord, one about 44" and the other about 20". Remove the inner paracord strands. Cut two matching lengths of wire and insert them into the hollow pieces of paracord.

To keep the paracord from fraying, you can fuse the ends with a lighter as shown in the third photo.

Step 2: Basic body shape

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Create the basic body shape with the longer piece of paracord, as shown in the photos.

The head shape should created at the mid point of the longer piece of paracord.

Step 3: Chest and torso

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Wrap the chest and torso with the loose ends of paracord as shown.

Step 4: Legs

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Wrap legs as shown. When you get to the bottom of the feet, trim off the remaining paracord and wire leaving about and 1/8" remaining.

Use a lighter to heat up this remaining bit, and moosh the molten glob down smooth with your thumb. (I highly recomment putting some spit on your thumb first!)

Step 5: Arms and head

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The arms and head are wrapped with the shorter piece of paracord. Begin by feeding it through the chest section and wrapping around the head circle. Continue wrapping through both arms, and finish them in the same manner as the legs.

That's it!
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Please give instructions! These are awesome, I need to know how to make them.
seamster (author)  Listen to the Band9 months ago
Back by popular demand!
Thanks a lot.
AlexKein1 month ago
Great job gonna make an army of them both army and civilian para-men
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remccarty3 months ago

great instructions!

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kitty866 months ago
Thank You Very Much!!!
Dhani C7 months ago
What did you use for the base? Thanks for sharing the idea!
seamster (author)  Dhani C7 months ago
The base is made from a bit of cardboard from a cereal box. It's hot glued to one foot, and painted black.
Dhani C7 months ago
Here is mine.
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seamster (author)  Dhani C7 months ago
Hey, nice work! Love the mini dagger.
phallstrom1 year ago
I really like it but i would like a full tutorial so i can see how the weave is done
seamster (author)  phallstrom9 months ago
Paracord man steps are up!
amoriak1 year ago
Please do a full tutorial on these they are so cool!!!
seamster (author)  amoriak9 months ago
Paracord man steps are up to date!
debmom4ca1 year ago
There was a tutorial for this project, now I can't see it. Do we have to buy directions now ? :(
seamster (author)  debmom4ca9 months ago
Paracord man steps are back up and up to date!
kitty861 year ago
Can I please get the full instruction so I am able to make these for my two year old? I am sure he would have a blast playing with these!!!!!
Thank you
seamster (author)  kitty869 months ago
Poseable paracord man steps are up to date!
wusupworld1 year ago
DUDE IF YOU MAKE STEPS TO GET THIS ASUME PARACORD ARMY MAN I SWEAR I WILL GET ALL MY FRIENDS TO FOLLOW YOU
seamster (author)  wusupworld9 months ago
Paracord man steps are up to date!
sgtgibby10 months ago
Paracord army guy steps please! Those need to be entered in a contest!
seamster (author)  sgtgibby9 months ago
Paracord man steps are up to date!
Is it all one piece of cord?
seamster (author)  swim_guy51509 months ago
Nope, two separate pieces. Steps are up to date.
trisomy211 year ago
This is hilariously awesome, going to try it right now. Thanks!
seamster (author)  trisomy211 year ago
Thanks! I loved this project, so it's nice to see it still get noticed every once in a while.
Where did you get the stand. I made a army guy but need a stand
Thanks
ArizonaSRMC2 years ago
Awesome project! Took a bit and didn't have any green, so I used some black and made a ninja! but I used scrap 550 cord and melted him to the stand, the nun-chucks were tricky but made it work! I am currently deployed and this helped me kill dome down time, Thanks!!
seamster (author)  ArizonaSRMC2 years ago
Thanks! I'd love to see a photo. Got a camera nearby?
I got it!! here is my ninja!
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seamster (author)  ArizonaSRMC2 years ago
Nice! I love the nunchucks. It looks awesome. Thanks for the photo!
cryptex2 years ago
sweet i agree with saturn v when in doubt ebay
paracord is awesome
aseaheru4 years ago
where do you get and how much is paracord?
I get my paracord from CampingSurvival.com
its easy to get it. ebay sells it for cheap...you can get it on such sights as goingear.com or countycomm.com, as for the price it usually runs about 10$ per 100 feet.
thx
seamster (author)  aseaheru4 years ago
Hi, you can get it at military surplus stores or online. I'm sure there are other places as well. The cost depends on where you get it, and how much you get. Generally, the more you buy, the cheaper per foot it costs. I got 100 feet for about 10 USD.
ok, thx for the info
baneat aseaheru3 years ago
For projects like this use cheaper stuff, with one fuzzy internal strand

If you want survival-gear, always go for the 550Lb break-weight paracord.
aseaheru baneat3 years ago
thanks
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