Introduction: 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!

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!

Step 6: All Done!

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Put a keyring on the head and throw it on your backpack, make a simple base out of cardboard, or just play with it as is. We've had a lot of fun with these by adding parachutes made from garbage bags and the inner paracord strands. 

Thanks for taking a look. Feel free to leave a comment, post on reddit, pinterest, facebook and so forth.

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Aidya made it! (author)2017-02-18

Going to build my own army lol

matthewtweedie (author)2016-09-14


PotatoPlayzMC. made it! (author)2016-06-16
Success! Thanks for the great paracord model!

I really enjoyed this one!

ericmee (author)2015-07-24

What color paracord did you use?

seamster (author)ericmee2015-07-25

It was called "army green."

ericmee (author)seamster2015-07-28


vandim199 made it! (author)2015-06-17

Mine isn't as smooth and clean as yours, but it's something (added my monkey fist to it)

craftycollegemom made it! (author)2015-06-04

I made a rock star using the innards I am giving this kid a Mohawk! thanks for the steps!

thatskinnerboy made it! (author)2015-06-02


taenastephens made it! (author)2015-05-06

I think it came out pretty darn well considering I have never made anything from paracord before.

seamster (author)taenastephens2015-05-06

Very nice! Love the camo!

wesley.leblanc.7 (author)2015-04-04

I decided to make it into a ninja, I made the swords out of wire and the nunchucks out of a nail I cut wrapped in hollow 550 connected with the insides.

Hey, this is awesome. Well done!

wafflemaker878 (author)2014-12-24

How do you do the arms and legs, the picture isn't very descriptive...

nick.brown.395 made it! (author)2014-10-31

this was a very easy project after i got the hang of what to do. it is also very important to make sure you head is in the very middle of the paracord

wafflemaker878 (author)2014-08-31

And the legs and arms are kinda confusing, how do you wrap them? Is it braiding?

Nevermind, I was just confused for a while.

wafflemaker878 (author)2014-08-31

This is amazing! By the way, where can you find paracord in the US?

michael.p.simpson made it! (author)2014-08-22

This one is my little ninja lol

Cool, thanks for sharing the photo!

wbannister (author)2014-08-02

my attempt, only had pink at the moment but getting some more cord soon!

seamster (author)wbannister2014-08-02

Awesome! like the pink--it looks very nice!

It's actually time for me to make a few more of these. My kids have lost all the original ones I made.

Thanks for the photos!

wbannister (author)2014-08-02

going to make one today :) love them!!! I've only got pink paracord at the moment, can u reccomend a place to get paracord from?

seamster (author)wbannister2014-08-02

Thanks, glad you like them! Looks like you live in the UK (and I'm in the US), so I'm not much help finding paracord over there :)

It is available online from any number of stores though, so surely you could track some down somewhere close to you. Good luck!

King Apocalyptic (author)2014-06-15

Great job gonna make an army of them both army and civilian para-men

remccarty (author)2014-04-30

great instructions!

kitty86 (author)2014-01-05

Thank You Very Much!!!

Dhani C (author)2013-12-09

What did you use for the base? Thanks for sharing the idea!

seamster (author)Dhani C2013-12-09

The base is made from a bit of cardboard from a cereal box. It's hot glued to one foot, and painted black.

Dhani C (author)2013-12-08

Here is mine.

seamster (author)Dhani C2013-12-08

Hey, nice work! Love the mini dagger.

Mr_Altitude (author)2013-10-25

Please give instructions! These are awesome, I need to know how to make them.

seamster (author)Mr_Altitude2013-10-25

Back by popular demand!

Mr_Altitude (author)seamster2013-10-25

Thanks a lot.

phallstrom (author)2013-04-19

I really like it but i would like a full tutorial so i can see how the weave is done

seamster (author)phallstrom2013-10-25

Paracord man steps are up!

amoriak (author)2013-05-05

Please do a full tutorial on these they are so cool!!!

seamster (author)amoriak2013-10-25

Paracord man steps are up to date!

debmom4ca (author)2013-06-12

There was a tutorial for this project, now I can't see it. Do we have to buy directions now ? :(

seamster (author)debmom4ca2013-10-25

Paracord man steps are back up and up to date!

kitty86 (author)2013-06-17

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)kitty862013-10-25

Poseable paracord man steps are up to date!

wusupworld (author)2013-07-07


seamster (author)wusupworld2013-10-25

Paracord man steps are up to date!

sgtgibby (author)2013-09-13

Paracord army guy steps please! Those need to be entered in a contest!

seamster (author)sgtgibby2013-10-25

Paracord man steps are up to date!

swim_guy5150 (author)2013-07-29

Is it all one piece of cord?

seamster (author)swim_guy51502013-10-25

Nope, two separate pieces. Steps are up to date.

trisomy21 (author)2013-03-20

This is hilariously awesome, going to try it right now. Thanks!

seamster (author)trisomy212013-03-20

Thanks! I loved this project, so it's nice to see it still get noticed every once in a while.

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