Introduction: Single (para)Cord Heart Pendant

Using a single piece of less than 3 ft of paracord you can make a heart shaped pendat necklace for Valentines day.

Step 1: Step 1

Fold the cord in half forming a bight.

Step 2: Step 2

Taking the right hand cord, make a counter-clockwise (CC) loop and lay the working end over the left cord parallel to each other.

Step 3: Step 3

Still working with the same cord, form another bight and tuck it behind the orig. left cord and through the CC loop from step 2.

Step 4: Step 4

Firm up the knot (which btw is ABoK #1133 labeled as a double noose... such a cruel irony for Valentine's Day) by pulling on each loop then taking out a bit of slack from the loose ends below. I placed a Qtr for scale. Pic should match yours so far.

Step 5: Step 5

Make another bight from the right hand cord and tuck around the back and through opposite loop on the left continuing through to the other side (going through both loops with the bight).

Step 6: Step 6

Make sure bight is through both loops.

Step 7: Step 7

Take up the slack.

Step 8: Step 8

Taking now the left cord, bight and tuck UNDER the first bight around and towards the back.....

Step 9: Step 9

..... Bringing the bight around and OVER the other cord/bight part.

Step 10: Step 10

To snug up the shape begin by pulling bottom right part (pictured at bottom of heart)

Step 11: Step 11

Phase 2 of taking up slack....

Step 12: Step 12

Turn peice over with the larger side of the heart now on the right.

Step 13: Step 13

And repeat steps 10 - 12 to tighten opposite side.

Step 14: Step 14

Like so.....

Step 15: Step 15

Pull both bights through like so, leaving the lines coming out horizontally.

Step 16: Step 16

Take left cord (coming from behind) and follow (above) the cord in front so both are coming out the right side.

Step 17: Step 17

Turn piece over so that both are now on the left

Step 18: Step 18

Taking the lower of the 2 cords repeat the same procedure as in steps 15 and 16. Cords should be horizontal as in pic of step 15 (only now with the double wrap inside).

Step 19: Step 19

Add a hitch to one side

Step 20: Step 21


Step 21: Step 21

Turn over and repeat same hitch.

Step 22: Step 22

Add whichever bend you choose to close it. I like double fishermans knot because its adjustable but any knot will do. Last thing to do is give it to a loved one.


Okisteri made it! (author)2015-01-09

I saw comment a comment here about leaving one knot open for safety but I resolved it by cutting the cord, taking out a bit of the inner cords on one of the cut ends and sticking the other cut end in there and then torching a bit and made it neat. That way if it gets caught somewhere the attached part will give and snap. Sorry if my explanation isn't really clear.

ksquatch made it! (author)2014-06-17


moe48418 made it! (author)2014-05-25

little more difficult than I thought but I did it!!!

lobodawg made it! (author)2014-02-10

Great idea! I would recommend, however, leaving one end of the fisherman's knot open. Paracord has a tensile strength of 550 lbs, unlike the usual break point of a few pounds of a typical necklace. It might be worth considering as a good safety measure in case the paracord necklace gets caught in something.

Dutch56 made it! (author)2012-02-08

I've got a lot red paracord-this is going to be a great project to do as gifts for my wife, my daughters and granddaugters!

hotmetalmel made it! (author)hotmetalmel2012-02-08

You can add single cord lanyard knots for a little extra like this too.

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Vahit made it! (author)Vahit2014-01-20


How do yu create lynyards?

Kmatie made it! (author)2013-01-01

Love this necklace and love the step by step pictures. Just in time for valentines day. I am making these for my pre school class and chose to close with a square knot.

thepoash made it! (author)2012-06-04

how would u make a bracelet with the heart? Like use a smaller piece of para cord?

dudumartini made it! (author)2012-05-03

hi, i cant visualize where should i bight around and over! could you help me?

ginaparacord made it! (author)2012-04-13

i did a differnt one but still supper cute

Abber1 made it! (author)2012-02-12

Love the heart! Does anyone know where I could find thin paracord? lets say .5 mm if possible?


ginaparacord made it! (author)ginaparacord2012-04-13


espdp2 made it! (author)espdp22012-02-13

It's not paracord, per se, but most camping stores should have something similar. This 1.8mm tent guyline was the smallest cord I could quickly find at REI. If you have a local store, you should be able to find some much cheaper.

Abber1 made it! (author)Abber12012-02-13

Hi espdp2,

That's just it, the rope I found at REI was too thick for what I need it (zipper pulls) and when you try to pass it through the eyelets of the zipper pull is almost impossible, any ideas?


espdp2 made it! (author)espdp22012-02-17

I'm working on making a zipper pull from some 28 ga. hookup wire.

Abber1 made it! (author)Abber12012-02-17

kool, let see the pics!

espdp2 made it! (author)espdp22012-02-17

Well, I use "working" loosely, lol. Guess now I'll have to put up or shut up!


Try a craft store, and look for woven cotton cord or for twisted hemp cord. I have found this to be the thinnest workable cord.

Abber1 made it! (author)Abber12012-02-17

Thanks Superninjacamper!

hotmetalmel made it! (author)hotmetalmel2012-02-17

I've used that neon yellow/pink surveying string from Freddy's in the hardware section. Matter of fact before I knew where to buy paracord I bought cordage from there.

handgathered made it! (author)2012-02-13

You are so romantic, and your project is the quintessential in romance because it takes 22 steps to finish! A true test of love.
To Dutch56 - you're the best!

jessyratfink made it! (author)2012-02-07

Awesome photos! And it's so cute. :)

hotmetalmel made it! (author)hotmetalmel2012-02-12

Thanks Jessy

Stormdrane made it! (author)2012-02-07

Very nice, thanks for sharing!

hotmetalmel made it! (author)hotmetalmel2012-02-12

Thanks and I have to say, after I read your interview it gave me more respect for you and all those that post 'ibles' for us because for a heart knot that takes me a minute (give or take a few secs) to tie it took me almost 3 hrs to put this (my first)together. The next one will be better. Thanks again Storm.

hotmetalmel made it! (author)2012-02-12

With a little patience you can pull of a string of 'em. Do the center one first and make the loops in steps 3&4 large enough to pull through a completed heart (for each side). You're gonna have to be fairly comfortable with the knot first because you have to leave it slack through the process unlike the sinlge heart where you would tighten as you go along.

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chicopluma made it! (author)2012-02-12

Really cool

chipf made it! (author)2012-02-08

Nice instructable. cool knot.
I have a question though between steps 5 and 6 the pic in 5 shows bight outside of other. but in pic 6 after turning over it goes through bight before forming another in opposite one. which way is right?

hotmetalmel made it! (author)hotmetalmel2012-02-08

Thanks for catching that... it should have read ... " After pulling bight through both sides of the heart,turn over, then repeat ". Tryin to upload and type an instructable and make dinner for a family of 6.
Thanks again and sorry for the confusion.

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