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

Picture of Step 1
Fold the cord in half forming a bight.
Okisteri7 months ago

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.

ksquatch1 year ago
moe484181 year ago

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

lobodawg1 year ago

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.

Dutch563 years ago
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 (author)  Dutch563 years ago
You can add single cord lanyard knots for a little extra like this too.
Paracord heart pendant with eternity knot accents.jpg


How do yu create lynyards?

Kmatie2 years ago
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.
thepoash3 years ago
how would u make a bracelet with the heart? Like use a smaller piece of para cord?
dudumartini3 years ago
hi, i cant visualize where should i bight around and over! could you help me?
i did a differnt one but still supper cute
Abber13 years ago
Love the heart! Does anyone know where I could find thin paracord? lets say .5 mm if possible?

espdp2 Abber13 years ago
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 espdp23 years ago
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 Abber13 years ago
I'm working on making a zipper pull from some 28 ga. hookup wire.
Abber1 espdp23 years ago
kool, let see the pics!
espdp2 Abber13 years ago
Well, I use "working" loosely, lol. Guess now I'll have to put up or shut up!
Thats easy identify the length you will need, cut standard 550 cord then strip the inner strands out and pull the ends of the shell tight to shrink the diameter down,,, I do this all the time to get a thinner diameter for feeding through narrow openings on lights radios and other equipment
Sshoemann, you tha man! Thanks
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.
Thanks Superninjacamper!
hotmetalmel (author)  Abber13 years ago
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.
Check any crafts shop. It doesnt have to be paracord.
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!
Awesome photos! And it's so cute. :)
hotmetalmel (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thanks Jessy
Stormdrane3 years ago
Very nice, thanks for sharing!
hotmetalmel (author)  Stormdrane3 years ago
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 (author) 3 years ago
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.
triple hearts in black.jpg
chicopluma3 years ago
Really cool
chipf3 years ago
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 (author)  chipf3 years ago
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.