PyP - Pimp Your Paracord + Ideas




Introduction: PyP - Pimp Your Paracord + Ideas

It occured to me that we modify, pimp or create so much stuff but that we take for granted one thing used for so many outdoor and other projects / instructables - PARACORD. Ok, there is the Survivorcord from Titan that comes with copper wire and tinder (jute) but it costs a fortune (about 25Ct. per Feet) compared to other paracord (I buy it at about 4Ct. per Feet). And you have only limited options what colur to choose, compared to the wide range of what is available of normal paracord (colours, reflective or glow in the dark ...).

So why not take your preferred paracord and tailor it to your and your projects specific needs?


Step 1: Materials

What do you need?

  1. Well, of course PARACORD :-) - any type, colour and length you want
  2. a lighter, some clamps, knife or scissor - what you usually need when dealing with paracord
  3. everything you want to pimp your paracord with - I started with a braided, multifiliamant fishing line, a braided, nylon-coated multifiliament stainless-steel fishing line / wire and a waxed, natural fibre cord (usually used for gardening purposes)
    - you may, however, also use any other stuff that will fit into the outer sheath of your paracord, for example small cables, a wire saw (I will try this next time), fuze - Please feel free to post other ideas in the comments below!

Step 2: What to Do

  1. Cut the length of paracord you need (or at least a bit more). I used about 5 ft. of black paracord for a wristband for my watch.
  2. Cut the same length of what you want to pimp your paracord with. You can also double the length in this step, if you use thin stuff (as the fising line / wire) - I used the same length of steel wire and waxed tinder cord and two lengths of braided fishing line.
  3. Make a knot at one end of the paracord (as to not acidentially pull out the inner strands)
  4. Pull the inner strands out a bit at the other end, separate one strand and secure it with a clamp.
  5. Open the knot made in step 3 before and entirely pull out all inner strands at once (except the one strand separated in step 4 that is secured with a clamp). The strands may/will be somehow interwoven. Take care not to separate them from each other, as being intwerwoven may add to the strength of the final product.
  6. Lay the bundle of pulled out inner strands and all the stuff you want to add to your paracord side by side (at least the first inches).
  7. Use the remaining inner strand (the one that could not be pulled throgh because of the clamp at the other end) to bind together all the stuff laid out in step six. If possible (meaning that what you want to put in is not too thick) bend it over (as shown in the photos) to secure it and make it easier to pull through the other sheath. If bending over is not possible, one could instead secure the knot and facilitate the pulling by first slip a short piece of heat-shrink tube over the inner strand, than use this inner strand to bind together the bundle, slip the heat-shrink tube back over the knot and the tips (for example if you want to pull through wire that may puncture the outer sheath of the paracord) and heat it (take care not to melt your paracord!).
  8. Remove the clamp from the other side of the paracord and use the remaining inner strand to pull everything through.
  9. Then cut/remove the knot(s) (and the heat-shrink tube, if used) and stretch/allign the inner strands and the outer sheath of your paracord.

Voila - you have made your very own, individual pimped paracord.

Step 3: Securing the Ends

In case you have just inserted some nylon (braided or unbraided) fishing line, you could just melt the ends of your pimped paracord as usual.

In case you used something that could/should not be melted (as the natural fibre cord or steel wire I used), you have different options how to close and secure the ends:

  1. dipping them in glue
  2. pulling the outer sheath of the paracord over the ends of all the inner stuff and melt only the outer sheath (that's what I did as shown in the photos)
  3. Put a heat-shrink tube over the end of the pimped paracord and heat-shink it.
  4. ... Feel free to add further ideas in the comment section below!

Step 4: What to Do With Your Pimped Paracord

Well, I pimped my paracord to use it for a wristband for my watch and you could use it for almost everything you usually use paracord for. However, there may be some pros and cons depending on what you pimped your paracord with, so here are some thoughts about it:

  1. Adding any kind of steel wire or unbraided line makes the pimped paracord less flexible. Although the steel fishing line I added is only about 0.1mm (plus coating), I clearly notice the difference. So pay extra attantion when making knots as they may accidentially open easier than when using normal paracord.
  2. Adding special fishing line may not be of much value if you use 2-3ft. pieces of pimped paracord as shoelaces, but adding natural fibre of such lenght may be of value as tinder when starting fire in emergency situations (consider adding a small ferro rod with two holes!) as well as wire of the same length may be used for snares). On the contrary, you may not need 100ft. of tinder in your belt ...
  3. Adding one of these emergency steel wire saws probably makes it impossible to make knots but could be great as necklace for a neck-knife or as strap for a baggage.
  4. You may add some cable eithe as back-up/storage or as really strong charging/connection cable (you could probably use it to carry your camera or whatever). That's just a rough idea - try out and make an instructable out of it!
  5. It may be possible to fit a thin set of cables with small LED-lights in, resulting in an illuminated paracord (as before, just a very first idea ...).

Whatever comes to YOUR mind - add ideas in the comment section below!

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    Trey Shannon
    Trey Shannon

    Tip 3 years ago on Step 4

    Being Retired from the U.S. Army, Paracord is just a MUST HAVE item! I never even add the laces that come with new boots, I just cut Paracord and use THAT as "WILL NOT BREAK" Boot Laces... To make lacing boots easier, I melt the ends of the Paracord (Of Course), but before melting the ends, I slip a tiny "Striker Flint" from old, disassembled, Disposable Lighters, into the ends of the Paracord's outer Sheath, THEN I melt the ends of the Paracord. While the ends of the Paracord are still hot (and if you've touched Melted Paracord, you know that it STAYS HOT a LOT longer than you'd think it would ;), using welding gloves (or something similar), I kinda "Shape" the Melted ends so that they fit through the Lacing Eyes of boots easier... "WHEN" I am caught outside with almost NOTHING, I STILL have about 12-Total-Feet of Paracord from my "Boot Laces".. I also have 4 "Flints", that can be scraped with a small knife or steel "anything", to make sparks for making a fire (It's difficult, but HIGHLY doable... trust me ;).

    I can also pull out the 7-To-9 Inner Strands of Paracord (Which are "usually" made of Kevlar, BTW), and tie them together to have about 84+ Feet of STRONG, THIN, Line... AND I still have "The Outer Sheaths" to keep my boots tied tightly.

    Not "Paracord Related", but I always push an X-Acto Hobby Razor Blade into the Heel-Section of my boots, near the Inside/Center of the Boot Sole, where the Blades don't get bent/damaged as the boots are used hard.. Therefore, I ALWAYS have a High-Carbon Steel Razor Blade or Six, to use for cutting, Making Sparks with flints, etc...

    Paracord cuts "Zip Ties" pretty quickly when it's rubbed rapidly back and forth across Zip-Ties in a Sawing Motion... When doing "Restraint Escapes" (Home Invaders are more and more often "Zip-Tying" the hands of their victims behind their back) You don't even need to have your hands free to "Saw" through Zip-Ties, just untie one of your boot laces, slip the lace over the Zip-Tie, step on the end of the Paracord boot-lace with your other boot, pull upward on the Paracord with your arms so that you can add friction between the Paracord and Zip-Tie, and run your tied wrists back and forth until the Paracord Cuts/Melts through the Zip-Tie... It's really AMAZING what Paracord can cut through if you have the time and a NEED ;)

    Combined with all of your other "Paracord Pimping" Ideas, this may give you a few more options when needed. Good Write-Up Bro! I hope addition this helps someone.