Cobra Weave Key Fob




You may have seen my instructables on paracord bracelets, well this is the same design with a few variations.  I used to reach in my pockets and have to search for my keys.  Now i reach in and go right for the key fob.  These can be all one color, or multi colored. 

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Step 1: Supplies

-6ft of gutted paracord or 3ft of two different colors (always good to start with extra)
-Another piece, size depends on how long you want it, 3ft is good to start with (not gutted)
Both will be trimmed and melted when finished.

Step 2: Lanyard Knots

You need to make two lanyard knots, one creating a loop, one ending the bracelet.  All of the instructions are shown through the pictures.

Step 3: Cobra Weave

Multi-colored instructions
Single colored instruction

-Tie the two colors together using a square knot or melt them together
-Put the piece behind the other piece with lanyard knots, equally on both sides (Square knot centered)
Create an "S" with the piece on the right and then take the piece on the left and slide it through the bottom part of the "S"  and then behind the middle and up through the left side.
-Pull tight and repeat.
-I recently saw the Paracord Survival Necklace in which there is a flint inside of the cobra weave.  That idea can be easily included in this as well.  Just place your flint steel in between the two lanyard knots and continue as if it weren't there.  If you make a longer key fob with the flint steel it can easily be considered a Survival Key Fob.

Step 4: Variations

These can be made into
-zipper pulls
-Self Defense (Longer so that you can swing keys at attacker)
-Knife lanyard

Have fun, and leave a comment on what else these could be used for.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    1st-WOW.. WHAT A WONDERFUL WEBSITE !! I am so happy I found it !! Thank you. NEXT... I AM SO confused... I want to make many of the items I see-- but am very confused about the finishing of them. I love this and am going to try it-- but I also saw the bracelet with the note- not the side clip and just don't know how they are finished !! I have more reading to do I guess.. I can't watch videos' we are on dialup... LOL.

    THANK YOU !!!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    thank you SO MUCH !! I am looking forward to trying this tonight. My family has an army navy store and we sell paracord... We have a bunch of customers who come in, buy the stuff and show us what they make but no one has taken time to show me (even though I have asked !!) how to make/finish stuff.. I am so thrilled I found this site. Now I just have to jump in and try something. I got some new colors the other day and look forward to making things. I love the bracelet with the monkey fist, but would like a small fist for the ending.. Thank you !! I wish there was a book I could sit with, I don't like to sit at the computer for long periods, I have back problems and problems with my arms... so I can't do this stuff for long periods but really want to learn.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. I had some leftover paracord lying around, I made a lanyard off this pattern for a pocket knife. Thanks!

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    Pics for making the beginning loop are confusing without written instruction. Otherwise, great model.

    Hey there!
    First of all, this site is awesome! Though I have a small problem... I can't understand this Step 3: Cobra Weave. I just can't get the beggining and so on. Can someone help me please?
    thank you in advance!


    5 years ago on Step 4

    Look nice attached to a monkey's fist key chain.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Paracord has both the external weave and internal cords. Depending on the variety of paracord you have it could have up to 7 cords in the core. These are very useful in their own right. "Gutted" paracord refers to paracord that has had these internal cords pulled out. The result is a paracord weave that is not as strong, but lays much flatter. "Non-gutted" paracord of course has not had the internal cords pulled.


    7 years ago on Step 4

    "Self Defense (Longer so that you can swing keys at attacker)"



    7 years ago on Introduction

    For some reason, I cannot figure out how to make the second lanyard knot.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    thank you for the instructions, it took a bit of time, but got to the end eventually :)


    8 years ago on Step 3

    there is an issue with picture 5 in step 3. if you look closely at pic 5 it shows the blue forming a loop inside the green when it should actually encompass both of the green strings on the right side...slide under the main body and back into the bottom of the green on the left side


    8 years ago on Step 2

    put a monkey fist at the end of yors Cobra Weave, sould look nice.


    8 years ago on Step 4

    How did you do the long orange and yellow in the last photo without the lanyard knot on the end? How did you start it?

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

    The orange piece is not connected to the rest, I tied the cobra section on to it and then cut the end of the long orange piece and melted it so that it wouldn't pull off easily.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 4

    oh so you basically took tied a cobra weave around a simple piece of plain paracord with no knots on it. Just doubled up the orange piece to make the loop and then started the weave at the top of the two ends right?