Introduction: DIY Survival Zipper Pull for Your Backpack
This will show you how to make a mini survival kit that you can hang on your bag and also use as a handy zipper pull.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
What you will need
•Extra large straws
•at least 29 inches of paracord
•about 2 inches of wire
•small survival items such as matches or fishing line, hook and split shot weights or needle and thread
•needle nose pliers
•tape measure or ruler
Step 2: Para Cord
You will need about 29 inches of paracord. Cut it and then burn the ends to keep from fraying later.
Step 3: Straw
Cut the straw to 2 1/2 inches and then holding the end tightly with a needle nose pliers, burn about 1/8 of an inch off the end to seal it.
Step 4: Survival Supplies
For my survival kit,I am using 4 matches and a bit of the striker but you can also do needle and thread. I’ve done 10 feet of fishing line, one hook and one split shot lead weight. For this project, I did have to cut the matches because they were a little bit too long. Remember that whatever you put in there has to be 2 inches or less.
Step 5: Sealing Your Straw
Before you seal the straw, take the two inches of wire and twist them into a shape like this. A circle with a line down the middle. Then put your survival supplies in the straw. If you’re having trouble getting them all the way down, I found a Q-tip used as a plunger will help get them all the way down in the straw. Once you get them all the way down, grab the open end with your needle nose pliers and seal the other end with a lighter.
Step 6: Cobra Knot
Written directions for the cobra knot are confusing, just look up a tutorial on YouTube!
Step 7: Success
Now just attach it to any zipper on a purse or backpack and you have a little survival kit or sewing kit wherever you go. You can use more paracord or wire to attach it.