EDC Paracord Keychain




Introduction: EDC Paracord Keychain

Hey guys! In today's Instructable, we'll be making an awesome EDC (everyday carry) keychain out of paracord that you can put on the back of a flashlight, Swiss Army knife, and more! It's also a great way to practice tying snake knots if you want to make more things out of paracord.

Step 1: Parts Needed

You will need:

  • A razor blade (or some other way to cut the paracord)
  • A lighter
  • A keyring
  • A nut (make sure it's large enough to put two layers of paracord through)
  • 550 paracord

Step 2: Cut the Paracord

Cut off enough paracord to make this project. Don't cut any less than six feet. If you want the keychain to be larger, use more paracord.

Step 3: Key Ring Time!

Place the key ring onto your freshly-cut paracord strip, and fold the paracord into with the key ring in the middle (as seen in the picture above). Make sure that the paracord's length is equal on both sides of the key ring.

Step 4: Tying Snake Knots

Tie six snake knots out of the paracord. Make sure your knots are tight. Use the images and video above to assist you in tying snake knots.

Step 5: Slide the Nut On

Slide the nut onto the paracord and move it to the snake knots. If you have difficulties getting the nut to fit, try twisting it onto the paracord. If it still doesn't fit, try with a larger nut.

Step 6: More Snake Knots!

Tie six more snake knots below the nut. Once again, make sure these are tight.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Cut the excess paracord off of the two strands. Leave some excess paracord on if you want. To finish up, burn each of the two ends of paracord and push them against a flat surface to strengthen them again.

Step 8: Fin

And now you're done! You can put the keychain on anything. I put it on my Swiss Army knife, but it also looks neat on flashlights as well. Anyways, since you've made it this far, it would help me a LOT if you left feedback in the comments below. Tell me how I did! Also, if you want to see more super awesome and epic projects, I'll leave a link to my social profiles for you to subscribe to below. Finally, feel free to check out my website for more awesome content (linked below). Thanks!

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    7 Discussions

    Thank you for teaching this. I have been looking for this knot everywhere! with this tutorial, is it possible to make a bracelet?

    Looks great!
    Just wondering, is the nut just for decoration? Or is there a function to it?

    1 reply

    Thanks! The nut's just for decoration :) Alternatively, you could put a bead in place of the nut.


    2 years ago

    Very nice. Good explanation. I would like to know how to make the multi colored ones that you show at the beginning of the video. I am Favoriting you!

    1 reply

    Thanks! I'll possibly try to make a tutorial for the multicolored ones in the future.

    Great job. I've seen many commercially available paracord key chains, but they're all too bulky.

    Just curious, what is the knife you're using?

    1 reply

    Thanks! This was my first time ever tying paracord. My friend helped me out a little bit, luckily. The razor I'm using was something that I got from a local hardware store, and the knife pictured in the last photo was found locally as well.