Monster Monkey Fist Using Pool Ball




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How You Make a Giant Monkey Fist using Pool Ball:

A paracord monkey fist is beneficial to carry on you for survival and self defense purposes. It's super easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to make a paracord monkey fist using a pool ball! This giant monkey fist weighs in at a hefty 6 ounces!

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How To Make A Monkey Fist With A Pool Ball

Supplies you need:

  • pool ball
  • 10 ft 550 Paracord in a color that you want to be the compliment color
  • 18 ft 550 paracord in a color that you want to be the main color
  • 8 ft 550 paracord in a color that you want for your lanyard and handle
  • Monkey Fist Jig- You will need to make one the size of a pool ball, dowels work great. (I will do tutorial soon)
  • scissors
  • lighter or matches

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Step 1: How to Get Started

To get started, we will need to connect both pieces of paracord at the ends so we have one single strand to make our monkey fist:
Take the ends of both your major and minor paracord. In this case, we are using black 550 paracord as our major color and grey 550 paracord as our minor color.candle
Cut the ends.

Step 2: Melt Ends

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.
Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Step 3: Start Weaving

Now, let's get started weaving the monkey fist!
Grab your jig and line up your paracord so the the merged part is lined up in the center on the inside of the two pegs closest to you.
You will want your major color on the right and your minor color on the left.

Step 4: Start Wrapping

Start the weave with your minor color. Holding the black strand in you right hand so it's kept in place, use your left hand to wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion. This counts as one loop.
You will repeat this 9 more times until you have completed 11 loops.
Wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.candle
This is how it should look once you've completed wrapping 11 times.candle
Make a single loop around the peg in order to keep the grey strand in it's place.

Step 5: Wrap Second Color

Keeping those loops in tact, place the pool ball in the center and hold it in place with your hand.
Place the pool ball in the center. Start to wrap the black cord up and over the grey loops.

Step 6: Repeat Step 4

Repeat Step 4 with the black strand (your major color). You will wrap it clockwise, making sure it goes on the outside of the grey(minor color) cord. Once you've wrapped it around 11 times, your ball should be able to sit in the middle without you holding it.
Helpful Hint: As you wrap your paracord to make your monkey fist knot, do your best to keep each loop next to each other and not overlapping any other loops. This will make it easier for you when you start to tighten your monkey fist.


Loop the black paracord counter-clockwise around the outside of the grey paracord.


Keep wrapping like this, going around the pool ball in the center.dyi-projects

Wrap until you have gone around 11 times.

Step 7: Last Loops

Now we are going to complete the last set of loops, continuing with the black strand. This time, we will weave the strand so it is on the inside of the grey loops but around the black loops we just made.

Be sure to use this series of loops to contain the pool ball. Just like the previous steps, you will wrap it around 11 times.


Grab the end of your black paracord.candle

Thread it up and inside the grey loops.candle

Thread it over the black loops then back down on the inside of the grey. These loops will be hugging the pool ball.candel

Thread it back under the pool

Bring it behind the pool ball and inside the grey

Repeat until you've made 11

Step 8: Remove From Jig

You have now formed your monkey fist knot! Now you are going to remove it carefully from the jig and start tightening. As you go through and start tightening, it is important that you do not make anything too tight for the first round.

This is a slow process that you will have to repeat a couple of times to gradually get your Monkey's Fist as tight as you want it. If you tighten too much too early, you will end up causing the cords to over lap. This is especially important for the loops on each 'edge' - if you pull these too tight, you will begin to pinch the loops underneath together, making it very difficult to keep your monkey fist neat and even.

Take your time at this phase, and try to maintain symmetry all around your knot.

Remove your monkey's fist from the jig.

Remove your monkey's fist from the jig.

Step 9: Tighten

Starting with the grey paracord at the corner where you made your first loop, pull the complimentary side up gently to tighten the corner.

Follow the strand around the fist, continuing to tighten.

Follow the strand around the fist, continuing to tighten.


Start tightening the loops. Be patient, this is a slow process.


Follow the cord around the ball and continue to pull and tighten.


Continue all around the ball, it should start to look like this.


Continue along the ball starting with the black cord. You will have to go around a couple of times to get the monkey fist nice and tight.

Step 10: Lanyard and Handle

Now let's start to make your lanyard and handle. To do this, you will first make a diamond knot with the two pieces of cord hanging out of the monkey fist.


To start the diamond knot, align the two cords next to each other.


Take the black strand and make a loop over itself.


Bring the grey strand under the black loop, over the top of the black strand then back under the black strand.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist32

Now thread the grey strand over the bottom part of the black loop, underneath itself then back over the top part of the black loop.


Pull the grey strand slightly to tighten the loops. (Just slightly)


Pull the grey strand around and under pulling up through the center of the black loop. Make sure you end up on tom of the other grey strand that is there.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist35

When you pull it a little tighter, this is what your knot should be looking like.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist36

Now let's go back to your black strand. Grab the end of it.


Loop the black strand on the left side of the knot, over the grey strand and under all the other pieces, pull it up through the center of the knot just like you did with the grey strand.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist38

This is what it should look like. Now, carefully start tightening the knot. Pull the strands one by on to get the diamond knot closer to the base of the Monkey Fist.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist39

This is how your diamond knot should look.

Step 11: Make Lanyard

Now that you've made your diamond knot, let's move on to creating your lanyard.

To do this, we will tie a seesaw knot. Grab your third piece of paracord (8ft piece) and fold it in half to get started:


Fold your third piece(the 8ft piece) of paracord in half to make a loop.


Thread the loop around the grey cord.


Now grab the black cord on the right.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist43

Thread it behind the grey loop and up through the new piece.


Pull all four strands to tighten. You will always start with the strand that is the highest up. So, the next strand that you will work with, is the black one on the top left.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist45

Now, grab the top left black strand from your new piece.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist46

Do the same as you did before and wrap it behind and up through the center of the right two pieces (the grey and black strands).


Bring it back to the left side. Pull all four strands to tighten. Now the grey strand is the highest strand, so this will be the next one you work with.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist48

Wrap the grey strand back behind.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist49

Then pull the grey strand through the middle of the left two strands.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist50

Pull the grey strand back to the right side, and pull all four strands to tighten.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist51

Continue to repeat those steps until you have reached your desired length.

Step 12: Finishing

Make your lanyard as long as you want. Now let's make the handle using the cobra weave:


Keep your black and grey strands that came out of your monkey fist as the center piece of your cobra weave. Pull your remaining black pieces of cord to opposite sides.


Starting with the left piece, pull it under the center pieces and over the right strand.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist54

Take the right strand over the center pieces, then over and through the loop on the left side.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist55

Tighten the first knot. Now repeat with the right strand. Bring it under the center piece and over the left piece.


Take the left strand over the centerpieces and down through the loop on the right side.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist57

Pull to tighten. This is what your cobra weave should be looking like.How-to-make-a-giant-monkey-fist58

Continue on down until you've reached your desired handle size. Finish the ends by cutting and burning. Make a knot with the black and grey center strands and cut and burn as well.

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29 Discussions


3 years ago

Would it not be easier to just drill a hole in the ball and tie the cord through it?

I just want to make a Watch Dogs 2 cosplay (super hyped for it)

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Reply 3 years ago

Lmao you too? WD2 is the only reason I want to make this too ahaha


Reply 3 years ago

come see my high fidelity prop replica that ubisoft retweeted!


Reply 3 years ago

i just did an instructable for watchdogs 2 thumderball! my build was retweeted by the official watchdogs twitter account! feel free to check it out!


3 years ago

Can't I just wrap paracord around a poolball and make it into a Monkey Fist.

But anyway i did it this way


5 years ago on Introduction

would it be over kill to make one out of a bowling ball just for kicks? That could be a way to go if you wanted to make a trebuchet and a monkey fist is the perfect sacrificial sling. Just an idea.

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Reply 3 years ago

I am actually going to try that when I get enough rope. lol its gonna be one hell of a monkey fist. Or should I say kong fist?


3 years ago

Where are the pictures? I can follow written directions, but I have no jig and need the visual for that.


3 years ago

Really nice concept to create the monster monkey with just using Poll Ball, I would like to share with you how I made a tote bag in only 5 steps, are you interested?

check it out on my DIY Blog


5 years ago on Introduction

If you used a table-tennis (ping pong) ball, do you think it would be buoyant enough to save your keys from a watery grave?

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Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I like that idea. It would depend on the mass of your keys and the volume of the ping-pong ball or similar. Some back of the napkin calculations:

Guestimated mass of my keys = 6 oz. (170g)

Density of the water we could need to displace is 1g/cm^3

Diameter of a 170cm^3 sphere : 2.7 inches. Not completely unreasonable.

I used a racquet ball. Same dimensions of a pool ball from what I read. Worked great! Not too heavy but is still a good weight if you need to sling a rope to a high place

u do know this would kill a person, right? In my state this would be highly illegal, that said. I am still making it! Love it.


5 years ago on Introduction

One question, when melting the ends together how is the best way to make sure they stay. Everything i make keeps coming apart...


5 years ago on Introduction

Very interesting. In some US states it's a felony to carry one of these. I bet a smallish pouch with a similar strap handle and an older cellphone with a similar weight to a billiard ball could be used much the same way, but with some plausible deniability. Back in the day when I was a guard at a maximum security jail, during a training session we were shown a box of improvised prisoner's weapons that had been seized on searches. Among the various ingenious shivs, etc., was a long sock with a bar of soap in it. That works on much the same principle.


5 years ago on Introduction

While I am unsure of the author's intended purpose, this would make for an excellent heaving line for throwing ropes to shore, across long gaps, etc. just put a loop in the end for a carabiner to tie a larger rope to.


5 years ago on Introduction

WOW... One rap in the noggin with that puppy and it's gonna be coloring books for Christmas!!