Paracord Fidget Ring

About: I'm a college student studying computer science who loves making things!

Intro: Paracord Fidget Ring

This Christmas I had a lot of people I wanted to give gifts to. Being a college student with a very tight budget I decided my best option would be to make homemade gifts. After a quick inventory through my closet, a bit of brainstorming, and some trial and error this is what I came up with.

Since Christmas I've had a few requests to make more and I finally decided to make an Instructable for it.

The rings are super satisfying to click and play with. As a fidget toy, it's nice that it's always on your hand. When you're doing homework and finally figure out an answer there's no toy to set down. Your hands are just free to start writing again (you'll understand if you decide to make one). I would seriously love to find a way to implement a counter to see how many times I've clicked the button. It's a lot. Like sore-fingers a lot.

Step 1: Materials

To make a fidget you'll need:

  • Epoxy glue
  • And some paracord

You'll also need scissors and a lighter.

Step 2: Size the Paracord

Cut a strand of paracord to be about a centimeter longer than the circumference of your finger.

Step 3: Make a Point on One End of the Strand

Use a lighter to heat up one end of the paracord. Once it's melted a tiny bit, roll it against a hard surface or wait a second and pinch it with your fingers (careful it's hot!) to form a point on one side of the piece of paracord.

It has to be a point and not a lump so that it'll be able to fit inside of the other side of the strand.

Step 4: Remove Some of the Inner Yarn

On the other side of the strand pull about a centimeter of the inner strings out and cut them with sharp scissors.

Step 5: Enlarge and Then Melt It That Way

Use a headphone jack or something similar to open up the paracord's outer mesh. Then use the lighter to quickly burn the ends a little to prevent fraying on the next step.

If you melt the end for too long then the hole won't be large enough for the other end of the ring to fit in.

(If you accidentally do hold it in the fire for too long then try using the headphone jack again to open it back up)

Step 6: Turn It Into a Ring

Put the pointed end inside the other

Step 7: Fuse the Ends Together

This step is a little tricky. Melt a small part of where the ends meet and then use the metal part of your lighter to brush the larger side of the melted paracord to the pointed end side. Doing it this way makes the ring look more even.

Repeat this around the whole connection and try to make it smooth because points and edges can be felt when the ring is worn.

Step 8: Prepare the Button

Bend two legs of the button to be straight down and then point inward a little above 90 degrees.

Step 9: Attach Button to Ring

Push the bent legs into the paracord on the exact opposite side of the fuse. Then flip the ring over and bend the other legs down and into the paracord also. Once both sides of legs are in then squeeze the legs together so they stay on better and look nicer.

Step 10: Adding Glue

Mix a small amount of epoxy with a toothpick and then use the toothpick to carefully put a little epoxy against all the legs and insides of the button's black housing. Then let it set and your ring is finished!

Step 11: Final Thoughts

I tried another design where I soldered the legs together around the paracord but this didn't work well because when you pressed the button it hurt your finger. I liked the idea because you could pull the ring around the paracord. Unfortunately at the price of basically not being able to press the button though.

When I made these for Christmas I only had orange paracord... Everyone loved them but it stands out to wear around every day. The black paracord makes a much nicer looking ring for wearing out in public but orange is my favorite color so I usually wear it anyways!

Enjoy!

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    KatieS177

    6 months ago

    Love this! I have one suggestion though, place the button over the melted rope. Good luck!

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    StraitEdgeKatieS177

    Reply 5 months ago

    I tried doing this with my first few designs but the rings look misshapen and isn't as comfortable with the hard melted plastic under the button (comfort is important because the button gets pressed a lot through the day). I might try again with as small a fuse as possible and maybe I'll poke holes through the melted plastic for the legs of the button. Maybe I'll also try a version with just epoxy holding the paracord together. It'd be nice if this worked so let me know if you have any ideas!

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    sarahcdStraitEdge

    Reply 5 months ago

    I used a glue gun and didn't melt the rope ends together. It may be less durable, but that glue is softer and easier to work with. It's comfortable even with the button over the connection. Also, I experimented with braiding rat tail cord for a different look.

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    StraitEdgesarahcd

    Reply 5 months ago

    I love the look of the braided rat tail cord! Awesome innovation. I may make one for myself later.

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    fun4joe

    Question 5 months ago

    Could you also make a braclet with a bigger button???

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    StraitEdgefun4joe

    Answer 5 months ago

    That's a good idea that I'll put some thought into. It'd be cool to have multiple fidget items on it. Might try doing it with paracord again or maybe braid something with braiding cord.

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    PackJC

    5 months ago on Step 11

    Haha, I really like this instructable. As a hobbist, I find myself constantly playing with buttons or switches

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    sarahcd

    6 months ago on Step 11

    Great idea! I tend to scratch my face when I'm concentrating, so I've been trying to find something else for my hands to do. Fidget spinners and stress balls get in the way when I am writing. This would be a great alternative. I like that it's cheap as well!