Paracord/Water Bottle Canteen Strap




 I work in Iraq, for a company who contracts from the US Military. We have shortages on many things here that the folks back home take for granted, like cold beer or comfortable beds. However, we do have plenty of water bottles, paracord, and sand.
 I was always carrying a water bottle around in my hand, until I started making paracord bracelets, thanks to Stormdrane's instructable on that subject. That got my creative juices flowing, and I came up with this solution.  

  Thanks Sergeant Nowlin! Vote for this instructable, I'm going to give the Leatherman to the Sergeant. I already have two. They're great tools! 

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Step 1: Supplies

You'll need about 4 foot of paracord, depending on your height. A measuring tape, scissors and a lighter.

Step 2: A Cinch Knot

The cinch knot, I call it a modified Hangman's knot. The first step is to make an “S” with one end of the cord. You need the loop about 3 inches and the loose end about 4 inches past the end of the loop.

Step 3: Starting the Knot

 Next, pinch the “S” at the top and leave an eye on the cord of the loose end.

Step 4: Step 3: Finish the Knot

A. Start a wrap with the loose end over the other 2 cords. Keep it snug against your thumb and 
 B. Wrap the cord around the loop, keeping it snug against your thumb.

 C. Wrap it around the loop at least 3 times, keeping the wraps snug.

 D. Next put the loose end into the top loop, pull it snug, and hold it with the index 
      finger. (I'm lacking a photo here, I needed a third hand to hold the camera).

 E. While holding the 3 wraps and the loose end in the eye, pull the bottom line
     of the big loop. Then snug up the end sticking out of the loop, and tighten the 
      bottom cord again. Not too tight or it wont slide.

Step 5: Step 4. There You Have It

Once you have the knot the way you like it, trim the loose end and burn it with the lighter. Be careful, it's very hot! I keep a small container of water next to my work, melt the cord, dip my finger into the water, then quench and smooth the molten cord.

 Loop the cord over your water bottle, hold the knot and pull the main line, not too tight or it's hard to get off. It will tighten easily.  When you want to get it off, hold the knot and pull against the cinch line.

 Next put  the cord over one shoulder and the water bottle on the opposite hip. This how I carry   
 mine, or place it as you want to carry your bottle , make a loop or mark it for size.
 Tie the same knot at that location on the end of the 4 foot piece of paracord.

Step 6: Optional Canteen Shoulder Strap

 Adding a shoulder strap is a little more work, but the comfort is well worth the effort.
 I built a 16 inch Sinnet bracelet (Stormdrane's design)  for my strap.

 I double wrapped and tied the loop before the first knot, so I could insert my cord for the bottom leg of the canteen strap. After I finished the Sinnet shoulder strap, I then tied a cinch knot in that loop connecting to the cinch for the bottom of the water bottle. A length of cord 26'' with a cinch (Hangman's) knot on each end. (Adjust for your own height)

 At  the other end of the 16 inch shoulder strap, I doubled the inside cords back leaving one loop out 3/4'' and the other out 2''. I tied one cinch knot for the front leg (about 18'') into the 2'' loop and a knife laynard knot in the short one. This is for positioning the shoulder strap. 

The two shorter cords, front and back, work well because you can adjust the length as needed.

 Thank you for viewing my instructionable, and I hope you can use it. The most important thing I can pass along is some good advice: STAY HYDRATED!

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    13 Discussions


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, thats a Specialist. I was in Army basic training Fall/Winter 2010/2011. A number of my friends were Specialists.


    9 years ago on Step 5

    Very ingenious!  There's another method that's been around for hundreds of years called the jug knot, bottle knot, or bottle sling.

    It sure can't beat coming up with a new knot on your own, though!

    3 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I came here to recommend the jug knot. It isn't a simple 2 second knot but it works better than any other knot and it is worth it to learn.


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    On second thought, scratch "somewhat wanting." The jug knot is horrible to remove, at least as tightly as I tie it (I usually end up tying it in spare length of shoelace I carry for knot-tying purposes, which I obviously want to recover each time I use it, so I end up untying any knot I learn).


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 5

    I would suggest that knot, but I think the point of this method is that it's removable and easily reusable, two areas in which the jug knot is somewhat wanting. On that note, using less wrapping turns will make the knot easier to adjust or remove from a bottle. In fact, I've had good results (as an adjustment for the length of a sling for a plastic Nerf gun) with just a double overhand knot, which stays in place surprisingly well when tied nice and tight. [I know, I know, someone using a Nerf gun is not very credible. But this isn't about that! ; ) ]


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Yeah, generally speaking this is a hangman's noose. : )


    9 years ago on Step 6

    Very helpful, thanks = )


    9 years ago on Introduction

     I like your design for the sinch knot, though I think you would also be able to use a bowline knot for the same effect ( just as strong and easy to tie over and over again), for other ideas on the shoulder strap check out SFHandyman's page on fingerloop weaving ( you would need to attach it as a separate piece) the five strand flat braid is pleasing to the eye and very strong. He has been an inspiration to me for many different projects over the last few months. Enjoy and great instructable!!!


    9 years ago on Step 1

    4 feet of paracord works for what height person?  I am 5'6''.  Would I need more, or less?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks, but I didn't come up with it. It's in Ashley's book of knots. It's called an Ichabod knot. It's a noose knot. I use it a lot because you can loosen it and reuse it for as long as the rope lasts. I travel between Bases and lash things onto my backpack with it.
        I like the bottle knot, that's very cool! Thanks for sharing!