A small tool tote/holder made from a used Powerade bottle. It is useful for carrying a few hand tools when you don't want to bring a whole tool bag.
1. Powerade 32 oz bottle.
2. Breakaway or utility knife.
3. Parachord. I used paracord with a 160 lbs load, but you can use any type similar to that.
4. Rubber bands
5. Home Depot canvas apron. These run for about $1.
Step 1: Cut the Top Off Bottle
1. Cut the top of the Powerade bottle off using the breakaway knife.
2. Please note you can save the top for use as a small funnel.
Step 2: Cut, Loop, Braid and Knot Paracord
1. Cut the paracord to about a 3 foot length.
2. Loop the paracord in half.
3. Knot the looped end.
4. Braid the paracord from the knotted side without twisting it too much.
5. After the braiding is done, knot the side with 2 loose ends.
Step 3: Wrap Bottle With Rubber Bands
1. Using duct tape, tape the paracord to either side of the bottle, just above the knots at the end of the rope. Be sure the knots are opposite each other for balance.
2. Now wrap the rubber bands around the bottle, over the duct tape. For a secure hold, use about 10 to 12 rubber bands.
3. Place tools in the bottle to test for balance. I was able to fit a Phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pair of scissors, joint pliers, needlenose pliers, wire cutter, hemostat, reciprocating saw blade and a bikini line hair removal blade (they make good light cutting tools).
4. One of the advantages of this design is that if needed, the rubber bands and paracord can be removed from the bottle to be used in the field. Since they are inexpensive components, they can be easily replaced back in the shop.
Step 4: Cover the Tools
1. In order to make the Tool tote/holder more secure when transporting, use a Home Depot Canvas Work Apron to cover the tools.
When covering it, fold the apron in half and place it over the tools under the paracord with the strings out.
2. Tie the apron strings around the bottle to hold the apron in place over the tools.