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How to Make a Paracord Keychain | Instructions

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How to Make A Paracord Keychain: Instructions and Tutorial

How to make a paracord keychain with a hidden compartment:

Supplies you need:

  • 3 5ft strands of paracord – (Try it with three different colors!)
  • Lighter or matches
  • Pencil
  • Keyring
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Supplies you need to make your paracord key fob with a hidden compartment.

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Paracord Keychain Instructions:

Step 1: Starting the Paracord Keychain

Take your first two strands of paracord and intersect them at the centers to form a cross.

(The bottom one should be horizontal, the top one vertical

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Take your first two strands of paracord and intersect them at the centers to form a cross.
(The bottom one should be horizontal, the top one vertical)

 

Step 2: Looping the Paracord

Take the ends of the horizontal (P1) cord and cross each strand over the vertical cord (P2) to form an “S” shape.

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Take the ends of the horizontal (P1) cord and cross each strand over the vertical cord (P2) to form an “S” shape.

 

Step 3: Weaving the Paracord

Now, keeping the P1 as is, weave P2 so the top end comes down, over P1 and down throughout the bottom loop formed by P1. Do the same with the bottom end of P2 but bring it up, over P1 and through the top loop.
Pull to tighten the knot, keeping it loose for the next step.

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Now, keeping the P1 as is, weave P2 so the top end comes down, over P1 and down through the bottom loop formed by P1.
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Do the same with the bottom end of P2 but bring it up, over P1 and through the top loop.
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Pull to tighten the knot, keeping it loose for the next step.

 

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Step 4: Weaving the third piece of paracord

Now, grab your third piece of paracord (P3). Take one end of P3 and insert it through the side of the knot you just made. Do this by passing it through the loops made by P1 until you've reached the mid point of P3.

Pull cords to tighten into your first knot.

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Now, grab your third piece of paracord (P3). Take one end of P3 and insert it through the side of the knot you just made. Do this by passing it through the loops made by P1 until you've reached the mid point of P3.
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Pull through until you've reached the mid point of P3.
Pull cords to tighten into your first knot.
Pull cords to tighten into your first knot.

 

Step 5: Crown Knots

Let's begin to make the crown knots. Start out with all your pieces spread out in each direction.

Start by taking the top end of P3 and crossing it down and over the right end of P1.
Start by taking the top end of P3 and crossing it down and over the right end of P1.
Then take that right end of P1 and cross it down over the bottom strand of P2.
Then take that right end of P1 and cross it down over the bottom strand of P2.
Continue clockwise, repeating the same process until you get back to the top.
Continue clockwise, repeating the same process until you get back to the top.
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Continue looping the paracord
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Loop the paracord around until it looks like this.

 

At the top, take the top strand of P2, loop it over P3 and through the loop made by P3 and P1.
At the top, take the top strand of P2, loop it over P3 and through the loop made by P3 and P1.
Pull to tighten. Now you have a closed crown knot!
Pull to tighten. Now you have a closed crown knot!

 

Step 6: Making the Secret Compartment

Once you have completed 3-4 crown knots, it's time to grab your pencil!

 

This is four completed crown knots.
This is four completed crown knots.
Place your pencil inside the knots you've made and continue to make crown knots up the pencil.
Place your pencil inside the knots you've made and continue to make crown knots up the pencil.
This is what your key fob should be looking like. You have enough cord to make about a 5" long fob.
This is what your key fob should be looking like. You have enough cord to make about a 5″ long fob.

 

Step 7: Fill the Secret Compartment

Once you've made your fob to the length you want, it's time to fill your hidden compartment and close it off!

With the pencil still inserted, make one more crown knot, but keep it loose.
With the pencil still inserted, make one more crown knot, but keep it loose.
You are know going to finish it off by make a diamond knot. To do this grab one end...
You are know going to finish it off by make a diamond knot. To do this grab one end…
…put it under and through the next loop in the series.
…put it under and through the next loop in the series.
Pull it through.
Pull it through.
Repeat with the next cord over, continue around in a clockwise motion until all the cords are coming out of the center of the knot.
Repeat with the next cord over, continue around in a clockwise motion until all the cords are coming out of the center of the knot.
Tighten the knot and remove the pencil.
Tighten the knot just enough to keep the cords together. Remove the pencil.

 

Step 8:

You now have an awesome compartment that can hold some waterproof survival gear, or even some cash for that unexpected rainy day.

Place your items inside the compartment.
Place your items inside the compartment.
Tighten the knot all the way.
Tighten the knot all the way.

 

Step 9:

Add your keyring to the top part of the fob.

Add your keyring to the top part of the fob.
Add your keyring to the top part of the fob.

Good luck! We hope we helped teach you how to make a paracord keychain!

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Comments

  1. AvatarBemer says

    February 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Miss Stephanie, this is a neat idea and would like to try this but you failed to tell us how to terminate the loose ends and how to access the hidden stash within. With arthritis in would be nice to know how to do this rather than wear out my hands doing it wrong until I find the right way. Thank you and God bless for your information it is nice not to have to sift through a bunch of repetitive garbage just to find out you have to pay for the heart of the information.

    • AvatarShann says

      February 23, 2014 at 3:50 am

      You gently loosen the last ring you made and that’s how you get to the hidden stash. Don’t loosen them too much.

  2. Avatarxyz says

    March 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I find the instrustions good and descriptive but i wish she used diferent colored ropes so it would be easier to allow

  3. AvatarSteve K says

    March 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m guessing before you really start making this you should melt the ends so they don’t fray as you’re making the keychain. How long should you leave the ends once done? Will it untie at all with daily use? I’ll have to give this a try and find out, but it would be helpful if you could post a little more info about the ending of making it and how it works. I understand from an earlier post that you just don’t want to loosen it too much.

    More info would be great! Thanks!

  4. Avatar says

    March 18, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Looks great. I want to use an aluminum cigar tube with a lid. Ever tried that? Guessing I’ll need longer cord. How do you calculate length needed for six inches? Thanks.

  5. AvatarGlenn says

    April 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Made one last night. Kinda had to redo it. The more I drank the more the thing got screwed up… I think I created a new knot, lol. Anyrate it turned out pretty good. Thanks

  6. Avatarilg says

    May 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Would love this as a bracelet since it would be much easier to carry and access on my wrist in an emergency. Do you have a pattern for one? Thank you for all of your tips and hard work!

  7. AvatarKevin says

    November 22, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Two things Stephanie,

    1. Can you make a repelling harness with paracord ?

    and

    2. Can you repel using paracord ?

    Thank you in advance for your attention.

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