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How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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Learn how to make a paracord keychain and make functional accessories you can give as gifts and even sell!

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In this article:

  1. What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Paracord Keychain
  2. Instructions on How to Make a Paracord Keychain

How to Make a Paracord Keychain with a Secret Compartment

What You’ll Need to Make a DIY Paracord Keychain

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  • 3 5ft strands of paracord – (Try it with three different colors!)
  • Lighter or matches
  • Pencil
  • Keyring

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Instructions on How to Make a Paracord Keychain

Step 1. Getting Started

The first two strands of paracord and intersect them at the centers to form a cross | How To Make A 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 and the top one vertical.

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Step 2. Loop the Paracord

Loop the paracord | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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

Step 3. Start Weaving

Start weaving | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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.

Paracord through top loop | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Do the same with the bottom end of P2 but bring it up over P1 and through the top loop.

Tighten the knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Pull to tighten the knot, keeping it loose for the next step.

Step 4. Weave in the Third Piece of Paracord

Take one end of P3 and insert it through the side of the knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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.

Take one end of P3 and insert it through the side of the knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Do this by passing it through the loops made by P1 until you’ve reached the midpoint of P3.

Pull cords to tighten into your first knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Pull cords to tighten into your first knot.

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Step 5. Begin Making the Crown Knots

Crown knots | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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

Crown knots | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Then take that right end of P1 and cross it down over the bottom strand of P2.

Crown knots | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Continue clockwise, repeating the same process until you get back to the top.

Looping the paracord | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Continue looping the paracord.

Loop the paracord | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Loop the paracord around until it looks like this.

Loop the paracord | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

At the top, take the top strand of P2, loop it over P3 and through the loop made by P3 and P1.

Closed a crown knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Pull to tighten. Now you have a closed crown knot!

Step 6. Making the Secret Compartment

Four completed paracord crown knots | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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

Place your pencil inside the knots | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Place your pencil inside the knots you’ve made and continue to make crown knots up the pencil.

Key fob | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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

Fill the secret compartment | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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.

Make a diamond knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

You are now going to finish it off by make a diamond knot. To do this grab one end…

Finish it off by making a diamond knot | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

…put it under and through the next loop in the series.

Pull paracord | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Pull it through.

Finish the paracord key | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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 | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Tighten the knot just enough to keep the cords together. Remove the pencil.

Step 8. Try to Fit in Different Items in the Compartment

Paracord key holder with money | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

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.

Tighten the knot all the way to finish | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Tighten the knot all the way to finish your DIY paracord keychain.

Step 9. Add Keyring to Your Finished DIY Paracord Keychain

Add keyring to DIY paracord keychain | How To Make A Paracord Keychain

Add your keyring to the top part of the fob and your DIY paracord keychain is done!

Watch this video tutorial from Paracord Crafts to make a quick release paracord key fob:


There you go, practical DIY junkies! A DIY paracord keychain of your own.

With these practical accessories, a hit these days, they’ll make such wonderful presents for friends and families whatever the occasion.

Will you give this DIY paracord keychain a try? Let us know your plans for a DIY paracord keychain in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 9, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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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