The Ultimate Guide for Finding Great Paracord Projects and Resources
Paracording as I like to call it, is a very popular craft, which incorporates the challenge of tying intricate knots and weaving paracord into fashionable yet useful survival items. That include but are not limited to the following Projects: survival bracelets, Lanyards, dog colars, belts, and much more. I have created this guide to hopefully help others in creating paracord projects of their own.
What is Paracord?
If you find yourself in an unexpected survival situation, what kind of supplies would you need to have? Having the proper tools to survive could mean the difference between life and death.
Why should I use paracord instead of more affordable nylon cord? This is a great question, because on the surface you may not be able to tell the difference between the two. While both cords may be the same diameter and weight, one is about half the cost of the other.
So what’s the big deal about paracord? Why should you care if you use paracord or just plain nylon cord in your survival kit, bug out bag or your next camping trip? The answer is simple, Paracord is stronger and will give you more options for improvising in a survival situation.
The most commonly used cord in creating paracord projects is called 550 paracord, 550 refers to the minimum breaking strength of the cord (550 pounds). The strength of 550 paracord is over three times the strength of a similar diameter nylon cord. However, the real genius of the cord is that it is designed with an outer woven casing and inside are seven individual yarns and each of those yards are made up of two strands. This design will prevent the cord from failing if it is nicked or damaged.
While strength and durability are great benefits of paracord, that’s not all you get. If you have 1 foot of paracord you actually have about 8 feet of usable cordage when pulled apart.
Paracord (parachute cord) originated from its use in World War II as suspension cord for parachutes. Paratroopers and other military personnel quickly found many other uses for the cord, which often included survival tactics. Today we call it paracord and it is used in many applications including industrial manufacturing products, military, construction or any other industry that would need rope or cord. However, our projects here are focused on the survival products that can be used by the outdoors enthusiasts. Campers, Mountain climbers, Hikers, fisherman, etc.
Using Paracord in an Unexpected Survival Situation
The uses of paracord as a tool in a survival setting are countless. Here are some of the more common ones.
- Building a shelter – Tie the cord from one tree to another and uses a tarp, plasic or poncho over the line., then tie off the ends to hand made stick stakes in the ground.
- Use as Tow Rope – 550 cord will hold up to 550 pounds.I can’t image you needing to pull or toe that weighs much more. If so, you can double up the cord
- Bow and Arrow (Bow String) – 550 cord has an inner make up of 7 smaller strands that can be removed. This string is also very strong and can be useful in many applications.
- Shoe String Replacement – If your shoe or boot strings break you can unravel your bracelet or other project items and utilize the cord to repair or replace
- Fishing Line – The inner strands can be removed and used for fishing line. Although not the best choice for fishing line, anything is better than nothing. Some of the projects made have incorportated fishing kits within the paracord item. Some people will add a fishing kit that is weaved within a survival bracelet or belt. Kits will include hooks, fishing line, and weights.
- Handle Wrap – You may need to wrap your survival knife for better gripping, build a walking stick or make a digging tool that need a grip-able handle.
- Tourniquet or sling – If you are a companion is injured Paracord can be used to stop bleading or you can make a sling for injured arm, hand or shoulder.
Getting Started with your own Projects
What do you need to get started in paracording? Well, really all you need is some Paracord, Scissors or a knife and a lighter. However, there are several tools that can help make things easier.
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Paracord Lacing Fids (Needle)
One end of the needle is of course pointed and the other end is a hollow internal threaded hole for inserting the paracord. Insert an end of the paracord into the hole and twist. The internal threads will secure the cord until you are done with your weaving or knot tying. Find more fids by using our Paracord Needle Comparison Guide
Locking Hemostats (forceps)
Hands Free Lighter or torch
While a standard household lighter will do the trick. A free standing lighter that will let you melt paracord ends without holding onto the lighter will give you more precession and is much safer. there are tons of different kinds of lighters or jewelry torches on the market.
A great way to get started in purchasing your paracord supplies, is to buy kits. Paracord kits usually come with a selection of multiple colors of paracord and usually some matching buckles. One of the best kits to buy for your kids or just to see if you will like making paracord bracelets. Is the Paracord Bracelet Kits by Our School Spirit (Blues)
There are several color schemes to choose from and what you see is what you get. Of course if you plan to keep making paracord bracelets or projects for good – it is more cost effective to purchase larger bundles or roles of single color paracord.