Jump to content

Welcome to ExtremeHW

Welcome to ExtremeHW, you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple FREE process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be a part of ExtremeHW creating an account. 


Registered users can: 

  • Start new topics and reply to others.
  • Show off your PC using our Rig Creator feature.
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get updates.
  • Get your own profile page to customize.
  • Send personal messages to other members.
  • Take advantage of site exclusive features.
  • Upgrade to Premium to unlock additional sites features.

One of my other hobbies...making stuff out of paracord


Recommended Posts

Premium Bronze
556 330

So yeah I learned a new hobby in 2020 with the kids during the first few months of the Covid lockdowns. It happened by accident. We just happen to use reflective paracord to tie off our kayaks, and tube floats when we would go out on the river. Then one day my dog broke his cheap-store bought leash and I quick made him one out of some 550, no fancy weaving or anything since I needed it on the spot. It worked pretty well but I knew I could make a better one, so I researched a bit and found out there's a whole worldwide hobbyist community dedicated to creating random ordinary items and survival items out of paracord. I had to take a step back, because this looked really complicated what these people were doing in these youtube videos and all I wanted was a freaking dog leash that would not break. So I started out trying something simple, using some of my kayak paracord and made a bracelet using some video instructions that I had to watch in slow motion like 50 times until I got it right. Then everyone in the house either wanted one, or wanted to try making one. We quickly used up all of my tie-down cords and I needed some more. Then I discovered that they sell some really cool colors and designs online. They even sell buckles and accessories to create lots of custom designs for things I had never imagined. So, a $30 order there, a few months later a $50 order there, extended family and friends were wanting some of the things we were making. Then we really got busy around the 2020 election because we live near some real radical groups. That's when we discovered how to create the monkey fist, the most iconic paracord crafting item that is really a lethal medieval flail mace thing that fits in your pocket but could really slap someone's brains out. Yeah everyone wanted one of those, either loaded with glass marbles or steel ball bearings, crazy times. Then some girl at the counter of the the service station saw my car keys had a paracord key chain with a hidden knife buckle, ended up creating and selling her a few dozen because her whole family and extended family wanted them. Last month I made some nice "survival" bracelets for my friends before we went on our cabin trip in the mountains. These were really cool because they had a buckle with a clock, compass, knife, glass breaker, fire starter, and whistle all inside the little 1 inch buckle. Then finally last week I finished my dog leash...finally. It only took me 2 years but I finally remembered what I was going to do in the first place.


Anyways, I have tons of different paracords and I want to make some basic survival bracelets for extremehw. I even have several red and black patterns to keep with the theme but I have some other really awesome ones. I have gotten so good at making them that it takes me less than 20 minutes and the cord is very cheap for me to buy so I was thinking I'm going to send some out as participation prizes for folding over the next few months. I'll post some photos and videos of my work this week. It's become a very relaxing hobby and self-rewarding when you can give stuff away thay you hand made yourself.


TL:DR? I needed something to do while Michele is gaming 🤣


  • Thanks 3



CPU: Ryzen 5 5500
RAM: 4x8GB Ballistix (Micron E)
SSD/NVME: Silicon Power A80 1TB
SSD/NVME 2: Silicon Power A80 1TB
Full Rig Info
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Premium Platinum
371 560

Oh, yeah, I'd guess anyone who uses paracord (and researched its use) to sleeve their cables has come across it's many other uses. It can be really handy stuff and I imagine you could have a lot of fun turning a hobby like that into a marketable sort of enterprise.

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

That's absolutely awesome!  I've never really researched paracord before, but that makes sense that you could use it for other things.  I usually carry my "survival" essentials on my belt.  Got my dumb phone there, my leatherman, another multi tool, and my knife.  A paracord contraption to hold everything sounds like a fantastic idea!

  • Thanks 1



CPU: Ryzen 3600 @ 4.3GHz, 1867MHz IF
AUDIO: Fosi Audio 300w Desktop Subwoofer Amp
RAM: 32GB (2x16GB) GSkill DDR4-3600 @ 3733, 16-19-19-39
GPU: Ref Powercolor RX 5700XT @ 2050 / 1800
SSD/NVME: 1TB Mushkin Enhanced Pilot-E NVME
SSD/NVME 2: 3x 2TB Crucial BX500 RAID0
PSU: Silverstone 850w Gold
Full Rig Info



CPU: Phenom 9850
MOTHERBOARD: Asus M4A79 Deluxe
RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) Kingston HyperX DDR2-800
GPU: Sapphire Dual X HD6970 2GB
SSD/NVME: Crucial BX500 240GB
HDD: 2x Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM RAID0
Full Rig Info



CPU: Ryzen 5800x
GPU: MSI RX 6900XT Triple X
PSU: Seasonic Focus GX Gold 1000w
MOTHERBOARD: Asus ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
SSD/NVME: Silicon Power 512GB Gen3 NVME
HDD: 2x WD Black 2.5" 500GB RAID0
RAM: Mushkin Redline Black 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-4000
Full Rig Info
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...

Important Information

This Website may place and access certain Cookies on your computer. ExtremeHW uses Cookies to improve your experience of using the Website and to improve our range of products and services. ExtremeHW has carefully chosen these Cookies and has taken steps to ensure that your privacy is protected and respected at all times. All Cookies used by this Website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law. For more information please see our Privacy Policy