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What might look small, is in fact very mighty. Invented just before World War II to be used as parachute cord by the United States Air Force, paracord has quickly taken on uses well beyond the sky. Now in almost every home and used extensively in the field, paracord has become a popular lightweight rope that everyone should have on hand. While there are countless uses, here are 100 useful ways to, well, use paracord. If you’d like to try any of these, but don’t have paracord – no worries! We prefer Paracord Planet‘s paracord for it’s durability, vast array of color choices and being made in America.
- Tie a tarp to trees for shade or cover – good idea whether its summer or winter
- Make a lanyard or key fob to hold items, such as your keys! We can custom make them for you too, just send us a message!
- Craft an emergency, and fashionable, paracord bracelet/wristband – or have one custom made by sending us a message!
- Build an emergency snare from a single nylon strand – or seven strands!
- Create a fishing line from a single nylon strand
- Make a fishing net
- Use as an extra lace for your boot or shoe
- If you’re in a pinch, you can use the inner strands as floss
- Make a dog collar, or have one custom made for you!
- Create a dog leash (or lead) or have one custom made for your K9!
- Use an inner strand as an emergency suture
- Wrap your knife, or axe, handle for extra grip – my husband has done this before and it works!
- Create a bow drill to start a fire via friction
- Drape clothes between two trees or poles to dry by making a clothesline
- Improvise a seat by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees
- Emergency repair for a sail while out on the water
- Use as a belt for your pants
- Hang a kettle or cooking pot over a fire – careful that the rope doesn’t get too close to the flames!
- Use a single inner strand as an emergency sewing thread
- Make into a net hammock
- Improvise a rifle sling or have us custom make one for you, just send us a message!
- Tie your horse – or doggie – to a tree or fence post, making sure they have plenty of room to move into the shade or graze on grass
- Use as perimeter trip wires with tin cans or bells attached while camping – great way to know if a bear is snooping around, or worse – a skunk!
- Make a watchband, or message us for a custom made one!
- Rig up a quick bow stringer if you’ve forgotten yours
- Carry gear on you back when you don’t have a rucksack, or backpack – just mind your neck and shoulders
- Make a knotted hose cleaner by tying granny knots in the paracord and pulling it through
- Have forgetful children, or husband, tie their house keys to their backpack or belt, or even loosely around their neck (think lanyard!)
- Use several strands to craft an emergency tow rope
- A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up to side of a hill – or anything heavy really
- A standby strop for polishing a razor to make it cleaner or shaper
- Tie a heavy knot in the middle and make a jump rope for kids
- Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in a greenhouse
- Tie up your food and trash items our of reach of nosy bears
- Make a simple swing for kids
- Abseil down a cliff edge – like a rock climber does
- Make a quick headband or hair tie – try using the inner strands for this; I’ve had to do this quite a few times and it works fairly well!
- Bundle firewood together for easy transport
- Tie onto a sled so you can drag it through heavy snow
- Hang a light over the bathroom for nighttime use
- Replace a snapped pull string on older lights or ceiling fans
- Improvise a fuse to start a fire
- Hang a mirror or other large objects
- Use as a strap wrench or Spanish windlass
- Make a halter and leads for your horses
- Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm
- Make a tire swing
- Hang your hammock or repair a hole in one
- Hang an emergency whistle loosely around your neck (think lanyard!)
- Make a pull cord for a chainsaw
Halfway there! Have any uses for paracord in mind that we haven’t included?! Feel free to shoot us a message. We’d love to hear any creative ways to utilize parachute cord you can come up with 🙂
- Use as a pull cord for a boat engine
- Fix a pull cord for a lawn mower or a weed-whacker
- Use as an emergency tourniquet
- Tie down straps and belts of rucksacks when traveling
- Replace a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters – or sweatpants and sweatshirts!
- Use as tent guide lines – don’t want your tent tipping over or flying away!
- Make a monkey fist for defense – just use a marble or ping pong ball for the support! Want a custom made one? Send us a message!
- Make an improved stretcher by crafting a net between two poles
- Bind poles, or tree branches, together to make a shelter
- Tie a blade to a long pole, or tree branch, to make a hunting spear
- Wrap a mini Maglite handle for grip
- Use to help lower equipment and packs down cliff edges – can also aid in helping an injured person or a puppy down the cliff too
- Make handcuffs for bad guys
- Use as a zipper pull
- Make a rope ladder
- Use for mooring your boat to a dock
- Replace a broken water ski rope – or any other water sport that requires a rope
- Teach yourself to tie life-saving knots
- Use it to collect water, along with a mylar blanket or poncho
- Help climb a tree
- Improvise snow shows
- Make a sling shot
- Create a bullwhip for defense
- Tie a scope to a rifle
- Use to tie night vision to a rifle
- Hang tools from your belt
- Make emergency suspenders
- Replace a broken bra strap
- Tie garden plants to stakes, such as tomatoes or green beans
- Make a camera strap
- Use as a walking rope for kids when out on excursions, simply tie one end around their waist (belt area and not too tight) and the other around yours
- Identify members of your group with matching bracelets – remember to message us for custom made ones!
- Use as trail markers so you don’t get lost
- Use to measure distance, just make sure you know how much paracord you have first!
- Knot into a hacky sack for entertainment
- Make a pit trap by lashing the cord across the mouth of a hole in the ground before placing loose plants on top – just make sure you remember where you set it!
- Tie pant legs closed to keep out bugs and ticks on hikes – or try our Quit Buggin’ Me Spray and Oil
- Hang a solar shower for easier use
- Make a scale balance
- Work out aid for sit-ups
- Tie to luggage handles when traveling for easy bag identification – I chose two colors and knotted them before tying to my suitcase and it helps a lot!
- Wrap around iPhone, or other phone, charging cords to repel cats from chewing on them
- Seal punctures in broken metal appliances, just melt the nylon and let it seal the hole – use caution!
- Wrap a hammer to absorb shock, and for better grip on the handle
- Stake our an area or grid of space
- Tie a broken door or window closed
- Repair broken flip flops
- Use it to train a horse or dog via lead or leash – just probably not a cat!
- Secure weights to a pop up tent – my husband and I had to do this before the incoming hurricane got stronger!
- Use as a guide when crossing a stream, just be careful if you’re the first one across to attach the cord to the other side
That was quite the list, don’t you think?! Let me know what you think by sending me a message or leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, plus any other uses you can come up with for paracord. Look forward to hearing from you!
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