Survival tools are a man’s (or woman’s) best friend when SHTF. Because, let’s face it – we’re going to need all the help we can get in an emergency situation.
Many preppers resort to purchasing pre-made survival tools off of Amazon or from a store for all their prepping needs. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, these methods can offer convenient, easy-to-use solutions to stock your bug out bag with.
Unfortunately, many of the survival tools preppers purchase are one-use items. Meaning they’re only good for one purpose, and one purpose only. And, sure, these can definitely come in handy. But this definitely shouldn’t be the case for all your survival tools.
Take paracord, for example. This incredible rope-like item lends itself to TONS of different uses. And, when I say tons, I mean it. Not to mention, it’s crazy lightweight and durable, making it a no-brainer addition to any bug out bag or set of camping gear.
You may have seen certain preppers wearing paracord bracelets. This is a great way to make sure that your paracord is ready whenever you need it. After all, you simply unlace it, and it’s ready to help you complete your task, such as bundling supplies or pitching a tent.
However, that’s not all it can do. Not even close.
The options really get interesting once you purchase 550 paracord. This means it can hold up to 550 pounds of weight on it, without breaking or fraying. And that’s pretty dang impressive.
There’s no doubt about it. Paracord is by far one of the most useful survival tools a prepper can have when the SHTF. Plus, it can even be an excellent material to use for everyday solutions! Even if you’re not currently preparing for an emergency (and if you aren’t, we need to talk…) you can use paracord to help make your life easier, safer, and just plain better.
You’ll discover the importance of paracord too, once you take a look at these…
23 Survival Tools You Can Make From Paracord
First off, let’s take a look at some of the most useful things you can use paracord with. These can truly be life-saving in an emergency!
Here’s even more things you can do with paracord! These uses will undoubtedly come in handy when an emergency hits (or just in everyday life)!
Paracord Dog Toys
Who needs to drop tons of cash at places like Petco and Petsmart? Especially when you can make your own dog toys out of paracord?!
These super durable ropes are the perfect chew toy for any canine. Not only will these strengthen your dog’s teeth, but they’ll also help keep them entertained for hours (especially if you lather peanut butter on them). These can really be a godsend if you bring your dog along when SHTF.
Better yet, you can customize these by making them as large or as small as you want. That way no dog will miss out on tug of war games during your downtime.
There’s a lot more uses for paracord you’ve probably never even thought of! Here’s 22 more from Survival Life:
Paracord bracelets can come in handy but only have 8 to 12 feet of rope, while a paracord belt can have up to 50 feet or more of rope. This belt is a quick deploy survival rescue belt that uses Slatt’s rescue weave. You can unravel or deploy the paracord in a matter of seconds. Make your own belt with these paracord belt instructions.
Paracord Keychain with Secret Compartment
There are different ways to make this, but the one we like the best is this survival kit keychain from DIY Projects. You can store cash, matches, and any small essential survival item you can think of in this cool key chain with a secret compartment.
Do you know that you can make a bullwhip entirely out of paracord? Well, it shouldn’t be that hard for those of you who know their way through ropes, knots, and braiding. You will also need to know (or be willing to learn) some ‘advanced’ knots to make it look nice. For more information on this paracord project, click here.
Paracord Rifle Sling
This is another sling to keep your weapons close by without taking up your hands. This is perfect for any hunter or outdoorsman in need of a rifle sling and an emergency paracord at the same time. Make your own with these instructions.
Paracord Giant Monkey Fist
Why make a regular monkey fist when you can make a giant one? This DIY project using a pool ball core will give you the ultimate monkey fist to use for self-defense. A paracord monkey fist can be valuable in survival situations. It’s super easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker.
Paracord Bundle Compression Strap and Handle
This is a simple yet very handy tool. It will keep your sleeping bag, tarps, and other large items bundled up tight for easy carry. Making this does not require many tools or materials. I used two colors to make this, but you could, of course, use one if you prefer. I am using this for camping so I used a darker color paracord to ensure that it does not look dirty after extended use. For the full instructions, click here.
Paracord Snow Shoes
You never know what kind of conditions you’ll have to prepare for. This is a traditional style snow shoe with paracord for the webbing. The intention is to give the classic style snow shoe a modern twist, something that almost everyone is familiar with. This tutorial includes a step by step for the frame and also shows you the basic weaving for the net. For the full DIY, click here.
Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet
There are several paracord projects that will teach you how to make paracord survival bracelets. Here’s our favorite version: The Blaze Bar. The blaze bar paracord survival bracelet unravels in seconds. Here’s how to make a paracord bracelet like the one above.
Paracord Survival Tin Pouch
Keep your Altoids tin survival kit in this pouch to keep it protected and yourself prepared! For many outdoorsman or survivalists, Altoid tins are the perfect containers for a small, pocket survival tin. I like using the pouch for my survival tin so I can pack more stuff into it and not worry about it popping open. Check out the full instructions!
Add some survival gear to your daily wardrobe by creating watch bands for a pre-existing watch face. This is one of the coolest paracord projects out there if you want to make something unique and functional. You can either make a solid color watch band or one with two colors. You can also follow the same steps in this tutorial to make a bracelet with a side release buckle. Check out these DIY instructions.
Paracord Hanging Chair
With the addition of some palette boards, you can create a hanging chair out of paracord. This chair is comfortable, and very easy to make from a pallet and some paracord. I have never seen a chair like this before. Click here for the instructions.
Paracord Tent Rigging
With some paracord and know-how, you can turn any ordinary tarp into a makeshift shelter. The paracord is strong enough to hold the tarp in place for the night and keep you dry in case it pours. For the full DIY, click here.
Make a can koozie out of paracord to keep your drinks cold and store your paracord. You will need at least 50 feet of paracord to cover a regular-sized soda can and that amount of paracord goes a long way. To make your own koozie, check out this DIY.
Paracord Snare Trap
This easy snare trap will help you catch small game and could be your key to staying fed in a survival situation. These instructions and tutorial will show you how to use paracord and sticks to create a basic snare that will increase your probability of catching something in the wild. For more, check out the full DIY!
Paracord Laptop Harness
Stow your gadgets in this cool paracord case! When starting this project, I had several criteria I wanted to hit, and after three other prototypes, this one succeeded. It successfully held the laptop and secured it in place. To make your own, check out these instructions.
This is another paracord chair project on our list, but with a different layout and design. Here, the seat is made of paracord rather than wood and is not suspended. This project is really simple: it involves two intersecting wooden rectangles that have a seat and back made from woven paracord. Want to build your own? Click here.
Paracord Leatherman Pouch
Keep your Leatherman safe and close using paracord to fashion a custom pouch. The method used can be easily modified to fit a range of items from multi-tools and torches to mobile phones. It is very simple to make and doesn’t use any fancy or difficult knots. Find the full DIY here.
Paracord Dog Collar
For this paracord dog collar, we are going to take it one step further by doing a King Cobra weave! This weave is super strong and even adds thickness and padding to the original cobra weave. As a result, it makes the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes. Click here to find the full DIY.
Paracord Double Monkey Fist Bookmark
This multi-function project can help you stay safe and stay on track of your reading. I’m sure this snazzy bookmark will impress all your friends! I like playing with knots and stuff, so when I saw a picture of this somewhere on the internet, I decided it would be a cool project to make. It was a bit of a challenge, but it wasn’t too difficult. It surely has a definite cool factor to it! Find the instructions here.
Paracord Bottle Net
Keep your water bottle strapped to you with one of the easiest DIY paracord projects. It’s great for hiking, biking, or any outdoor activity! If you’re someone who always loses the lid, then this project should come in handy. The net gives you multiple attachment options and offers some protection against rubbing too. Make your own with these instructions.
Paracord iPhone Case
These instructions will help you make a case to protect your precious phone. Create this simple case with a few knots to keep the paracord wrapped tight and your phone secure and in place. Use different colors to alter the look and create a 550 paracord case that’s custom to you! Full DIY here.
Paracord Bow Sling
This paracord project is a cool one for archery enthusiasts. Keep your bow close by and your hands free with these instructions for an awesome 550 cord bow sling. Make your own DIY paracord bow sling with these instructions.