Paracord–Practical, Popular, and for Crafts, Too

If you’ve been a prepper for long, you know paracord is practical and popular. But it’s for crafts,too. In fact, there’s a book by Chad Poole called Crafting with Paracord.


Crafting With Paracord


Unraveling the Contents

Paracord is strong and versatile. It’s ideal for crafting items that are both functional and decorative. Crafting with Paracord uses easy to follow directions and step by step pictures. You’ll discoverhow to make 50 fun and creative projects. The book is complete with knot-tying basics and detailed tutorials. Chad says, “This book is an introduction to the uses of paracord and was written to encourage creativity.”

While it’s true that you can find info about paracord online for free, there are several advantages to having this book. Everything is together in one place. You don’t have to go searching for it. Plus, you don’t have to use paper and ink to print out sheets that may or may not find their way into a file folder or notebook.

The introduction explains what paracord is. You probably already know that paracord was originally used during World War II as parachute line. It can be defined simply as nylon cord wrapped in a braided sheath.

Only a few basic supplies are needed for crafting paracord, including scissors, ruler, and a lighter. Or use a woodburner pen, which can cut and melt the paracord at the same time. Need to know how much paracord to use for a given project? Take a look at the introductory pages..

Right away, Chad gets you into making bracelet loops. The instructions throughout the book are well written, and illustrations are well done. A brief bibliography on the last page suggests titles which include more books on knot tying.

Chapters cover:

  • Solomon bars (You may know them by other names.)
  • Bracelets, bars and keychains
  • Practical ropecraft
  • Brainds and weaves
  • Decorative knots


Make projects like…
  • Braids for fun bracelets and watchbands
  • Weaves for one-of-a-kind leashes and luggage straps
  • Wraps for tough knife and flashlight handles
  • Knots for decorative lanyards and clasps
  • Bars for handy ropes and keychains


You’ll find knots and designs with familiar names. But some have clever names I’ve never heard of before. Ever heard of a Germ Grenade? See page 79. Want to make a Monkey’s Fist? Go to page 87.


Thought Strands from Others

I showed the book to a few other people, including a sister-in-law and a good friend. Both had positive comments to say about it.

My sister-in-law has done a number of craft projects in the past and liked the book. She said illustrations and directions were clear, and she recognized several knots pictured. Her advice is to start at the beginning and work your way through the book because the projects get more advanced as the book progresses.

A friend also agreed that the illustrations are clear. Instructions on making knots are some of the best he’s ever seen. He liked the size and feel of the book, too.


A Knotty Objection

One criticism I heard of this book is that it doesn’t have anything to do with survival. It’s more of a novelty. What would you say to that.

My thought is that you could use this book to make items you could sell, such as at craft fairs, prepping expos, etc. Launch your own business. Offer something that could be handy in a survival situation.

Of course, having paracord in a bracelet, knife holder or some other configuration, makes for a convenient way to take along something for EDC (every day carry). So you can be both creative and practical at the same time when you make the book’s projects..


Are You Afraid to Braid?

I admit it. This book is for those with more dexterity than I have. I’ve got baseball bats for fingers. And I have to ponder instructions long and hard before they soak in. I’m inclined to stick to buying ready-made paracord products.

On the other hand, it might be totally different for you. This book gives you freedom to make things with paracord you might not be able to find anywhere else. If you’re interested in learning new knots or want to start crafting with paracord, this is the book you want.

When we think ahead to a grid-down situation, having plenty of paracord on hand for making crafts as a family could be a real plus. Perhaps such crafted items could come in handy for barter.


Tying Up Loose Ends

Get your copy of Crafting with Paracord by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured, and you can place your order there. You can sample Chad’s writings and illustrations on his blog at

Are you making paracord projects already? Is this book a resource you’d use for starting your own home-based business? Is it a book you’ll tell others about? Or like one critic, do you think it’s more of a novelty?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.