17 Amazing 550 Paracord Projects Perfect For Survival

17 Amazing 550 Paracord Projects Perfect For Survival
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Paracord Projects (c)Paracord is one of my favorite survival tools.

It’s strong, it won’t deteriorate over time and doesn’t absorb water. In my opinion, it’s a survival tool that all serious survivalist’s carry.

So I want to share 17 paracord projects that are useful for survival. These projects are not for “show” or “fashion”, they are paracord projects that are highly useful for survival.

Each one of these cool 550 paracord projects creates a survival tool and puts lots of paracord at your disposal should you find yourself in a dire survival situation.

Here’s the entire list of 550 survival paracord projects that I’m going to cover.

  • Paracord Belt For Survival
  • Paracord Bullwhip
  • Paracord Survival Lanyard
  • Paracord Rifle Sling
  • Giant Paracord Monkey Fist
  • Jeep Paracord Grab Handles
  • Paracord Snow Shoes
  • Paracord Wrap For Altoids Tin
  • Paracord Hammock
  • Paracord Snare Trap Rig
  • Paracord Bow Sling
  • Paracord Bottle Harness
  • Paracord Bracelet: Fishing
  • Paracord Keychain: Key Fob
  • Paracord Knife Handle Wrap
  • Paracord Survival Donut
  • Paracord Dog Collar

So as you can see, there’s a hell of a lot of Survival Paracord Projects I want to share with you.

So take a minute to bookmark this page so you can easily come back to it again and again.  Go ahead…I’ll wait.

Done? Cool…let’s get started.

Now, before you can get started on a paracord project, you obviously need paracord. But not all paracords are the same. Make sure you’re working with cordage that meets the 550 Type III specification at a minimum.

So to ensure you get worthy paracord for survival, we’ve put together a few of the better paracord options on the market.

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1 – Paracord Belt For Survival

From a survival standpoint, a regular leather belt has a limited amount of uses. You can use it as a turn-a-kit and fasten something together, but that’s about it.  Now consider how much you can do with a paracord belt in the wilderness. It’s worth wearing

So it’s worth wearing a paracord belt like this one since then you’ll have plenty of 550 paracord with you at all times.

With a paracord belt, you are no longer talking about how many feet of cordage you have…you’ll start measuring your paracord in yards.

Now if like the idea of owning a badass paracord belt without having to make your own, you should check out The Cobia Survival Belt.

A Paracord Belt includes hundreds of feet of Paracord. Which gives you hundreds of survival uses and it’s made from high-quality 550-pound strength cord.

paracord bracelet jigNote: For many of these paracord projects, you’re going to want to invest in a paracord jig. A good paracord jig will make your life much easier and make your paracord projects much tighter, better and easier to work in color combinations.

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2 – 550 Paracord Bullwhip

A paracord bullwhip is an under-rated survival weapon. It can inflict real damage if used correctly. Not only can it inflict serious damage, it’s also extremely intimidating. Have you ever heard a bullwhip crack? It’s extremely loud.

The reason a bullwhip is so loud is because the tiny tip on the end of the whip breaks the speed of sound. That loud crack you hear is a mini sonic boom.

If you’ve ever heard a plane flying supersonic past you in the sky, then you’ve also heard the deafening boom that followed it. It’s the same concept with a bullwhip, but on a much smaller scale. CRACK!

3 – Paracord Survival Lanyard

Lanyards are popular among survivalists, backpackers, hikers and hunters for carrying whistles or duck calls around your neck. You don’t have to stop there tho, a good paracord lanyard can hold anything you want to put around your neck and paracord makes a great lanyard.

Check out Bored Paracord for even more paracord project ideas and supplies.  These paracord ninjas are pretty cool too.

4 – Paracord Rifle Sling

You’ll want a sling to help carry your survival rifle around, so you might as well make it out of something useful…like 550 paracord.

Here’s a simple paracord sling that works perfect for a lightweight rifle.

5 – Giant Paracord Monkey Fist

A monkey fist is a dangerous survival weapon. It’s a hard round object that’s wrapped in paracord and then can be used to strike with.

A lot of people use a small object such as a marble or a small rock in the center, but to make a giant paracord monkey fist you need something larger. The ideal round hard object for a giant monkey fist is a pool ball or a steel ball bearing.

Wrap a pool ball with paracord and you’ve got a deadly homemade weapon you can add to your bug out bag.

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Of course only use such a weapon as this for self-defense, it can inflict severe damage and could kill someone.

6 – Jeep Paracord Project – Grab Handles

This tutorial is one of the most unique paracord projects I’ve seen. Jeep grab handles (a.k.a “Oh-Crap Handles’) are both useful and excellent for survival.

Adding paracord handles to an offroad vehicle (such as a jeep) gives you and your passenger’s something to grab onto when you are doing some gnarly rock crawling. Plus, with these installed in your vehicle, if you get in a bind while rock crawling, you won’t be without a ton of paracord.

7 – Paracord Snow Shoes

Have you ever hiked in waist deep snow…post-holing the entire way? Trust me…it’s exhausting. If you were to find yourself lost in the wilderness in deep snow, then learning how to make a set of paracord snowshoes will save your life.

You can make a set of paracord snowshoes today and then attach them to your bug out bag, or you can learn how to do it for a future survival situation. Either way, this is an extremely useful survival paracord project to learn.

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8 – Paracord Wrap For Altoids Tin

As many survivalists have discovered, an Altoids Tin is a perfect container for keeping all your small survival gear organized. That’s why I keep a few fish hooks, lead weights, fishing line, safety pins, some fire tinder and a Bic lighter in my Altoids tin.

Then I keep that tin it in my bug out bag. However, the metal tin used to make a racket when it bounced against my other gear. Now with a paracord wrap, it’s both easy to carry and silent.

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9 – Paracord Survival Hammock

Paracord has the right amount of strength and stretch to make a paracord survival hammock. As you’ll see in this video, it does take a lot of work to make one, but nevertheless, it can still be useful.  If you pack just the hammock cordage, it won’t weigh much or take up much pack space either.

Just find a suitable place to tie the paracord hammock between two trees and you have yourself a very pleasant luxury even when minimalist camping.

10 – Paracord Snare Trap Rig

Did you know that with a bit of paracord and some wire you can make an effective snare trap?

They can be effective, but just remember you’ll have more success if you set up several of these and not just one. So set up a dozen or so in the woods and come back after a couple of days and you might have snagged a rabbit or squirrel.

11 – Paracord Bow Sling

Many bow hunters swear by a bow sling, while others don’t see the point. We’ll if you are planning to hunt from a tree stand, then you’ll want one to keep from having to hold your bow the entire time you’re in the tree.

You’ll want to keep a relaxed shooting hand while sitting in the tree for hours waiting for your prey to arrive. A fatigued hand will not be as accurate as it should be.

12 – Paracord Bottle Harness

With a small amount of 550 paracord, you can make a simple bottle harness. So the nice thing about this paracord project is when done right it’s adaptable for any sized bottle.

When complete, you should be able to just slip it over the neck of any bottle and then it will cinch down allowing it to easily be carried or tied to a pack.

So if you’re planning a long hike you’ll want your hands free and not carrying a water bottle. This project eliminates that dilemma.

13 – Paracord Bracelet For Both Fishing and Survival

Thousands of people have made tutorials on how to make a survival paracord bracelet. I wasn’t planning to add another one of those tutorials to this page until I came across this one. Because can upgrade from a regular bracelet to a fishing paracord bracelet that allows you to incorporate fishing tackle.

That way if you ever end up in a real survival scenario, you won’t just have 550 paracord…you’ll also have some basic fishing tackle as well. As a survivalist…why wouldn’t you make this version of a paracord bracelet?

Of course to make a paracord bracelet you need the right hardware; a buckle or shackle. Here are a few good options you can choose from for your paracord bracelet project.

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Type III Flat Stainless Steel Shackle
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14 – Paracord Keychain: The Quick Deploy Survival Key Fob

If you happened to need a bit of paracord fast, then you’ll want a quick deploy key fob. First, it’s attached to your key-chain so you’ll know it’s always with you. Second, you just pull the cord for a quick deploy.

As a result, no knots, no fuss, just 550 paracord ready to use in a matter of seconds…nice.  Plus, its a good paracord project for beginners.

15 – Paracord Survival Knife Handle Wrap

Sure, you can add a wood handle to your naked knife blade handle, which is a challenging project in its own right. Or you could make your knife blade even more useful by adding 550 paracord to it.

Just wrap it thoroughly and tight so that you create a nice comfortable knife handle to work with.

16 – Paracord Survival Donut

Want to pack a ton of paracord into your bug out bag without taking up much space?

Reality Survival is about to show us how to make a paracord survival donut. If this is done right you can pack a massive amount of paracord into a very small space. In addition, you should also focus on making a paracord donut that will unravel quickly without any knotting issues.

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17 – Paracord Dog Collar

If you have a four-legged companion during a hike or bug out, then why not make them a paracord dog collar. Not only does it look good on your dog, it helps make your dog a more useful resourceful from a survival standpoint. As a result, it’s a win, win.

Those 17 Cool Paracord Projects Should Keep You Busy

That’s all 17 cool survival paracord projects for preppers…which should keep you busy for a while. What makes paracord so powerful is its so many uses, we came up with 35 paracord uses for survival.

By doing several of these paracord projects, you’ll ensure that you’ll never be in a dire survival situation without this versatile survival tool. So use it to make grip handles, slings, lanyards, bracelets, knife handles,  snow shoes, a hammock, collars etc.

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Ok, your turn…what paracord projects did I leave out? Which cool paracord projects are you planning to do this weekend? If you share with me a good survival paracord project I missed, I’ll be sure to add it to this list. Let me know in the comments below.


  1. says

    Hey Jack, great list! What’s the biggest ball for a monkeyfist that you have used? I really like those 1 inch bearings you link to there… Nice & cheap too.

    • Just In Case Jack says

      A pool ball is a perfect size for a giant monkey first. Anything bigger and it starts to get too bulky and heavy. I don’t currently have a monkey fist, but I’ve got a couple of old pool balls in my basement and it’s on my short list of projects.

  2. Bob Smith says

    Pretty cool list. I’m big into survival so i always am looking for more uses for paracord. Thanks. 10/10

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