This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, I may receive a small commission at no extra charge to you.
Hey, guys! So the last few weeks have been CRAZY busy! We went up to church camp for a week, where my job is to head up the crafts. It’s always a blast, and I can’t believe I get to serve in such a fun way! Today I want to share with you one of the favorites from the week – paracord people key rings.
We do paracord bracelets every single year, because they are requested, over and over! Our kids range from 7 to 18, plus the workers get in on the fun too, so they are a project loved by (and doable by) all ages. Inevitably we end up with lots of paracord scraps that are too short to make into a bracelet, and those are perfect for these key rings. These are also a very fast make, so they’ve made more than one appearance at VBS week at church when I’ve only got 20 minutes per class for craft time. I’ve put together a quick YouTube video below, or you can keep scrolling for the written tutorial and photos.
Your supplies here are easy peasy. You need a split keyring, a lighter or matches to seal the ends of the paracord, a 1 inch wooden bead with a 3/8 inch hole, scissors, and two scraps of paracord, at least 12 inches and 24 inches.
Fold your shorter piece of paracord in half and slide one side of it into the split ring.
Thread both ends through the bead and slide the bead up to the split ring.
Place the longer piece of paracord behind the piece threaded through the bead and ring.
Make sure the shorter cord (here the blue) is centered on the longer cord (here the red). Now tie a knot as though you were starting to tie your shoe. This is also known as a half hitch knot.
Pull this knot tight, then rotate the whole thing so that the bead is at the bottom.
Now we are going to take the ends of the longer (red) paracord and from a loop on either side of the blue cords. The left side will feed behind the blue cords, and the right side will feed in front of the blue cords.
Now you will take the end of the top cord and feed it down through the loop that runs across the back.
Don’t pull it tight quite yet. First we need to then take the end of the bottom cord and feed it up through the loop on the top.
Now pull both sides tight.
Now we’re going to form those side loops again, but this time the cord on the right will feed under the blue cord, and the cord on the left will feed on top of the blue cord.
Once again, feed the top cord down through the bottom loop, and the bottom cord up through the top loop.
Pull tight again.
Now form the side loops again, but this time the right side will loop on top of the blue cord and the left side will loop under the blue cord. Feed the ends through the same way, bottom end through top loop, top end through bottom loop. We’re just switching the sides back and forth from turn to turn. You’re actually keeping the same physical end of the paracord on top every time, but you move it from left to right and back to left with every stitch. This is called a cobra stitch, and it’s also the stitch you will use to make the most common style of paracord bracelets.
Do this process several more times until you’re happy with the length of the body on your person. I did five or six stitches, which left mine a little over an inch long. Some paracord is stiffer than others, so your length per stitches may vary.
When you’re happy with the length, rotate the whole thing around again, and slide the body (the red cord) all the way up flush against the bead.
As you can see, my sides ended up being different lengths. This won’t matter after the next step.
Now tie a knot in each side of the red cord about an inch out from the body.
Now trim the red cord on both sides about 1/4” past the knots and seal with your lighter/matches. You just need to hold the ends in the flame for 2-3 seconds to melt the cord, and this will keep it from fraying.
Now tie knots in the blue cord at your preferred length to make the person’s feet.
Trim and seal just like you did for the arms, and you’re all done! Isn’t it cute?
You can of course decorate the head with stickers or markers if you’d like. One year I used my Cameo to cut out a tiny pair of glasses so my son’s would look like him.
Shop this post;