Here’s a great gift idea for Father’s Day or an outdoorsy man’s birthday that kids will love to make. Not only is it quick and simple, but it has a cool factor that will keep older kids and tweens focused on finishing it. Ok, I get it. These technically aren’t “Key Chains” because they don’t have a key ring. Just hook the carabiner through a key ring that already has keys on it and it clips to a belt loop. This keeps them from losing their keys. OR you could just add a key ring. Either way, any outdoorsy guy, he will love these. The best part is that these cost just a little over $2.00 a piece & that’s one heck of deal!
Here’s What You Need:
- Small Carabiner
- Paracord (approx. 1 yard but you won’t use it all)
- Lighter To Melt The Paracord Ends (Parental Supervision Required!)
- Optional Key Ring
Step 1: Begin by taking a 12″ length of paracord and folding it in half to meet up the ends. This creates a loop. Take the loop and put it through the center of the carabiner. Then take the loose ends and put them through the loop of the paracord. Pull it tight leaving the ends or tails hanging down.
Step 2: Tie the 2 loose ends in a knot. Cut the cord, then carefully melt the ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.
Step 3: Center the paracord under the base of the carabiner.
Step 4: Take the end on the right side and lay it on top of the spine and slide it under the left side end. Now, switch and grab the left side end. Take the end behind the spine and up through the loop on the right side.
Step 5: Pull it tight and your first knot should look like this.
Step 6: Take your left side end and lay it on top of the spine and under the right side end.
Step 7: Switch ends. Now take the right side end back behind the spine and up through the left side loop.
Step 8: Pull the ends tight and continue to repeat , alternating your ends.
It may seem a little bit complicated at first, but believe me… it really isn’t and once you understand it, it seems to come second nature and you could make a bunch of these very quickly for all of your guy friends… and hey, why not the girls too? 🙂