Carabiner Key Chain

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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!)
  • Scissors
  • Optional Key Ring

Step 1:

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:

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.

Carabiner Key Chain_Center Paracord

Step 3:

Step 3: Center the paracord under the base of the carabiner.

Carabiner Key Chain_Left Side

Step 4:

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.

Carabiner Key Chain_Pull Paracord Tight

Step 5:

Step 5: Pull it tight and your first knot should look like this.

Carabiner Key Chain_Right Side Paracord

Step 6:

Step 6:  Take your left side end and lay it on top of the spine and under the right side end.

Caribiner Key Chain_More right side

Step 7:

Step 7: Switch ends. Now take the right side end back behind the spine and up through the left side loop.

Caribiner Key Chain_Tightening right side

Step 8:

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? 🙂

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  2. Lindsey says

    I’d love to make some of these for my cub scout den. However, how do you tie off the ends when you reach the knot? Thanks!

    • melanie says

      Hi Lindsey,
      To finish the key chain, I simply cut the string and burned the ends a little bit. On one side, I used E6000 to glue the ends in place so they wouldn’t come out. However, for your cub scout den, you may just want to knot it off at the bottom and then use a toothpick with some of the E6000 to reinforce the knot. This would make it more kid friendly.



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