Makerspaces - Module 10 (Paracord/Parachute Cord)

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Paracord/Parchute Cord


Minds On:


Paracord/Parachute cord is often referred to as the “duct tape” of the fabric world. Paracord has many low threshold - high ceiling applications (not just bracelets!).


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Explore 5 basic uses in this video:


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Additional uses can be seen here in this video below:

(Note: this video may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences)



On Mobile: YouTube Link


Think about the 21st century skills we wish to instil in our students. What additional and unique opportunities can working with paracord bring to our students? How can we use paracord to address the needs of a variety of learners in and outside of the classroom?


Click here to add to the Minds On Discussion on Making with Paracord/Parachute Cord.


Let’s Explore:


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One of the first activities I tried with paracord was making a paracord rescue buddy.


I learned by watching this video:


On Mobile: YouTube Link



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“Maker Mulc Mondays” might become an event at our school. For our first evening of festivities, I thought about modifying  the “paracord buddy” to create a “safety skeleton” for our students this fall season. Wearing/pinning this skeleton on a bag or jacket can help us become more visible at night. I am still wondering how to modify to create: alien….a Minion?



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(Yes, the struggle is real at our house. This video is very....authentic. You might notice roaring children in the background while I was filming. And yes, I am sitting in our kitchen at 9pm in my pjs. I was really hoping that I had pulled up my sleeve enough so you wouldn't notice. That didn't work out so well for me. :})


Additional student creations in the past have included:


  1. Paracord Dragonflies (we made them into keychains and hair accessories)
  2. Paracord Bracelets (there are many designs to choose from, but this is where we got started)


Note: Many of these tutorials will ask you to use a flame to seal the cord and prevent fraying. We used a hot glue gun (under teacher supervision) and it seemed to work well for our purposes. Additional tutorials may use a paracord jig - we substituted with a clipboard.


Go ahead, give one a try!




Take a picture of a project you created and post it to module ten’s discussion. What did you like about this experience? How would you modify, extend or use this experience for learners in the classroom? What might you like to try next?


Click here to add to the Consolidation Discussion on making with Paracord/Parachute cord.


We encourage you to read through the posts of your peers and to comment/contribute where you feel a connection.


Additional Resources:


Minion Keychain:

Paracord Minion:


Cool Paracord Projects:

Paracord Instruction Manual:

Paracord Bracelet 12 Instructions:




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