It should come as no surprise that we love paracord here at UK Survival Guides and are always looking for cool ways to use it instead of it just being bundled up and thrown into our bags.
The video below will show you just how easy it is to make your own snake knot lanyard for your knife or other tools. This video however, will also show you how to add beads or other items between the knots which we think is a really cool idea. In the video, they add a polished stainless steel nut, but you could add drilled-out brass shell casings, glow-in-the-dark beads, magnets, wood beads, or various other decorative items.
If you want to skip the added extras and just create a simple snake knot lanyard you can follow the instructions below:
- Start by gathering 2 different colors of 550 paracord, a lighter and a knife.
- Cut the paracord to the right length. If you’re going to attach the lanyard to a knife, one of the pieces of paracord needs to be longer than the other. For a lanyard that is around 6 inches long, use around 5 feet of one color and 6 feet of the second. Use a lighter to seal the ends of the paracrd.
- Start off the lanyard with a double overhand knot which is basically just a knot but using two pieces of paracord instead of one single piece.
- Take the piece of paracord on the left and loop it around with the end of the paracord going behind the top of the cord. Make sure the paracord on the right remains completely behind the loop you just made.
- Move the paracord on the right around to the front and pull it through the loop you made.
- Grab the paracord that’s going through the loop. Bring it behind and to the left of the paracord that’s forming the loop. Bring it up, over, down, and through the loop on the right.
- Pull it tight. You’ll want the beginning of the lanyard to be close to the double overhand knot you made.
- Loosen up the “stitch” that’s on the right. Then, take the paracord that comes down and through that stitch, and bring it around back, up, over, and through that stitch that you just loosened. Make sure to tighten it.
- Flip the paracord over. Everything should look the same, but reversed.
- Do the same thing you just did on the other side. Loosen the last stitch on the right, and pull the paracord on the right (that’s coming down and through that stitch) to the back, up, around, and through the stitch on the right. Tighten it.
- Flip it over and repeat. Remember to flip over the paracord after each time that you pull paracord through a stitch. Keep it tight as you go.
- You can stop once the lanyard is as long as you want it to be.