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Do you still need a gift for Father’s Day? This is a great project for kids to make for Dad. If they can tie their shoes, they can easily make their favorite guy a cool keychain.

Parachute cord (paracord) has made its way to the crafting spotlight in recent years and I can see why. It’s durable, versatile, comes in a multitude of colors, you can get almost anywhere and it’s relatively inexpensive. You can even find books for other crafts using paracord, but let’s start with a quick, practical keychain Dad can surely use.

Supplies:

  • Paracord
  • 1 inch split ring or small carabiner (approximately 1 ¾ inch length) 
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • White glue

Instructions:

  1. Make a tape loop around half of ring or carabiner and tape securely to surface.
  2. Measure two pieces of paracord. One 18 inches, another 36 inches and fold in half to find center.
  3. Pull center points through the ring.
  4. Pull ends through center loops to create a knot. Pull tightly. Flatten to show 4 strings with shorter pieces in the center.
  5. Using the 2 outside pieces, start with the left string, cross over the two center pieces leaving a space on the outside. With the right string, cross under the center pieces.
  6. Feed opposite ends through the loops and pull tightly. You are making a knot around the two center pieces
  7. Repeat this process, starting with the right outside piece over the center and the left piece under.
  8. Continue until the pattern is approximately 2 ½ inches long. (The outside pieces will now be much shorter than the inside pieces).
  9. Wrap the 2 inside pieces around the outside and pull through to finish.
  10. Tie all four pieces into a knot, pull tightly to secure and trim excess length.
  11. To prevent fraying, dip ends in a small amount of white glue and let dry overnight.

Have you made one of our craft projects? Do you have an idea for one we should try? Send me a note at mlavine@upstateparent.com and let me know.

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