The box knot keychain (also called the square knot keychain) is probably one of the most popular keychains you can make. It has a square look and holds a decent amount of paracord, which can be used in different situations.
For this project you will need a pair of scissors (not two scissors, just one :) ), two pieces of paracord (of the same or different color) and a lighter with which you can singe the edges off the ends of the paracord and a key ring with which to connect the keychain and the key.
The paracord type I recommend is 550 paracord. It is widely used and the easiest to get your hands on, very durable and cheap.
The keychain is made using the box knot. I feature a simplified version of it in this tutorial. T
You can find an extended tutorial at paracordguild.com.
Tips you should follow to get a good looking box knot keychain:
- keep your knots consistent
- when tightening, pull two cords to one side, two to the other
- tighten all four cords firmly
- when melting the ends of the paracord, it is advisable to avoid and drops of melted paracord to drop onto your skin. It is painful and if you manage to die from the burns, people will talk behind your back.
- for keychains, using at least one bright color is advisable so you can find your keys easier
- if you can, use glow in the dark paracord to make your keychain glow in the dark
The basic process of making the box knot keychain involves folding your cords into a form of braid. It is done fast, so this project will take only a few minutes to make for an experienced paracord crafter and a few more for a beginner.
I must stress that you should invest some time and adjust and inconsistencies in the look of your knots as you work on the keychain. If you get sloppy, the result will not be as good as it could be. So take it slow, make consistent knots and make sure you have everything the way you want it.
Now let's try making a square knot keychain.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- a lighter
- paracord 550
- a keyring