DIY Paracord Wallet

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Ever tried making a paracord wallet? If you’re fond of outdoor gear, you’ve probably heard about paracord bracelets and watches. This versatile material is undeniably strong and has tons of uses in the outdoors. Today, you’ll learn how to make your own DIY paracord card holder and wallet.

Paracord Wallet | A Cool and Easy Paracord Project

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Paracord (can be 2 colors at 14 feet each)
  • Lighter
  • Pair of Scissors
  • Super Glue
  • A piece of cardboard or chipboard
  • A crisp dollar bill
  • Straight edge
  • Straightening Iron

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Cut the Paracord into Two Pieces

Cut the Paracord into Two Pieces | DIY Paracord Wallet
DIY Paracord Wallet – Mini MOD #34 Photo by MOD [Youtube]

Cut 2 14-foot pieces of paracord. Snip any fused ends of the paracord, then gut them by pulling the inner cord out of the length of both 14-foot pieces.

Step 2: Flatten the Paracord with a Straightening Iron

Burn the ends of the paracords to prevent further fraying. Set the hair straightener to the lowest setting. Slowly pull the paracord through the straightening iron to flatten it. It may require more than one pass through the iron.

Step 3: Cut the Chipboard

Cut the chipboard by using a $20 bill to measure the approximate size of what its contents will be. Cut the chipboard to 2.5″ x 6.5″. These dimensions make for a very snug fit.

Note: The measurement can vary a bit depending on your preference.

Step 4: Wrap the Chipboard

Begin wrapping your base color around the long side of the chipboard. Start at one of the corners and work your way to the other end. The tighter you wrap, the firmer your end product becomes.

Step 5: Tape Down the Paracord Ends

Once the chipboard is fully-wrapped, tape down the ends of the paracord. It doesn’t have to be super secure because you will have to move the tape several times. This is just to keep the paracord in place.

Step 6: Perform a Standard Over-Under Weave

Slide the gutted paracord over the blunt end of a skewer and glue it in place. Pick a corner to start and begin a standard over-under weave. Weave until you reach the other end and continue the weave around to the other side. This will be the outside of the wallet.

Step 7: Make the Pockets

Find the exact center of the backside by counting the total number of wraps, then divide by two. So if there are a total 34 wraps, the midpoint will be the 17th wrap. Weave up to the midpoint, then turn back the other way, and weave the second line across the front. Repeat the same steps for the beginning of the pocket on the opposite side until you run out of paracord or wraps to weave through.

Step 8: Tape Down the Loose Ends and Remove the Cardboard Form

Once you’ve completed the weave, tape down all the loose ends and start removing the cardboard form. Use scissors to cut it in half and pliers to pull it out. Trim the excess paracord in the corner, burn the ends, tuck them under the weave, and use super glue to secure them in place.

Step 9: Put Cash and Cards in the Wallet

Put Cash and Cards in the Wallet | DIY Paracord Wallet
DIY Paracord Wallet – Mini MOD #34 Photo by MOD [Youtube]

Your DIY paracord wallet should be good to go. Add cards in the pockets and cash in the middle. You can also use bobby pins to secure the cash.

Watch how the paracord wallet is made in this video by MOD:

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Making a wallet out of a paracord is just brilliant. The wallet is one of those everyday carry items you just can’t leave behind. Now it’s made into an easy DIY project that requires only a paracord, some tools, and a set of instructions to follow. Have fun making your paracord wallet!

Got more creative uses for paracord to share with us? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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