How to make a paracord cross

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a paracord cross.cross-knot-paracord-cross

There are quite a few different variants of paracord crosses you can make. I will show you how to make one of the most simple ones, using the cross knot, which I already demonstrated in the paracord zipper pull tutorial.

It also requires only a few supplies you are bound to have lying around (if not, they can be easily obtained).

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For making the paracord cross you will need:

  • two pieces of paracord 550
  • a pair of scissors/knife
  • lighter
  • tweezers or pliers, or some other tool to help you pull the two cords through (all will be explained further on)
  • optionally a rope thimble¬†(many hardware stores carry these)

The technique we will be using

To make the knot we will be using a cross knot. Only fitting that we make a paracord cross using the cross knot, no? Well the knot is fairly simple to tie. Once you have the knot down, it is simply using it six times, as shown in the tutorial below.

Remember that you can adjust every knot you make to look just right.

Another thing I have noticed it that the paracord cross using this technique looks amazing when made with gutted paracord (paracord with the inner strands removed).

The tutorial

We will be using two pieces of paracord. The larger one will serve for making the longer, vertical piece of the cross. The smaller one will serve for the horizontal part. For the larger part you will get away with using 2 feet of paracord easy.

So, let’s start!

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Fold your longer cord in half, then make the starting position for the cross knot.

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Feed the bottom cord under and through the top loop.

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Then use the same cord to go back down and through the top of the bottom loop.

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Tighten. Leave room for a loop at the top.

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Start the second cross knot.

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Again use the bottom cord to go through the under the top loop.

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And back down through the loop using the same cord.

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Tighten.

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Repeat two more times. Then start on the vertical part.

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Make the basic setup for the cross knot.

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The bottom cord goes through the back of the top loop.

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And then into the bottom loop from the top.

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Tighten, this time leaving no loop at the top.

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Feed both ends through the back of the vertical section.

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Make the setup for the final cross knot.

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Again the bottom cord travels under and through the top loop.

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Then down and through the bottom loop.

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Tighten the last knot, then snip and melt the ends.

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You can use a rope thimble to spice up your paracord cross.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section. For additional help, see the video tutorial on this project:

 

 

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