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14 ingenious paracord projects for survival

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Originally used by the military, paracord has now become a staple item for adrenaline junkies and crafters alike. Thanks to its extreme strength and durability, paracord is the go-to item for intensive applications like bungee jumping, rock climbing and securing heavy cargo. But since it’s also extremely lightweight and flexible, paracord can be used for a wide range of other applications, including the creation of intricate, decorative items like coasters, bracelets and keychains. 

Over the past few years, paracord projects – the creation of items using paracord – have become extremely popular. Not only are these items attractive and fun to make, but they can also be very useful for those who need durable, lightweight items, such as hikers and campers. Keep reading to learn more about paracord and discover a plethora of paracord project ideas to aid survival in the great outdoors.

What is paracord?

Paracord or parachute cord was originally used by the military in the suspension lines of parachutes, and it has also been used by astronauts on space missions. These synthetic, 100% nylon cords are extremely durable and flexible, and they contain an interior core protected by a woven exterior sheath to optimise tensile strength. In fact, type-III paracord is sometimes referred to as 550 cord because it has a breaking load of 550 lbs (249.5 kg) – this makes paracord ideal for even the most heavy-duty applications!

Despite initially being used by the military and government agencies, paracord can now be bought and used by the general public as a multi-purpose utility cord. Paracord is particularly popular among those who are fond of hiking, camping, adventuring and extreme sports, but in recent years, paracord projects have become a craze among arts and crafts enthusiasts, who use this flexible, durable cord to create useful or decorative items with intricate woven designs. 

What are the benefits of using paracord for craft projects?

Not only is paracord extremely strong, making it ideal for outdoor, heavy-duty applications, but it’s also highly flexible and somewhat elastic thanks to its 100% nylon material. This means it can be easily manipulated and woven into intricate patterns, so it can also be used as a decorative item.

Crafting enthusiasts also love paracord because it comes in plenty of colours and styles, and even neon and multicoloured options. As a result, paracord can be used to create beautiful, unique jewellery and other accessories, in addition to household objects like coasters, dog collars and children’s toys. Plus, once the project is complete, you won’t have to worry about the item becoming ruined because paracord is very durable and waterproof.

What tools do I need?

Creating paracord projects can come with a bit of a learning curve, but as you practise and get to grips with handling the material, you’ll soon learn how to create more complex and interesting designs.

However, as a beginner, there are just a few things you need. Scissors and needle-nose pliers are essential for manipulating and cutting the strands, and we would also recommend using a tape measure so you can be precise with your measurements. You also need a lighter or match to seal the ends of the cords when you’ve finished cutting them – this will prevent the paracord from fraying.

14 creative paracord survival projects

Ready to don your hiking gear? These paracord survival projects are essential for keeping you safe in the great outdoors without weighing you down. Bring your love of adventure and your love of arts and crafts together with these paracord project ideas:

1. Survival bracelet

One of the most important paracord projects you can learn is creating a survival bracelet. Not only is a woven paracord bracelet a fashion statement – especially if you weave multiple colours together – but this item can also provide much-needed help if you suddenly need a rope while you’re away from civilisation. For example, you could fix a belt or another item of clothing, tie a strong survival knot, secure heavy items, moor a boat or aid a water rescue. 

A survival bracelet is made out of several feet of paracord that’s woven tightly together so it can be worn around the wrist. In an emergency situation, you can unravel your survival bracelet to get a useful length of rope for a wide variety of purposes.

2. Paracord belt

Similarly, you could create a paracord belt if you like the idea of wearing a compact length of paracord that can be unravelled if needed. Plus, even if you never unravel your paracord belt, it can still be an extremely useful accessory. By adding carabiner clips to your paracord belt, you can attach multiple items to your belt to free your hands, such as a water bottle holder or keychain (which can also be made from paracord for extra durability and flexibility). Since paracord is so strong, you don’t have to worry about whether your belt can handle the weight of any items you attach to it.

3. Drawstring bag

Has your backpack ever broken halfway through a hike or camping trip? You won’t have to worry about this unfortunate event occurring if you create your own paracord drawstring bag. Drawstring bags are an extremely efficient way to carry your belongings. Plus, since paracord is so lightweight, this bag won’t put as much strain on your back while walking.

4. Lanyard

By keeping your hands free as you walk, you’ll find it much easier to grab items as you need them or stabilise yourself on uneven surfaces. So, if you have any small items you need to keep on your person (such as a paracord tin pouch – see below), it’s a good idea to create your own lanyard out of durable paracord material. Simply add a carabiner clip to the end of your lanyard and attach your essential items. This means you won’t ever forget your most important items while out in the wilderness.

5. Paracord tin pouch

As mentioned above, it’s a good idea to keep small, essential items around your neck on a lanyard rather than in your hands or at the bottom of your bag. Therefore, you can easily grab what you need and never worry about accidentally misplacing something.

By creating a small paracord tin pouch, you can store items like medication, first aid supplies, a lighter or a small knife in a handy tin. This tin can then be slotted into the tin pouch and attached to your paracord belt or lanyard with a clip. Alternatively, you could use this paracord project as a phone pouch for keeping your phone safe and out of your hands or pockets.

6. Water bottle holder

Another thing you can attach to your paracord belt (or drawstring bag) is a paracord water bottle holder. It’s essential that you alway carry a bottle of water with you when hiking or camping. Keep your water bottle safe and easily accessible with a lightweight water bottle holder made from criss-crossed strips of paracord. You can either create a paracord handle or clip the bottle holder to your belt with a carabiner.

7. Bottle and knife wraps

Another bottle accessory you may need is a paracord bottle wrap. This is a much more tightly woven paracord item that fully encases your bottle or flask, providing an insulating layer. So, if you’re going for a long hike and want to keep your flask of soup or coffee warm for hours, creating a paracord bottle wrap is a great idea.

8. Hiking stick and knife wraps

These paracord wraps aren’t only good for keeping your drinks warm. Thanks to the moisture and sweat-wicking properties of nylon, paracord is a great item to wrap around handles, such as knife handles, to improve your grip. If you like to use a hiking stick to help you walk, you could wrap some paracord around your hiking stick to make your grip more comfortable.

9. Sleeping bag compression strap

Sleeping bags can be a pain to carry around, especially if they no longer fit easily in their bags or the straps have broken. Luckily, if you’re a creative person, you can make your own compression strap for carrying around your sleeping bag or pillows more efficiently. Remember to create some handles too so you can carry your sleeping bag or wear it on your back.

10. Hammock

Got no tent? If you’d rather sleep under an open night sky, a woven paracord hammock could be the perfect camping item for you. Paracord is extremely strong and has a breaking load of 550 lbs, so you can rest assured that your hammock will easily support you throughout the night. During the day, you can neatly pack up your paracord hammock and store it in your paracord drawstring bag.

11. Survival keychain

Another item you can clip onto your paracord belt or bag is a paracord keychain. Keep your keys safe with this durable, lightweight keychain, or attach useful survival items to it like a mini torch or a keychain pocket knife. Plus, by using bright or multi-coloured paracord, you can ensure that you never misplace your keys again!

12. Fishing lines

If you ever find yourself in a desperate situation where you need to find food in the wilderness – or you just fancy a bit of fishing – it’s good to know that you can repurpose your paracord as a fishing line. All you have to do is remove the yarns of the core of the rope and use these thinner threads as fishing lines. Plus, if you ever need to repair your gear but you didn’t bring a sewing kit, you could use the yarn in the core of the paracord as sewing thread.

13. Paracord sling

Another tip for those who need to hunt for their food is to create a paracord rock sling. Use a weaving pattern for the pouch part of the string, which is where you place your projectile, and then use thin ropes for the cords and handles on either side. Since paracord is very flexible and elastic, it can make a very strong weapon if needed.

14. Dog leash

Finally, if you’d love to bring your furry friend with you on your adventures, you can create a simple yet elegant dog leash with paracord. This strong material will ensure that your dog can’t break away from you and get lost, and since you only need to use a simple braiding method, this item is easy for a beginner to make. Adorn your leash with bright colours or multi-coloured patterns, or make a matching dog collar to complete the set.

Frequently asked questions about paracord projects for survival

What is paracord good for in survival?

Paracord is an excellent and versatile survival tool. With paracord, you can create a wide variety of survival tools, such as bags, belts and hammocks, and also use it to secure cargo, fix broken items and climb steep rock faces. Plus, in an emergency, you can use paracord as a tourniquet, as part of a sling for an injured arm, or you can remove the inner yarn to collect finer strings for fishing lines or sewing thread.

What are some cool ideas with paracord?

In addition to being a great survival tool, paracord is extremely popular among arts and crafts enthusiasts due to its strength and flexibility. Using multiple colours and weaving patterns, you can create items like children’s toys, necklaces and bracelets, dog collars and toys, coasters, keychains and much more!

Can you make money with paracord?

Paracord projects could just be a fun hobby in your spare time, but as you get better at manipulating these ropes, there could be an opportunity for you to make some money. If you think people will enjoy your paracord designs, why not sell them online for some extra cash? 

Can paracord hold a human?

Paracord has a breaking load or breaking strength of up to 550 lbs, which means it can definitely hold a human if the body is supported correctly. Therefore, if you create a paracord hammock with doubled-up strands and a strong criss-crossed pattern, this should hold you comfortably throughout the night.

Why wear a paracord bracelet?

Paracord bracelets or survival bracelets are very popular among hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts. In addition to being a fun accessory, these bracelets can be unravelled if needed, revealing a long length of paracord that can be used to tie knots, secure heavy items or participate in a rescue. If you’re heading out into the wilderness, we would definitely recommend wearing a paracord bracelet just in case you need it.

Can you get paracord wet?

Paracord is waterproof, but you shouldn’t submerge it in water for long periods of time. The fibres can weaken and shrink if they’re exposed to moisture for too long, and the shrinkage can get worse if you use heat to dry the paracord instead of letting it air-dry. Paracord can withstand splashes of water and short-term water exposure, but try not to keep it in moisture for too long.

Why do you burn the ends of paracord?

During paracord projects, you’ll have to cut your strips of paracord down to size. Whenever you cut paracord, you should burn the end of the cord to seal it – which you can do with one of our hot knife rope cutter sealers. This prevents the paracord from fraying and weakening because the nylon fibres will melt and fuse together.

Are you planning your own creative paracord projects, or are you an adrenaline junkie looking for your next survival tools? Whatever you’re planning for your paracord projects, we’ve got the paracord resources you need here at Rope Source. Browse our wide range of colourful paracords, check out our helpful blog, or contact us today for a speedy answer to any of your paracord questions.

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What is butcher’s twine and what is it made from?

meat strung up in a butcher's window using butcher's twine

If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, butcher’s twine is an inexpensive yet effective tool for enhancing your roasts, as well as for other food preparation purposes. This guide covers what butcher’s twine is, how it is made, and whether you can substitute other types of twines in its place. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about butcher’s twine.

What is butcher’s twine?

Butcher’s twine is a low-stretch, durable and oven-proof type of twine that’s typically used for tying meats – hence the name. It can be used for trussing poultry, cooking meat evenly, or securing different food items together before cooking. You may often see coloured butcher’s twine used to create attractive displays of meat or other food products. However, this twine could also be used in a pinch for gift wrapping and other twine crafts.

Butcher’s twine should conform to the standards of the Food Safety Act 1990. To reach these standards, butcher’s twine is manufactured in a BRC accredited factory to ensure that it is safe for use with food. 

What is butcher’s twine made out of?

Butcher’s twine is made from rayon yarn, which is ideal for hygienic kitchen use and food preparation. Rayon yarn is constructed from continuous filaments, which is what gives butcher’s twine its impressive strength and durability. Rayon yarn is available in different thicknesses, ranging from the thinnest 104s twine, to a medium/thin No. 6 rayon butcher’s twine. Take a look at the different sizes of butcher’s twine here, from the thinnest to the thickest:

104s Rayon butcher’s twine

104s Rayon butcher’s twine is the thinnest butcher’s twine available. It has a runnage of 1,200m per kilo, as well as a break load of 25 kg. So, despite its delicate thinness, this butcher’s twine is still incredibly durable and fit for all sorts of purposes.

No. 4 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 4 Rayon butcher’s twine is a medium/thin twine with a runnage of 400m per kilo and a break load of 75 kg. 

No. 5 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 5 Rayon butcher’s twine has a higher runnage but also a lower break load than No. 4. Its runnage is 600m per kilo, with a 50 kg break load. Coloured butcher’s twine also boasts a 50 kg break load, with 575m of runnage.

No. 6 Rayon butcher’s twine

No. 6 Rayon butcher’s twine features the longest runnage per kilo, providing 850 metres in length. Its break load is 30 kg – more than 104s, but less than No. 5 Rayon.

Is butcher’s twine just cotton twine?

Butcher’s twine is made from Rayon, which is a natural-based material made from the cellulose of cotton. But what sets butcher’s twine apart from cotton twine is the way it is made. As we touched upon earlier, butcher’s twine is specifically manufactured in line with the Food Safety Act 1990. Unlike cotton twine, butcher’s twine is made in a BRC accredited factory and goes through more comprehensive testing and processing.

What is the difference between butcher’s twine and regular twine?

There are many different twines that are specifically made for different purposes. Jute twine is the most common variety of twine, which is what most people looking for a generic twine will use. However, there are strong differences between butcher’s twine and regular twine. Firstly, butcher’s twine is made to the standards of the Food Safety Act 1990, which regular twine does not need to be concerned with. Butcher’s twine is specifically made to be food safe, and it won’t burn or fall apart in the oven, which makes it suitable for use in commercial kitchens. On the other hand, regular twine is designed for general use, often included in craft projects or for wrapping parcels.

 Other varieties of twine include:

What can I use instead of butcher’s twine?

There are no direct replacements for butcher’s twine, since it is specifically designed and manufactured for use with meat and other food products. However, if you are in a pinch, be sure to choose a twine or string that’s made from 100% natural cotton. For smaller food items, toothpicks are also a trusted substitute that can hold things together.

A popular substitute is dental floss, however we would warn against using this as it is not guaranteed to be safe, and may affect the taste of your food. 

Can you use normal string instead of butcher’s twine?

For commercial kitchens, restaurants and other places that sell food, you should stick to dedicated butcher’s twine. This is because it is food safe, protecting you from any legal issues and keeping the food you serve customers to the highest quality. However, if you are just cooking for yourself, a natural cotton string can work in place of butcher’s twine.

Are you ready to start using twines for a variety of crafts, decor, and jobs around the house and garden? If so, speak to a member of our team to determine the very best twine for you.

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How to do rope magic for beginners

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Are you looking to take up a new, exciting hobby? Or, maybe you want to expand your range of impressive magic tricks. Well, rope magic is an incredible type of illusion that can wow spectators anytime and anywhere. It involves manipulating a piece of rope and fooling spectators with clever sleight of hand. So, why not learn some exhilarating rope magic for your next party trick? Keep reading for advice about how to get started with rope magic.

What kind of rope is best for rope magic tricks?

When it comes to rope magic, not just any kind of rope will do. This is especially true for beginners, as a rope that’s too tough will result in messy, clumsy attempts at rope magic. Luckily, this is why magician’s rope exists – it’s incredibly soft and flexible, making it ideal for rope magicians to use during their tricks. The reason why magician’s rope is so easy to manipulate is due to its hollow core and soft cotton material, which combined make up a finely woven piece of rope that’s perfect for a variety of tricks.

How to do rope magic

Rope magic, as with any new hobby, takes lots of time and practice to perfect. It’s unlikely that you’ll magically – pardon the pun – be able to perform all sorts of rope magic tricks within an hour. Take the time to become confident with a couple of beginner-level rope magic tricks, rather than trying to tackle all sorts of tricks at once. You’ll also need lots of practice working on sleight of hand, misdirection, and the speed at which you move your hands. There are countless books and video tutorials out there to learn from, but in the meantime, we will walk you through a beginner rope magic trick.

The cut and restore rope trick

If you have your magician’s rope at the ready and are raring to try a simple rope magic trick, here is a fun trick for you to try. Don’t be put off if you don’t get it right the first time – practice makes perfect!

The cut and restore rope magic trick is famously associated with magicians Penn and Teller, and consists of cutting a rope in two and then restoring it back to its original state. You’ll need to work on misdirection and sleight of hand to pull off this magic trick. Read the steps below:

  1. Start with about four to six feet of magician’s rope.
  2. With the back of your left hand facing your audience, holding both ends of the rope between your thumb and index finger. The looped middle of the rope should be hanging down.
  3. Grab ahold of the centre of the rope loop with your right hand, and bring it up to where your left hand is holding the rope ends. With a small loop appearing above your hand, grab the looped piece of rope with your left hand, so that all of the rope is now held in your left hand.
  4. Reach for a pair of scissors with your right hand. While you do, “accidentally” drop the looped part of the rope with your left hand, so that it hangs down.
  5. This is where the magic happens. With your right hand facing palm up, take the centre of the rope and raise it up to your left hand. Your right-hand thumb should move through the loop of the rope, so that it’s draped over your right hand.
  6. Once your right hand reaches your left, grab the rightmost end of the rope using your right thumb and index finger. You should be holding the end of the rope a couple of inches below your left thumb. At the same time, tilt your right hand downwards so that the centre of the rope slides off the back of the hand.
  7. Continue moving your right hand up above your left. It will now be holding a new loop of rope that you just created, but to the audience, this will look like it’s the original centre loop of the rope. Make sure that this loop is positioned to the right of the two rope ends, and that your left thumb is holding this new loop in place out of sight of the audience.
  8. With your right hand, take your scissors and cut the new, short loop that’s held above your left hand. To the audience, it will seem as if you have just cut the rope in half. As your right hand moves to place the scissors down, grab the leftmost and rightmost ends of rope so that they hang down below your hand. It will now look as though you are holding two ropes of equal length, when in reality you have a long rope that’s looped around a short rope.
  9. Take the two ends of the short rope (the one that’s above your left hand) and tie them together with two overhand knots. 
  10. With your left hand, hold the rope between the knot and one of the ends so that the whole rope and the knot are exposed. 
  11. Take a hold of the knot with your right hand and theatrically slide it a small way down the length of the rope. Move the knot as many times as you wish, and finally slide off the knot completely. It will seem as though you have restored the original rope, and your rope magic trick is complete!

Ready to get started on a rope magic trick? After you’ve tried our step-by-step instructions, feel free to expand your repertoire and become a rope magician of many tricks! The more advanced you become at rope magic, the more confident you will be using any type of rope. So, take a look at all the different ropes, twines, and cords that we offer, and get creative with your magic routine. Contact us to learn more.

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How to make yoga sandbags

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Many people around the world love to take part in yoga, for both their mental and physical wellbeing. Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise, capable of strengthening muscle, improving flexibility, and even contributing to weight loss. However, this activity is also very relaxing and used by many as a form of meditation. No matter your reasons for trying yoga, there are many different poses and styles, some of which include additional equipment. For example, yoga sandbags are a cheap, easy to use accessory to incorporate into your yoga routine. Keep reading to learn how to make yoga sandbags.

How to make yoga sandbags

It is fairly straightforward to make yoga sandbags, however you should take care not to overfill the sandbags or make them too heavy. Many yoga poses involving sandbags may require you to lift or place the sandbags on your body, so take caution with how heavy you make the sandbags. It’s better to start lighter, and add more filling as you become more confident using yoga sandbags.

Filling your yoga sandbags

One of the quickest, cheapest, and easiest ways to make yoga sandbags is simply to fill a hessian sandbag with a material of your choice. Of course, the most obvious choice of filling would be sand, however this isn’t essential for yoga sandbags if you don’t have any to hand. There are in fact a number of different materials available to fill your yoga sandbags, some of which you may not have thought of before. An easy substitution is to use rice and/or beans to fill your sandbag – these are items that most people may have stored away in their cupboards. This definitely doesn’t mean tinned baked beans; stick to dry beans such as kidney or pinto beans for filling your yoga sandbags. A slightly more unconventional way to fill yoga sandbags is to use cat litter – unused, obviously. Cat litter is cheap to buy in bulk and can be easily used to fill a sandbag. It often smells pretty nice, too.

It’s important to point out that while pretty much any filling will do for yoga sandbags, if you intend to prevent flood damage with sandbags, then sand should always be used. This is because yoga sandbags only act as a weighty prop to use during yoga, whereas sandbags for flooding need to be incredibly resistant and absorbent. So, don’t attempt to use your yoga sandbags for other purposes unless they are filled correctly with sand.

Decorate your yoga sandbags

If you want your yoga sandbags to act as an attractive accessory for your yoga room, then you may want to incorporate beautiful colours or patterns. If you already have sandbags that you want to add a little flair to, then consider using different decorative braids to embellish your yoga sandbags. Baker’s twine or decorative ribbon twine can also be used to add a charming sense of decoration to your yoga sandbags. Use a hot glue gun to secure your decorative ropes to the borders of your yoga sandbags, or use them to create unique patterns. 

Alternatively, you could create a case for your sandbags from coloured hessian rolls. These rolls are made of the same material as the sandbags, so would also add an extra layer of protection to prevent any bursts or spills from occurring. These cases can also be decorated in the ways we mentioned above, or you could use the coloured rolls to add embellishments to the yoga sandbags. Get as creative as you’d like! 

For those of you who enjoy more complex crafts, why not create a macrame sandbag cover? Macrame cord comes in a variety of colours and is also durable, meaning your yoga sandbags will stay looking amazing after many uses. Macrame can be a relaxing and therapeutic hobby, so it pairs perfectly with regular yoga, too.

How to use yoga sandbags

Now that you have a practical new set of yoga sandbags, it’s time to put them to use. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner to yoga or using yoga sandbags, as we’ll highlight a few different ways to use yoga sandbags now. Remember – if a part of your body feels like it’s being pulled too much, remove the sandbag.

  • In Child’s Pose, place a sandbag on your sacrum and breathe deeply.
  • Place a sandbag on each shoulder to enhance heart opener poses.
  • Try putting sandbags on your thighs to improve the external rotation of your legs.
  • Place a sandbag on your hands to keep your fingers flat in certain poses.

Hessian is a strong, durable material that’s perfect for use in so many different crafts and home projects. Take a look at all of our stunning yet practical products, or contact a member of our team to discuss your needs.

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6 types of paracord survival knots

yellow paracord survival knot next to brown wood

What are paracord survival knots?

When you’re camping, climbing or stuck out in the wilderness, a good survival knot will come in handy. There are many types of survival knots – some contain loops that are ideal for hooking onto anchors, whilst others allow the length of paracords to be adjusted. Using a paracord ensures that your knot will be strong and secure – providing that you have done the knot correctly – but we can help with that. 

Types of paracord survival knots

We have six survival knots for you to master with your paracord. There’s a variety of lengths and colours to choose from when it comes to paracords. From neon pink to woodland camo, choose whether to blend in or stand out – either way, they’ll be your best friends out in the wild. 

Figure-eight knot

One of the most popular and strongest knots for climbers and campers is the figure-eight knot. This incredibly strong knot won’t unravel under pressure, which makes it perfect for climbing. If multiple knots are tied along a paracord, this can also be used to climb up. A variation of this is the figure-eight follow through knot, which contains a loop at the end – this knot can be used to haul people up or as a hand or foothold.

Figure-eight on a bight

A close relative of the figure-eight knot – this knot differs slightly as it contains a loop at the end. This loop is known as a bight and it comes in handy when securing a paracord to a climbing harness or an anchor of some kind. It is important that these knots are really secure, but too tight and they can be difficult to untie. 

Bowline knot

bowline survival knot on a red paracord

Easy to tie and untie, but are still able to hold an incredibly high amount of weight. Only have one hand free? No problem. This knot can be tied using just one hand. The bowline knot is great for tying a paracord around yourself or other things, but we don’t suggest using this knot for climbing. As the bowline knot can come undone when pulled sideways, it’s definitely not the safest knot to use in this instance.

Clove hitch

The clove hitch may not be as strong as the figure-eight knot, but it does offer one important feature. This knot allows you to adjust the length of your paracord without untying – this is due to its loose binding. In high winds, we suggest checking this knot often as it can unravel.

Sheet bend

Have you ever gone out climbing or camping and realised that your paracords are too short? This is where the sheet bend comes into play – it’s a great knot for tying two shorter paracords together. The sheet bend can still work even if the two paracords are made with different materials or if they vary in thicknesses, to be extra safe, a double knot will ensure complete security. In need of a net, a hammock or possibly a stretcher? The sheet bend can help with just about anything.

Taut line hitch

The taut line hitch is a useful knot to learn when going camping. It is popular for its versatility, but is great for setting up a tarpaulin. This knot can slide up and down the paracord and is easy to untie when not needed. However, if the rotation of the knot is reversed, it can become weaker so it shouldn’t be relied on when climbing.

Interested in purchasing a paracord and trying out these survival knots? Why not take a look at our extensive range of paracords? If you’re in need of some extra advice, get in touch with us today and we can help to pick the perfect paracord to suit your needs.

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How to create space decor for your home

Is reality getting you down? Fancy hopping in a spaceship and zooming off to another galaxy? For those who love a good crafting project, you’re sure to go all starry-eyed over these other-wordly space decor ideas for your home – perfect for adding a sense of playfulness to your space. 

Star light garland

For walls that are looking a little drab, why not decorate with a twinkling star light garland? Either cascade from your bedroom ceiling to pretend you’re gazing up at the night sky, or hang in your living room to instantly transform an area from cold to cosy. If you’ve got some Christmas lights that are collecting dust in your attic, why not put them to good use and incorporate them into your star light garland design?

To start, get some crafting foam and cut out star shapes, adding a hole to the middle for the lights to be pushed through. After doing this, screw the bulb back into the cord.

Following a similar method – which is ideal for those who also love a bit of nautical home decor – use manilla rope to create a thicker garland, twisting some fairy lights around it to enhance the outer space aesthetic. Finally, attach your stars to the thicker rope with some cotton string, knotting each in place as you go along. 

Planet mobile

Stare into space with a planet mobile 

Create your own mini solar system with this space mobile, using just a few simple tools. To begin, use a compass to sketch out your planets and sun onto a piece of white card. Once you’ve cut these out, you can paint them in a variety of different colours, using swirling and splodging techniques to add further depth.

To create a 3D effect – and to make your crafting project look all the more lifelike – you could make a slit from one edge of your planet to the centre, repeating the process with another circle template, slotting them together.

Next, make a small hole at the top of each planet, threading a piece of cotton string through, securing everything in place with a tight knot. The top of these pieces of string can then be attached onto a large circular cut out, made with a black piece of card – simply use a pin to make the small holes to indicate where you want your planets to hang. 

Outer space sun catchers

There’s no need for a telescope with DIY cosmos sun catchers – bring the cosmos to your living room as the sun seeps through the magical kaleidoscope of colours.

For this space-themed project, you can upcycle some clear plastic plates or containers that are no longer in use, which will be your base. Purchase some stained glass paints in colours of your choice, some white acrylic paint, and some paint brushes so you can start bringing life to these captivating pieces. Of course, precision isn’t necessarily needed during the initial steps, as you’ll want the paints to collide with one another to give the impression of a swirling cosmos.

Once you’ve left your paint to dry overnight, you can sprinkle some acrylic paint diluted in water over the top to make your stars, using some glitter for an added touch of sparkle. Finally, cut out circles of varying diameters, and now you’re ready to stick these beauties to your window. 

Constellation canvas

Unleash your inner artist and part-time astronomist with a lighted constellation canvas. Head over to your local craft store and locate a regular, white canvas (in a size of your choice) and a tub of black paint for the night sky you’re about to create.

Paint the entirety of your canvas black, and once this has dried, you can use a white marker pen to start sketching out your chosen constellation – armed with a reference image. This could be picked at random, or perhaps you’d like to choose one that belongs to your star sign?

Once you’ve finished sketching the constellation, punch some holes in the back of your canvas in areas where you’d like your lights to shine through. Now switch on those lights, find the perfect place to hang your fantastic new piece, and admire your outer space creation. 

Galaxy drink coasters

In search of some quirky table accessories that are out of this world? Look no further than these creative DIY galaxy drink coasters.

Using an unfinished wooden coaster as your base, paint this black with some multi-surface paint. Once left to dry, use a sponge coated in shimmery paint to dab random splodges of colour over the top. Give your sponge a clean, and throw another colour into the mix – it’s okay if they start to overlap. For the galaxy look, add more black paint over the top, dabbing gently to create a cloudy, dream-like pattern.

Next, use glitter paint to add some stars, and – once left to dry – pour a thin layer of Mod Podge on top, spreading it right up to the edge of your coaster with a paintbrush. Leave for up to 24 hours, and now you’ve got yet another brand new piece of space inspired decor. 

Here at Rope Source, we have everything you need for your next crafting project – whether you’re transforming your home decor or otherwise. Get in touch with our team today to discover quality ropes and twines

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Craft twine ideas to keep the family busy

Twine craft heart design

How do you and your family spend rainy days? The thought of having to stay indoors, desperately finding something to keep the kids occupied is enough to frazzle any parents – this tricky scenario is all too common. We’re here to provide you with a number of solutions, all of which will involve getting those crafting hats on for a spot of DIY. Craft twine can be incorporated into a number of creative projects, so pick your favourites and get stuck in.


Who doesn’t love a nostalgic scrapbooking session? If you’re looking for a place to store all of your favourite memories, other than Instagram, this could be the perfect crafting idea for you and the family. When you next head off on a day out, take a few snaps and find certain objects that will remind you of your trips – whether that’s leaves, pinecones or a postcard, the choice is yours to make. The key is to create a medley of textures, with each page being completely different to the next. Create your own stencils using natural cotton string, or stick a few snips of jute craft twine to the page, positioning these between other objects, for a rough feel. 

Wall decor

Are your walls looking a little bland? We hope that your family will love this DIY craft string wall decor method as much as we do. Using a wood tile for the backing, a pencil to create your stencil, scissors, glue, and of course your craft twine to form a shape or word that’s meaningful to you; you can make something sentimental, and completely unique. For a splash of colour, decorate with stamps, paint and glitter. Don’t forget to secure a snip of twine to the back of your piece so that you can hang it up on the wall for all to admire. 

Gift wrapping

Sometimes it’s not all about what’s inside the parcel, but how it looks when it’s first presented. Being a super simple craft – and a great way to teach the kids how to wrap their own presents – anyone and everyone can get involved. Use your twine to make gift tags, or wrap your gift up in a bow, weaving in pinecones or dry flowers for a rustic feel. When paired with recyclable kraft paper and plastic free tape, everything is completely biodegradable, too.

Twine bunting

Whether you’ve got a big celebration planned, or maybe you’re just looking for a way to spruce up your home’s interior, craft twine can be used to string together paper party bunting. Once you’ve drawn and cut out your bunting templates in a shape of your choice and have decorated them to your heart’s content, you can measure out the placement of the holes, marking each with an X. Use a paper punch to cut them out and measure out a suitable twine length – this will depend on how far you’d like your bunting to reach around the room. Then you can start stringing the twine underneath each piece of bunting to keep it hidden. Add tape as you go along to secure everything in place – a grown-up’s help may be needed for this bit. 


For lovers of nautical home decor, a twine wrapped planter could be just the thing you need to finish off your table tops. Being yet another super simple method, all you’ll need to do is wrap twine around your plant pots, securing everything down every so often with a spot of glue (an adult can do this bit). Make sure there aren’t any gaps for a seamless finish.

Milk bottle vases

Got some empty milk or wine bottles that are taking up space? Why not put them to good use? A similar method can be used as above – either wrap your way from the bottom to the top, or paint your bottle and wrap your twine half way for some added interest. 

Twine bracelets

If you’ve read our previous blog post on how to make a friendship bracelet, you’ll know that twine can be weaved in all sorts of wonderful ways, with each variation creating a different effect. We’ve already discussed how coloured macrame string and decorative braids can be used for this, but if you want to make a chunkier bracelet with added texture, twine is another option. Personalise yours as you wish by weaving in buttons or beads. 

Looking for some more crafting ideas? Here at Rope Source, we have everything you need for your next DIY project. Get in touch with us today to discover the ideal resources for you.

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How to create a rainbow rope wall hanging

Rainbow rope decoration

For all the crafting fanatics out there, this next DIY project certainly isn’t one to be missed. A rainbow rope wall hanging is ideal for adding a touch of playfulness to your home décor – be it for a child’s bedroom, for brightening up your lounge, or to be used as a fun gift to put a smile on a friend’s face. So, if you’re in search of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, this super simple method could be the one to clear away the clouds. 

What will you need?

To craft your very own rainbow rope wall hanging, you’ll need: 

  • Yarn in colours of your choice
  • Yarn needle
  • Twisted cotton rope  
  • Floral wire 
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle and thread 
  • Masking tape 
  • Glue gun 
  • Upholstery needle and thread
  • Jute craft twine

The method


Being inspired by Marching North’s crafting method, you’ll need to start by deciding on the size of your rainbow wall hanging. Be it a small complimentary hanging, or the focal point of a room, choose the length and width of your rope accordingly.

Lining up

Once you’ve cut your rope into five sections – with each one getting progressively shorter – and you’ve used some masking tape to secure the ends, line them up into the classic curved shape of a rainbow. 

Fringing preparation

To get an even fringing, make sure that you’re lining your ropes up evenly. Armed with your pen, mark where you would like the yarn to begin and end. 

Attaching the wire

Next up, it’s time to attach your floral wire to the cotton ropes. Cut your wire so that it’s long enough to fit within the two marks you previously made. Thread your wire through the rope’s middle to secure it in place, using small blobs of glue. as you go along 


Starting with your longest piece of cotton rope, hold your first coloured yarn up to the first mark, wrapping it around until you reach the second mark. When you reach this point, tie a tight knot, snip your yarn and use your needle to thread down the end. Be sure to keep everything tight, covering the rope without any gaps, avoiding overlapping the yarn. Repeat this process with the other pieces of rope.

Assembling the rainbow

After completing the wrapping process for every piece of rope, it’s time to start sewing your rainbow together – you’re almost done now, promise. Beginning with your two smallest pieces of rope, sew them together in a zig-zag pattern, making sure to pull the thread tight with each stitch. This will be done at the back of your rainbow, so you can keep the front looking nice and neat, ready for your guests to admire. After you’ve repeated this process the whole way around, secure in place with a tight knot (using some glue to ensure that nothing will come undone) and begin working on your next piece of rope, eventually stacking each part of your rainbow together. 

Jute hanger

By this stage, your crafting project should really start coming together. However, the process wouldn’t be complete without a hanging mechanism. Jute craft twine is the ideal material for this- due to its durability and strength- so you won’t need to worry about your rainbow wall hanging crashing down to the floor. Your jute hanger only needs to be about five inches long, so once you’ve snipped off a piece, double it over and secure with an overhand knot. Sew this into the back of your rainbow, adding some glue for additional durability. 


Now you can remove your masking tape from the ends of your rope to start creating the fringing for some added interest. To do this, separate the loose strands using a comb, fluffing each piece up as you go along. 

And there you have it! A super easy method, yet impressive result. All you need to do now is decide where to position your rainbow rope wall hanging, but we’ll leave that part up to you. 

For more advice on the best materials to incorporate into your next big crafting project, get in touch with a friendly member of our team today! Being rope experts, we’ve got just about everything you could need to get the job done. 

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What should be in your fishing kit?

River Fishing

If you’re a first time angler and keen to land a catch, it’s essential that you do your homework and build your fishing checklist before heading for the water. Thankfully, we’re here to help you with that step, covering what should be in your fishing kit to guarantee that the whole process runs swimmingly. 

Tackle box

A tackle box is an efficient storage solution for all of your fishing must-haves, fitted with different compartments that keep items separate. The avid fisher knows that organisation is key when it comes to making a catch, so make sure to stay on top of this before heading off. Items that you could include in your tackle box are:

  • Additional fishing line
  • Floaters 
  • Weights
  • Hooks 
  • Bait
  • Small torch 
  • Suncream 

Fishing rod and reel

If you’re only now dipping your toe into the fishing world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the number of rods and reels that are out there. With so many different sizes and styles to choose from, how can you possibly go about finding the one? Quality is always key when it comes to making the selection, but try not to invest in a design that’s overly complex and difficult to navigate. 

When it comes to finding the right length, you’ll need to establish what type of fishing you’ll be doing. For example, longer rods are designed for longer casts, whereas rods on the shorter side do limit how far you can throw the line, but they are easier to control. Whichever fishing rod you decide to go for, it should definitely be included in your fishing kit. If you miss this off your checklist, you won’t be catching anything anytime soon. 

Fishing line

Fishing line will connect the bait to your fishing rod, which can then be cast at different distances to tempt a fish, hopefully leading to a winning catch. Just as before, it can be incredibly hard to make a final decision when there are so many varieties of fishing line available. Once you’re aware of the key factors to look out for, this job can be made so much easier. 

Firstly, you’ll need to evaluate the fishing line’s strength (which is measured in pounds). Your choice here will ultimately depend on the species of fish you’re going after, with bigger fish requiring a stronger line. At the same time, the key to fishing is to travel light, so make your choice wisely. 

Secondly, the fishing line’s material. Nylon is the most commonly used fibre, offering plenty of flexibility and strength. With this being a material that’s been used for centuries, there are newer brands coming into the mix, such as Spectra and Dyneema. Through high-tech technologies, they’ve been able to produce an ultra-strong polyethylene fibre that’s able to float as a result of its lightness. Alongside bearing the castability, line memory (whether it retains its shape after casting) and line stretch in mind, you should be on your way to selecting the best fishing line. 


So, what else should be in your fishing kit? Next up on the checklist are floats. These will be attached to the end of your fishing line, used to show whether a fish has become interested in your bait. If you see this bobbing up and down, you’re in luck! There are different sizes of fishing floats that each have varying uses, with some being more ideal for certain weather conditions or in certain areas. Again, you’ll need to firstly establish how and where you’ll be fishing, making your choice accordingly. 

Landing net

A landing net is another fishing essential, so don’t forget to bring one along with you. This will be used to safely hold the fish so that you can take a peek at it before releasing it back into its habitat. Before purchasing this, consider the species that you’re intending on catching, which will consequently affect the size of the net mesh and of the net as a whole. Just as before, bigger species will require stronger nets, and those of the small variety won’t require something with as much strength and size. 


From live baits to grocery baits, you won’t be able to tempt a fish without offering it a tasty snack first. Whether you’re planning on getting rid of some fish-friendly food waste, such as hot dogs, cheese, or frozen shrimp, or maybe you can get your hands on some live bait, such as worms, minnows, leeches or frogs, your choice may depend on how squeamish you are. Luckily there are plenty of options out there to suit every fish and fisher alike. 

DIY fishing rod rack

For items that you can’t fit in your tackle box – such as your fishing rod – keep them secure and organised by making a DIY fishing rod rack; polypropylene ropes are ideal for the purpose, with their strength, durability and flexibility. 

If you look at the back seat of your car, there’s a handle situated near the roof that’s often used as a makeshift clothes hanger. In this scenario, it’ll act as the base for your DIY rod rack. To begin crafting this handy piece of equipment, choose a long rope that can fit the width of your car, stretch it across from one side to the other, looping each end through the handles we mentioned. 

Next, bring the two ends of the rope together into the middle and use hooks to secure them in place, sliding them out of the way once you’re done. 

After testing the tension of your rope fishing rod rack and ensuring that everything is firm, you can carefully slide your fishing rod or rods between the cord and roof of the car, with the eyelets facing downwards. A simple yet cost-effective solution.

DIY rope shelter

If you’ve read our previous post that highlights the different rope types and their strength, you’ll know that polyester rope and tarp will be your saving grace when it comes to sheltering from inevitable British showers, due to its durability and strength. When you’re out fishing, it’s highly likely that the weather will turn at some point in the day, so you’ll need to be prepared – regardless of the season. 

Some polyester rope, a pair of trees to tie your cord around and a sheet of tarpaulin work together to create the perfect fishing DIY tarpaulin shelter, keeping the ground beneath your feet and your fishing equipment dry, whatever the weather. 

You can rely on rope source to find all of the materials you need for your next fishing adventure, crafting project, or for within the workplace. Give us a call today to find the materials best suited for the job at hand.