These are instructions with pictures for weaving a square braid paracord lanyard. This is a very convenient lanyard to attach to your flashlight, keychain, etc. Click the pictures below in order to enlarge the picture in a new browser window. You may need to disable any pop-up blocking software that you are using in order for this to work.
The materials that you need are 4-10 feet of Paracord, any split ring or snap that you want to attach to the lanyard, and either a lighter or epoxy to finish the bottom of the cord. In the example below we used four feet of cord per side. Since we stopped weaving early, we probably only used about three feet per side. The more cord you use, the longer your braided lanyard will be.
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Step 1: Assemble your materials and pull the inner strands out of the paracord. Four feet of paracord, two feet for each strand is about the minimum, we recommend three to four feet per strand, or six to eight feet total.
Step 2: Fold the two strands of paracord in half to determine the middle. Arrange the two strands in a "plus sign" [+] with the horizontal strand (the yellow strand in the pictures below) on top of the vertical strand (the blue strand in the pictures below). Put the split ring or snap hook on the vertical strand of paracord and move it to the middle of the cord.
Step 3: Fold the top half of the vertical strand of paracord down and to the left of the bottom half of the vertical strand. It will cross over the top of the horizontal strand.
Step 4: Fold the left half of the horizontal strand to the right, over the top of both of the vertical strands, below the right half of the horizontal strand.
Step 5: Fold the right leg of the vertical strands up over the top of both of the horizontal strands.
Step 6: Fold the top leg of the horizontal strands OVER the right vertical strand and UNDER the left vertical strand.
Step 7: Pull the strands really tight, this is the first square braid in your weave, the foundation for the rest of the lanyard. You will need to pull each square as tight as possible before you weave the next square.
Step 8: Fold the top leg of the vertical strand straight down and the bottom leg of the vertical strand straight up. They will cross over the square braid in the middle, but they do not cross over each other.
Step 9: Fold right leg of the horizontal strand OVER the right leg of the vertical strand and UNDER the left leg of the vertical strand. You can pull it through most of the way, but do not pull it tight yet.
Step 10: Fold left leg of the horizontal strand OVER the left leg of the vertical strand and UNDER the right leg of the vertical strand. You can pull it through most of the way, but do not pull it tight yet.
Step 11: Pull the strands really tight, this is the second square braid in your weave. You will need to pull each square as tight as possible before you weave the next square.
Step 12: Repeat steps 8 to 11 until you run out of cord, or get tired of weaving.
Step 13: When the lanyard is the correct length, pull the last square really tight and cut the ends of the cord, leaving about 1/2 inch on each leg. Melt the ends with a lighter and let them melt the bottom of the lanyard, then it will not loosen up. Alternately you can use epoxy to finish the bottom of the lanyard. As you can see from the pictures below, this produces a very nice lanyard, either with a single color of paracord or with two colors. The braid is completely square for the entire length of the lanyard.
To epoxy the ends together, squeeze out some 90 second quick-set clear epoxy, but don't mix it yet. Pull the last square very tight and cut the ends as close as possible to the side of the lanyard. Mix the epoxy and apply it to the bottom of the lanyard, completely covering the cut ends of the lanyard. Hold the lanyard until the epoxy sets, and then put it aside for 24 hours to let the epoxy cure completely.