Spring Project – Paracord Snake

Follow these instructions and make your own paracord snake!

Materials You’ll Need (per snake)

  • Paracord (Two 8-foot lengths) (maybe some extra for a tongue)
  • Scotch tape
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
  • Lighter
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Instructions (see video for details/example)

  1. Choose your two colors of paracord and cut each to 8-foot lengths
  2. Have an adult use the lighter to fuse/melt the two cords together at one end
  3. Attach the paracord to a pencil in a loop as shown and tighten
  4. Attach the paracord to a hook or similar, 12-13 inches from the pencil
  5. Start with a paracord knot
    1. Lay the left strand over both cords
    2. Put the right strand under all cords and through the loop made by the left strand
    3. Pull tightly on both strands to tighten the cords all the way to the hook
  6. Take the left strand, pull it under the two middle cords, and pull it through the loop
  7. Take the right strand, pull it over the two middle cords, and pull it through the loop
  8. Repeat the pattern of steps 5, 6, and 7, (paracord knot, loop/tie left side under, loop/tie right side over) tightening between each knot
  9. Keep braiding until 1/2 inch from the pencil
  10. Remove the pencil and spread out the loop left over
  11. Cut another 6 inches of paracord, fold it together a few times, tape it together, and put it inside the loop (we’ll use this to bulk up the snake’s head)
  12. Finish with a series of paracord knots
  13. Have an adult use the lighter to fuse/melt the ends of the paracord together
  14. (Optional) Hot glue a small piece of paracord under the snake’s head to make the snake’s tongue
  15. Attach eyes using a hot glue gun (you may want an adult’s help)
  16. Enjoy your paracord snake!

If you have any questions or comments about this video, please send them to info@calvinistcadets.org.