Finally I found a way to make a paracord ring that looks great!
I have been searching for a way to make a paracord ring for some time now. I have experimented with lanyard knots, various finger loop designs and various knots. But I was not happy with the design until I made these kind of rings. Naturally you can get away with more knots if using 2mm microcord, but for 550 paracord (as used in this ring), the bulk of the cord allows for a select few knots to be used. One of these is a variation of a turks head knot.
I have been reluctant to get into turks head knots for a while because they looked intimidating to make. But after watching a few tutorials I realized that the effect of the turks head is achieved in a way similar to three strand flat braiding (see how to braid paracord here), which I love. It has simplified the process of making turks heads for me and I will share with you the easiest way I have found to get these rings made.
I find paracord rings are a great way to use up scraps of paracord that have left over from other projects.
Be mindful though, that paracord rings, like metal rings can become dangerous if your finger swells up. Thankfully cord is easier to cut than metal:)!
I also considered the possibility that the cord would shrink for some reason. Because I use quality US made paracord, I was not worried. If you want to be sure the cord will not change sizes though, you may consider pre-shrinking it.
How to make a paracord ring
This style of ring is made in an easy fashion which I will show you below. If you are familiar with turk head knots, then you are good to go, otherwise follow the simple tutorial below.
In short the ring is made by first wrapping the cord around your finger to get the initial setup going. After that, switch to braiding and braid the cord until you reach the other end. The braiding process is a tiny bit different, since two of the cords being braided are not open ends, but already part of the ring on both sides. Only one loose cord is available.
After you reach the look you want, join the two ends by melting them together using a lighter. I like to tuck the melted part into the ring if applicable.
There you go! The ring is ready to be given to someone special. It might be yourself, or a loved one 🙂