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Learn some knotting techniques and create your own 15cm paracord person. You'll be able to to add swords and shields,helmets and hairy bits, tails and other trappings as you see fit.

Step 1: Overview and What You'll Need

Picture of Overview and What You'll Need

This is the original paracord person, crafted one icy spring round a campfire in Sussex. After the first one was made, my kids eagerly took up the knotwork challenge and quickly became adept at making and customising their own.

This person is made from 3 different knots - a Turks Head (not a Monkey's Fist), a Switchback Strap (for arms and legs) and a Solomon Bar (for the body).

You will need:

  • 3m assorted paracord - start with 4mm as it's easier to work with.
    Use approx 1m each for head, for arms, for body. There should be enough left over to make the legs.
  • Scissors or knife.
  • Matches to flame the ends when you cut it - this melts the paracord and stops it fraying.