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Thread: Paracord Outdoor Ukulele Strap DIY for $4.99 (+ tax)

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    Default Paracord Outdoor Ukulele Strap DIY for $4.99 (+ tax)





    I made a strap for my Outdoor Ukulele using 550 paracord. I purchased 50 feet of paracord from Dick's Sporting Goods for $4.99 (+ tax)

    It is essentially a long paracord bracelet with sliding loop ends to attach to the strap buttons.

    A 5 feet long single strand of paracord is used for the core with scaffold knots at the ends to attach it to the strap buttons. The cobra knot pattern is used to wrap the core.

    A 36 feet long strand is used for the cobra knot wrap. The cobra knot pattern is used to cover the center 42 inches of the single strand core. The remaining ends of the core are used to make the scaffold knots.

    The cobra knot pattern is initially compressed to tightly fit in the center 40 inches of the core and is expanded to 42 inches meet the scaffold knots on the ends. This allows the core to be completely covered and results in a more flexible and comfortable strap.

    Tie the scaffold knots and attach them to the strap buttons. It may take a few attempts to get the length correct for your preference. I like my ukulele to hang just a bit lower than it would be without a strap.

    When you are satisfied with the length trim any excess paracord and use a lighter to singe the ends. I left a few inches on the back scaffold knot in case I need to adjust it later.

    Pull the cobra wrap towards the ends from the center to meet the scaffold knots. Try to evenly distribute the cobra knot pattern. Trim the ends of the last cobra knot and use a lighter to singe and seal (press) the ends.

    Enjoy your new ukulele strap!

    Resources:

    How to Tie a Scaffold Knot - YouTube
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1B7o-wiyp_Y

    How to tie the cobra knot - YouTube
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hL41UBj6j6I

    How To Cut And Seal Paracord (Don't Use Fingers) - YouTube
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2N19i_7Tuo

    Field & Stream Paracord 550 50 ft. | Dick's Sporting Goods
    https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p...50ftprcrd55cac

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    Very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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    Great! That is a good survival item, too!
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    Thanks. That's worth passing on. I can see how getting the length right would be important because adjustment is limited.
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    Well done—pretty nifty.
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    Weld one done. Thanks for sharing. Resulting parachord strap looks to be very comfy to wear. I’ve seen three braid version but like this a lot. Cheers

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    That is super cool!!

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    It looks good. You can also buy paracord from some craft stores like Michaels.
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    One usta be able to buy multi colored para cord at REI. It’s really good looking. Mine is yellow and red and blue.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE- Fingerstyle
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Lo F BbDF Fingerstyle
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

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    That strap really suits the black ukulele. Great job.

    Did the uke come with the strap pins? If not, how did you fasten them?

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