- Athletic tape
Paracord is a strong and reliable cord, which can be used for a variety of tasks in a survival situation. One advantage to creating braided crafts out of paracord is that it enables you to carry a large quantity of the material in a relatively small space. A paracord whip, consisting of eight pieces of cord, is both a strong, reliable whip, as well as a large supply of paracord if needed.
Cut eight pieces of paracord to equal lengths. You will need the cord length to be about six-times the length of the whip you wish to have.
Lay four pieces of paracord down flat directly next to each other and pass the other four pieces across the top of the original four perpendicularly. The two sets of four should form a cross, with all four arms of equal length.
Grab the leftmost bottom cord, and bend the two ends up and over the cords crossing them to create loops. Repeat for the remaining three cords leaving you with eight loops.
Thread the non-looped pieces of cord through the eight loops, passing over the first loop, under the second, over the third and repeating until all eight ends of cord have passed through all eight loops.
Tighten the knot by grabbing all eight ends of the looped cord and pulling, then grabbing all eight ends of the woven cords and pulling, and repeating until the layer is tightly woven.
Repeat Steps 3 through 5. The same cords should be used for looping each iteration of the braid, and the same cords should be used for weaving each iteration of the braid.
Tie each end to the other end of the same piece of cord. This will leave you with a bundle of eight knots at the end of the whip.
Beginning 6 inches from the tied-off end, wrap the whip in several layers of athletic tape to provide grip, passing the tape over the bottom of the whip to cover the knots. You may apply extra wraps around the very bottom of the whip to create a butt, making it easier to hold onto the whip.