A bullwhip, or cow whip, is a potent tool that can be found in any cowboy’s arsenal. But how does one make this instrument of pure brutality?

Paracord and duct tape might be the most essential parts, but it’s the skill that goes into assembling it that matters most!

We’ve compiled a bunch of plans and a step-by-step guide on how to make a paracord bullwhip. We’ll talk about everything from the proper grip to choosing your materials to finally tying the beautiful knot at the end of your whip.

A parachute cord, or paracord as it usually is called, is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in parachutes. Today, it has been documented as one of the most unique versatile tools in any prepper’s toolkit.

You can use paracord for practically anything from clothing and gear repair to tripwire and shelter building. Paracord will do its job just fine if you need it for survival.

This could be a really fun DIY project for kids. Check out some of our other fun projects, like these DIY cardboard armor planshow to make an electric guitarDIY dollhouses, and these DIY birdhouse plans.

DIY Paracord Bullwhip Plans

1. DIY Black Paracord Bullwhip

Paracord Bullwhip

Making a paracord bullwhip is a fun and challenging project that can be completed in a few days. This tutorial will show you how to make a basic whip with a 12-foot handle and 6-foot lash. You can adjust the length of the whip depending on your needs. The final product is an impressive, functional piece of outdoor gear. Let’s get started!

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2. Paracord Pocket Bullwhip

Paracord Pocket Bullwhip

Looking for a new DIY project? Why not try making your own paracord bullwhip! This fun and challenging project is perfect for experienced makers, and the end result is a unique and stylish piece of wearable art. Keep reading for instructions on how to get started.

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3. Cheetoh Colored Paracord Bullwhip

Paracord Bullwhip

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making a whip? It might seem like an intimidating project, but it’s actually quite easy – and the results are impressive. This tutorial will show you how to make a paracord bullwhip, perfect for showing off your skills (or just impressing your friends). So gather up some supplies and let’s get started!

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4. How to Make an 8ft Paracord Bullwhip

How to Make an 8ft Paracord Bullwhip

Making your own DIY bullwhip is a fun and challenging project that can be completed with a few simple supplies. Paracord is the ideal material for this type of whip, as it is strong yet flexible. With a little practice, you can create a perfectly functioning bullwhip in no time!

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5. 3 Tailed 24 Plait Paracord Bullwhip

3 Tailed 24 Plait Paracord Bullwhip

Ever wanted to make your own bullwhip? Now you can, with this easy-to-follow DIY tutorial! Paracord is a great material for whips, because it’s strong and flexible. You’ll be able to customize your whip to fit your own style, and impress all your friends with your new whip-making skills. So get ready to put some paracord to good use!

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6. Hardware Store Braided Bullwhip

Hardware Store Bullwhip

Looking for a fun, new DIY project? Why not try making your own paracord bullwhip! This project is perfect for beginners and can be completed in just a few hours. Best of all, you can customize your whip to suit your own style. So grab some paracord and get started!

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7. How to Make a 24 Plait 5 Belly Nylon Bullwhip

How to Make a 24 Plait 5 Belly Nylon Bullwhip

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8. How to Make a Paracord Bullwhip

Paracord is a versatile material that can be used for all sorts of projects. It’s strong, durable, and easy to work with, making it the perfect choice for everything from bracelets to whips. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make a paracord bullwhip. This project is perfect for those who are looking for a fun and challenging DIY project. Let’s get started!

9. Fast & Cheap Paracord Bullwhip

Are you looking for a new and exciting DIY project? Why not try making a paracord bullwhip! This project is perfect for any maker hobbyist. With just a few materials and some basic skills, you can create your own bullwhip that is sure to impress. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your own paracord bullwhip today!

10. Indiana Jones Style

11. How to Make an Instant Bullwhip

12. 8 Foot Option

Step 1

Gather all supplies. You will need approximately 12 feet of paracord for each whip. You will also need some kind of handle, like those found on guitar straps or a simple piece of wood (about 8 inches long).

Finally, you will need some type of ring or clip that can attach itself to your belt loop when not in use. I used a dog leash attachment from a pet store, and it works great! The last thing needed is an end weight. This can be something as heavy as a lead block or even just a rock weighing about 5 pounds.

The only condition is that it must be heavier than most whips are designed to hold without breaking. The purpose of an end weight is to keep the tip down and prevent damage to whatever you’re hitting with your bullwhip.

If you don’t have any weights lying around, don’t worry about it because there are other ways to solve that problem. One of them will be described later in End Weight? What End Weight? Section below.

So what exactly do you need to make a real working bullwhip? Here’s a list: 100 feet of 550 paracords; 20 feet of thin rope or 2 lengths of thin rope 3/8 inch thick; 1 dog leash attachment or 1⁄2 inch nylon webbing; 1⁄4 inch nylon cord or rope; sharpie marker and scissors.

Of course, if you feel uncomfortable making your own whip, feel free to purchase one made from eBay or other sites selling kinky toys.

Just remember, though, if you choose to buy one instead of making it yourself, that they tend to be expensive and far less unique than a handmade whip.

Another note worth mentioning is that purchasing one could land you on a government watch list due to certain types of whips being banned under anti-possession laws.

Step 2

Cut down approximately 9-12 feet of your paracord. Leave enough length for your handle, usually about 10 feet from tip to tip of the handle. The size will vary depending on how long you want your whip and how much paracord you have.

Cut three evenly spaced loops along one end of your cord. These loops are where you attach lengths of 550 paracords for cracking action and strength. Three is plenty for most whips.

Four is fantastic if you’re looking for an aggressive cracker, but it can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, as it’s easier to over-tighten and break strands of your whip that way than with only 3 strands. 5 or more sections is excessive unless you’re making something unique like 5 strand dragon tail.

Step 3:

This also means it takes more material and money since each section requires its own knot at regular intervals.Tie off all free ends by either wrapping them in tape or melting/gluing them shut. You do not want these untied or fraying… ever!

Doing so will ruin your whip right away! Now cut another 12 feet (or so) of paracord. This is your tail. It gets wrapped around your handles through all the loops we set up earlier and glued into place.

Step 4

Wrap your handles with leather strips… leashes work great here too! Slide both hands down inside until they touch each other at about middle finger position. Pull both strings out between your fingers, crossing them neatly behind the central knuckle position.

Then wind both tails around the backside of handles and front side several times until reaching just beyond the halfway point on the first wrap. Work hard for neatness here, especially when learning. Learn to braid well now, and you’ll thank yourself later for doing so!

Finally, pass one tail across over the centerline of both seats in single braid fashion, then under itself and pull snugly against previous wraps…. pass tail under again….pull tight…..then tie off snugly beneath previous wraps using any knot you prefer.

Repeat steps 6 & 7 using opposite direction braiding. Whichever method you choose, use the same manner throughout the entire project. Lastly, apply glue to the wrap area just underneath the cross-weave area of each handle. Let dry overnight before finishing your whip.

Depending on personal preference, feel free to add beads, etc., within the final finished grip portion before gluing the last knot securely into place after the proper drying time has elapsed. Cut down approximately 9-12 feet of your paracord.

Leave enough length for your handle, usually about 10 feet from tip to tip of the handle. The size will vary depending on how long you want your whip and how much paracord you have.

Cut three evenly spaced loops along one end of your cord. These loops are where you attach lengths of 550 paracords for cracking action and strength. Three is plenty for most whips.

Four is fantastic if you’re looking for an aggressive cracker, but it can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, as it’s easier to over-tighten and break strands of your whip that way than with only 3 strands. 5 or more sections is excessive unless you’re making something unique like 5 strand dragon tail.

How To use A Paracord Bullwhip

Use your paracord for emergency purposes: Wearing a paracord around your wrist is handy in emergency situations, but it’s even more helpful when you create a dedicated whip out of it.

This type of whip has many different uses, but it functions as a tool for defending yourself or hunting wild game at its core. Many survivalists carry several whips with them on their travels because they can be used for so many different things; here are just a few:

Tying down tarps and other objects so they don’t blow away Building traps for animals Keeping your gear tied together during travel Creating weapons for protection from wildlife.