Paracord Projects: How to make a Giant Monkey Fist

By on February 5, 2014

Paracord Projects: Make a Giant Paracord Monkey Fist with A Pool Ball

A paracord monkey fist is beneficial to carry on you for survival and self defense purposes. It’s super easy to conceal and carries enough power to slow down any attacker.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a paracord monkey fist using a pool ball! This giant monkey fist weighs in at a hefty 6 ounces!

How to make a giant paracord monkey fist using a pool ball:

Supplies you need:

  • pool ball
  • 18ft 550 paracord in a color that you want to be the main color
  • 10ft 550 Paracord in a color that you want to be the compliment color
  • 8ft 550 paracord in a color that you want for your lanyard and handle
  • Monkey Fist Jig
  • scissors
  • lighter or matches

Need supplies? Check out my recommendations at the end of this post

Free Paracord Bracelet - FireKable by DIYReady

Monkey Fist Instructions

Step 1: How to Connect Paracord

To get started, we will need to connect both pieces of paracord at the ends so we have one single strand to make our monkey fist:

Take the ends of both your major and minor paracord. In this case, we are using black 550 paracord as our major color and grey 550 paracord as our minor color.


Cut the ends.


Step 2: Melting Ends of Paracord

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Step 3: How to Make A Monkey Fist: Starting

Now, let’s get started weaving the monkey fist!
Grab your jig and line up your paracord so the the merged part is lined up in the center on the inside of the two pegs closest to you.

You will want your major color on the right and your minor color on the left.

Step 4: How to Weave A Monkey Fist

Start the weave with your minor color. Holding the black strand in you right hand so it’s kept in place, use your left hand to wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion. This counts as one loop.
You will repeat this 9 more times until you have completed 11 loops.

Wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.


This is how it should look once you’ve completed wrapping 11 times.



Make a single loop around the peg in order to keep the grey strand in it’s place.


Step 5: Wrapping Monkey Fist Loops

Keeping those loops in tact, place the pool ball in the center and hold it in place with your hand.

Place the pool ball in the center. Start to wrap the black cord up and over the grey loops.

Step 6: Wrapping Alternate Monkey Fist Loops

Repeat Step 4 with the black strand (your major color). You will wrap it clockwise, making sure it goes on the outside of the grey(minor color) cord. Once you’ve wrapped it around 11 times, your ball should be able to sit in the middle without you holding it.

Helpful Hint: As you wrap your paracord to make your monkey fist knot, do your best to keep each loop next to each other and not overlapping any other loops. This will make it easier for you when you start to tighten your monkey fist.


Loop the black paracord counter-clockwise around the outside of the grey paracord.


Keep wrapping like this, going around the pool ball in the center.


Wrap until you have gone around 11 times.

Step 7: Complete the Monkey Fist Loops

Now we are going to complete the last set of loops, continuing with the black strand. This time, we will weave the strand so it is on the inside of the grey loops but around the black loops we just made.
Be sure to use this series of loops to contain the pool ball. Just like the previous steps, you will wrap it around 11 times.

Grab the end of your black paracord.


Thread it up and inside the grey loops.


Thread it over the black loops then back down on the inside of the grey. These loops will be hugging the pool ball.


Thread it back under the pool ball.


Bring it behind the pool ball and inside the grey loops.


Repeat until you’ve made 11 loops.

Make A Monkey Fist



Step 8: Remove the Monkey Fist from Jig and Tighten Loops

You have now formed your monkey fist knot! Now you are going to remove it carefully from the jig and start tightening. As you go through and start tightening, it is important that you do not make anything too tight for the first round.
This is a slow process that you will have to repeat a couple of times to gradually get your Monkey’s Fist as tight as you want it. If you tighten too much too early, you will end up causing the cords to over lap. This is especially important for the loops on each ‘edge’ – if you pull these too tight, you will begin to pinch the loops underneath together, making it very difficult to keep your monkey fist neat and even.
Take your time at this phase, and try to maintain symmetry all around your knot.
Remove your monkey's fist from the jig.

Remove your monkey’s fist from the jig.

Step 9:

Starting with the grey paracord at the corner where you made your first loop, pull the complimentary side up gently to tighten the corner.
Follow the strand around the fist, continuing to tighten.

Follow the strand around the fist, continuing to tighten.


Start tightening the loops. Be patient, this is a slow process.


Follow the cord around the ball and continue to pull and tighten.


Continue all around the ball, it should start to look like this.


Continue along the ball starting with the black cord. You will have to go around a couple of times to get the monkey fist nice and tight.

Step 10: Lanyard and Handle

 Now let’s start to make your lanyard and handle. To do this, you will first make a diamond knot with the two pieces of cord hanging out of the monkey fist.

To start the diamond knot, align the two cords next to each other.


Take the black strand and make a loop over itself.


Bring the grey strand under the black loop, over the top of the black strand then back under the black strand.


Now thread the grey strand over the bottom part of the black loop, underneath itself then back over the top part of the black loop.


Pull the grey strand slightly to tighten the loops. (Just slightly)


Pull the grey strand around and under pulling up through the center of the black loop. Make sure you end up on tom of the other grey strand that is there.


When you pull it a little tighter, this is what your knot should be looking like.


Now let’s go back to your black strand. Grab the end of it.


Loop the black strand on the left side of the knot, over the grey strand and under all the other pieces, pull it up through the center of the knot just like you did with the grey strand.


This is what it should look like. Now, carefully start tightening the knot. Pull the strands one by on to get the diamond knot closer to the base of the Monkey Fist.


This is how your diamond knot should look.

Step 11: How to Make A Paracord Lanyard

Now that you’ve made your diamond knot, let’s move on to creating your lanyard.
To do this, we will tie a seesaw knot. Grab your third piece of paracord (8ft piece) and fold it in half to get started:

Fold your third piece(the 8ft piece) of paracord in half to make a loop.


Thread the loop around the grey cord.


Now grab the black cord on the right.


Thread it behind the grey loop and up through the new piece.


Pull all four strands to tighten. You will always start with the strand that is the highest up. So, the next strand that you will work with, is the black one on the top left.


Now, grab the top left black strand from your new piece.


Do the same as you did before and wrap it behind and up through the center of the right two pieces (the grey and black strands).


Bring it back to the left side. Pull all four strands to tighten. Now the grey strand is the highest strand, so this will be the next one you work with.


Wrap the grey strand back behind.


Then pull the grey strand through the middle of the left two strands.


Pull the grey strand back to the right side, and pull all four strands to tighten.


Continue to repeat those steps until you have reached your desired length.

Step 12: How to Make the Paracord Handle

Make your lanyard as long as you want. Now let’s make the handle using the cobra weave:

Keep your black and grey strands that came out of your monkey fist as the center piece of your cobra weave. Pull your remaining black pieces of cord to opposite sides.


Starting with the left piece, pull it under the center pieces and over the right strand.


Take the right strand over the center pieces, then over and through the loop on the left side.


Tighten the first knot. Now repeat with the right strand. Bring it under the center piece and over the left piece.


Take the left strand over the centerpieces and down through the loop on the right side.


Pull to tighten. This is what your cobra weave should be looking like.


Continue on down until you’ve reached your desired handle size. Finish the ends by cutting and burning. Make a knot with the black and grey center strands and cut and burn as well.

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Ready to get started? Here are our top picks for supplies:

Pool Balls- sets

I recommend you buy a set. You get 16 and can share with friends, or make some of these and sell them on EBAY.

Pool Table Billiard Ball Set by Felson Billiard Supply

Pool Table Billiard Ball Set, Art Number Style

Pool Balls- individual

# 8 Ball Regulation Size 2 1/4″ Pool Table Billiard Replacement

Various Lengths of Paracord

550 Paracord – Five Colors 100 Feet Total

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord (Black, 550-Pound/100-Feet)


Monkey Fist Steel Centers

1″ Steel Ball Bearings

Avler™ 1″ (25.4mm) Chrome Steel Bearing Balls for Paracord Monkey Fist Center (Pack of 10)

Key Rings for Your Monkey Fist

KEY-BAK #500 Premium Quick Release, Pull Apart Key Accessory with 2 Split Rings

Monkey Fist Jigs-

NOTE: these will not be big enough for a pool ball, but will work to make smaller monkey fists

Check out this post to make a monkey fist that uses these jigs

How To Make A Paracord Monkey Fist


***Want a jig like mine? Let me know in the comments if you might be interested in a kit for this!***

I will also be posting a tutorial soon on how to make a monkey fist jig

Jig Pro Shop® Multi-Monkey Fist Paracord Tool Jig ~ Make Monkey Fists From 5/8″ Thru 1 3/4″

The Multi-Monkey fist Jig for Monkey Fists from 5/8″ up to 1 3/4″


Good luck! Hope you learned how to make a monkey fist!

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Stephanie Hicks Butler is the executive editor of DIY Ready. She is curious, creative, and an expert mess maker who is not afraid to try anything a couple of times to get it right. Her specialties are inventing things, writing no nonsense clear instructions, artistic endeavors, paper crafts, digital media, kids crafts, creating recipes and figuring out new and better ways to do almost anything. Stephanie is a DIY guru who thinks maybe she should have been banned from DIY forums years ago, but enjoys being part information junkie, mad scientist, uncertified gourmet chef and mom of three budding DIY enthusiasts. DIY Projects For Teens


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  2. Mike

    February 10, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I really wish you would warn your readers that carrying a slungshot or “monkey’s fist” is a felony in many states.

    • Mick J P7

      February 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Yes…well so is attacking someone and trying to rape/rob them.

    • manuel

      March 16, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Some states issue a weapon s permit vs a gun permit, so u can carry any legal weapons or arms for self defense

  3. Charles

    February 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Nice, how do I get that kit?

    • Stephanie

      February 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Soon. We will let you know!

  4. scott

    February 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    what are the dimensions for the jig

    • Stephanie

      February 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      We have specs I am about to add to the site.

  5. Jim

    February 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Yes very much interested in making a jig like you used for the pool ball, it would be very much appreciated.

    Thank You

    • Stephanie

      February 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Great. We will let you know. Thanks!

  6. Dennis

    February 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I’ve always wondered how monkey a fist was done. Navy used them to throw lines to another ship etc

    • Bob

      February 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Trust me, that’s not the way we tie a monkey’s fist in the Navy. You can google and find out how to very easily. Normal monkey’s fist will only have 3-4 wraps when finished weaving needs a center weight less than half the size of a cue ball.

  7. Joseph

    February 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Love making bracelets, just needed a post on how to make a “Monkey Fist”. Thanks!

  8. Paul Wheeler

    February 21, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Would love to make one with the proper jig.

  9. james capasso

    February 21, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I would like to buy one of these already made.

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  11. Ed

    February 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I would like to have a kit & in what states is the illegal?

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  24. Shirley

    May 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I would like to make the monkey fist using the pool all… Iam interested in the jig to make these… Is it possible to buy one already made as a pattern?

  25. TC

    August 31, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    What are the dimensions of your monkey fist jig?

  26. Bill

    October 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Where can i get the specs on that jig?

  27. Tàkoda Fox Chancellor

    December 19, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Where can I get that kit for the monkeyfist paracord. I want to make a 3/4 ball?

    • Rynna Machate

      Rynna Machate

      December 30, 2014 at 12:35 am

      You can find a monkey fist maker kit in or ebay. Hope it helps.

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