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Paracord May Day Baskets
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 4/22/2015 to Jack's Jargon


Paracord May Day Baskets


How to celebrate May 1st with paracord creations



Growing up, May was my favorite month of the year. Not only was it my birthday month (wish me “Happy Birthday” on the 11th) but it also signified the start of spring and the waning weeks of the school year. Oh, plus there was May Day. I remember making cones out of construction paper, filling them to the brim with small candies, and hanging them from my neighbors’ doors. After ringing door bells, I ran for my life, because girls still had cooties back then.


The roots of May Day can be traced back to “The Festival of Flora” around 170 BC wherein the Roman goddess of flowers was celebrated. As Europe became Christianized, May Day took on a more secular premise, with traditions of dancing around the maypole (a small wooden pole common at European folk festivals) and crowning the Queen of May. By the time the tradition of May Day came to the United States, celebrations evolved into encompassing the elements of the holiday we know today.


Although May Day traditions vary by neighborhood, city, and region, the basic customs in the United States are similar. First, you fill baskets with candies, flowers, or toys. After the basket has been filled, you are to write the recipient’s name on the outside of the basket and then deliver the basket to said recipient’s house. After you place the basket on the doorstep or door handle, you ring the doorbell or knock on the door. Then, you run away from the house before the recipient has time to see who delivered the basket. If the recipient catches you, a kiss is exchanged. Anonymity is the key to a proper May Day celebration.


The sad realization I came to while writing this blog was that the May Day tradition has decreased substantially in modern times. Some of my fondest memories came from constructing those May Day baskets and delivering them to my crushes in the neighborhood. Naturally, it was heartbreaking to see that less and less children are celebrating the great tradition these days. So, this is my challenge for the parents reading this blog: BRING BACK MAY DAY BASKETS. Teach your kids the history behind the holiday, and have them fill their baskets with paracord! Paracord scraps or small handmade crafts such as crittersbracelets, and lanyards are perfect for a May Day basket.


For more ideas, visit our FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, or Instagram to learn new tutorials and preview our best paracord discounts. If you plan on making a "Paracord May Day Basket," let us know below!


Happy Cording.


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


To read Jack's full blog, visit here.

The Simplest Paracord Designs
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 4/14/2015 to Jack's Jargon


The Simplest Paracord Designs

Suggested projects for paracord crafting beginners




When I came to Paracord Planet a year and a half ago, I knew virtually nothing about knotting. Aside from making a few bracelets at various summer camps growing up I really hadn’t had much crafting experience in my life. Naturally, I was apprehensive to begin. The first design that I ever successfully made was the “Fishtail Weave.” I started to build some more confidence and by the time I had worked here for three months, I was able to get down the Cobra, Sawtooth, and Extreme design with relative ease. Prior to ever being able to craft paracord projects, however, I had to familiarize myself with the material. Paracord, a kernmantle rope that was originally used by paratroopers in World War II, was never imagined to be as versatile as we have later discovered that it truly is. Although I’ll never have the crafting abilities of JD Lenzen, Dman McQ, and some of the other big names in the paracord industry, I feel comfortable enough with the rope to make some awesome creations in my spare time at work. I owe a lot of thanks to these simple designs below for helping to ease me into paracord crafting. If you're a beginner, too, try out the following designs and build your confidence in your own crafting abilities!


1. The Easiest Paracord Bracelet



Learn how to make it here.


2. The Easiest Key Fob



Learn how to make it here.


3. The Easiest Lighter Wrap



Learn how to make it here.


4. The Easiest Monkey Fist



Learn how to make it here.


5. The Easiest Necklace



Learn how to make it here.


Once you have mastered these designs, you should be able to move on to the next level of paracord crafting. Make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our Google+ and Pinterest pages, and scroll through our Instagram in order to find tutorials for your next project.


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz

Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com

To view Jack's full blog, click here

Paracord Planet's Weekly Episode
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 3/30/2015 to Jack's Jargon


Paracord Planet’s Weekly Episode


Why we decided to enter the world of YouTube tutorials




If you’re like me, an avid paracord crafter who is constantly looking for more inspiration, the search for innovative tutorials never ends. My search for paracord inspirations has introduced me to a handful of wonderful YouTube channels, including TyingItAllTogether and The Weavers of Eternity, as well as some great pictorials from the likes of Dman McQ and Paracord Guild. Our desire to provide you all with easy access to creative designs has formulated in our launching of a weekly episode in which we will be teaching you new weaves every Friday. The Paracord Planet YouTube channel is officially back up-and-running after a few years of inconsistent posting. These weekly episodes will feature some of our employees crafting their favorite paracord designs, as well as how-to steps to help you follow along.



Although pictorials are helpful for some, our research suggested that the video route is the best way for most new crafters to learn designs. Since teleportation hasn't yet been figured out (c’mon physicists), we can’t be in your living rooms with you teaching you new designs. The video route allows you access to all of our creations, and is the most conducive to learning. We are three weeks in to our weekly episode, and you can see our first three creations below:


Creation #1: The Extreme Weave (a.k.a. The Trilobite or The Ladder Rack)



Creation #2: The Sawtooth (a.k.a. The Shark Jawbone)




Creation #3: The Dragon's Tongue




We will be releasing a brand new tutorial this Friday, and each Friday after that until we run out (but as you all know, you can never really run out of paracord projects). If you have any suggestions for improvements, or any suggestions for weaves that you want to see done, please leave us a comment on the bottom of this post. Also, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Instagram for more ideas and inspirations. Happy Cording, everyone!


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz

To read more of Jack’s blog, click here.

Paracord Planet March Madness
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 3/9/2015 to Jack's Jargon


               

Paracord Planet March Madness


Explaining the rules of the first ever paracord tournament



March Madness has perennially been one of my favorite parts of the year. I grew up playing basketball on my driveway, dreaming of being recruited by Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. Naturally, you hit a certain age where you realize that you’re only an average ball player, and you develop new passions—such as crafting with paracord and working for Paracord Planet. Regardless of my unfulfilled dream of playing in a March Madness game, I still live for the season! Filling out brackets is one of my favorite pastimes, which brought me to creating the “Paracord Planet March Madness” bracket this year.


The Idea


We were sitting in a Paracord Planet weekly marketing meeting when the idea first got brought up. We decided to make a bracket of our 16 most popular paracord colors, and set up a competition in which each week, the winning color would go on discount. By the end of the tournament, we would crown our FIRST EVER PARACORD CHAMPION. Which color do you think it will be? View the bracket below to make your predictions.


The Rules


The first round, there will be 16 teams and 8 match-ups. Each color will be sold at full price in the 10’ length. The winner in each match-up will be the color that sells more hanks. There will be 8 winners that emerge from this week and go on to round two. The second round, there will be 8 teams and 4 match-ups. Each color will be sold at 10% off in the 25’ length for this round. There will be 4 winners that emerge from this week and go on to round three. The third round, there will be 4 teams and 2 match-ups. Each color will be sold at 15% off in the 50’ length for this round. There will be 2 winners that emerge from this week and go on to the championship round. The championship round, there will be 2 teams and 1 match-up. Each color will be sold at 20% off in the 100’ length for this round. The winner that emerges from this round will be crowned our FIRST EVER PARACORD CHAMPION and will go on sale for 25% off any length for an entire week.


Also, if you fill out a bracket and do not make a single mistake (pick all of the correct winners), you will be able to win a FREE $50 gift card to ParacordPlanet.com. This is our way of incentivizing your participation in this tournament. We want to make this a fun experience for all involved, and we are excited to see the results of all of the games. To stay updated with the results, make sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out our Google+ and Pinterest pages, and keep up to date with our Instagram. We will be keeping live updates on all of these locations. May the best color win!



The Bracket




Written by: Jackson Yakowicz



To view Jack’s full blog, visit here.

Paracord Zoo
Posted by Jackson Yakowicz on 3/2/2015 to Jack's Jargon


Paracord Zoo

The 5 Greatest Paracord Animal Tutorials




As a child, some of my fondest memories came from my trips to the zoo. The Minnesota Zoo was only about five miles south of my childhood home, resulting in me spending countless summer afternoons whistling to canaries and strolling past monkey cages. I also recall the sheer excitement I felt when a mountain lion had escaped from the zoo and was reportedly on the loose. I had imagined that the escaped feline and I would become best buds. You see, as a kid you never fully grasp the fact that these animals can swallow you whole. The innate fascination with animals thrives in the minds of many children, and that love for other species is only expanded by paracord crafters. Some of the greatest knotters have blessed us with numerous tutorials for crafting paracord animals. Below are the 5 best paracord animals that can make up your very own "paracord zoo!"


1. The Paracord Sea Turtle (via TyingItAllTogether)



2. The Paracord Elephant (via Everaert Kris)



3. The Paracord Rabbit (via Everaert Kris)



4. The Paracord Frog (via Everaert Kris)



5. The Paracord Dragonfly (via TyingItAllTogether)




Which of these designs are your favorites? Do you have any other suggestions for our “Paracord Zoo” ?! Please feel free to share any of your ideas with us on our FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest, or Instagram accounts. We love interacting with our fans, and providing content to further the knowledge and skills of the paracord community. We hope you enjoyed this post!


Written by: Jackson Yakowicz


Contact at jacksony@imsetc.com


To view Jack's full blog, visit here.


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