How to make strong rope out of grass while off the grid; video

This story was originally published on OFFGRID. Words by Patrick McCarthy.

Cordage is useful for many purposes during survival situations, including building shelters, trapping animals for food, and rappelling safely down slopes to reach otherwise inaccessible resources.

You’ve probably already got paracord in your bag, and you may also have jute twine, monofilament fishing line, or other types of cordage. However, these are all finite resources, meaning that they'll run out or wear out eventually.

Even if you're not a dapper Swiss mountain-climber, rope can get you out of trouble in many ways. Photo: OFFGRID

In long-term survival situations, knowing how to make your own cordage from natural materials is an extremely valuable skill.

Luckily, it’s not difficult to do so. Primitive cultures have been making rope and other woven items from natural plant fibers for millennia.

It’s actually pretty simple … and strong. Photo: NightHawkinLight/OFFGRID

The YouTuber known as NightHawkinLight has made a name for himself by creating hundreds of videos showing how to craft various items, from air cannons and knives to rockets and musical instruments.

In his latest DIY video, he shows how to create hand-braided rope from dry grass.

A very useful skill for a variety of different situations. Photo: NightHawkinLight/OFFGRID

This method can be adapted to any length or thickness of rope, and with a little practice, it’ll only take a few minutes to complete a foot of strong cordage. He also emphasizes that the stiffness and moisture content has a dramatic effect on the rope — fresh green grass is more malleable, but if it’s not dried before use, it’ll shrink and weaken the rope.

If done right, this is some strong cordage. Photo: NightHawkinLight/OFFGRID

Check out the video below, and for more DIY projects, check out NightHawkinLight's YouTube channel.

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