This little project has very little to do with hammocks, I realize, but it’s a little side project I was working on for a class I’m teaching on the Old Testament. If you like to tinker with paracord, this is a fun and easy project that provides a lot of entertainment in the backyard.
If you want to know more about how to use a sling, or want to take this project further and actually weave your own with traditional materials, I recommend checking out TJ Potter’s website or Slinging.org.
DIY Paracord Throwing Sling Instructions
This is a really easy project that is easy to adjust if you want a longer sling or bigger basket. These instructions make a basic, small sling that is about two feet (61 cm) long. This throwing sling is suitable for small stones. I used these instructions but made seven bights in the center at eight inch (20 cm) long and then make a sling large enough to hurl a tennis ball.
This looks like a fun project! I’m afraid if I make one I could have a relapse of my past paracord addiction.
I prefer to braid and weave jute twine or other natural fibers. I taught my scouts how to make these and showed them how to use them one year at a camp out. They were amazed how accurate you could get with a little practice and soon realized with a smooth stone David really could have killed Goliath.
Cool project to add. Besides you never know when you could hunt a squirrel or rabbit to have for dinner while hammock camping 😉
There is a connection!
Derek, Thanks for posting this. Thought you might want to know that there is a typo on step 5 “ice” versus “nice”.
Egads! Thanks for the catch. I’ll get a new version uploaded.
I have a question about how you secure the ends of the short piece you use to make the basket. Just tie onto one of the cords I assume, just wondered how you did it.
I trimmed the excess cordage and melted it onto the basket.
T.J. Potter has a great way of making a sling this is probably not as good but its way quicker to make and soon ill find out if its good enough for aim. Other sing piece designes will miscarry a rock half the time but I have faith that this one wont.
Thanks! Yes, there are other examples out there. This is a very basic design; good in a pinch.
Is is his website still working? Clicked on the link and “can’t reach this page” message came up
I think you’re right. I’ll update.