So I sent Erin a gift earlier this week.
And when I was wrapping it, I was unable to find my ribbon.
So I improvised. I'm quite happy with how it came out and the reception it got.
How was it done? Well there's two ways. Both involve wrapping the paracord around a dowel/pencil/braid of cord.
The longer, but better way, is to wrap it, tighten, and then leave it be for a week or so.
The quicker is to wrap and then gently wave a lighter (or heat gun) over it to get it to set in position.