Friday, November 23, 2012

How to Make a Paracord Bracelet 2

Because of the article I’ve written on my every-day carry kit as well as the How to Put Together the Ultimate Survival Kit article, I’ve had a number of readers ask me for the instructions on how to make a paracord bracelet.
Like I’ve mentioned in both of those articles, paracord is such a useful tool in survival situations that you should always have some amount on hand — and there’s no better way to always have some with you than by wearing it! The design may look complicated but making your own paracord bracelet is actually quite simple. Here’s the process:

How to Make a Paracord Bracelet – Step by Step

  1. Get some paracord: You’ll want to have around 15 feet of paracord to ensure that you have enough.
  2. Fold the paracord in half: Take the full length of paracord and fold it exactly in the middle so you’re left with two 7 1/2 foot lengths on either side of the fold. For ease of maintaining the fold I usually wrap some tape at the end where the fold is.
  3. Make the left-sided knot:  
  4. Take the single cord on the left side and pass it underneath the central strands.
  5. Complete the knot: Now take the right side cord and pass it underneath the cord from step 3, over the two central strands and through the left-side loop created in the previous step.
  6. Pull in the slack:  
  7. Pulling both of the free ends on either side, tighten the knot to pull in the slack.

  1. Make the right-sided knot: Take the single cord on the right side, pass it under the central strands.
  2. Complete the knot: Now take the left side cord and pass it underneath the cord from step 6, over the two central strands and through the right-side loop created in the previous step.
  3. Pull in the slack: Pulling both of the free ends on either side, tighten the knot to pull in the slack.
  4. Create the slide holes: At this point I usually will take the two little loops at the top of the cobra-stitch pattern and open them up a bit with my fingers. These two little loops will be used as a sliding mechanism for tightening the bracelet when finished.
  5. Repeat steps 3 – 7 until desired length is reached: You’ll want to continue the alternating pattern until the cobra stitch is almost at the very end of the loop — leaving about a half an inch of the loop open.
    As a side note, be sure that you are alternating the left-right pattern. Otherwise the knots become twisted in which case you can simply undo the last knot and continue with the alternating pattern again.
  6. Insert the free ends into the slide holes: Depending on how much paracord you used in the “braiding” process, you will some amount left over (as you can see in the previous picture). You’ll want to take these free strands and put them through the slide holes you had made in step 9.
    If you originally cut the paracord to get your 15 feet, the cut ends will be frayed. At this point, it helps to burn them off to make a sharp tip. This will make putting the strands through the slide holes a lot easier.
  7. Tie off the end: Taking the two free strands, tie a knot at the point where the bracelet is just large enough to fit over your hand. I like tying a square knot followed by a granny knot. This makes a nice round knot ball that will be placed in the loop to secure the bracelet.
  8. Cut the extra pieces
  9. Burn off the frayed ends: Using a lighter, burn off the frayed ends and while still hot, flatten the melted ends against the knot ball made in step 12.
  10. Fit and secure the bracelet: Slide the bracelet on, pull the knot ball to tighten the bracelet, and insert the knot ball into the open loop to secure the bracelet. Viola! you have made your own paracord bracelet.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How to make a paracord bracelet!

survival paracord bracelet

Paracord, or 550 cord, is one of the most useful items you can carry in your emergency supply kit.
Many people wear their paracord in the form of survival bracelets. Not only are paracord bracelets useful, but they have become the latest trend in the military fashion community.
If you're wondering how to make your own paracord survival bracelet, refer to these basic instructions. You'll find that it's easier than it seems.

What you will need to make your paracord bracelet:

  • 10 ft. of paracord; the rule of thumb is to use one foot for every inch of your wrist (standard wrist size is 8"). Using 10 feet of cord will ensure that you have enough for the bracelet ends, and will give you a more comfortable fit. We recommend using 550 cord, which is commonly used in the military and is named after its breaking strength of 550 lbs. Our 550 cord is available in 50 ft paracord, 100 ft paracord, 300 ft paracord, 600 ft paracord, and 1000 ft paracord. The more paracord you get, the more paracord bracelets you can make!
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

Just follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Take the paracord and fold it in half. Insert the center of the cord into the female part of the buckle, just enough to form a small loop.

  2. Take the cord ends and insert them into the loop you just created. Then pull and secure to form a knot.

  3. Take the male end of the buckle and pull it through the free ends of the cord. Slide it just enough so that the cord between the male and female ends fits around your wrist, with an extra inch for good measure.

  4. Position the cord so that the male end of the buckle is facing up. Bring the left strand behind the two center strands and above the right one.

  5. Take the right end and bring it over the center strands and into the loop at the left that you just created. Tighten to form a half knot next to the buckle.

  6. Now repeat with the other end: Bring the right strand behind the center strands and above the left one.

  7. Take the left end and bring it over the center strands and into the loop at the right that you just created. Tighten up the cords to form your first complete knot. We recommend making your knots slightly loose in order to add body to the bracelet.

  8. Continue to repeat steps 4 through 7 until you've knotted all the cord between the buckle ends. Make sure each knot is uniform as you proceed. If not, undo and knot again.

  9. When you've completed your knots, you're ready to trim the left and right ends of your bracelet. Use your scissors to cut each end off, leaving about a quarter inch on each end of the bracelet.

  10. Now, use your lighter to smooth the frayed cord remaining around your bracelet. While the lit cord is still hot, press firmly to melt onto the surrounding cord. We recommend using a butterknife or pair of scissors to do this.


paracord bracelet with buckle
With the bracelet around your wrist, snap the buckle ends together to secure. Now, proudly sport your new para cord bracelet to everyone around you - and don't forget to pass these instructions on to your friends and family!