Never Leave the House Again Without Paracord

by April 20, 2010 04/20/10
DIY Paracord Bracelet

After today’s Knot of the Week, you’ll officially have no excuse not to always have paracord on you.

Yes, everyone and their mother has a paracord bracelet nowadays, but seriously. Either carry some instead of shoelaces, stuff some in a pocket, or keep reading to find out how to make a bracelet using a continuous 8-10 ft. section of 550.

Most tutorials you may have seen for these go through the process of using two different strands of paracord in order to facilitate the closure method. Do yourself a favor and pick up some of these small 5/8″ Weinerlock contoured buckles (yes, you read that right), made by National Molding and get yourself a real way to secure your bracelet.

We’ll show you how to weave the Soloman Bar, aka the Cobra Knot, through these buckles to create a bracelet that’s both easy to make and easy to take apart in an emergency situation. You never know when and where you may need 550!

Paracord Bracelet » Decorative

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 4) **Ratings shown are for Solomon Bar Knot, not the Paracord Bracelet**

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

Uses:

  • Decorative Bracelet
  • Carrying Paracord for Emergency Purposes

Tying Instructions:

Note: The buckle we show in the demonstration is a 3/4″ ITW Nexus buckle that lacks the contour of the Weinerlock buckles. While these work fine, the contoured buckle is definitely nice to have when you’re wearing your bracelet all day.

  1. Find the middle of a 10 ft. section of Paracord and halve it
  2. Take the middle and girth hitch it into the female portion of the buckle
  3. Thread the two working ends through the bottom bar of the buckle
  4. Create a wrap (loop) with both working ends to the respective right and left of the initial working end entry
  5. Now place what you’ve created around your wrist and tighten the working ends until you have the desired size
  6. *You’ll want it snug, but not tight, as the pattern we’ll be creating will add some girth to the bracelet
  7. Once the size is determined, you’re ready to start the pattern.
  8. Take the right side working end and bring it over the standing center part
  9. Take the left side working end and ensure it runs on top of the right side working end you just brought over
  10. Take the left side working end and bring it around the back of the standing center part and up through the space left near the right side working end (see photos)
  11. Now you’re just repeating those steps, but the opposite starting with the left side working end instead of the right
  12. And after that, you’re just alternating which side you start with, much like weaving or braiding
  13. As you make your last wrap near the female buckle, you’ll take your working ends through the buckle and tie a simple overhand knot
  14. Cut the working ends close to the overhand knot and fuse them as you desire
  15. Too much fusing will keep the overhand knot tight, but make it difficult to unravel the paracord in an emergency

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above, be sure to let us know in the comments if you have any questions!

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rancher1school
rancher1school

It was an adventure making them at the T.A.D. store in San Fransisco today. I meet a lot a awesome people there.

TripWire
TripWire

I don't know exactly how he did it, but a buddy of mine used a buckle from a lanyard.... just fyi. I bought a few buckles at a local craft shop for .89 cents.

thinbluelion
thinbluelion

For buckles just buy a cheap small dog / cat collar. I found mine in the dollar store.

stephanie
stephanie

the best tutorial i've seen on these bracelets! thanks so much. i will be making some for all the guys in my family!

Jason
Jason

I know where you can find the way to make these one continues piece. I have made several ranging from solid OD to black with a free floating piece of blue for police. http://www.paracordbraiding.com/ I learned here, easy Chinese button knot a few clover hitches and then your cobra knot, and tuck the excess in so its not visible, easy to take apart, just take it off pull the button while holding the bracelet it comes apart smoothly.

JackKetch
JackKetch

maybe not if your in the military, since there is a dress code. however if your camping why not make a belt that way you can carry more length, in case your really in trouble.

Bagel
Bagel

I found a set of instructions for a buckle-less method of making a paracord bracelet. But the instructions are not very clear for a beginner like me. Can somebody translate it into an easier set of instructions?

Rocco
Rocco

Thanks for a great site guys! I came across another source for contoured buckles that looks like it's slightly cheaper than the site linked in your post:

http://cdwplus.com/singleSRB.html

If you are looking for more projects like this, there are quite a few on http://www.instructables.com (I found cdwplus.com linked from an instructable article.)

Thanks, and keep the articles coming!

Rocco
Rocco

Thanks for a great site guys! I came across another source for contoured buckles that looks like it's slightly cheaper than the site linked in your post: http://cdwplus.com/singleSRB.html If you are looking for more projects like this, there are quite a few on http://www.instructables.com (I found cdwplus.com linked from an instructable article.) Thanks, and keep the articles coming!

r1p_c0rd
r1p_c0rd

Another great tutorial guys... just want to add that if you have more 550, you can go back up the bracelet again to store even more. the most I managed was three times before it starts to geet too big but I managed to get about 25ft+. It will end up about 3cm wide x 1cm thick, just remember to allow for the extra thickness when working on step 5...

Tim D
Tim D

Awesome, thanks!

shadow4golf
shadow4golf

If you really want to be unique, use a coin instead of a button. It'll still have to have a hole drilled like Keydet mentioned.

George
George

I was under the impression that wearing a paracord bracelet was significant of military service, or a loved one in the service/deployed. Is this really for everyone? or, would a civilian be considered a "poser"?

RCase
RCase

ill take some shots this weekend, and maybe a quick video and post them up.

tnegiet
tnegiet

I need a paracord holster/koozie that will fit the Tri-Tronics G3 Pro 500 and atttach to a duty-belt. Only requirement is that it allows for access to the buttons on the transmitter. Anyone up for the challenge?

Cossa24
Cossa24

I have one myself with a stainless steel shackle. Not because it looks cool but because if I need something to anchor to a plastic bucket wouldn't hold my fat ass!

btimmer
btimmer

I must not be "everyone and their mother" because I don't have one yet! :) But I definitely do want one, thanks for the how-to, now I can just make one.

Mark
Mark

I'd be interested the design that doesn't require a buckle.

Keydet
Keydet

I like the quick release option. However, I've found that using a button (i.e. BDU button) works well as a toggle to finish a survival bracelet. Leave the beginning as a loop, tie the Soloman bar to length and melt in the ends, then thread the button onto the tail end of the center piece and then tie a double stranded overhand to hold it on (I find drilling/boring out the center of the button makes it easier to pass the cordage through). The button goes through the initial loop to hold the bracelet on.

Love this new method though!

-Keydet

Keydet
Keydet

I like the quick release option. However, I've found that using a button (i.e. BDU button) works well as a toggle to finish a survival bracelet. Leave the beginning as a loop, tie the Soloman bar to length and melt in the ends, then thread the button onto the tail end of the center piece and then tie a double stranded overhand to hold it on (I find drilling/boring out the center of the button makes it easier to pass the cordage through). The button goes through the initial loop to hold the bracelet on. Love this new method though! -Keydet

RCase
RCase

I have a design that doesnt require a buckle and will still allow for a continuous piece of cordage. Id happily share the method if anyone is interested.

Brian
Brian

its for everyone that decides to prepare for the unlikely....most service/EMS personel would appreciated that a civvie was wearing one, as long as they are aware of its many uses. m2c....

NEWWT55
NEWWT55

i made mine with a small steel shackle too. let's you put more cord in the bracelet because it is smaller. i also could not find these plastic clips in stores, but the shackle i used was simply by the chain at any home depot.

chris
chris

Buckle could be useful if the chord were turned into a garrote.

sixof1or2
sixof1or2

I would like to see that design that doesn't require a buckle.

George

sixof1or2
sixof1or2

I would like to see that design that doesn't require a buckle. George

Tim D
Tim D

Yeah, me too!

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