Make Your Own Paracord Bracelet

Written by Brandon Garrett

Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope can be tied into tons of different designs including bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind, haul or anything else that you might need.

So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert paracord lover, we have a design for you. Check out these paracord designs below. If you don’t want to spend time weaving your own bracelet, you can always let us do it for you.

What is Paracord?
Make your own paracord braceletParacord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets) is made of 32 strands of nylon sheath on the outside and seven strands of 2-ply nylon yarns on the inside (the “guts”). The 550 paracord is the same made for the government and has a minimum breaking strength of 550 lbs.

While paracord started out as a parachuters tool, people quickly recognized its usefulness in other areas. Since the cord is quick-drying, rot- and mildew-resistant, it’s great for many purposes. Military units use it for securing packs, hanging covers and tents. Many military personnel even use the guts as fishing line.

Check out these designs:

Bracelets
Paracord Snake Design
Paracord Woven Watchband
Paracord Keychain
Paracord Belt Design

Paracord Bracelet Design

• About 10 feet of Paracord
• Lighter
• Tape Measure
• Side release buckle
• Scissors

1. Measure the diameter of your wrist by wrapping a single line of paracord around your wrist. Make sure it’s nice and snug and with a marker, make a line across the paracord while it is wrapped around your wrist. Straighten out the paracord and measure the line.  This will be used for reference later.
2. Take the 10 foot line of paracord and fold it in half.
3. String the two loose ends through the male end of the buckle and pull them through the loop that the 10-foot line makes at the other end. Pull it tight and it should look like this:

4. Measure the line to the diameter of your wrist and place the female end of the buckle.

5. Position the bracelet with the female buckle at the top. The two loose ends of paracord should be coming up through the buckle.
6. Take the left paracord line and pull it under the two lines of the paracord bracelet. Then place it over the top of the right loose end.
7. Then take the loose end on the right and place it over the top of the two bracelet strands. Then pull it through the loop that you made on the left side with the left loose end.
8. Pull the two loose ends tight so they tighten against the buckle.

For the next section, you’re going to basically repeat steps 6-8 but start with the opposite end.
9. Take the loose end on the right side and pull it underneath the two strands of bracelet. Make sure it’s on on top of the loose left end.
10. Then take the loose end on the left and place it over the top of the two bracelet strands. Then pull it through the loop that you made on the right side with the right loose end.
11. Pull the two loose ends tight so they tighten against the previous knot.

Repeat
12. Repeat steps 6-11 until the paracord reaches the end of the bracelet.
13. If you need more room to braid, simply hold the male buckle firmly and pull the knots down the line.

Finishing the bracelet
14. Take your loose cords and thread them through the remaining slit of the male buckle.
15. Slightly lift the last knot that you made and pull the two loose ends through the loop.
16. Cut the loose ends close (about ¼ inches) to the end of the loop and seal them off by using a lighter.

Thanks to paravival.com for many of these ideas.

Updated January 3, 2013

34 Comments

  1. mike mcdaniel wrote:

    I served 26 yrs in the military & 4 yrs with the sheriffs dept. search and rescue. the usefulness of paracord is like the same as duct tape a 101 uses. thanks for your article it was great.

    January 3rd, 2013 at 5:47 pm
  2. Anne Bacher wrote:

    Where do you buy things like the side-release buckle?

    January 5th, 2013 at 8:36 am
  3. Battlefield EXPOZD wrote:

    How cool is that! My son had a problem with his watchband so I showed this to him and he is excited. LOL…now we have to find the roll of paracord we have around here.

    January 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am
  4. Kim wrote:

    What is the size of the side release buckle for an average project like this? Thanks

    January 5th, 2013 at 10:00 am
  5. Steve wrote:

    Kim for men 5/8 inch buckle they sell on amazon

    January 5th, 2013 at 10:59 am
  6. cmonty wrote:

    Why not make a longer one like the watch strap design..say for a shoulder strap, you cold add a metal or plastic clip to attach it to any d-ring. That would give you some extra length for larger needs.

    January 5th, 2013 at 11:30 am
  7. Tracy wrote:

    Thanks for the info love you site!

    January 5th, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  8. warren wrote:

    this cord wrapping seems like a very time consuming project to me. Why not just coil the cord and put it in a plastic bag, then in your pocket. And I find 10 ft of cord to be mostly useless. I put 50 ft in my plastic bag, a few water proof matches, and a couple of heat tabs, and I feel I am better prepared than just 10 ft wrapped around mt wrist.

    January 5th, 2013 at 4:11 pm
  9. coastiekevink wrote:

    nice article! lots of great videos on youtube about this subject. not having paracord in you kit (first aid, bug out bag, etc) is like having a gun with no ammo!

    January 5th, 2013 at 5:38 pm
  10. Brian wrote:

    http://www.paracordzone.com

    These are the real McCoy, made by a vet. The smaller cord (100LB) is better as you get more footage, about 12 -15 feet.

    January 5th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
  11. Bren wrote:

    How can you make a belt?

    January 5th, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  12. The Ready Store wrote:

    @Bren, stay tuned!

    January 6th, 2013 at 12:38 am
  13. Bill wrote:

    I think it would be easier to see if you used a color than black paracord.

    January 7th, 2013 at 6:57 am
  14. Brenda wrote:

    where do you buy paracord

    January 8th, 2013 at 6:04 pm
  15. mason wrote:

    Just made a dog collar using this method… Now my dog carries 35ft of cord as well!

    January 16th, 2013 at 8:11 pm
  16. scott wrote:

    what if i want to use 2 different colors?

    January 16th, 2013 at 11:49 pm
  17. Ruth wrote:

    The hooks are available at most fabric stores military surplus stores and even a the dollar store sometimes.

    February 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  18. Venessa Laforce wrote:

    That is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    February 27th, 2013 at 3:29 pm
  19. Jessica wrote:

    I just made a dog collar out of 550 cord for an English mastif and now starting on a halter for my horse. it
    s not as time consuming as most people think.

    March 24th, 2013 at 11:12 am
  20. Sandy Brunk wrote:

    I make rhythm beads for horses, basically it is a necklace for a horse. I came up with an idea the other day and thought you might be able to help me. The average size of a rhythm bead is 54″. How would I figure the paracord to make it into a rhythm bead?

    April 2nd, 2013 at 2:44 pm
  21. Markwell wrote:

    I like the way you present this! Simple and effective!

    April 17th, 2013 at 9:06 am
  22. NaStephenme wrote:

    Not sure what people are talking about it taking long time, takes 10 min to make one.

    June 26th, 2013 at 5:34 pm
  23. Adrienne Oliver wrote:

    I can get a bracelet done in about 10 minutes. That’s from buckle to burning. To make a two toned bracelet you have to fuse two colors together.

    July 2nd, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  24. STEVEN H. wrote:

    i’M WITH BREN HOW WOULD YOU GO ABOUT MAKING A BELT?
    DO A DOUBLE AND WEAVE THE TWO CONECTING SIDES TOGETHER?

    July 10th, 2013 at 1:19 pm
  25. Place wrote:

    Tremendous things here. I am very happy to peer your post. Thank you so much and I’m having a look forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

    July 29th, 2013 at 8:28 am
  26. survivorguy wrote:

    I have seen a few posted questions about where to get supplies. Paracord there are a lot of places out there and you really should go with what you like. for all of my accessories i.e. side release buckles, whistle buckles, steel adjustable shackles, key rings etc. I have been buying them from a place called AvoidingMyWife.com. There isn’t a lot on the site but the prices are pretty fair and the guy that runs it is a military veteran. He’s always treated me right.

    August 3rd, 2013 at 9:13 pm
  27. jeff wrote:

    I don’t see where you attached it to the watch.

    August 15th, 2013 at 12:53 pm
  28. Jacquie wrote:

    Just finished my first paracord bracelet. I used an old hemostat to tuck in the loose ends back through the finished bracelet. I found a good supply of paracord at “D & B Supply” and “The Outdoorsman” in Ontario, OR. Kinda fun!

    November 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 pm
  29. Northwoods Cheryl wrote:

    ALWAYS buy American made paracord. It has 7 strands of fiber inside. The cheap knock-offs have 5. HUGE difference is strength and quality. I have made all kinds of things.. reins for horse bridles and the bridles themselves, dog collars, gun slings, belts, etc. Very useful.

    January 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am
  30. Castiron wrote:

    If it has 7 strands inside it is 550cord used in emergency parachutes. The OD with a black stripe is 375 cord used in the Military Troop Parachute. Both are made in the US. The numbers stand for pounds of strength.

    January 13th, 2014 at 10:20 am
  31. Marlene Castagna wrote:

    Hi could you make
    two braclets That I love an want to give as a gift

    One is pink mixed with black an has two hearts on it an I love you. Other one has I heart my policeman an handcuffs on it. Please let me know if you can do that for me. Or were can I order them from thanks. Marlene

    May 16th, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  32. John wrote:

    I find Paracord at the flea market or a hobby shop. You can also find it at gun or knife shows. I use this design on key rings, some of my hand tools and once you master it you can tie and untie for other things. A pocket can only carry so much, So having a wrist band of 10f of paracord is as handy as a pocket on a shirt. ;)

    June 1st, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  33. RetiredTeacher wrote:

    You can buy all needed supplied at Wal-mart. They also often have kits–look in the craft aisle. For military strength paracord, look in the hardware section–maybe with the marine supplies or automotive. I teach a outdoor survival class in our middle school summer school and teach how to make these bracelets there. We also make keychains and lanyards, if time.

    July 14th, 2014 at 8:31 am
  34. Lisa wrote:

    Thanks for the clear instructions….we actually made these with a 5, 9 and 10 year old. Such a fun activity for them to do.

    August 21st, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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