By now you’ve probably checked out our article all about paracord – what it is, how you use it, and why it’s important to have in your survival kit. You’ve also probably read all about the various paracord projects you can make with this unique material. One of the most common ways you’ll see paracord being used is for a bracelet. Several years ago many people started wearing them as a fashion accessory. In reality, they are a great tool to have in a survival situation. Paracord was originally used for women’s stockings back in the 1930s. It was then transitioned to be a military tool. It was used, obviously, for parachutes. This incredibly durable material comes in many forms but we typically see paracord type III 550 cord. This particular paracord has 32 woven strands as the outer sheath and 7 strands as the inner component. In addition it can, as its name suggests, withstand up to 550 pounds. Due to the fact that this is not only a durable object that can help you in an emergency situation it can also be fashionable.
Making a paracord bracelet yourself can be pretty easy if you know the right steps. There are dozens of techniques, each one with a different look, as well as many ways you can close your bracelet. The most common way, often called the Cobra Stitch, will be demonstrated.
- Paracord (you will need approximately 1 foot of cord for every 1 inch of bracelet. For example, if your wrist is 8 inches long you’ll need 8 feet of paracord)
- Tape measure
- Side buckle
- Measure Your Wrist: Wrap the paracord around your wrist and hold the end with your fingers. Lay the paracord next to the tape measure to figure out how large your wrist is. Jot that number down to remember for later.
- Attach the Buckle: Find the center of the paracord by lining up the ends. Attach to the buckle by looping the center of the paracord through the buckle. Then loop the ends of the paracord through the center part and pull tight. Your buckle should be at the very end.
- Find Bracelet Length: Take the buckle apart so it is in two pieces and pull the free ends of the paracord through the other part of the buckle. It should slide up towards the attached part. In order to find the length of your bracelet you will be measuring the distance between the two halves of the buckle. Take the number that you got in step one and add about 1 inch. You’ll want it to be large enough to be comfortable on your wrist. For every inch of wrist you’ll need a foot of paracord. For a 6 inch wrist you should have six feet of paracord.
- Start Knotting: Take the cord on the left side and place it under the strands in the center that run between the two buckle ends. No take the cord of the right side and place it under the left cord, over the center strands, and loop it through the left side cord. Tighten the knot you have made so it is directly next to the buckle. There should not be any space in between. Now take the right side cord, opposite from where you started, and place it under the strands in the center that run between the two buckle ends. The right side cord should be on top of the left side cord, over the center cords and through the loop of the right side. Again, tighten this knot so it is touching the other half you previously created. You now have a fully completed knot. You will continue this process over and over, alternating between left and right side. If you accidentally do not alternate you will see the knots get twisted. If this happen, no worries, just undo the previous not and alternate.
- Continue Knotting: You will continue knotting until you reach the other side of the buckle. Be sure to use the same amount of tension when you knot so that all your knots are approximately the same size.
- Trim Ends and Secure: The final steps are to trim any excess paracord and use the lighter to secure and melt the ends. This helps with fraying.
Once you have finished your paracord bracelet be sure to show it off and maybe even make additional bracelets in a variety of colors. In addition, there are so many other projects to create from paracord.