How to Make a Paracord Bracelet in 10 Minutes

April 4, 2020

Pretty much everyone who uses paracord weaves in any capacity has crafted their own survival bracelet. These paracord bracelets can be made using a number of different weaving patterns, and these various weaves aren’t merely aesthetic, they have their own uses which can range from holding items fully encased within the bracelet or using some items as an actual part of the weave itself.

If you have not yet worked with paracord, you may be surprised to find out just how useful these survival bracelets can be and how many important tools they can hold. As you may have assumed, these differing types of corded bracelet weaves also vary in difficulty, though bracelets are normally some of the easier paracord projects to finish. In fact, with only a little bit of practice and some attention to detail, you will be able to put together a paracord bracelet in 10 minutes or less without having to rush at any point. However, if your first attempt is  unsuccessful, simply unknot what you had done and start again - paracord weaves really do follow the old adage of “Practice makes perfect.” If you want to know more about tying paracord knots read this post next.


Measure Twice, Cut Once

To make your survival bracelet, you will preferably have two different colors of paracord available. To determine the length you need to cut the two cords, measure the length around your wrist and for every inch on your wrist, add a foot to the paracord. After that, add another foot or two to your paracord as starting with too much rope can be fixed near the end of making the bracelet whereas adding length to paracord that’s too short is frustrating and difficult. After making the measurements, cut the two paracords and melt one end of each together with a lighter.


Attach Paracord to Buckle

On the opening of the buckle, insert the open ends of the paracord and have them go through the loop created by the other end of the paracord. Pull the two loose ends all the way through until the fused loop holds tight to the cord and buckle. Then, on the other end of the buckle, run the loose ends through again and open the buckle. Check the measurement between the buckle ends and that it matches the measurement of your wrist from earlier. Adjust as necessary to make the length between them correct.

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Weave the Paracord Bracelet

At the three minute mark of the video below, you can follow along to complete the weaving portion of the survival bracelet. Additionally, this video goes over everything discussed in this article, which should be helpful in case you are a visual learner.

After making a couple of these survival bracelets, no matter which type of weave you choose, there is little doubt that you will be able to start making them in under ten minutes, and you will be able to do it all from memory as well.

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