How to Braid a Paracord

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Robert Preston

    About the Author

    Robert Preston is a professional writer who majored in journalism at The College of New Jersey. In addition to work for various websites, Preston has done public relations with Major League Lacrosse's New Jersey Pride organization, where he served as the team's beat reporter.

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    Paracord is a tough, reliable rope, also serving as a versatile survival tool. By using paracord to make lanyards or smaller key chain accessories, you can carry a length of rope that takes up little space. In addition, once you learn braiding techniques, you can use the same processes to braid other materials such as hemp for making bracelets and necklaces.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paracord

    Fold a length of paracord in half so that both ends are of even length.

    Fold the cord a quarter of the way between the first fold and the loose ends, aligning the first fold and the loose ends. Arrange the ends so that looking from left to right, you have the left loose end, the two central strands created by the fold and the right loose end.

    Create a loop with the right loose end and pass the end of the right string in front of the center strings.

    Pass the left string over the right string where it has crossed the center strings, behind the center strings and through the right string's loop from behind.

    Pull both loose ends to create a tight knot.

    Create a loop with the left loose end and pass the end of the left string in front of the center strings.

    Pass the right string over the left string where it has crossed the center strings, behind the center strings and through the left string's loop from behind.

    Pull the second knot tight.

    Repeat the alternating technique to continue tying knots to create a braid the length you desire.

    • To create a twisting braid, do not alternate the side of the loops. Make the loop on the same side of the center strings each time.