How to Make a Braided Paracord Bracelet

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    by Joanna Swanson

    About the Author

    Based in Laramie, Wyo., Joanna Swanson has been writing in her professional life since 2004. She currently writes for various websites and enjoys reading a wide variety of books. Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming.

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    Paracord is a lightweight and durable cord used by the military for parachutes. Bracelets made from paracord are stylish, but they can also help you out in a survival situation. Unwind the bracelet and you can tie down a tarp and go fishing. Military-grade paracord, known as 550 Paracord, is made of nylon and is 1/8 of an inch in diameter. Many bracelets are made of 450 Paracord, but 550 Paracord can be used as well. Typically, a paracord bracelet is fastened with a button or by knotting the ends together.

    Things You'll Need

    • 10 feet of paracord
    • Knife or scissors
    • Lighter
    • Button
    • Sewing thread
    • Sewing needle

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    Braiding the Bracelet

    Burn both ends of the paracord with a lighter to prevent them from unraveling. Working from both ends, locate the center of the cord and form a loop. Holding the middle of the cord, wrap the loop around your wrist to determine the length of the bracelet.

    Start with the loose ends pointed away from you, and take the left cord and form a loop on the left, putting the end under both cords. Form another loop on the right side and put the end back under both cords. Thread the cord on the right under and through the loop on the right side and then through the loop in the center.

    Loop the same cord under the cord on the left and thread it back through the loop on the right side. The braid should resemble a four-leaf clover.

    Use the cord on the left and create a loop on the left side. Place the cord under the center and create a loop on the right side, again placing the cord under the center of the bracelet.

    Thread the cord on the right under and through the loop on the right and through the loop on the left side. Loop the cord under the cord on the left and thread it through the cord on the right side again.

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the braiding nearly reaches the end of the original loop.

    Fasten with a Button

    Stop braiding with a large enough loop to put your button through.

    Cut the paracord and melt the ends with the lighter.

    Sew a button onto the end opposite the loop and place it through the loop to fasten the bracelet.

    Fasten with Remaining Paracord

    Stop braiding when the loop is just big enough to thread both ends of the cord through. Pull the cords through this loop.

    Make sure that the loops at the top are large enough to thread both cords through. If they are not, pull on the cords that go through the center to make them large enough.

    Thread both cords through both loops at the top. Put the bracelet on to measure how much extra cord is needed to take the bracelet off. Knot the cords at this location and cut off the rest of the cord. Melt the ends with a lighter.

    • A tighter braid can use more cord, but will also make the bracelet stiffer and more uncomfortable to wear.