How to Make Paracord Bracelets

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    by Kathryn Hatter

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    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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    Paracord, or parachute cord, is extremely useful in emergency or survival situations. This nylon cording features an outer sheath filled with multiple strands which combine to give the cord great strength and durability. People who spend time in the wilderness often wear a paracord bracelet. Putting a paracord bracelet around your wrist automatically gives you access to several feet of paracord for use in emergency situations. Craft a custom paracord bracelet to wear on your next wilderness outing or to give as a gift.

    Things You'll Need

    • Paracord
    • Tape Measure
    • Scissors
    • Lighter
    • Dowel (1/2-inch diameter)

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    Measure your wrist, multiply the measurement by four and cut two lengths of paracord to this measurement.

    Hold the lengths of paracord together and fold them in half. Tie the paracords around the dowel in hitch knots at the center of the dowel and then line up the four weaving lengths of paracord under the hitch knots.

    Grasp the cord on the outside left---this is the number 1 position. Working left to right, take the number 1 cord behind the number 2 cord, in front of number 3, and behind number 4. Pull the cord tightly upward to the right, so that it's now in the number 4 position. As you repeat this weaving technique, the cords will continue to rotate positions. Each time, you will grasp the cord in the number 1 position and weave it along to the number 4 position.

    Repeat step 3 until only a few inches of each cord are left unwoven. Test the length of the bracelet by wrapping it around your wrist. When it encircles your wrist with 2 inches of excess, tie a temporary knot to secure the ends.

    Slide the hitch knots off the dowel. This will result in four loops on one end of the bracelet.

    Untie the temporary knot from step 4. Bring the four ends around to the loops so the woven paracord forms a circle. Separate the loose ends so two are on the left and two are on the right of the loops.

    Insert one of the left-hand ends through each of the four loops, from left to right. Then insert one of the right-hand ends through the four loops, right to left. Pull these two ends tight.

    Insert the remaining left-hand end through each of the four loops, and repeat with the final right-hand end. These ends will be harder to push through the loops because there will be less room, but you should be able to do it with some effort. Use tweezers to pull on the ends if necessary. Pull the ends very tight once you've pushed them all through.

    Clip the ends so that they're even with the outside edge of the loops. Don't leave any excess paracord protruding.

    Use the lighter flame to melt the paracord ends on each side of the loops. This secures the ends to prevent them coming loose.

    Work the paracord bracelet over your hand and onto your wrist. A new paracord bracelet should be slightly loose around your wrist. As it gets wet over time it will shrink, becoming quite formfitting around your wrist.

    • Remove the paracord bracelet by cutting it off. You can then unwind the paracord to use in an emergency situation, if necessary.
    • Don't make the paracord bracelet the exact same size as your wrist or it could shrink and become too tight.