Introduction: How to Make a Flashing LED Paracord Bracelet

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Learn how to make flashing LED paracord bracelets to make sure you can be seen!

Step 1: You Will Need...

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To make your LED paracord bracelet you will need the following things:


Tape measure



An LED wrist band of some sort

Step 2: Measure Your Paracord

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To make an 8" bracelet you will need approximately 8 feet of paracord. Cut a little bit longer if you want to be certain you'll have enough!

Step 3: Your First Knot

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When you are ready to begin weaving place your LED band over the centre of the paracord. Take the left side cord and cross it over the band and then underneath the right side cord. Then take the right side cord underneath the LED band and up through the gap you have made with the left. Then pull tight!

Step 4: Repeat on the Other Side

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Now you need to do the same thing but starting with the cord on the right hand side this time. Take the right cord over the LED band and under the left cord. Take the left cord behind the LED band and up through the gap. Pull tight!

Step 5: Carry on Weaving

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Now you just need to keep repeating that pattern all the way down the band. Be careful with your spacing though. Try to keep it as even as possible all way down as it can be tricking to readjust it afterwards.

Step 6: Seal the Deal

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When you reach the end, pull the paracord tight. Snip the ends short and take your lighter to melt them slightly. Pat them down with your finger to bond them to the rest of the paracord and they won't come undone.

Step 7: Light It Up!

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These LED bracelets are great for wearing out in the dark whether you are walking, running or cycling to keep you safe and make sure you can be seen. And of course they are always good for a rave too! Most LED bands, like the ones I have here, have 3 lighting modes so you can make them flash slowly, fast or stay on constantly. There are tons of colour options too! Check out mine here


John T14 (author)2017-06-30

cool where did you get the led band

hermit57 (author)2015-01-27

Great project! I want to make these! I think you could benefit from another online mail order site. It's overseas and takes a little longer for your items to arrive but, it is worth the wait because the prices are soooo low! I believe once you look through what all they have to offer, your crafty mind will overload with ideas! :D We Americans use to say ; " I got a "good bang" for my buck", whenever we got a great price on a product. So it translates to them as : .

I hope you check it out and have great fun with it! And thanks for sharing this project!

bmalee (author)2015-01-25

Hello, Katie Vallis (author)
I would like to ask your permission to use the photos for my school'project. I wonder how can I contact you?
Thank you

lpcarpenter57 (author)2015-01-20

I like the LED wristband you use in this demo. Where do you get these? I've looked all over the internet for one that buckles like your's. I want to do this with Teens this summer for a Summer Reading Program.

suekoenig (author)lpcarpenter572015-01-20

I want to do them for the Summer Reading Program too. I'm thinking 3rd-6th or teens. What a great idea. I've been searching for them too.

lpcarpenter57 (author)suekoenig2015-01-21

We will be making infinity scarfs out of Tshirts, also. Do you have any other craft ideas?

suekoenig (author)lpcarpenter572015-01-21

That sounds interesting. Do you have a link for that? I haven't had time to think too far ahead yet.

lpcarpenter57 (author)suekoenig2015-01-22

Infinity Scarf Instructions. Our Senior Citizens did these Wednesday and had a blast!

Hi, I get them off eBay, there's only one kind that I've found look good and do the job but unfortunately they aren't listed just at the moment. I'll link them to you when they are back :)

ajohnson119 (author)2015-01-22

These are great .. one question, using these bracelets, are you able to change the battery?

Rhetorical_Save (author)2015-01-20

Lol I found the one you used :)|1616579374

Yep, that's the one!

haystac (author)2015-01-20

just curious how much are the led bracelet on ebay ... I can seem to track down the one u had used that has the one lock mech. and also do they have an off setting or is it a constant run til battery dies situation

Katie Vallis (author)haystac2015-01-21

I think they are £2.00 each and yes they do have an off setting :)

Aries0412 (author)2015-01-21

smart idea!

PowellMade (author)2015-01-21

They look great!!!

ihabov (author)2015-01-21

you could find them on

adeimar (author)2015-01-18

Is there any way you can link to the ones you use? Having probes finding sufficient bbracelets on ebay

Katie Vallis (author)adeimar2015-01-20

Hi, I buy them off eBay but they are currently not listed, I'll link them when they are back :)

suekoenig (author)Katie Vallis2015-01-20

Thanks. Is there a company that you purchased them from that we could look up the company since it isn't on Ebay now?

Rhetorical_Save (author)2015-01-20

Lol I found the one you used :)|1616579374

Rhetorical_Save (author)2015-01-20

Do you know what are the best brands of braclet for this?

And what is the Bracelet made of?

It looks like rubber

BigAndRed (author)2015-01-20

after 1 minute search I found this on ebay.

BigAndRed (author)BigAndRed2015-01-20

5 seconds later the same thing even cheaper.

AU$1.83 thats about US$1.50, dead easy to find.

pwmeek (author)2015-01-20

There are nearly 2400 hits on Amazon (not all relevant, of course) for [ LED Wristband ].

terrygerry (author)2015-01-20

Very nice. Great idea.

terrygerry (author)2015-01-20

Very nice. Great idea.

bound4all (author)2015-01-20

Also, how wide is the band? It'll make a difference in the length of the paracord.

bound4all (author)2015-01-20

Thanks for a great idea! They would be a good thing to have in a BOB. I like things that can be used for dual purposes!
As there seems to have problems finding the wrist band you used, could you please take a larger picture of it, both lit and unlit, so I can get a better idea of what it looks like? Is there, by any chance, a company name on the back of the wrist band?

janna.runderkamp (author)2015-01-19

would love to make this for my dog, do also have longer ones for a collar?

You may be able to put link two or more of the LEDs together to make it long enough. I want to make one for my dog too, so if you come up with something, please let me know (and vice versa)

Hi, I'm afraid I don't have longer ones no, I haven't been able to find any

JoelG1 (author)2015-01-20

I think these are them:

Katie Vallis (author)JoelG12015-01-20

These aren't quite the same as the ones I use but would probably work too

Rhetorical_Save (author)2015-01-20

Omg! This is so cool!

®kitty (author)2015-01-18


rambocommando (author)2015-01-17

Brilliant idea I will be making these for the kids when we go camping it will make them a lot harder to lose lol

Haha you should definitely do that! #TopDad

mountainmasha (author)2015-01-17

I've seen these LED bracelets before, but I like the look of yours much better. Nice work!

enelson8 (author)2015-01-15

This is way amazing!! Where did you get the LED bracelets?

Katie Vallis (author)enelson82015-01-16

Thanks! I get the bands off eBay :)

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