How To Make A Paracord Dog Collar Using The Seesaw Knot

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I just love using paracord! it`s lightweight, sturdy & virtually indestructable! This ìble will show you how to make a `manly`collar for your dog using paracord and the seesaw knot. This knotting technique can also be used to make a dog leash, bracelet, belt or anything else that you see fit.

You can see other cool tutorials like this one, on my blog, Bloggie Stylish
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Step 1: Tools & Supplies

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You’ll need a few basic tools to make this project. A C-clamp, hemostat clamps, scissors, a lighter, a flexible measuring tape, a 3/4″ plastic snap and D-ring and paracord.

Parachute cord shrinks by 10% when it gets wet, so it is essential to preshrink it.To preshrink the cord, soak it in hot water for 5 minutes and then hang it to dry. You can also dry the paracord in a dryer, if you wish. Just put it in a pillowcase, knot closed and dry for 20 minutes or so.

First, you have to measure your dog’s neck. Choose a place on the neck where you would like the collar to sit & measure snugly with the flexible measuring tape. Then add an inch or two for the dog’s comfort.

To determine how much paracord you will need for your project, take the neck measurement and multiply by four. Jersey’s neck measurement was 18″ X 4 = 72″. So I will need TWO strands of paracord that are EACH 72″ long.


Step 2: Putting The Cords and D-ring on the Snap

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Fold your cords in half and run each of them through the end of the snap that has the single slot. Now run the D-ring through the cords and place close to the snap. you will now run the loose ends of the cord through the loops of cord that are sticking out of bottom of the snap. Pull the cords tight so that the loops are tight

Step 3: Clamping the Snap

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Clamp the snap down onto a steady surface like a table. This will keep the snap steady and you will be able to put tension on the cords when you are knotting.

Fairie_Troll5 months ago
Great instructions. I have a question though: I wanted to make a 22" collar, I measured out 88" of cord, but my collar only turned out to be 12". Any suggestions?
kangel11 year ago
Alternatively, you can clamp it to a door, so the cord(s) fall straight (and untwist) when you aren't working with them, so the knots will lay straighter.
since you wait until the last step to burn the ends, tightly winding some scotch tape around the ends should work. i use this of my shoes when the aglets wear off...
I know your post is like 3 years old, but if you don't know this you need to know it...

Play with heat shrink tubing... Works awesome for rope ends and aglet replacements!
I would add another metal d ring so that the leash attached to both sides of the snap.
Good idea. A turn buckle or a small caribiner and a steel O ring would do it too.
aron6664 years ago
is that slap hard enough to hold the dog ? i have APBT and he is pulling like bull.
If it's made out of paracord, (one length of paracord can hold 550 lbs. [In weight] ) But then again any knot in any length of cord or rope deduces it's strength by 50%
can you make a paracord dog walkking harness?
joey993 years ago
whouldint it choke her in the rain
finghin3 years ago
rozalinda4 years ago
thanks.veeeeeeeeery nice.
cool wasp4 years ago
Is that a Vizla its so cute, i have one too
rhaubejoi5 years ago
I prefer a ''stick'' lighter to melt cords, as I find I am less likely to burn my fingers.  I mean the kind you can light a candle with.
rhaubejoi5 years ago
I cheat and skip this step...I am barefoot most of the time anyhow, so I run a large loop thru the other side and hook it over my big toe.....Start off sitting 'indian style' and then extend your leg as you need to. This way I can work anywhere I want.  This is the method I used as a kid when I used to make lanyards and friendship bracelets..
Love all your instructables, and your blog, almost as much as I love your pictures of Jersey. :)  I think the pathos of dog photo faces is inversely related to their degree of spoilage.  (Which means Jersey is a testament to what a nice life he has!)  Please keep up your great ideas!