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How To Make A Paracord Dog Leash Using The Seesaw Knot

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Since I've shown you how to make the dog collar, let's make the matching dog leash! It's actually easier to make than the collar, you'll just need a little more paracord.

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Step 1: Tools And 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 dog leash snap and paracord.

Parachute cord shrinks by 10% when it gets wet. To preshrink the paracord, soak it in hot water for 5 minutes and then hang it to dry. You can also use the washing machine & dryer, it's up to you.

To determine how much paracord you will need, the project length must be broken down into inches and multiplied by five. So, I’m making a four foot leash with a five inch allowance to make a handle loop. Therefore 53″ X 5 = 265″. For making this leash I will need TWO cords that EACH measure 265″ long


Step 2: Arranging The Cords On The Snap

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Fold both of the cords evenly in half and run the loop of each cord through the eyelet of the snap. Take the loose ends of the cords and run them through the cord loops. Tighten the cords so that the loops are snug against the snap eyelet.

Step 3: Clamping Down The Snap

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Clamp the snap to a steady surface like a table top. This will keep your knot work steady and you can put tension on the cords when you are knotting.

Step 4: Knot One

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To make the seesaw knot, we will be knotting alternating half-hitch knots. Take the first colour of cords, bring it behind the second set of cords and through the loop that you have just created. Gently tighten up your knot. Don’t tighten too much or your knot work will begin to twist.

Step 5: Knot Two

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You will now take the second colour of cords and make a half-hitch in the OPPOSITE direction.

nmoore1922 days ago
Thanks for the tutorial just finished my first : )
bsilha4 months ago
Good Instructable! Instead of burning the ends, use heat shrink tubing. It looks much cleaner!
ree261210 months ago
So a six foot leash would be 77" x 5=385" correct? So that would mean I would need two 32 foot cords of paracord?
drjeffff1 year ago
Excellent instructions and excellent finished product!! Thank you. Have made 6 leases now and all my dog owner friends will be getting these (and matching collar) for Chrismas!! thanks again!! Jeff
I just made one of these tonight and I really love how it looks but I was really disappointed on the length. I have a 4 month old Great Dane puppy with massive lines so she's going to be a very large dog and I did my numbers for a 6 foot leash and it came out at about 4 feet... :( I did my knots pretty tight but took into consideration the note that if pulled too tight it will twist, but I felt it was at a good tension. I'm not sure what went wrong but something did somewhere along the line. Either way, its a great instructable and I enjoyed this evenings craft. I can always redo it and use more cord.
Where do you get different colors of Para Cord? The only colors I have found are OD green ,Black and Tan
http://myworld.ebay.com/5staredc/?_trksid=p4340.l2559<---This guy has a lot of colors, cheap too.
ohowson2 years ago
What kind of time are you looking at to make one of these?

thanks :)
BigGryph4 years ago
I have a 92 pound Bull and Pit mix.  Will this cord be strong enough? 

Thanks<
Micheal
 considering that each strand of parachute cord can hold 550 lbs, this would definitely hold him
buellboy4924 years ago
Finished mine today.  Thanks for the instructable!.  It didn't take as much paracord as stated, but I tie my knots tight.  I can't wait to make the matching collars for my Carin Terriers! Great pictures and description, really helps make it easy. :)
Stormdrane4 years ago
A soldering iron or wood burning tool work well for melting paracord ends in place.
Good 'ible - rather than using the lighter to seal the cord ends, why not use a hot knife? An old kitchen knife, heated up in a flame, is a great way to make a neat cut.
Doggie Stylish (author)  Celticonnection4 years ago
i have a hot knife that is used to shape styrofoam with & i've found that it will cut the paracords okay, but it doesn't do a good job sealing the ends. maybe a hot pointy kitchen knife could do the trick, i'll have to try it sometime.
happyman4 years ago
This is cool a great project for a cubscout pack and then donate to a animal shelter
Doggie Stylish (author)  happyman4 years ago
didn't think of that. what a great idea!!
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