Introduction: Quick Release Survival Bracelet/Quick Release Paracord Bracelet

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Please watch the video below to understand how this bracelet works. It's very cool!.

Throughout this tutorial I will demonstrate how to make a "Quick Release Survival Bracelet". ParaVival is my new gear company, and it's also short for paracord-survival. This particular bracelet comes with up to 15 feet of paracord and can completely unraveled in under 20 seconds, perfect for any emergency or survival situation.

I also run a small boutique called Rusticlub


Step 1: What You'll Need

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What You'll Need: Check out our Paracord Kits
-We use a small piece of wood about 3' x 1'. Plywood works great for this. We simply screw an eyehook into it so we can attach the shackle to it while working. You can see the eye hook at the top of the picture below. Again, this is optional. You can do this by simply holding it it your hands.

Step 2: Step 1: Measuring Your Wrist

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1. Take a cord and wrap it around your wrist where your bracelet would be. Make sure it's snug, and not too loose. We take this into consideration, your bracelet will not be tight!

2. With a marker, make a line across the cord like shown in part 2 of the diagram.

3. I’ve darkened the lines in Photoshop so you can see a better example here in part 3 of the diagram.

4. Now lay your cord out straight on a table and measure from line to line.

Step 3: Step 2: Starting Off With a Cow Hitch

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  • The numbers below correspond to the numbers in the diagram.
  • Start by finding the middle point of your cord by taking both ends and placing them together and then following the cord down to the loop at the end.
  1. Take the middle point, or the loop if you will, and put it through your Stainless Steal Shackle
  2. Find your two ends and prepair to place them through the loop.
  3. Place the two loose ends through your loop on the other side of the shackle.
  4. This is what it should look like.

Step 4: Step 3: Creating Your Inner Cords and Measuring for Wrist Size

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  • The numbers below correspond to the numbers in the diagram.
  1. Form two loops using your fingers and bring the cord down roughly 7-8 inches.
  2. Separate the cords to form to hanging loops like shown in part 2 of the diagram.
  3. Bring them closer together so you can get an accurate measurement. Lay a tape measure or ruler down next to your cords and prep for measurement. You want to measure from the middle of the shackle bolt to the end of the loops which you have taped at the bottom. **NOTE: You must add 1" to your wrist measurement. For example, the persons wrist for the bracelet below was around 8 inches, so we are measuring this around 9 inches to end up with the correct sizing.

Step 5: Step 4: Temporary Step: Taping Ends to Insure Accurate Measurement and Stable Weaving

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  1. Tape off your ends after measuring correctly.
  2. At this point you are ready to start your braiding process.

Step 6: Step 5: Stabilizing the Top of Your Bracelet to Begin Braiding. Essential Step in Overall Outcome of Bracelet.

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-Make sure this is nice and tight when you begin braiding.
  1. Take your left cord and lay it over the inner cords.
  2. Wrap the same cord around the back of the inner cords and back onto the left side.
-It should look like it does in part 2 of the diagram.
-You are now ready to start your first Gator braid.

Step 7: Step 6: Completing Your First Gator Braid.

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-Now theres a lot to take in here so take your time and follow the steps 1 by 1.

-Remember the numbers below correspond to the numbers in the diagram below.

-The arrows in the diagram show whether the cords should be going over or under certain other cords. Follow them closely.
  1. Take your left cord (which you just wrapped over and around back to the left side) and go over "inner cord 1" and under "inner cord 2".
  2. Take your right cord and thread it under the cord you just brought over.
  3. Now thread the same right cord over the "inner cord 2" and under the "inner cord 1".
  4. Now with that same cord, thread it under and through the loop which was created. Remember to use the diagram below to help you. It is very clear and shows you where your cord should go.
  5. This is what the braid should look like before tightening.
  6. Push up with your finger so it's nice and tight against the cow hitch/shackle.

Step 8: Step 6: Completing Your Second Braid.

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-Remember the numbers below correspond to the numbers in the diagram below.

-The arrows in the diagram show whether the cords should be going over or under certain other cords. Follow them closely.
  1. Take your right cord and bring it under the "2nd inner cord" and over the"1st inner cord".
  2. Take your left cord and place it over the right cord which you just brought over.
  3. Continue the left cord under the "1st inner cord" and over the "2nd inner cord".
  4. Continue the same cord over and through the loop as shown in part 4 of the diagram.
  5. This is what it should look like before tightening.
  6. A finished, tightened Gator stitch.

Step 9: Step 7: This May Occur

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  1. While braiding your bracelet you may end up with a gap between your shackle and your braids.
  2. The numbers in the diagram correspond to the numbers below.
  3. This is what it will look like it if happens.
  4. Hold the two inner individual cords of each of the "inner cords" and push up on the braid. It will slide back up into place.

Step 10: Step 8: Weaving Down to the End

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  • The numbers in the diagram correspond to the numbers below.
  1. Once you are a good portion of the way down, you can undo the tape you applied.
  2. This is a close up of what your brads should look like.
  3. Braid all the way down until you have 1/2" left.

Step 11: Step 9: Cutting and Melting the Ends

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  • The numbers in the diagram correspond to the numbers below.
  1. Place yut scissors about an 1/8" away from the bracelet and snit the cord on either side.
  2. With your lighter melt the ends so the cord doesn't fray. Once you pull the lighter away, your going to want to use your hands (we suggest dipping you fingers in water or licking them first to avoid a burn) to smoothen over the ends creating a mushroom head type shape on each end of the cord. This allows the cords to lock into place so they don't slide out.
  3. This is what it should look like. Make sure to make this the side of the bracelet which is against your wrist so the ends are hidden.

Step 12: Putting It On

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  1. Slide the 2 loops onto the side of the shackle which has the threads on it.
  2. Put your shackle bolt on and tighten.
  3. Pull the loops back over onto the shackle bolt.

Step 13: And You're Done!

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Check out my online boutique for awesome hand-crafted products: Rusticlub


victorparedes (author)2017-03-26

Are there any adjustment's that need to be made for a side release buckle like this? (1 & 3/4 in. long)

schrepjm made it! (author)2015-10-24

Anyone have any insight on making this using a shackle with an adjustable bar? I made it once but had to use a zip tie to connect the bracelet to the bar. I'm looking to avoid that.

TershaC (author)schrepjm2016-05-25

Instead of the "cow hitch", you should be able to run your cord through one end of the bar. Make sure to have the shackle attached for your length measurement!

treymartin82 (author)2015-09-07

I made it! This was really easy once I got the hang of the weave. For mine I didn't cut and burn the ends but rather ran them straight down the inside of the middle. I can't wait to make this again!

tabbas1 (author)2015-05-16

This was my first ever paracord project and this made it an extremely easy project. Couldn't be happier.

gman47 (author)2014-06-30

do u know about trailblazer survival products

hms1997 (author)2013-06-02

I finally got around to making one but with a side release buckle. Instead of measuring an inch larger, I did half an inch larger. It was still too big so I had to soak it in water overnight. I think I ended up with 2-4ft extra cord (I haven't measured yet) on my 7-7 1/2 inch bracelet. I'll post a picture of it later.

AnthVale (author)hms19972014-01-26

Sweet good work! Where's that picture?

hms1997 (author)AnthVale2014-02-21

I had completely forgotten about it. I'll try to upload one this weekend or next.

AnthVale (author)2014-01-26


paracordry (author)2014-01-25

I tried it doing the braid on the same side instead

charlyoak (author)2013-05-31

my take

boneguru (author)charlyoak2013-07-05

nice touch with the crystal guard!

tardigradehunter (author)2013-05-23

As a combat veteran, and former member of a USASOC tactical airborne Co, I can actually vouch for this guy and back him up, from having had actual training on WHY we use what we use, etc. I also went digging around and found a link that kind of breaks down what he's saying into a more civilian-friendly explanation, including a link to buy some of the real stuff at a higher price point than he's charging, all things considered:

PTHFNDR4LIFE (author)2013-04-18

Can you use two colors of paracord for this bracelet or can it be only made by one color of paracord?

AnthVale (author)PTHFNDR4LIFE2013-04-20

I'm sure it can be done. But it may or may not affect the quick release aspect of it. The cow hitch is the center of all the cord. So that is where both the colors would meet up. So I guess you could fuse them together and make a cow hitch at the point where you melted the two colors together? Or maybe you could just bring both cords through and braid over them and eliminate the cow hitch.


Melvin71 (author)2013-04-07

this was a great project and worked out well the only thing I had to figure out was that you keep doing the first braid then second, first then second which you didn't really specify or just missed it but overall nice work.

teufelaffe (author)2012-10-13

What size shackle are you using?

AnthVale (author)teufelaffe2012-10-15

I'm sorry it's actually a 3/16th size shackle. I guess they measure it by the diameter of the metal, not the width of the shackle itself.

AnthVale (author)teufelaffe2012-10-13

Its more of a preference but I use a 1" shackle. You can use 1 size bigger or one size smaller. I wouldn't go much more than that in either direction.


stealthop (author)2012-10-12

your paracord is a bit expensive , i see paracord cheaper on google . is there a reason for this?

AnthVale (author)stealthop2012-10-13

Most paracord you will find on the web is not real MILL Spec Paracord. It's called "commercial paracord". I get mine from an aviation website which has a direct contract with E.L. Woods Braiding company which is one of very few companies which produce true MIL-C-5040 Type III paracord.

Most stuff you buy online will still hold 550 pounds strength. But it does not pass the same military parameters as the commercial stuff does.

The commercial cord has 7 inner strands, each containing 2 strands of there own. While the MIL-C-5040 Type III has 7 inner strands each containing 3 strands of their own, and also is said to be able to actually hold upwards of 700-800 pounds.

After extensive research I could only find one true supplier for the real stuff, and they have a certificate stating it comes from E.L. Woods Braiding company.

My prices are so high because I need to make money also. I just started the website a few months ago and I do not have the capital to buy enough of the cord to lower the price. I look forward to lowering the prices soon.

Again you might see some websites stating they offer MIL-C-5040 Type III. But it is actually pretty rare and most of the time bogus.

stealthop (author)AnthVale2012-10-13

ah, ok thats good to know . so next time i need paracord i will come see you at paravival :)

lperkins (author)2012-10-13

Nifty idea, but I don't know that 15' of cord is enough in a survival situation... I'm thinking I'll get some slightly larger cord and make a belt. ;)

AnthVale (author)lperkins2012-10-13


Check out my articles here Using Guts Of Paracord

You'd be surprised how much you can actually get out of 15 feet.

But belts are much better ( : !! I'm going to make an intructable for a belt soon.


rjbatc (author)2012-10-09

On the front page the title only says "How To Make A Quick Release Survival Bra"
- pretty funny if you ask me

freeza36 (author)rjbatc2012-10-09

I noticed the same thing. But for some reason all I saw was "Quick Release Bra"

AnthVale (author)freeza362012-10-09

hahahaha thats hilarious I just noticed that.

freeza36 (author)AnthVale2012-10-09

Haha usually someone would step out and say "get your mind out of the gutter" right about now.

AnthVale (author)freeza362012-10-09

I don't know whether to change it or not haha. What do you guys think?

sockit (author)AnthVale2012-10-11

Although I liked the instructable, I was thinking I might have enjoyed it more if you just left the title alone and changed the instructions!!

AnthVale (author)sockit2012-10-11

haha Maybe I'll make a real quick release bra for my next intructional. hmmm we'll see.

james.m.k (author)AnthVale2012-10-12

Make sure it's a Quick Release Survival Bra!

simondburt (author)2012-10-11

It says to make sure and pull each knot tight... but I am left with half the original length! to make a braclet long enough for my wrist I only used 8 feet... what should I do to get better use out of the 15/6 feet of cord?

Also, do you ship cord overseas?

AnthVale (author)simondburt2012-10-11

If done right you shouldn't be able to use anything less than like 12 feet of cord.

Where/what are you stuck on?

I can try and clarify this for you.

When making your braids, you don't want it to be SUPER tight. You give it a nice an easy tug and make sure it's symmetrical and not looser on one side than the other.

This is the same for the Cobra bracelets too.

I'd try again and make it looser. It's probably more loose than I'm making it out to be.

We can ship over seas but it would cost more. Currently the site does not offer it but we do make exceptions.

AnthVale (author)AnthVale2012-10-11

Im not sure where you're seeing it say (Pull each knot tight).

Step 6 mentions to make sure the "Stablelizing" part is tight, and another thing mentions being tight in part 6 of step 7 and 8. But think "tight" as in like just enough where all the cords are pulled together, no loose cords or "air pockets" if you will, in the "knot" when done with that particular braid. You by no means want to pull the crap out of it really tight because then your going to lose your "Quick Release" capabilities, and possibly use less cord like happened to you.

But i'm a bit confused because most of the time when you make your knots tighter, they end up much smaller, leaving more room for more braids, and it usually allows room for more cord???

I'm here to help walk you through it if you need any assistance! Hope this helped at all..


simondburt (author)AnthVale2012-10-12

I see what you mean, I was just pulling them too tight, I am used to having to pull a knot tight so that my hammock doesn't slip out of the tree or so my kitchen tarp doesn't fly away, or better yet that the Frame packs that my kids used didn't fly off the roof of the camp when barrelling down the highway!

I just need to realise that this is supposed to be 'loose' to allow for more cord usage!

ineed-iwant (author)2012-10-12

I am having a really hard time at the end finishing them..They dont want to stick together.. I have heated them as much as to turn the end black HELP PLEASE

gonzoRN (author)ineed-iwant2012-10-12

I use a pair of hemostats (clamps) to pull the ends back through braided bracelet--they're invisible.

AnthVale (author)gonzoRN2012-10-12

You do not want to do this with this particular bracelet. Doing so may affect the "Quick Release" aspect of it. And I do not recommend doing this with any of my survival bracelets either because it just makes it so hard to unravel when you do need to use the bracelet in a time of need.

If your just using it for show, and like the bracelet itself, this is definitely the way to go.

Just my opinion.


AnthVale (author)ineed-iwant2012-10-12

Your not trying to get it to stick to anything. When you melt the ends, you spread the melting nylon so it's wider than the original cord. If you were to look at it by itself the end of the cord would look like the top of a mushroom. The mushroom head is what hold the cord from being pulled through at the end. If you just left it, it would unbraid. So melting it, and forming this mushroom head type of end, this stops that.

I'm gong to do a small tutorial or video on how to do this, and also an alternative way of ending the bracelet as well.

Should be done in the very near future.

Hope this helps


MiltReynolds (author)2012-10-11

Most excellent! I appreciated the high-quality photographs, carefully worded step-by-step directions, innovative design. Definitely going to check out your website! Keep up the good work!

AnthVale (author)MiltReynolds2012-10-11

Thanks! I appreciate your comments and I will definitely keep up the good work!!!

Thanks again,


RoboTronics21 (author)2012-10-11

It is me who should be thanking you man for posting super awesome instructables, i liked the gator a lot and will try it out soon keep on making great instructables, and nice updates to the site too!!!!!!

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-10-11

Hey man like all your instructables this one is really great it actually kinda looks like two cobra bracelets joined together and whats this weave called?

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-10-11

Hey there RoboTronics21. Thanks!

I'm not too sure what the weave is. I have seen it been called the "Blaze Bar". But for my stores sake it is the "Gator". VERY rugged, quick, and survival ready. It's my personal favorite. Theres still a faster deploying bracelet though. My "Fishtail" bracelets accompanied with a "Shackle", can unravel it literally 5 seconds if you are fast enough! The longest part is just unscrewing the shackle bolt, then 1 simple pull and boom all your cord is out.

I have the King Cobra tutorial coming soon, and I'll follow that with the Belt hopefully soon.

Thanks for enjoying my work and keeping in touch I really appreciate it.


audreyobscura (author)2012-10-09

This came out really nicely, and its a good color. Excellent photos, great directions, thanks for the share.

AnthVale (author)audreyobscura2012-10-09

Thanks a lot! I still need to add some instructional videos and images for some parts that are a bit unclear. But for the most part its followable!

Thanks a lot!


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