How To Make a Four Strand Round Braid Dog Leash From Paracord

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There are many uses for paracord. It's durable, virtually indestructable and washable, too! Paracord makes an excellent dog leash since it is lightweight and super tough.

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Step 1: Tools That You Will Need

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These are the tools that I use when I braid paracord. You will need 2 hemostat clamps, a C-clamp, scissors, a flexible measuring tape and a small woodburning tool. You can commonly find the woodburning tool at most crafting stores. The brand that I use is a Lenk. Of course, you will need a snap that is size appropriate to your dog and the paracord, ofcourse.

Paracord will shrink when it gets wet so you must preshrink it so that your finished project won't get all misshapen the first time you take your dog for a walk in the rain. To preshrink the paracord, soak it in hot water for a few minutes and then lay it on a flat surface to dry. I usually preshrink a bunch at a time to that I always have plenty on hand when I need it.

I am making a 5 foot leash, with a 5 inch allowance for the handle, so to determine how much paracord that you need, break down the length of your project into inches and multiply by four. 65" X 4 = 260" so I will need 2 seperate paracord strands that are EACH 260" long.

Step 2: Arranging The Paracord Strands

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For simplicity sake, I have used 4 different coloured cords and spliced them together to make 2 cords of 2 different colours. I like to use the C-clamp to clamp the snap to a tabletop so that my work stays steady. You can also just use a scrap of paracord and tie the snap to a table leg, stair railing or anything else that is stable. But using this method will make your work twist about and can be frustrating. Now lay the two pieces of the paracord side by side, over the ring of the snap.
Crafts10110 months ago

use a lighter!

Took only for hours to make a none foot one. thanks for the instructable
four foot that is
Squash1 year ago
Thanks! Definitely going to do this. Does anyone know if there a good place to buy or order the clips in bulk?
Eddiemoto1 year ago
Great instructable. Took me a while to figure out the back braiding, but once I got that, the end result is awesome.
fretted2 years ago
Bazinga !
well done.
strmrnnr2 years ago
I will make the suggestion to double wrap the cord around the metal of the ring.
This will distribute the pulling force over more area to prevent the ring cutting the cord and it will fill the ring so there is no side to side chafing of the cord.

Nice job.
knebekajze2 years ago
Awesome! My friend has a dog, so I know what present she'll receive tomorrow=)
Thanks so much! I bought some nylon cord to make a leash with and also want to add beads to it. What size paracord is this leash made with?
JPARC72 years ago
This is amazing! I have not come across a tutorial on how to make a dog leash made from paracord. It's great to see your step by step process here! Your instructions are very simple and clear. I would try to do that and hopefully will give it to my friend's pet. Thanks!
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finghin3 years ago
Awesome! Was really frustrating at first, I kept losing my place in the braid and forgetting what I was doing. The second attempt went much quicker and smoother.
Jerry E3 years ago
I actually found and followed this tutorial from your blog before I saw it here. This was my first paracord project, although I have played with this same braid before.
It really turned out great, and I am motivated to try some new projects. Thanks for a well done instructable!
hohum5 years ago
take a soldering iron, or and old iron, and heat smusch the end to look like a trumpet bell, it would give the piece a finished look and be harder for the material to pull out

looks great

jsgraham5 years ago
Very nice instructable.  I'm glad someone has finally made a noteworthy instructable outlining this braid.  I've used the same braid with gutted paracord to make neck lanyards for ID badges.  I made a 3-1/2 foot leash for our Pekingese because it's easier to control him in the car.  He loves to go for car rides.