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Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a 2 color survival bracelet with a buckle. When finished, depending on your wrist size, the bracelet will unravel into 2 equal lengths of paracord each measuring roughly 5-6 ft. long.

An easier-to-navigate version of this tutorial can be found on my personal site here: ParaVival Two Color Bracelet

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Step 1: What you’ll need.

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• 2 separate colors of paracord. Find on Amazon: Here
• Scissors
• Lighter
• Plastic side release buckle. Also can be found on Amazon: Here
• Ruler/tape measure (not shown)
• Scotch tape (not shown) Binder clips work really well too.

You can also find Genuine Mil-c-5040h Type III 550 Paracord on my personal site: Here

Step 2: Measuring your wrist

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1. Wrap a string or rope around your wrist and make sure it's nice and snug.
2. With a marker, make a line directly across the strings/ropes. See next image below for example.
3. I’ve darkened the lines in a photo editing software so you can see an example in part 3 of the diagram.
4. Now straighten out your string/rope and measure from mark to mark. I drew lines on the piece of paper underneath to help show my marks. My wrist is an 8" wrist as shown below.

Step 3: Cutting your cord, and melting ends.

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• Cut two equal 4 ft. pieces of paracord, one of each color.
• Once this is done you must melt the ends so they don’t fray.
• If the internal string, or the “guts” of the cord is exposed a bit, simply cut about a centimeter of the cord off at the end to enable a clean burn.
1. With your lighter, apply the flame for about 3-4 seconds rotating the cord to get an even burn.
2. Once the end is beginning to melt with your fingertips or some pliers squeeze down so it becomes somewhat flat. This will help you when threading your cord through your buckles.

Wayne30009 days ago

do you have a video of you bracelets?

Hi everyone ! Just wanted to mention an important point to keep in mind if super glue is used. For safety concerns, please do not use heat or flame near the super glue as it makes a very toxic white smoke.

I can make this much easier with super glue
Paravival (author)  avery_pocowatchit3 months ago

The point is to be able to deploy the bracelet quick...Not to struggle with undoing glued or melted paracord.

But yes. Glueing or melting the ends would indeed be much easier.


Most of the tutorials I have seen call for the ends of the cord to be melted into the bracelet when finishing but I saw one that threaded the excess under the middle cord. To be able to use the cord it makes more sense to not have a fused end.

masalust1 year ago

Did this project with my son. Thanks for the easy step by step directions!

Paravival (author)  masalust1 year ago

You're very welcome. Thank you!



Paravival (author)  vladivastok1 year ago

1" usually = 1'. It all depends how you are making your bracelet. I like to have as many inner core cords as I can so I carry more cord (not shown how to implement here). But with this tutorial using 5 ft. should be safe. I'm going to change it to say start with 6' so no one runs out. Thanks.

jokestersn1 year ago

I love this tutorial. Very easy to follow. My daughter is making them now!

sbowman101 year ago

Thanks for your instructable. very helpful.

jbomba11 year ago

Hello, nice tutorial. Instead of tape you can use fishing line to tie the access and keep it under the braid.

bracelet 2.jpg
Paravival (author)  jbomba11 year ago

Also, Nice bracelet. Looks awesome.

Paravival (author)  jbomba11 year ago

Good thinking jbomba1.

Sometimes I use snare wire for this as well. Both snare wire and fishing line are awesome added advantages to the survival/paracord bracelet!

chilling1 year ago
I found that using sewing thread worked better than the tape. because later on you do not need to take it off you can just weave right over it. and it is very simple to cut or brake if you need to adjust it at all. thanks for the instructions it is pretty cool and fun to make. nice job.
Paravival (author)  chilling1 year ago
Good thinking chilling.
Sometimes I use snare wire for this as well. Snare wire, sewing thread or even fishing line are awesome added advantages to the survival/paracord bracelet, and

can easily be applied in this situtation.

GDADZGSONS1 year ago
Do you take the tape off of part A to do this?
Paravival (author)  GDADZGSONS1 year ago

Yes. I braid right over the excess cord. I'm going to have to edit the tutorial because I've found it much easier to approach it like this:

Give yourself extra excess cord (the part you tape off), use a binder clip and clip all cords together (substituting the tape) close to the buckle. Leave some excess cord exposed towards the braids. Then braid over the excess cord. This will now hold the cords in place allowing you to take the binder clip off. Finish braiding up to the buckle and wala.

sdtacoma1 year ago
In Step 2 you measure your wrist at 8 inches but in Step 6 you say it measures at 7.5 inches. Did I miss something, are you shrinking?
gross0671 year ago
I made my first one! It ended up being a little big, my wrist is 6.5" and I thought I had set it up at 7.5", but it ended up at 8" I'll have to try and make sure I don't pull so hard next time tightening it. I used up almost all of the 4' length though, so a great survival bracelet! Thanks for the tutorial!
jbolling22 years ago
Should the measurement be snug or kind of loose
Paravival (author)  jbolling22 years ago
WHen measuring you want it to be snug. Don't make it real tight. But you don't want it too loose either. Once you have that measurement you add 1" to it and thats your size. The 1" compensates for the thickness of the cord, and the snugness of the first measurement. Message me if you have any trouble!
iTHiZZ2 years ago
In Step 8 you say to repeat Step 6 in reverse, but I think you meant repeat Step 7. And by reverse do you mean flip over the bracelet or just reverse steps?
Paravival (author)  iTHiZZ2 years ago
Thanks for picking that out. I changed it to say "Step 7".

A good way to look at it is the color you want to be in the middle (Which is blue in the finished product in this guide) always goes under the bracelet cords. So in my guide the blue cord starts on the left and goes under the bracelet cords. Then the next step it's on the right and u bring it under the bracelet cords from right to left. Then its going to be on the left again. So you take it from the left and go under bracelet cords again from left to right. And you just repeat this.

Hope this helps.
I ended up being able to do it finally. You're right it's mainly just switching sides from left to right is where I made a mistake but I figured it out. Thanks for the tutorial, very useful.
Paravival (author)  iTHiZZ2 years ago
Very welcome. Thanks for using mine!

heathbar642 years ago
Thanks! your pictures are very clear and helpful. There are of course other ibles on this, but I found them too confusing and overwhelming. yours makes me think I could actually do it.
Paravival (author)  heathbar642 years ago
Thanks a lot. I wanted to make sure anyone who used my tutorial could be able to make the bracelet!

Thanks again, way more to come!