Introduction: How to Make a Two Color Survival Bracelet

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.

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Step 1: What You’ll Need.

• 2 separate colors of paracord. Find on Amazon: Here
• Scissors
• Lighter
• Plastic side release buckle. Find on Amazon: Here
• Ruler/tape measure
• Scotch Tape/Binder clips work really well too.

Step 2: Measuring Your Wrist

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.

• 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.

Step 4: Sliding Both Buckle Halves Onto the Cord.

• Put cords together and feed buckle part B on as shown in part 1 of the diagram. Make sure the Side release buckle is arcing the right way. Buckle part B arcs outward to the right in part 1 of the diagram.
• Slide buckle part A onto the cord as shown in part 2 of the diagram. Again, make sure that the buckle part A arcs the correct way. Buckle part A arcs outward to the left in part 2 of the diagram.
• Make sure you slide the cord through the bottom slit of buckle part A. An example is shown in the bottom right image of the diagram.
• Leave about 1 inch of excess cord after buckle part A. This is shown in part 2 of the diagram.

Step 5: Temporary Step: Taping the Excess Cord.

• This is TEMPORARY to help insure your bracelet is the right size when finished.
• Fold over the excess cord onto the existing cord and tape them together like shown in the image.

Step 6: Measuring to Insure Your Bracelet Ends Up Being the Right Size

• As you can see buckle part A is on the left, and buckle part B is on the right.
• When measuring here add 1” to the total measurement you got when measuring your wrist size.
• For the example in this diagram, my wrist measured in at 7.5”, so I’m measuring the cord to be 8.5” long.
• I’ve drawn lines to show you exactly where to measure. Notice you are not measuring from the end of buckle part A.

Step 7: Starting Your First Cobra Braid

• In the diagram we are working with the inside of the bracelet facing us.  (The inside is the side that is against your wrist when you’re wearing it.)
• The “Middle Color”, like shown in the diagram, is different on the inside of the bracelet then it is on the outside of the bracelet.
• In this example we have our “gun metal grey” as the “middle color” on the inside of the bracelet, and the “blue” is the “middle color” on the outside of the bracelet. (The part that everyone sees!!!)
• On the bottom of the diagram there’s an example of the inside of the bracelet we are making in the diagram.

1. In part one of the diagram, we take the blue cord and put it under the bracelet cords. This means that the outside “middle color” is going to be “blue”, like stated above.  If you want the outside “middle color” to be “gun metal grey”, then you would begin by putting the “gun metal grey” cord under the bracelet cords.
2. In part 2 take the second cord and go under the first cord and over the bracelet cords.
3. In part 3 of the diagram, take the second cord and pull it through the loop that was created in part one of the diagram.
4. In the 4th and final part of the diagram, simply tighten the braid up to the buckle.

Step 8: Weaving Your Second Cobra Braid

• In this step we simply repeat step 7 except reversed.

1. In part 1 of the diagram take the blue cord and put it under the bracelet cords.
2. In part 2 of the diagram take the second cord and go under the first cord and over the bracelet cords.
3. In part 3 of the diagram, take the second cord and pull it through the loop that was created in part one of the diagram.
4. In the 4th and final part of this diagram, simply tighten the braid up to the first braid.

Step 9: Optional Step. Pulling Bracelet for Slack.

• This step is optional but is crucial if you want the most cord possible on your survival bracelet.
1. As you can see in the first box of the diagram, sometimes you’ll end up with some leftover slack.
2. With one hand, hold the buckle and the 1” of excess cord (so it doesn’t slip out) and with the other hand grab the end of the last braid you did and pull back on it. (the way the arrow shows in part 2 of the diagram.)
3. As you can see in part 3 of the diagram there’s much more room to keep braiding, enabling you to use all you cord and get the most out of it.

Step 10: Braiding the Cord Over the 1” Excess Cord.

1. Once you get to the tape, take the tape off.
2. Holding the excess cord against the bracelet cords.
3. Braid over the excess cord right up to the buckle.

Step 11: Finishing Touches

1. In the first part of the diagram you can see we are working on the top part of the bracelet. From the top, feed the leftover cord through the remaining slit in the buckle (buckle part A).
2. You are going to lift/pull one of the cords out to use in part 4, part 2 shows you which cord to pull on. We are currently working on the inside of the bracelet.
3. In part 3 of the diagram, it also shows you which cord to pull, and where to pull it.
4. Pull the remaining cord through the loop that was created in part 3 of the diagram.

Step 12: Tightening the End

1. In part 1 in the diagram, pull in the direction of the arrow to tighten the last cord around the remaining cord.
2. Example of tightened cord.
3. With your thumb hold onto the tightened cord, and pull the remaining cord to pull the rest of the slack through.
4. Example of all slack pulled through.

Step 13: Cut/Melt Remaining Cord

• Cut the remaining cord off leaving roughly 3/8”-1/4”.
• Use lighter to melt down all fraying cord, and then flatten the cord with fingers or pliers.

Step 14: You're Done!

Thanks for reading my Instructable and I hope you enjoyed it! If you like watches you can have a look at my personal website.


JackS283 made it!(author)2017-07-09

Took one i bought apart just to build one...used this step by hooked...of to amazon

CrimsonCrowess. made it!(author)2017-04-21

thanks to this tutorial, I was able to make my first paracord bracelet!!! thanks for your help!

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NatalieC49 made it!(author)2017-03-15

I have a 7" wrist. What length of each cord would I need? I am guessing 3.5' of each colour?

Rafael20 made it!(author)2017-01-24

I've got a 15$ Paracord bracelet for free HERE.

Payboy made it!(author)2016-10-30

thanks this is a very helpful guide

KadeA made it!(author)2016-06-01

Hello I am trying to make a 10" one but in the pics your rist is only 8" and you say cut 4ft so how many feet would I need for 10" Thanks

TheHandsomeRedneck made it!(author)2016-06-14

I would personally do 5 ft of each color. Because they say to do 1 foot of paradise for every inch of bracelet.

auttiecat made it!(author)2016-08-12

5 feet for each color would mean only 5 inches. The two colors form one bracelet. So for a 10 inch wrist you'd need 20 inches of cord total, 10 inches of each color.

auttiecat made it!(author)2016-08-12

Durp, I meant feet. 10 feet per color. My bad.

AnthVale made it!(author)2016-06-02

You should be fine with 15ft. 7.5 feet for each color. Good luck!

silkieluver125 made it!(author)2016-04-23

For me it worked out well but the first one I pulled too hard and the ends were not attached to the buckle but I fixed it. Here are some pictures of my first 2 I hope to make more for my friends!

AnthVale made it!(author)2016-06-02


paul.griffin.568 made it!(author)2015-03-17

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.

billyds132 made it!(author)2016-03-21

Yeah, that crap is bad, I made that mistake before.

DarthT made it!(author)2015-11-07

really nice! I'll probably to do this with my Boy Scout troop sooner or later.

K%C3%AAnhT made it!(author)2015-08-14

Scoutboy from Vietnam. I love it, it's useful :))

SandroG made it!(author)2015-07-18

Thanks for your instructable. chears from Brazil!

Wayne3000 made it!(author)2015-03-21

do you have a video of you bracelets?

avery_pocowatchit made it!(author)2014-07-14

I can make this much easier with super glue

AnthVale made it!(author)2014-12-18

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.


scoutfather made it!(author)2014-03-29

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.

masalust made it!(author)2014-03-24

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

AnthVale made it!(author)2014-03-27

You're very welcome. Thank you!


vladivastok made it!(author)2014-03-20


AnthVale made it!(author)2014-03-21

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.

jokestersn made it!(author)2014-02-25

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

sbowman10 made it!(author)2014-02-16

Thanks for your instructable. very helpful.

jbomba1 made it!(author)2014-01-11

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

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AnthVale made it!(author)2014-01-13

Also, Nice bracelet. Looks awesome.

AnthVale made it!(author)2014-01-13

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!

chilling made it!(author)2013-09-05

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.

AnthVale made it!(author)2014-01-13
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.

GDADZGSONS made it!(author)2013-11-02

Do you take the tape off of part A to do this?

AnthVale made it!(author)2014-01-13

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.

sdtacoma made it!(author)2013-08-31

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?

gross067 made it!(author)2013-07-19

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!

jbolling2 made it!(author)2012-12-22

Should the measurement be snug or kind of loose

AnthVale made it!(author)2012-12-24

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!

iTHiZZ made it!(author)2012-09-20

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?

AnthVale made it!(author)2012-09-21

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.

iTHiZZ made it!(author)2012-09-21

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.

AnthVale made it!(author)2012-09-22

Very welcome. Thanks for using mine!


heathbar64 made it!(author)2012-08-12

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.

AnthVale made it!(author)2012-08-15

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!


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