How to Tie a 4 Strand Paracord Braid With a Core and Buckle.





Introduction: How to Tie a 4 Strand Paracord Braid With a Core and Buckle.

This bracelet is made with 550 paracord. I gutted the working cords so that it would give it a flatter, more feminine look and feel. But, it works just the same without gutting the cord. The middle core is not gutted. I have found that doing it this way gives the braid a more rounded look.
The formula for the needed cord is (wrist size in inches) / (.17). It will give you measurement in inches. Sorry metricites. For example, if you are making one for a 6.5 wrist, then you'll take 6.5 / .17 = 38.23. So, you'll need a little over 38 inches of cord for "both" cords. If you are using 4 colors, then you'll need 19 inches of both color. Fused together, this will give you 38 inches. Yeah, I know. I'm a genius. Since I used 550 cord, this formula might be a little off if you are using 450, micro cord, or even 650 and above.
Tying this works best on a paracord jig of some sort, but it is not necessary. The jig allows you to keep the core tight as you braid the cord.
I have tried to include enough pics in order for you to see every step, but feel free to comment and ask questions if there is any confusion.

Step 1:

Step #1: fuse cords together. Don't worry about how ugly the connection looks. You are going to hide it in the hitch.

Step 2:

Step #2: Tie a hitch knot on the buckle. If you don't use buckles, you can just tie the hitch using the loop method

Step 3:

Step #3A: loosen hitch knot and run cords through so that the fused part is in between it. This will hide any ugliness.

Step 4:

Step #3B: just another angle of the cords going through the hitch

Step 5:

Step #4: re-tighten the hitch so that it cinches down on the fused cords.

Step 6:

Step #5: You can start with either side. I started with the top left cord. Take that cord under the core, in between the other two cords, and down over like the pic shows.

Step 7:

Step #6: Pull it down tight

Step 8:

Step #7: do the same thing on the other side starting with the top right cord. Under the core, between the two cords and down.

Step 9:

Step #8: Pull tight. Rinse and repeat until you reach the desired length. In my case, my core is already attached to a buckle at the other end. I have a pic showing this as well.

Step 10:

Step #9: Bracelet should look like this

Step 11:

Step #10: You can see here where my core cords are run through the top of the buckle and then singed on the underneath side.

Step 12:

Step #11A: Once you get to the end, take the last two cords you braided and just tie them underneath the bracelet. The cord is gutted, so the knot won't be bulky under there.

Step 13:

Step #11B: This is the underneath side of the bracelet where I tied it.

Step 14:

Step #12: Singe all ends and the bracelet is complete

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55 Discussions

Love the look of this braid! I am trying to alter the method just a bit so I can make a dog leash out of it.. How would you suggest I make a looped handle out of the braid without making a separate piece?

On some other tutorials, they don't have a core or anything like that, you have to thread the braid strands into part of it that you already have braided (back braiding?) for 5 or 6 rows and then fuse the cords into the braid melting it to the other strands.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello. Thanks for your interest. By having the core, you are allowed a little bit more opportunity to make certain things. In this case, it will definitely help with the loop. I would just loop the core and fuse it to itself before I started braiding. Don't worry about the ugliness because the braid is gonna hide it.

Braid around the loop all the way around until it meets back up with itself (i.e. just follow the core loop around until you can't go any further. As you get closer to the end, the cord will be somewhat difficult to braid. You can use hemostats here to help you. You can then cover this with a Turkshead knot to hide where the braided part on the loop meets up. Of course, this is just my own personal suggestion.

If I just confused you even more, I apologize. I promise that it's in my head the right way. lol. Let me know if you have anymore questions or if you need a video or pic tutorial to further explain what I just laid out.

This pattern is just what I have been looking for for a leash I want to make. I know this response is 3 years old, but if you still have the tutorial for adding in the loop for the handle, could you please share it? Thanks.

Also, about how much cord would I need if I am doing this in 2 colors?

Hi, i really like your tutorial and i planning to tie cord around hose of hookah, but i have question. Is your formula works on any kind of core, or i have to count with core diameter? Your core are 2 paracord strings (about 8mm), but my rubber hose is about 1,5cm in diameter.
Thanks you

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Hey. Thanks for your question. The formula is set up for the 2 paracord strands. However, if you have some spare cord, just tie a couple of inches/cm on your hooka and mark the spot where each cord ends. Then unravel it and measure how much you used. This will give you an estimate of how much you'll need for the whole hooka. Happy Tying.

I was finally able to sit down and knock this out. Thanks for the tutorial

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Wow. That looks great. I'm glad I could help. This is a really versatile knot that can be tied on just about anything. I've wrapped flashlights, hammers, sunglasses, walking sticks, etc. It also works well for bracelets and necklaces, especially if you tie it without a core. You'll want to leave the individual (+/- 30lb test) white nylon strings in the cord though. Let me know if have any more questions and happy tying.

Do you have a tutorial that shows how to begin a 10 strand around a round core?

First off, this is a great tutorial and beautiful weave. So I'd like to just check with you about something... I'm thinking about wrapping my phone charger cable this way. I'd like to use four colors and the cable is 36". With your formula I need about 212' for "both" cords or four pieces about 106'. Is that right?

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Thanks for your confidence. Yes, 106 should be correct. Also, if you ever get down to the end and you're just an inch or two short, you can always wrap your fist around the cord at the beginning, squeeze it like you were holding a baseball bat, and pulling down toward the end. This will loosen up the knot a bit, but it won't be noticeable. Happy tying.

I'm glad you like it. It's a fun one to make and versatile.

I used wire doubled over on itself instead of the two middle cords to make it stiff. Wasn't sure how to do the ends, so i just improvised.
Awesome instructable, thank you so much!


Took your idea and incorporated it, and love it!! Thanks!


What is that 4th color? The one that's not black, white, or brown. Love the color combo and I'll add this one to my "to do" list. Thanks.

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Hey Angie. Thanks for your comment. This was part of my "fall" collection. lol. The colors are brown, white, international orange, walnut and dark green. These are fun to make for bracelets, necklaces and even to wrap other items like sunglasses, walking sticks, knives and even hammers. Anything can be used as the core. Thanks for your interest and keep tying.

Thanks. I don't have international orange but I have burnt orange. I think I'll try it with the orange, brown, white, and either dark green or black. Sometimes colors that I think shouldn't go together make the prettiest things when they're combined. Thanks for the idea.