Picture of 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.

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Step #1: fuse cords together. Don't worry about how ugly the connection looks. You are going to hide it in the hitch.
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Johnny Rockstar made it!6 months ago
Was definetly a fun make, can't wait to make more!
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!
candyandchase7 months ago

how long is the core cord and how did you attach it to the buckle?

angiedj628 months ago

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.

welchjr (author)  angiedj628 months ago

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.

angiedj62 welchjr8 months ago

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.

:( I can't seem to get the ends to singe together on the buckel. Advice?

welchjr (author)  jeremy.martin.52208 months ago

Hey Jeremy. Sorry about the delay. If you haven't yet solved your dilemma, I am glad to try to help. What part are you talking about singing--the end of the bracelet or the core in the beginning? I'm not saying this is it, but sometimes, "singing problems" have to do with either the quality of the cord or the material it is made of. If the outer part as well as the single strands within the cord are not made of nylon, you may run into melting problems. Just let me know and thanks for your interest.

carinlynchin9 months ago
Thanks so much .... my daughter loved it!
stellarina1 year ago
Very nice. Easy to follow. Your choice of colors is great. I never would have thought of using dark brown with black.
welchjr (author)  stellarina1 year ago
Thanks. They make great necklaces too. As far as color choices, I have a great site I use a lot of times when I am just trying to make something new. The address is http://colorschemedesigner.com/ It's a great tool to use. Good luck and keep tying.
clayhere welchjr10 months ago

Never, ever tie anything around your neck that will not break easily. You could end up strangled by accident.

MadisonCountyParacordist made it!11 months ago

Used your method and added a Turks Head Cross Pendant to it for my wife. She loved it!

welchjr (author)  MadisonCountyParacordist11 months ago
Hey, that's awesome. I'm glad I could be a small part. That knot works great for those long key lanyards too. I just did one for a guy I coach with for his whistle and it turned out pretty good. Really flexible.
tsosa1 year ago

Do you pre-shrink the paracord to make the bracelet with this weave?

welchjr (author)  tsosa1 year ago
I do not preshrink. All I do I gut it. Then, I usually run it through the dish washer after I get finished to tighten it all up. It will shrink about a 1/4 of an inch.
swim111 year ago
So cool!!!!!!
welchjr (author)  swim111 year ago


angelnz made it!1 year ago

I loved making this, it was easier than it looked . Thank you for a great tutorial :)

welchjr (author)  angelnz1 year ago

very nice

A tutorial like this one would be fine, pics with explainations. Also, if you have an idea on attaching a D ring that would be awesome too. Trying to make matching collar and leash set.
I can kind of see the reasoning on using that method for attaching the loop back to the length of the leash (this will be my first paracord project ever), but would it be possible to get a tutorial on how? or would I just slip the same colors through each other for a few rows?
welchjr (author)  artistmoko71 year ago
Let me put together a tut and I can explain it better. It won't be until later this evening, though. Do you prefer vid or pics? pm me your email address and I can send it to you there. Or, if you are on FB, you can contact me there. My site is https://www.facebook.com/wawelch?ref=tn_tnmn
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!
welchjr (author)  artistmoko71 year ago

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.

stevedawg2 years ago
Do you know what the weave is called
welchjr (author)  stevedawg2 years ago
Yes, it is just a 4 strand braid. The paracord, except the core, is gutted, though which, imo, gives it a much cleaner look. Thanks for your comment.
stevedawg2 years ago
Is it just 4 strand
ScrappyJill2 years ago
Thank you so much for posting this! This is exactly what I was looking for.
welchjr (author)  ScrappyJill2 years ago
You bet.Thanks. Let me know if you have any questions.
Schmidty162 years ago
looks good too bad its gutted
welchjr (author)  Schmidty162 years ago
It doesn't have to be gutted. It just gives it a more feminine look and feel to it when it is.Not saying that it is all the case, but since most ties are fairly manly due too its bulk, this one makes a nice addition to someone's inventory for females. Thanks for viewing and the comment.
Ijsbeer welchjr2 years ago
I don't understand how gutting them gives it a more feminine look? It just makes it smaller and maybe rounder, as far as I can tell.
welchjr (author)  Ijsbeer2 years ago
That is what makes it feminine. What what I have seen, many girls hesitate buying certain styles because they are bulky. It is the smallness that they seem to want more.
Ijsbeer welchjr2 years ago
That just makes it smaller though.. Have you never seen women with huge earrings or bangles etc.? I don't really see how a paracord bracelet can be either feminine or masculine, to be honest. Meh, whatever. It does look good though.
welchjr (author)  Ijsbeer2 years ago
I never said it was the definitive look for every single female on the planet and beyond. All I stated was my opinion on what I have seen personally. If you have another take on it, that's great. Write your own instructable and put whatever you want on there. From what I HAVE EXPERIENCED through the making and selling of paracord bracelets, most females prefer a smaller knot. Have I sold bigger ones to females? Sure. Are there girls out there that prefer bigger bracelets? Most certainly. But most of the questions I usually get is if I can make the same ones in a smaller version. Therefore, when I say that gutting it makes it more feminine, I do so because of these experiences.
Ian012 years ago
"The formula for the needed cord is (wrist size in inches) / (.17). It will give you measurement in inches. Sorry metricites."

Just take the wrist size in centimetres and divide by .17 to get the paracord length in centimetres…
8steve882 years ago
I must be a bit thick, I can't work out the steps between fig.9 and fig10.
What happens to the other 2 cord ends?
welchjr (author)  8steve882 years ago
Once you take the cord from the top under the core and then in between the 2 cords on the other side, pull it down. To tighten it, you'll have to grab all four strands and pull. Then start again with the top cord from the other side and so on. Does this help? If not, I can add some more pics.
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