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

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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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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

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

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

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

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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.

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Step #6: Pull it down tight

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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.

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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.

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Step #9: Bracelet should look like this

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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.

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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.

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

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


stalker145 made it! (author)2017-01-05

Excellent 'ible. Thank you!

I can definitely see the two places where I got up and got a drink... I think I'll need a bit more practice ;)

artistmoko7 (author)2013-09-19

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)artistmoko72013-09-21

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.

chuckh48 (author)welchjr2016-12-16

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?

candyandchase (author)2015-01-07

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

NatalieP34 (author)candyandchase2016-08-27

The first is a hitch knot, the second is singed.

TomášH27 (author)2016-07-17

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

welchjr (author)TomášH272016-07-17

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.

TheHuff45 (author)2016-01-08

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

welchjr (author)TheHuff452016-01-10

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.

Albert72 (author)welchjr2016-05-05

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

TheHuff45 (author)2015-12-31

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?

welchjr (author)TheHuff452016-01-03

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.

SandraM36 (author)2015-09-27

My favorite!

welchjr (author)SandraM362015-09-27

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

Johnny Rockstar made it! (author)2015-02-15

Was definetly a fun make, can't wait to make more!

SpaceMaster9000 (author)2015-01-26

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!

rachael.kenyon (author)2015-01-15

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

angiedj62 (author)2014-12-10

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)angiedj622014-12-13

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 (author)welchjr2014-12-13

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.

jeremy.martin.5220 (author)2014-12-08

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

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.

carinlynchin (author)2014-11-28

Thanks so much .... my daughter loved it!

stellarina (author)2013-10-22

Very nice. Easy to follow. Your choice of colors is great. I never would have thought of using dark brown with black.

welchjr (author)stellarina2013-10-22

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 It's a great tool to use. Good luck and keep tying.

clayhere (author)welchjr2014-10-13

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

MadisonCountyParacordist made it! (author)2014-10-07

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

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.

tsosa (author)2014-05-31

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

welchjr (author)tsosa2014-05-31

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.

swim11 (author)2014-04-21

So cool!!!!!!

welchjr (author)swim112014-04-21


angelnz made it! (author)2014-04-09

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

welchjr (author)angelnz2014-04-21

very nice

artistmoko7 (author)2013-09-21

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.

artistmoko7 (author)2013-09-21

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)artistmoko72013-09-21

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

stevedawg (author)2013-07-08

Do you know what the weave is called

welchjr (author)stevedawg2013-07-09

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.

stevedawg (author)2013-07-08

Is it just 4 strand

ScrappyJill (author)2013-04-26

Thank you so much for posting this! This is exactly what I was looking for.

welchjr (author)ScrappyJill2013-04-26

You bet.Thanks. Let me know if you have any questions.

Schmidty16 (author)2013-01-18

looks good too bad its gutted

welchjr (author)Schmidty162013-01-18

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 (author)welchjr2013-03-10

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)Ijsbeer2013-03-10

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 (author)welchjr2013-03-10

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)Ijsbeer2013-03-10

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.

Ian01 (author)2013-01-27

"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…

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