Introduction: How to Make a Survival Paracord Belt Using Only Two Cords!

I saw at an online army store a really awesome paracord belt.  It packed in 125-200 feet of paracord.  Well mine doesn't pack as much paracord, but it looks almost the same!

This version is a very smooth one.  It goes through the belt loops very easly if you tighten the paracord a lot.  This belt unravels to about 50 feet of paracord.  You could easily weave this into a hammock if you wanted too.

There is not many steps because I crammed all of the braiding instructions on one step.

Step 1:

All you need is:
-(two) 50 feet of paracord (two different colors)
-(two) D-rings
-Webbing (Check the picture notes)

Step 2: Starting Up

This part is easy.
All you have to do is roll the paracord on a paper towel tube or a wood stick.  This helps the project a lot easier.  You will see why later.
You also need to get the webing and wrap it around your waist.  Find the folding point where it has two strips of webing but were the shorter end stops the longer end is a foot long.  Then put the D-rings through that fold.  Sorry I couldn't have a picture for that part.

Step 3: Begining the Braid

The instructions are on the image notes. (Sorry, I didn't want to type it all over again)
It is just the simple paracord braiding technique.  For those who don't know how to do this, here are the instructions.  (I am a visual learner so I like to do the instructions by pictures.)

Step 4: Finishing Up

Here are some pictures of the ends being melted off.  This part is simple.
When you are in the wild, and you don't have a tent or flat surface to sleep on, you can weave this belt into a hammock!

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sonic broom (author)2014-10-10

cool i might try this

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mcgaughp (author)2014-05-01

I used a different type belt for mine. I purchased a pair of cargo pants at WalMart and a small cloth belt came with it. The belt was perfect for this project. I also purchased a few web belts at an Army Surplus store and plan on adding paracord to them someday.

It's easy to make. You should try it.

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aliengolf50 (author)2014-02-12

Very cool idea!!!

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RoboTronics21 (author)2012-10-11

Hey nice ible can you tell me which army store it was? was it online or was it in your locality?

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drumsetmonkey (author)2011-12-05

Ha I made a belt 100% from paracord. Pain in the butt. Because it pushes up its just annoying.

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punkhead58 (author)2011-10-21

Weaving the cordage around the belt is a great idea. That way, you can use the paracord without your pants falling down.

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usseryscoutleader (author)2011-07-01

Great Idea! I just finished a similar version based on your plan. I bought an OD Green belt with 2 D-rings already attached. Marked with tape where I needed to stop braiding. It made a flat belt and added 3/8" of width to the original belt, which still fits in my scout pants. The fastening part of the belt could not be braided because the D-rings wouldn't handle the extra width. Not a problem, I'll just shorten the extra webbing to fit. I feed the tightening loop backwards thru the D-rings and the flap is concealed to the inside of the belt instead of being on the outside. Try it!
I also like it because I have 88' of uncut single color of cord, and I still have a belt. It looks nice and it does feed thru the loops easily as descriped. I found this method to roughly equal 2' of cord per 1" of braid.
Very nicely done! My next belt will be two colors!

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dave72 (author)2011-06-28

this isnt workin for me. yinz need to have directions or some better pictures

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mysss (author)2011-06-03

I think this idea is really nifty because if I undo my slatts rescue belt, I don't have a belt anymore, but if you undo your belt, you do! It should be noted that a lighter works WAY better than matches for melting the ends simply because it's far easier to avoid being burned. Also, if you melt the ends of the cord TO the rest, you're very likely going to need to cut it when you untie the belt. One more reason for always having a knife with you, I guess. It might even work better to use hemostats (like $4 on amazon :D) or needlenose pliers to pull the ends into the core of the knot (as illustrated in other solomon bar/cobra weave instructables). Then all you have to do is pull the ends out, plus it might look just a little bit better with no ends showing.

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Count Almasy (author)2011-06-01

Just what I was looking for, going to try it this weekend. Thanks for the post.

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rgreene3 (author)2011-05-17

You can increase available paracord length by using 15-20 lengths of cord as the core instead of the webbing.

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jbabcock1 (author)2011-03-26

is it really necessary to double the webbing could you just loop it though the D rings and just have a few inchs say 5 or 6 of it doubled ?

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knota (author)jbabcock12011-04-03

Yea, I think so, but the belt will be larger for the first few inches that you did double the webbing. I also wanted to have extra webbing just in case.

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Chanio (author)2011-02-20

Perfect!
Your project gives form to what I was envisioning...

I am planning to do the same but to wrap my bicycle's top tube.
The idea is to change just a little of your project to achieve this:

Instead of using two cords, I'll just use one that would fold in two!
This way, when required, I could unweave it all and have a single cord!
Instead of using the webbing, obviously, I'll be using the bicycle's top tube...

I'll try to publish my finished project when done.

Thank you, again!

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lebeef143 (author)2010-11-04

Can i Make the belt wider anyway? maybe not as tight? Will it still work if i do that?

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knota (author)lebeef1432010-11-04

It might not fit through your belt loops, but you could do that.

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AlecGoodwin (author)2010-06-20

Do you need 2 fifty feet cords or 2 twenty-five foot cords?

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knota (author)AlecGoodwin2010-06-22

2 fifty feet cords. In total 100 feet.

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jeffconnelly (author)2010-05-02

 How would this be woven into a hammock? Or am I misunderstanding?

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knota (author)jeffconnelly2010-05-03

It is hard to explain, but you could wrap a few loops around two trees, then weave (over-under, over-under) between them and just tighten the paracord.

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Meegles (author)2010-04-13

Go building king go!  Your hard work shows!  AWESOMENESSISSITY!

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FantasticFour (author)2010-04-09

Good pictures, keep posting!

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knota (author)FantasticFour2010-04-09

Thanks!  Please vote and give it a good review!  Tell this to your friends!

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