Introduction: How to Make a Single Color Survival Bracelet/paracord Bracelet With Buckle

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Throughout this tutorial I will be showing you how to make the Single Color Baby Cobra Survival Bracelet. What does that mean! Well on my website over at it's our version of the standard solomon bar style survival bracelet.

I also run a small online boutique called Rusticlub

Step 1: What You'll Need

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Heres what you'll need.

Step 2: Measuring Your Wrist.

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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. In this particular demonstration, my wrist is an 8" wrist.

Step 3: Cutting and Melting Ends

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• 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 Buckles Onto Cord

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1. Fold your 10' piece of paracord in half so you're working with both ends together. Get the Side release buckle the has 2 slits in it and place it next to the two ends.
2. With the buckle arced inward like in part 2 of the diagram, thread the cords through the lower slit of the buckle. This is shown in part 2 of the diagram.
3. Part 3 of the diagram is an example of how the buckle should look from a top view. Notice how it arcs inward to the right with the loose cords on the left of it.
4. Pull the loose ends of the cord through the loop created on the other side and pull it all the way until the knot forms and locks onto the buckle. The arrows in part 4 of the diagram show you that you are coming from underneath and up through/over the loop on the other side.
5. This is what it should look like when the knot is forms, and stops tight against the buckle.

Step 5: Measuring Cord to Match Wrist Size

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• When measuring, make sure to measure from the middle point of the male part of the buckle, to the end part of the female part of the buckle. I have drawn lines to show you exactly where to measure.
• When measuring I like to add 1” to the total measurement you got when measuring your wrist size.
• For the example in this diagram, I'm making a bracelet for a wrist that measured in at 6.5”, so I’m measuring the cord to be 7.5” long.

Step 6: Completing Your First Braid

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Every step 1-6 corresponds to the numbered parts in the diagram above. If you have trouble please correspond to the part which it pertains to. 

1. Position your bracelet like shown in part one of the diagram.
2. Take your left cord and thread it under the bracelet cords. 
3. Take the right cord and thread it under the left cord.
4. Take the right cord and continue threading it over the bracelet cords.
5. Continue the right cord through the loop you created with the left cord. 
6. Pull tight and create the knot like shown in part 6 of the diagram.

Step 7: Completing Second Braid

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In this step you're simply going to repeat the previous step, except your'e going to start with the right cord instead of the left cord.

1. Take the right cord and thread it underneath the bracelet cords. 
2. Take the left cord and thread it under the right cord. 
3. Continue the left cord over the bracelet cords.
4. Continue the left cord through the loop you created in part 1 of the diagram. 

Remember, each number above corresponds to the numbers in the diagram. 

Step 8: Finish All Braids and Pull for More Slack

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Alternate steps 6 and 7 until you reach the buckle at the bottom. Don't make your knots too tight or unraveling your bracelet in a time of need will be that much more difficult.

1. This is what it should look like when you braid all the way to the buckle. 
 -Notice the left over slack. 
2. Hold on to the male buckle (the bottom buckle in part 1 of the diagram) and pull on your braids towards the female buckle. This is shown in part 2 of the diagram.
3. After you pull for slack you should have more room to braid. Like shown here in part 3 of the diagram.

Step 9: Finishing It Off

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In this step we will be beginning the final steps towards finishing up the bracelet. 

Once you find the last diagonal braid, pull it up to form a loop like you see in part 3 of the diagram.

1. Take your lose cords and thread them through the remaining "Slit" of the male buckle. The cords should be thread from the outside of the bracelet to the inside of the bracelet. This is demonstrated in part 1 of the diagram with the arrows that are pointing from right to left. 

- Also in part one, You want to find the last "Diagonal Braid" on the "Inside" of the bracelet. In part 1 of the diagram it shows you what the diagonal braids look like and where they are. (notice in part 1 it's on the outside, we want to find the last braid on the inside)
- When the last braid is found, pull it out a little, pull your cord loosening the braid forming a loop like shown in part 3 of the diagram.

2. In part 2 of the diagram it's simply showing you the "Inside" and "Outside" of the bracelet. Notice which way the buckles are arcing. The bottom of the bracelet, or "Inside" is the one where the buckles are arcing downward.

3. After forming the loop with the "Last diagonal braid" pull your loose cords through the loops that you formed. 

4. This is what it should look like when done. 

Step 10: Tightening Up the End

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1. Part 1 of the diagram demonstrates what it should look like once your done with step 9.

Now it's time to tighten up all the loose cords.

2. With your thumb holding the "Last diagonal braid" pull the loose cords like shown in part 2 of the diagram. This should tighten everything up making it ready to cut and melt. 

I like to pull one cord at a time, I find that easier to do. 

Step 11: Final Cut and Melt

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1. Cut the remaining cord off of the bracelet.  Leave about an 1/8" - 1/4" of cord.

2. Melt the ends of the cord so they do not fray. Make sure you squeeze them with your fingers or pliers to flatten them. This will make the deployment a lot easier when and if the time comes. 

Step 12: DONE!

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Thanks for using my tutorial. Check out my online boutique!


ragnarok232 (author)2016-02-28

I agree this is the best "How to make a Survival Bracelet" tutotial i have seen. Although I made mine a bit too small for me

AnthVale (author)ragnarok2322016-02-29


jim21489 (author)2015-05-14

I have to complement you for laying out such a clear and precise tutorial. It is absolutely the best paracord bracelet tutorial I've seen. Job very well done!

Erika Wilder (author)2013-06-11

One of the best tutorials I've seen on the basic Solomon bar band. Keep up the great work! Looking forward to more... :)

Schmidty16 (author)2013-01-06

when your making your measurements and you make your mark do u go right in the middle of your 10ft of cord

AnthVale (author)Schmidty162013-01-06

Are you talking about when you use your cord to measure your wrist? If so, you could definitely use the middle of your 10 ft. piece as it would most likely end up on the inside of your bracelet out of site. But ideally use a piece of twine/string that is white and easier to manage and draw on.

Hope this helps.


fiyero666 (author)2012-09-18

Fantastic guide. Well presented and so easy to follow. Spent the past 20 minutes making one and it's come out far better than expected!

AnthVale (author)fiyero6662012-09-21

Thanks a lot I appreciate it. More guides coming soon!


RoboTronics21 (author)2012-09-13

thanks anthony

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-09-14

Your very welcome.

Gator tutorial is almost done. And I'm working on 2 others!

Also had the website re-built so that should be up and running in a day or 2!


Thanks !

will1010 (author)2012-09-01

what size is the buckle? 1/2 inch?

AnthVale (author)will10102012-09-01

Yes, 1/2 are the ones shown in the intructables.

I should be adding buckles to the website this weekend.

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-09-01

Hey dude the paracord u sell at ur site is genuine miltary type Type II MIL-C-5040H

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-09-01

Type III (3 I's) not Type II

But yes....It's made by E.L. Wood Braiding Company. One of the very few companies who genuinely make it for the US Government.

7 Inner strands each containing three inner strands of their own. One strand is yellow/blackish in color.

Only offered in the military colors. Tan, Coyote Brown, Black, White, OD Green, Foliage Green, and Orange.

Gator Tutorial coming soon!


RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-25

What is the breaking strength of this paracord?
and what is its thickness

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-08-26

It depends what you get. After tons of research I've come to conclusion.

There's Commercil 550 Paracord. Such as "Rothco" and other brands which you can buy all over the internet.

These are 550 pound test.

Then theres true, Type III MIL-C-5040H. Which is the Real Deal.

The difference? Well not much. The real stuff just goes through a different series of military approved tests to be ready for military use.

If you open up the two cords, (commercial and Type II MIL-C-5040H) You will find one has 7 strands each containing 2 strands of itself, (this is the commercial one) but the real Type II MIL-C-5040H has 7 strands each containing 3 strands of itself, and one strand is a different color, usually yellow, where as with the commercial it's all the same color strands.

The commercial stuff usually is thicker then the real stuff. Usually around 5/16" Type II MIL-C-5040H Is more like 1/8".

After reading a bit. I've learned that the real stuff most likely has a breaking strength more around 700-800 pounds, but they put it at 550 for whatever reason.

But the commercial stuff is more likely to be around 550 pounds.

I do not suggest repeling with this stuff.


AtlantaTerry (author)AnthVale2012-08-26

You wrote, "I do not suggest repeling with this stuff. "

Which "stuff"?

You are writing about two: commercial (spelled correctly) and Mil-Spec.

Which of those two would you not repel with?

tjesse (author)AtlantaTerry2012-08-26

I’m sure that he meant both. Parachute cord is not designed for climbing or repelling. You know that you look like a jerk when you correct spelling, yet you want to ask questions and expect a response. Don’t be THAT guy, this forum is not up for peer review.

SgtJoker (author)tjesse2012-08-27

the Military grade cord can be used for short distance repelling if necessary. Only if you double up the cord (of course you would need a long enough cord). I have seen it done during my Active Duty days in the Army. It is not recommended, of course neither is being shot so given the choice one would certainly decide which is a riskier move! haha

AnthVale (author)AtlantaTerry2012-08-26

I wouldn't with either. Excuse my grammar. I liked math and science more.

Unless there is absolutely no other way to get down from where you are. And repeling is THE ONLY way. Then ya, you can do it, and it will hold your weight if used correctly.

It's just not designed to be used at climbing rope. If it gets sliced a little on a rock it may just rip right in half.

I mean with the bracelets your talking 8-14 feet depending on the type of bracelet you make/purchase. I don't know what you'll be repeling down with that.

But the belts/dog leashes on the other hand. Those are a different story.

Still wouldn't suggest repeling with either cord.


RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-27

I sure will stay tuned

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-27

The buckles are not a prob. TY if u do find the technique /method please tell me!!!!
and the herringbone style itself is a thicker weave version but i could not find how to do it!!! Thats why i asked a person like you who has expertise on the subject and is experienced in it!!!!!!!!

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-08-27

It was actually something I was going to add to the site in the future. I just didn't know the actual term for it!

Sooner than later I will have a tutorial of it for you. And also a thicker Cobra as well.

Stay tuned!

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-27

Could you also post an i'ble on how to do a thick quick deployment herringbone weave type paracord bracelet. I know i am asking for too much but please would you be kind enough to show me how to do the herringbone and trilobite versions?

Thanking you a lot, lot ,lot ,lot & lot raised to infinity,

RoboTronics21 (author)2012-08-27

Hey wanted to ask if you could link 4 to 5 bracelets somehow make a really thick bracelet that could hold five times the paracord length than the usual 1 bracelet .
So instead of 8 feet you could have 40 feet paracord at once and you can use the bracelet as an anklet also giving you more paracord, women can use the anklet version, just a suggestion. Link five gator bracelets together and that would be awesome!!!
I am waiting for the i'ble of the gator bracelet!!!!!
Superb site and i have recommended your product to my moms business partner as my mom is into HR and they need outbound guys for activities in the outdoor and he does a lot of expedition in mountains your products would be really useful to him.
I just wanted to also ask that if your products are brought in bulk do u give a discount? like 50 or more items at once?
PLEASE Post the gator i'ble as i liked the cobra version a lot and i would love to make the gator one now. And also please tell me how to make the belt!!!!

AnthVale (author)RoboTronics212012-08-27


Gator is the next one I'm working on!

I will definitely look into the herringbone weave for you.

And the belt is also coming soon!

Thanks a lot for spreading the word about Paravival. I would be more than glad to get some wholesale prices up on the website. Maybe I'll make some sort of wholesale page.

Thanks again,

More ibles soon!

AnthVale (author)AnthVale2012-08-27

And I'm sure I could find a way to put like 4 or 5 Cobra style bracelets in a row. You would probably need more than one buckle though.


4lifenerdfighter (author)2012-08-24

Why is this a survival bracelet? How will it help anyone survive?

It's just a term used for this particular bracelet. The cord is "Paracord" which if you get the right stuff is 550 pound test. They used it on the Parachutes in WWII. The soldiers would cut the cord once landed and use it in the field for various things.

Here's two reasons:

1: If you strip the guts out, you can use it as fishing line in a survival situation where food is minimal.

2: Also with the guts. You can sew. Maybe you could sew huge open wounds, or gashes.

Other stuff like building a shelter or lowering gear down ledges all can be considered survival situations. Which these bracelets can come in handy for.

Just my personal input!

sroy5 (author)AnthVale2012-08-27

very nice thing with excellent tute

and you use it to build a shelter

tjesse (author)2012-08-26

I really like your site and I hope you do well!

AnthVale (author)tjesse2012-08-26

Thanks a lot I appreciate it. And thanks for the other comment you had below too.

Juggling college and an online store is harder than I thought. But it's people like you who help me out!!!


danzo321 (author)2012-08-26

So, it's a handy way to carry a length of useful cord?

AnthVale (author)danzo3212012-08-26


My favorite ones I've yet to make an instructable for. But they carry about 14 feet of cord, and can completely unravel in about 10 seconds. Which is awesome!

It's the "Gator" on

Instructable coming soon!

davidqxo (author)2012-08-26

Nice looking and handy, but I'm confused. You begin with an 8" "my wrist" measurement that you marked, but then later say it is 6.5". Where does the 10' come in? Is that fairly arbitrary, enough to ensure you have enough cord to wrap any wrist measurement?

AnthVale (author)davidqxo2012-08-26

Sorry for the confusion! I used the same Image for "Measuring Your Wrist" as I did with my first Instructable.

I cleared it up a bit. I was making an 8" bracelet for the first Instructable, and a 6.5" for the single color Instructable.

The 10' is an estimate. When I make them an 8" wrist is usually around 8 feet. So the extra 2 feet is for bigger wrists or simply making it easier on yourself. Working with a short amount of cord at the end can be tough.

Plus when you have an extra foot or so of cord, I like to save it because when you are making a three color bracelet, you can use it for the third color (The one that runs down the middle).


freedrinx (author)2012-08-26

Sir - I'm not sure who is hosting your business website, but it seems to be down. If you exceeded your bandwidth then you appear to be using a free service and sadly I was a customer for you.
I would like to know how to contact you.

Frank Schwarz

AnthVale (author)freedrinx2012-08-26

Terribly sorry for that. It's back up and running. I was camping this weekend up in Maine and apparently I exceeded my bandwidth. I upped my bandwidth and now im good to go.

And It's not a free service I wish it was haha!.

You can contact me directly at or my personal is


davidqxo (author)2012-08-26

FYI, is off the air right now due to bandwidth limit exceeded. (Maybe an instructables mailing effect.)

davidqxo (author)2012-08-26

With black cord on black it can be difficult to see which piece crosses over the other. This can be clarified with fingers or bits of paper between the crossings.

tjzx3432 (author)2012-08-25

Tell me if my comment helps with future projects. Or buy a Zippo they are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

tjzx3432 (author)2012-08-25

To make lighting the lighter easier take a small screwdriver and pop the little piece of steel over the flint wheel. It makes lighting it much easier.

cortchops (author)2012-08-24

i've been making these for a while now but i never thought of using that kind of way to finish it off it looks a lot better. thanks

AnthVale (author)cortchops2012-08-24

No problem! Ya it makes it a little bit more symmetrical and a bit more neat. And a bit more easier when/if you need to deploy it.


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