Introduction: Paracord Belt

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Today, I will show you how to make a Paracord belt.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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300 ft of Paracord (cut into 100 foot sections)
belt buckle

Step 2: Creating the Belt

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create a cows hitch on the belt buckle (the side with the metal prong attached) create the cows hitch at rhe end of the cord. the shorter cord will be the core strands and this is how long the belt will be, don't worry about running out of cord because 100 feet of working cord has a lot of room to work with.

Step 3: Creating the Belt

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Create a regular cow's hitch in the middle of the belt buckle through the metal prong

Step 4: Creating the Belt

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Create a cows hitch exactly like the other red cord except the shorter cord is facing the other way

Step 5: Creating the Belt

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Create a cobra braid on one side, then on the other IMPORTANT remember to cross the center strands and use the opposites in the next braid

Step 6: Creating the Belt

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Continue the double cobra braid all the way until the desired length is reached IMPORTANT remember to cross the center strands of the belt

Step 7: Creating the Belt

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Thread two strands of cord through the belt near the buckle on the back side of the belt and begin a cobra braid

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Thread the cord through the opposite side of the belt (so there is a loop on the front)

Step 9: Creating the Belt

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Start the cobra braid down the loop then cut and singe the ends.

Step 10: Finished

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Congrats! You are now one of few that have created the Paracord belt! Tell your friends! Show your family! Remember to vote for me in the Great Outdoors contest!


Kajunmisfitt (author)2016-12-28


My s on is new to making these thing, But he is wanting to make a belt for me and we need about 44 inch waist so how long paracord would have to be to achieve this measurement. Thanks for y'all input , This is only going to be 1 color , if it is going to be more than one color I assume he would just multiply the same amount of cord for each color that is going to be used . thanks

Goblinjxs (author)2016-07-24

A bit vague, create a cobra loop? This should be noted as at least an intermediate level and user must be proficient with basic knots. Also don't see how the "running end", the end that passes through the buckle, is created. Other than that this is exactly the type of belt I want to create. Using only one color I could wear this with my business suits.

StuartG25 (author)2016-05-10

Great instructions, but unless I missed it I dont see where you show how to end the stitch once you reach the desired length. Is there a knot/stitch to use

Razor213 made it! (author)2016-02-24

Great instructions. Also the math was spot on I made myself one for 36" waste size. The belt came out perfect. I think it took me about a solid 3 hours of time sitting stitching then undoing it because I messed up a long ways back and I'm a perfectionist so I couldn't let it go. I think total time start to finish was 5 hours because I took breaks often. It has a certain tough man quality to it. This was a great project.
Thank you and have a great day.

Razor213 (author)Razor2132016-02-24

I would also like to mention that I had to look around for other instructional ones to see how to tapper off the belt end. I got it to look less bulky and actually points like a belt should. That is the only comment i have about the instructions. Other than that awesome.

JasonH127 (author)2016-01-18

so if I wants to make a belt of 45ins do I need 3 bits of 75ft paracord

alcurb (author)2014-08-28

I want to make one for myself, so I'm looking into solving this for other belt sizes: (Let me know if my math needs correcting)

Paracord length was 100 feet = 1200 inches
Resulting belt length was3 feet 9 inches = 36 + 9 = 45 inches

So to figure out the length of the paracord for your waist size, say your waist measures 30 inches. Add 5 inches for overlap = target belt length B of 35 inches. Given target belt length B, we need to figure out the paracord length P.

45 / 1200 = B / P

45 / 1200 = 35 / P
45 * P = 1200 * 35
P = (1200 * 35) / 45
P = 42000 / 45
P = 933 1/3 inches or 77 feet and 9 inches (approx.)

Noting that BroadKaymon had some paracord left over, I expect there will be some left over too but proportionally shorter, so you can round it down to 75 feet?

njreyn (author)alcurb2015-11-04

A little late to this party, but I'll roll in (ah, math in public!)...

It seems to me your entering argument is off by about 40ft--the amount of cord he said he had left over. So, if 60ft got him 45in (not caring about minimizing the excess), and you want to know how much line to use to get you 35in, wouldn't the calcs look like this?

60ft/45in = Xft/35in

So, solving for X:

45X = (60*12)*35

45X = 720*35

45X = 26250

X = 26250/45

X = 583.33in/12

X = 48.611ft

Right? Did I make my junior high school math teacher proud?

david9987 (author)2015-09-15

Going to make this when i get some paracord.

NorD1 (author)2015-08-25

Thks a million!!! Gonna do this real soon. Will share it with you when done.

StrangeJames88 made it! (author)2015-08-07

Thank you for the tutorial. I used this weave tutorial for a separate project and it worked perfectly.

nickx47 (author)2015-05-26

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Naudie-Maudie (author)2015-05-18

Omg that would be so awesome . I love the snake the scorpion and the lizard those are my favorites . I will be looking forward to see the snake and scorpion tuts . A big thank you ahead of time :)

Naudie-Maudie (author)2015-05-17

Are you going to be doing a tut on the cobra snake in your profile ?

Yes, I'm going to post instructions for a paracord snake and I'm also thinking of doing a paracord scorpion.

Naudie-Maudie (author)2015-03-19

Awesome I love it I'm going to be making one in the near future

Chromius (author)2015-01-19

For those who need help with ending the belt, check out this instructable:

overcomer8 (author)2015-01-09

awesome project. Can you tell us how to deploy it in case of an emergency and th ed cord is needed. Thanks so very much...

don.stanger.9 (author)2014-12-26

Finished one for my son early Xmas morning. This was Alot of help. Thanx

Lilworm337 (author)2014-12-21

I have done over 15 belts from reading the instructions off this tutorial and some of the other paracord belt tutorials. I have sold some of them and made for family members

Jarheadicus (author)2014-11-25

How stiff is the belt?

BroadKaymon (author)Jarheadicus2014-12-16

The belt is actually very flexible, think of it as the flexibility of a braided leather belt.

b591941201 (author)2014-12-16

gearup500 (author)2014-11-04

Nice profile pick too

gearup500 (author)2014-11-04

This is so cool. Wish I had thought of it

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-03

3 instead of 2. BRILLIANT

ruberns (author)2014-11-03

Very smart!

Donio (author)2014-08-28

How do I finish the end of the belt please???

Chromius (author)Donio2014-10-12

This is how I finish off my paracord belts as I could not find a method that provides for a clean, tapered tip. It also allows a belt to be reversible.

Details on how to do this to come (possibly in an instructable).

bizzycrafter (author)2014-08-28

Would like to try this for a dog collar. Is there a problem of the prong of the buckle wearing through the cord?

rodneybones (author)bizzycrafter2014-09-26

I made my husband one of these something like 4 years ago, and he wears it every day. There is no wear that we can see.

rodneybones (author)2014-09-19

For everyone who needs help with finishing the belt:

spartan.hargreaves (author)2014-08-30

I am very impressed can not make even a bracelet yet! lol when i have made a few & mastered the basics i will be looking to make this, very awesome :)

pvanzan (author)2014-08-28

Hi! this is a nice instructable, but it would be good if you provide more detail on how to finish the end of the belt. Thx :-)

burns (author)2014-08-28

can you show the first braid I'm not familiar with how to do a cobra hitch.

psbrady1 (author)2014-08-28

What does the finished end look like? How is that finish off? I love this tutorial. I am a visual kind of person and would like to see the other end of the belt. Great job!!

alcurb (author)psbrady12014-08-28

I have the same question. How do you finish the other end? Please post pictures for that step. Thanks.

bizshop (author)2014-08-28

Missing how to finish the end opposite the buckle

TimS3 (author)2014-08-28

For step 5, myself as I'm sure many others may not know what a cobra braid is. I looked it up and found an article on this very website that tells one how to do it.

Cathain_MacTire (author)2014-08-28

How do you finish the end of the belt opposite the buckle?

snarpy (author)2014-08-26

Can't wait to try this one! Thanks what a cool idea!!

SpankyO (author)2014-08-25

Great Instructable. One question. How long of a belt does it make if i use the 3 100 foot lengths of Paracord?

BroadKaymon (author)SpankyO2014-08-26

Three 100 foot cord go a long way, for example, my belt was 3 feet 9 inches and I had almost 40 feet of cord left over, I just wrote to use three 100 foot strands just as a precaution

DerStu (author)2014-08-26

how long is the belt?

BroadKaymon (author)DerStu2014-08-26

The belt I created was 3 feet 9 inches

stacko12345 (author)2014-08-26

Cool i saw a different one but this is better this kind of thing got me thinking about vests made of para cord.

tofugami (author)2014-08-25

Awesome belt and great colors too. The braiding looks a bit complex but great.

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