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This tutorial will show how to make a paracord bracelet with a side release buckle. When made on a larger scale, you can make this for use as a dog or cat collar as well.  A reliable online source of paracord is the Supply Captain, and for side release buckles is Creative Designworks. More projects, links, knot references can be seen on my blog page, Stormdrane's Blog.
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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need paracord, or equivalent 1/8" diameter cord, a tape measure or ruler, scissors, side release buckle, and a lighter(torch lighter works best). The amount of cord used can vary, but for this example, we'll use 10 feet of paracord to start with. Actual amount of cord used for the bracelet is about 1 foot of cord for every 1 inch of knotted bracelet length. So if your wrist is 8 inches, you'd use approximately 8 feet of cord.

Step 2: Measure wrist

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Wrap the paracord around you wrist and make a note of where the cord meets. Hold this point next to your ruler or tape measure and that's your wrist size.

Step 3: Find the center of the cord

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Hold the ends of the cord together and find the center of the loop. Take the center of the cord and pull it thru one end of the buckle(either side of the buckle, it doesn't matter). Now pull the cord ends thru the loop until it's tightened up and attached to the buckle.

Step 4: Finding the bracelet length

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Take buckle apart and and pull the free ends of the cord thru the other part of the buckle, sliding it up towards the attached part. You're going to measure the distance between the two buckle ends for the bracelet size for your wrist. Add about 1 inch to your measured wrist length, this will make the finished bracelet a comfortable fit. You're measuring from the end of the female part of the buckle to the flat part of the male end of the buckle(the part with the prongs, they don't count for the measurement because the fit inside the female part of the buckle when the bracelet is closed.).
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sixtrees5 years ago

Great job,  you inspired me to make one of my own. I didn't have a snap buckle though, so I modified mine.

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I love the loop, how did you do it?
 This looks great - do you have an instructable on how you did it? I can't work it out from the photos.
OK, I don't think I need to post a full instructable for my bracelet because I just combined two posted instructables. But I will tell you what I did.
Measure your paracord according to stormdraines version, but add 1 foot. Tie the knot that is in this version.
So I started it like kcardwel's but instead of tieing it to furniture and using a seperate piece of cord, I braided it like stormdraine. The end part was a little tricky. I braided it to the end until there was only enough room to fit the two loose ends of cord through the loop. I had one slightly longer end so I used that one to form the loop for the  big knot, I think I tied a knot so the loop was in place. I then loosely wrapped the ends around the loop 3 times and then fed the cord through those loops (like a noose). I then pulled them tight and ran them down under the braids of the bracelet.  
Hope this helps :)

Wow that bracelet looks awesome u should make an instructable for that if you haven't already tell me when you do.
Zeke330i5 years ago
 Thanks for the great Instructable! I've been looking for a new collar for my Mastiff, Zeke, for a while now and thought the King Cobra stitch would look pretty good. I used 45' of Bright Red (wife's idea) 550 Paracord and a 3/4" side release buckle, both from Supply Captain (thanks for the link). I also re-appropriated a "D" ring from an old collar so I could hook a leash to him for walks. Using some extra 550, I made a few Chain Sinnet bracelets based on the instructions from your blog. Great stuff, thanks for posting. 
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You can use buckles off old bags/backpacks or dog/cat collars.

This looks great - do you have an instructable on how you did it? I can't work it out from the photos.

tmichlovitch made it!21 days ago

Great project and simple to make. I had a lot of fun making it, thanks for the instructable.

Jlhmad1 month ago

Thanks for posting! I made it (don't have pictures at the moment) and think it is great. It is a survival bracelet, but not sure what it could be used for in a survival situation....

mikauhsoj1 month ago
jarnney1 month ago

Took me a minute to get past steps 2 and 3. I didn't realize you weren't cutting until I saw the last pic then I understood. Very happy thank you!! I have an Army watch my wife got me when I left service and the Parcord watchband will be perfect for it!! Hoorah!!


LexiM1 month ago

I might make one like this.

sle5 made it!2 months ago
thanks for the ible!!!! it was fairly easy to follow. ill make a video of it next time!
grogan soldier made it!2 months ago
mine was loose just like I wanted, at first it was a little confusing but I figured it out quick enough. I love it.
Mr AbAk2 months ago

nice bracelet

Cool. You explained things very clearly..

CaraB23 months ago

Great instructions! Where do you all buy your paracord at? I buy my paracord at, they have great prices.

davidbarcomb4 months ago

This is really cool. Thanks for sharing

jetamkadlec4 months ago
Perfect!! I've just made one!
mcrain1 made it!5 months ago

worked for me!

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jennifer.b.smith.980 made it!7 months ago

awesome instructions ty

Cache Slinger8 months ago

nice, works well!

blue_phoenix made it!8 months ago

Definitely enjoyed making this one - melted a fluorescent green to a dark gray cord for some glow in the dark survival paracord fun!

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anasdad9 months ago

Nicely done!


anasdad9 months ago

Nicely done!


I have just started doing paracord projects & your website is
awesome. Things are clear & tell me just what I need to know. I am
enjoying this very much!

This looks great - do you have an instructable on how you did it? I can't work it out from the photos.

painrude10 months ago

mann, where will I find a buckle in my area , #Zimbabwe

Stormdrane (author)  painrude10 months ago

You can use buckles off old bags/backpacks or dog/cat collars.

jellyrollmorton made it!10 months ago


ggallimore10 months ago

Great help thanks for this instruct able :)

Wythy made it!10 months ago

Excellent instructions

Downoninit made it!10 months ago

I over lapped it and ended up using all 10 feet of the cord!

iamsanman made it!11 months ago

Great job, i have made a bunch of them now!!!

JKMax11 months ago

I just made this, and it was easy. I did a few modifications though. I wound about 25-30 feet of 12 lb test fishing line around the inner cords, and then put two small fishing hooks inside a small strip of aluminum foil, which can be used to lure the fish with it's reflecting capabilities. The fishing hook package has a small piece of electrical tape around it and I attached it towards the buckle area. It is a tiny bit larger than the rest of the bracelet, but since the buckle is underneath your arm, it doesn't show. Now if you have to use it for actual have your hooks and line. You could also put a couple of split shots (weights) in there, but being mostly lead, I think I will put those inside the ends of my new paracord shoe laces! Just thought of something could attach a bobber to the bracelet as a charm!! Just kidding.

LynnAnderson made it!1 year ago

Love it, Thank you :)

gazumpglue1 year ago

Thank you for the time and effort you've put into these tutorials.

gazumpglue1 year ago

very nice work

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