I'm a gumball machine junkie. My mom used to give me quarters to use in the machines outside the grocery store when I was a kid. I've had too many rubber cockroaches, sticky handfuls of Sprees, fake mustaches and those jumping-half-balls-you-turn-inside-out-and-wait-for-them-to-pop-things to count. The bane of my quarter-fueled adventures, however, were bracelets. Clearly, to 7 year old boy, a bracelet was a waste of a quarter, compared to a superball or plastic paratrooper, but because that was what the fates had given me, I'd worn them anyway.
Flash to 20ish years later and lots of spare time, Instuctables taught me about paracord and in a drink of nostalgia I've recreated these simple bracelets and now you can learn how to make them without the gamble of wasting a quarter!
Step 1: Materials
Easy enough. You'll need:
-Paracord, about a foot
-A lighter to melt the ends
Step 2: The First Knot
You'll need roughly a foot of paracord to start. My wrist is about 8" around (I measured, this isn't something I offhandedly know) and after tying the knots I still ended up trimming about 2" off, but its best to have too much cord than too little
Step 7: The Second Knot
All you need to do it cut off the access, melt the ends, squash them down (another member on Instructables suggests spitting on your thumb and mushing, it works well but you have to be manly to do it) and you're done!
You can adjust the size of your new bracelet by sliding the knots alternatively together or away from each other.
You can also offer your bracelet to a pet, as I did with Kiwii, a monk parakeet. He has no strong feelings one way or another towards paracord bracelets.