Introduction: Wide Paracord Bracelet

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This is my first instructable and I hope you enjoy it.
I will show you how I made a wide paracord bracelet with a side release buckle. This is also a good plan for a collar for you dog.

Step 1: Pick Your Colors

First step is picking your colors. The optimal types are 2 colors that contrast.

Also for your side release buckle I recommend a 1" size. This allows you plenty of room to insert the cordage. The 5/8" size I used just made it very tight to work with.

To figure out how much paracord you will need, measure your wrist where you want the bracelet to sit at. Take that measurement and multiply by 12 to get your approximate start length. You should have plenty of cord left over at the finish. It's better to have too much than not enough.

The color you want as the outside one should be your wrist measurement times 12. You should make 2 lengths of this. The color you have for the inside will be twice as long as the outside color or 24 times your wrist measurement.

Loop the strands onto your buckle using a cow hitch knot

One tip is to make sure you keep the same pattern going and not switch which cord goes over and which one goes under. If you do switch the order it will make the pattern look disjointed.

Step 2: Step 1

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Take cord 4 and go under cord 5 and over the standing end of cord 6.

Snug up the half knot.

Step 3: Step 2

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You are then going to take cord 6 and go over 5 and then under the standing end of cord 4.

Tighten the half knotup to the base of the previous knots.

Step 4: Step 3

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Now take cord 4 under 5 and over 6.

Step 5: Step 4

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Now take cord 6 and go over 5 and under the standing end of 4.

Tighten the entire knot up snug.

Step 6: Step 5

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Now to start on the other side.

Take cord 3 and go under 2 and over 1.

Step 7: Step 6

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Take cord 1 and go over 2 and under the standing end of 3.

Snug the knot up.

Step 8: Step 7

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Now take cord 3 and go under 2 and over 1.

Step 9: Step 8

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Take cord 1 and go over2 and under the standing end of 3.

Tighten up the knot.

Step 10: Step 9

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You are now going to cross cord 4 over the top of cord 3.

This step connects the two seperate rows of square knots together.

When you repeat this crossing for each set of knots, remember to always cross the cords in the exact same way. It makes the resulting bracelet a lot more neater looking.

Step 11: Repeat Until You Get the Desired Length.

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Step 12: Attaching the Other Side of the Buckle.

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This is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just make sure it is secure.

What I normally do is use a cow hitch with cords 2 and 5 onto the bracelet and then as I am knotting the rest of the bracelet these ends are doubled back on themselves and knotted over so they stay snug and secure.

Step 13: Finished

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When completed the bracelet should look like this.

One tip: When you are nearing the end, have whoever you are making this bracelet for try it on. If it is too tight or loose it is easier to make adjustments now rather than after you have cut off the excess cord and melted the ends together.

Here is a video tutorial done by Tying It All Together.  Leave a comment for him and let him know where you came from.

Step 14: Animated Steps

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Enginero0m made it! (author)2017-07-04

I used this weave to create a new strap for my wrist watch when the original rubber straps failed. cords 2 and 5 were used to secure the watch face to the weave.

GabrielM1123 (author)2016-04-17

I can never get it right.......

any tips?

Lilworm337 (author)GabrielM11232016-07-21

its simple. the way you start on one side is the way you do on the other and keep going all the way untill you finish.

balcott (author)2016-05-16

I'm a newbie, but a suggestion just to clarify the beginning instructions a bit:

Cords 2 and 5 are really only carrier cords for all the knots. The 2 and 5 cords only need to be about 12 inches in length to tie to the other side of the buckle and adjust for bracelet length.

Maybe an experienced user would realize this, but this clarification would help us newbies.

And THANKS ... a great pattern.

Chaospony made it! (author)2016-04-13

Thanks used this to make a new dog collar :-)

ProGamerGuy14 made it! (author)2016-03-20

I had to modify it because I didn't have any buckles

ProGamerGuy14 (author)2016-03-19

I have the pattern memorized now. Very cool!

lohlrogge made it! (author)2016-03-06

I had to alter the directions a touch to fit my purpose.

BillB124 (author)2016-02-26

Has anyone tried to use super glue or laser bond to finish up the knots?

panthony1 made it! (author)2016-02-12

used black and glow in the dark paracord with a belt buckle. I have big wrists

Leeshmonster made it! (author)2015-09-29

Thanks for the instructable.

ValerieR10 (author)2015-09-19

Awesome! I started making paracord bracelets and my favorite is the heart design but my husband won't wear that so this is perfect!

JohnS183 (author)2015-08-19

this is awesome all ive made so far is some monkey fist lanyards and key chains looking for new ideas and this is one of them . thanks for taking time to share this with us

erobinson4 made it! (author)2015-05-16

Not a bracelet, but same weave. I coincidentally started this during Police Week. Thanks for the easy instructions. One of the better Instructables I have seen!

tvbms (author)2015-04-10

Excellent! Made mine using OD Green paracord and some black cordage I had at home! Looks good to me :) I had some trouble with finishing off the strings, but I figured it out.. Thanks for the instructable! :)

rachel.braley made it! (author)2015-03-29

Great tutorial, thank you!

richard.paquette.583 (author)2015-02-18

I'm a beginner and it would have nice to show me and others on how to terminate the bracelet. Now, I've got to search for it.

Thanks anyway.

I agree. It would have been nice to see steps on how to end it.

omar.celestin (author)2015-02-09

Hey i know am a noob for asking this but does anyone know were i can buy the material....i keep gettin the other options...does this hv a particular name i can use or better a site i can check out

Omar , your question is not crazy , you can order some paracord from ebay , amazon , any kind of army surplus which should sell some , or even walmart sells some and even the kits that help you get started on making them , then after you get the hang of it you can start trying different things with it hope that helps you .

pluckyduck13 (author)2015-01-31

I like the two color look and wider width.

kamhunter (author)2015-01-11

Nice job! love the instructable

kamhunter (author)2015-01-11

Nice job! love the instructable

Neilious (author)2015-01-01

I really need help finishing this.

Telion made it! (author)2014-11-20

Slightly adapted for a "twin buckle" design and finished by "backthreading" the working ends through the weave, but still made from your post - thanks for sharing the idea

spyersecol (author)2014-09-30

Awesome tutorial. I made a three color bracelet for my wife using this technique.

Kedi66 (author)2014-06-01

Please can you clarify if I loop the outside paracord on the buckle do the both ends have the same length at the beginning?

Thanks, Doris

pvan kappel made it! (author)2014-05-29

Thanks guys. The forst one I made I had some trouble ending it but I read somewhere in a post to put the 4 middle ends through the buckle and then some single cobra knots, and perfect. I started also slightly different as you can see since I wanted to work with a shackle

pvan kappel made it! (author)2014-05-29

Thanks guys. The forst one I made I had some trouble ending it but I read somewhere in a post to put the 4 middle ends through the buckle and then some single cobra knots, and perfect. I started also slightly different as you can see since I wanted to work with a shackle

para-chic (author)2012-02-12

I finally figured this out! I found a great way to end the bracelet....with out too many crazy knots. After you reach the desired length, pull the center 4 cords (2,4,3,5) through the buckle. Leave 1 and 6 out. Pull your buckle to the desired length + maybe a half an inch or so....flip the loose ends against the inside of the bracelet and throw a couple of cobra knots on there...(like you are doing a regular survival bracelet). That way you have doubled back on your cordage and tucked it in at the same time. Just cut and melt!
I can post pics if ya want!

pvan kappel (author)para-chic2014-05-29

Thanks, you made my day

Marcaine Art (author)2013-03-15

I just made my first one. I've been playing with different ways to finish it off so I haven't cut the tails yet. Here it is.

Boise State Colors? Or Florida Gators? Hopefully BSU!

I didn't pick the colors. I made it for someone and told them they could have whatever colors they wanted.

idahoDHbiker made it! (author)2014-05-15

Awesome Tutorial! Great job

HelpingHands4You (author)2014-03-19

You did a great job on this one. Major kudos on the labeling and attention to detail. Keep em coming.

MPILBROW (author)2014-02-16

Excellent instructable.

deavesteve2015 (author)2014-01-31

How much paracord did you use in yours?

jfischer10 (author)2013-12-04

Impressive instructable. I am going to create a double cobra braided as a belt.

nyparacord (author)2013-12-02

Great work!

theimpossiblegirl_1 (author)2013-08-20

Great!!!! I love it!!!!!

Blake_Snake (author)2013-08-06

Excellent instructable. Incredibly easy and fun to make. Many more project ideas with this as the basic plan

SmellGoodNinja (author)2013-07-25

Does this mean it should be 12 times more on each strand or 12 times more then you fold it and it be 6 time more on each strand?

Garrigus (author)2013-06-19

The bracelet was good I just had a couple problems. Your measurements are way off. I ended up wasting about 60 inches off the middle strand and 40 off the ends. The end knot to attach the second clip. Instructions would be nice. From your pic I couldn't really tell how to tie it off.

bigbenb (author)2013-06-17

Great Instructable! I made a 16" shoulder strap for my nephew's gun sling with no problems.

mvillaman1 (author)2013-06-10

I am going to try and make this

Delete_ (author)2013-05-19

My friends and I have a business selling Paracord bracelets, how much would a bracelet like this cost?

walt_l (author)2009-07-23

Are these instructions correct for this picture? the instructions refer to cords 1,2 and 3 but the picture shows cords 4,5 and 6 being manipulated

Falcon_WOG (author)walt_l2013-04-18


Rskid (author)walt_l2013-04-09

I agree, wrong picture.

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