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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.
 
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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 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

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

MPILBROW2 months ago
Excellent instructable.
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How much paracord did you use in yours?
jfischer104 months ago
Impressive instructable. I am going to create a double cobra braided as a belt.
nyparacord4 months ago
Great work!
Great!!!! I love it!!!!!
Blake_Snake8 months ago
Excellent instructable. Incredibly easy and fun to make. Many more project ideas with this as the basic plan
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?
Garrigus10 months ago
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.
bigbenb10 months ago
Great Instructable! I made a 16" shoulder strap for my nephew's gun sling with no problems.
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mvillaman110 months ago
I am going to try and make this
TimsProjects11 months ago
My friends and I have a business selling Paracord bracelets, how much would a bracelet like this cost?
walt_l4 years ago
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_l1 year ago
fixed.
Rskid walt_l1 year ago
I agree, wrong picture.
Wait, by 12?! Did I read that right?
Falcon_WOG (author)  PTHFNDR4LIFE1 year ago
That is correct.
LabDog1 year ago
Great instructions, very easy to follow. This is my first time at paracord. The collar turned out great. Only problem is since this is my first project, saying how to connect second buckle is up to you, has got me lost. I have no idea on what to do. I've been searching the web and coa not find out how to do this. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
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.
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Great design of bracelet!!
Schmidty161 year ago
does the video show how to end the braclet better
babeladyj1 year ago
WOW! Your instructions and pictures make it so easy to understand the process. You are a GREAT INSTRUCTOR. Thank you.
noseboy9081 year ago
Really descriptive instructions, I liked it a lot. The only thing is that when you choose a buckle, choose one wider than 1 inch. I used a 1- inch buckle, and it took me about an hour + help to fit all 6 strands next to each other, and once I had put them all together, they could not be adjusted whatsoever. But great project, nevertheless.
Great project. You have really good pictures. The explanations are nicely detailed. Thanks! Keep up the good work.
triumphman2 years ago
So give me a clear number of feet of paracord for making a survival wrist thingy for an 8" wrist. Thanks. This is for the double wide thingy! OK? Thanks, Triumphman. Great instr., clear pics and instrs.!
You will find out that out of the 3 cords to make this,

your center cord will be the 8 inches plus 8 X 12 length,

the the two outside cords will be ruffly half that. 8inches plus 8 X 12 / 2 or in other words 4 X 12 plus 8 inches.

If you have a 7 or nine inch wrist then adjust accordingly.

By using this method for figuring the amount of cord, you will limit the excess cord that you would normally waste.


This is a beautiful weave/knot pattern. I have used it to make wristbands, Dog collars, and I have even made a full length (45") dress belt. For the belt, it WILL take many hours to make; it took me 17 hours to finish.

I hope this helps.
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this cool love know long you to nany this ok?
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He said to take your measurement then multiply by 12. In your case that would be......hmmmmmmm, work with me now. How much is 8 times 12? ninety what? I can't quite hear you. ninety six? RIGHT! Go to the head of the class!
He also said you might have some left over so it's just a liberal swag anyway!
whiskrs2 years ago
Where did you find the buckles at? I can't seem to find them anywhere...
walmart camping section you can get 1" or 2"
Check out Amazon.com and Ebay.com

There you can get them fairly inexpensive. I buy them in a 100 count package.
Falcon_WOG (author)  whiskrs2 years ago
Do a Google search for side release buckle. You should get a lot of hits on that.
Schmidty161 year ago
looks so nice
Binsky1 year ago
I took this project one step further and made it into a belt. There were a few issues that I ran into.

First of all, the 1 foot per 1 inch of bracelet for the outside colors and 2 feet per 1 inch for the inside colors is far too much. I made my belt 40 inches long and used 80 feet for the inside colors and 40 feet for the outside colors. By the time I finished the belt I had ~24 feet both ends of the inside color, and what should have been ~5 feet of the outside colors left over.

Another thing to keep in mind is that cords #2 and #5 don't actually do anything, so they only need to be as long as the item you are making. I forgot to subtract the 16ft 8in that I didn't use off one side of the outer cords, so I ended up with #1 being 36ft 8in where it should have been only 20ft.

To end the belt I crossed the inner strands like I was going to start another line and fused those with the two outer strands.

All in all it was a very simple project (all be it time consuming), and the belt has functioned pretty well. I haven't worked out how I'm going to do the loop that most belts have ~1 inch from the buckle, but I'm going to try running some cord through the back of the belt and making a Solomon bar around the top.
PieterDC1 year ago
I'm thinking of making a guitar strap with this but it has to be quit soft and comfortable so I thought to use softer cord/rope, I don't know paracord that well so does anyone yhink this is doable or that paracord will do just fine (I think paracord will deffinitly be stronger but thats no issue) or that it will be to rough in shape to be comfortable. then let me know.
BTW: I'm sorry for the spelling mistakes but I'm belgian and still in school.
It is definitely doable. I just finished making a belt with this design, and it is pretty soft. As a guitar player I would recommend this pattern for a strap. If you can figure out how, I would recommend doubling the pattern though, since it is a bit narrow.
Falcon_WOG (author)  PieterDC1 year ago
You don't necessarily have to use paracord. This will work with any type of string/rope.
If you do use paracord some paracord will shrink and tighten up when exposed to water/sweat. To combat this, soak your paracird in water for a few hours then let it air dry.
hughesw21 year ago
Heres the watch I made
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hughesw21 year ago
So much nicer and cheaper to make rather than buy!
ToniB1 year ago
LOVED this instructable, but you left me hanging on how to finish it...

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