This tutorial will show how to make a paracord bracelet or watch band using a weaving method. More knot work with releated links and resources can be seen on my blog page, Stormdrane's Blog.

Step 1: Supplies

For this project, you'll need approximately 10 feet of paracord, scissors, lighter, tape measure, hemostats, watch, and a 5/8" side release buckle. I used a 5/8" ITW Nexus contoured side release buckle, but you can use other less expensive ones like those found at Creative Designworks.

Paracord can be found at local Army/Navy stores or from various online sources: Supply Captain, Lighthound, ebay, etc...

The actual amount of paracord that will be used depends on your wrist size, cord, and tying technique(tight/loose). My wrist is about 8.5 inches and I actually used around 8 or 9 feet after finishing the bracelet/watchband. So using 10 feet is usually a safe estimate for most folks, since having too much cord is better than coming up short when making your project.

*If making a watchband, the watch needs to have about 5/8" space between the lugs(where the watch pins go) so that 5 strands of paracord will fit.

<p>I followed the instructions and both bracelets came out perfectly. You'll notice I added a compass to the watch band; that can be helpful!</p>
So done loved the instructions fun project for the survivor
<p>I didn't have any paracord left, however I had lots of 3mm leather thong, so I decided to give this a go with that instead. Then I had no buckle, so had to build a makeshift buckle from 2x D-rings (1 of them I bashed into circle shape that fits through the other D). Added a chopped up fishing hook as the post for the buckle &amp; off we go. Works well, although I could have added an extra inch or so to the length.</p>
Nicely done!
<p>Thanks to a very well done Instructable :)</p>
Nice and easy instructions. Thanks.
Xmas gift for my love . <br>Thanks , this tutorial is perfect.
<p>Very Nice</p>
<p>This is really nice, I'll definitely try to do this.</p>
<p>Oh, very cool. And not that easy to do, but yet cool ;) I will make it a Christmas gift for my brother. He's in military forces now and would love that. As a pleasant extra gift I will present him a turbo key chain http://www.offroadpowergear.com/collections/turbo-keychain-section - very neat and useful thing for man! </p>
<p>Dear,</p><p>just I can thanks a lot </p>
<p>Hello, I'm looking for this exact band that is functional with a fitbit tracker as my original is both broken and I don't like the look. Have you made one?</p>
<p>Finished in 45 Minutes. perfect manual. Thanks!</p>
<p>Finished! - My goal was to make this project as slim and functional as possible. Both the watch hands and paracord strap glows in the dark. I used a 1/2 inch buckle by mistake but I made it work. This buckle has a built-in fire-starter, whistle, and even a compass! Not sure if I'm allowed to do this in the comments, but here is a link for the buckle:</p><p><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-1-2-Paracord-Buckles-Flint-Fire-Starter-Striker-Whistle-Compass-USA-Bracelet-/201409732937?hash=item2ee4f4a149" rel="nofollow">http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-1-2-Paracord-Buckles-Fli...</a></p>
<p>I made this, came out pretty nice. I took a picture as I started to untie it, I need to shorten it up a bit. I think I'm also going to redo in two pieces, like a few others have. It'll reduce the 'humping' or 'shouldering' I'm getting as it comes off the watch bolsters.</p>
<p>Made one for myself today. Added two little skull beads on each side to make it a little more personalized, but I love it. A bit of a challenge at first but I feel quite accomplished</p>
Can i ask where you found some skull beads for paracord
Craft store near me A.C. Moore, pack of 3 beads for about $2.50
<p>You guys inspire me. Thanks for this post!!! <br><br>Thank you Stormdrane. </p>
Wasn't too hard at all . The only difficulty was tying the knots loose in the beginning and tightening them up a few rows at a time . I thought the knots were too tight when finishing it up but all went well . Thanks (=^*^=)
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<p>Wow, now this is an awesome idea!</p>
<p>Amazing. Wonder how much more things you can really pack in there.</p>
<p>not long finished this, great wee project, quite tricky to get it to sit even at first but kind of got there in the end. this was attempt no. 3</p>
<p>I just finished the watch band for my Invicta after the band broke a few months ago . It is already more to my liking</p>
<p>I made it, but don't have a picture because even though I added the extra inch, I need about an inch and a half ... I think it is because of the curve it takes over the back of the watch. Redoing it and then I will take a pic.</p>
<p>would it be possible to make this weaving over four individual strands, or does it have to be an odd number?</p>
<p>were did u get your watch face at</p>
<p>Found a video of using a Paracord Bracelet for fishing, <strong><a href="http://howtomakeaparacordbracelet.com/" rel="nofollow">Paracord Bracelet</a> </strong>Fishing.</p>
Great instructable, thanks!
Easy peasy
It's not the same weave, but I've finally replaced my broken down watch band! I also decided to make two separate pieces so that the battery compartment is accessible.
<p>Thanks for the tutorial! I made mine with a buckle that has a whistle which I can store 4 strike anywhere matches inside. That was fun!</p>
Hi, could you make an instructable / have you done one of these with a watch and a slip on button compass?
<p>I have used slip-on compasses with various paracord bracelet patterns, and if you want one with a watch, you just leave space for it on the paracord watchband when you tie it. </p><p>Since there are many different brands/styles of slip-on compasses, some may have more room to run paracord through their attachment points than others, affecting how they may fit with different paracord bracelet/watchband patterns. The pattern in this instructable has a number of strands that may require running a couple of them under or out to the sides of the compass if all won't fit through it.</p><p>Most compasses are magnetically affected by batteries and metal in watches, so they should be held at least a couple of feet away from them to get a good/accurate reading, so I'd recommend they type of compasses that can be easily removed and reattached with a watchband.</p>
<p>Thanks!</p><p>It is paracord 1.9m</p>
<p> One more thing I did was to trim off the extra &quot;keeper bar&quot; from the male side of the buckle. It isn't as thick as the main bar so for strength I went around the main bar.</p>
What kind of watch is that?
<p>The one in the tutorial is a Timex ReefGear(Expedition), although a model from fifteen years ago. If you're asking about the watch in the comments from Recoil Rob, that one is a <a rel="nofollow">County Comm</a> model. ;)</p>
Ok thanks my next project is a parawatch and I can't find a watch I like besides the one you used and a couple others posted. I can't decide on analog or digital either it would be used hiking and outdoors alot
<p>I redid mine a bit larger and it came out fitting just how I like it. I stripped the inner strands out to get a softer strap, you have to be a bit more careful with tightening strands but I like it, especially the taper from lugs to buckle.</p>
Looks great! :)
<p>Another shot...thanks Stormdrane, I've been looking for a strap for this Maratac Mid Pilot for a while and I was able to make myself the strap I wanted.</p>
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good pattern. I am planning on making a belt following the same pattern.
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