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>Is it possible to use a 1/2 inch buckle instead of a 5/8 buckle for this project?</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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<p>Made it after two tries. Love my new watch bracelet! Thanks for sharing the instruction. </p>
<p>I want to make one of these but I'm a little bit confuse. Is it a shoe lace or a different kind of cord? Where can I buy these? Anyone :D</p>
<p>hobby lobby usually caries them</p>
<p>You can also go to your nearest Army Navy store, craft store usually cary it too.</p>
Paracord, also called 550 cord, was used for this bracelet/watchband instructable. There are many different online vendors that sell it, so shop around to find a fair price and good quality cord that delivers to your location.
<p>Thank you for the idea. Here's my version:</p>
Love it! my Timex watch band cracked and your paracord instructions are excellent. thanks.
<p>Thanks for the instructable! It made this an easy project!</p>
<p>How did you manage to tie the non-Dee end of the band? I'm struggling trying to translate the work above to this type of adjustable shackle.</p>
<p>where did you get that type of clip and what's it called?</p>
<p>I got it on eBay. It's a stainless steel shackle, usually in outdoor sports category. </p>
<p>Done! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Fits perfect!</p>
good instructions but I used the king cobra knot

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