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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.
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Step 1: Supplies

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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.

Step 2: To begin

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Measure about 20 inches from one end of your length of paracord. This is where you'll loop onto one end of your side release buckle. Once attached, you'll have the longer section which will be your working end and the shorter end which is just attached to the buckle ends and will be tucked in when finishing the bracelet/watchband.
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Recoil Rob2 hours ago

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.

Stormdrane (author)  Recoil Rob1 hour ago
Looks great! :)
Recoil Rob1 hour ago

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.

delrod ii made it!2 days ago
good pattern. I am planning on making a belt following the same pattern.

Made it after two tries. Love my new watch bracelet! Thanks for sharing the instruction.

110RPM made it!1 month ago
pot2.pogi4 months ago

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

hobby lobby usually caries them

You can also go to your nearest Army Navy store, craft store usually cary it too.

Stormdrane (author)  pot2.pogi4 months ago
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.
rhea.caballes made it!2 months ago

Thank you for the idea. Here's my version:

rsmigielski3 months ago
Love it! my Timex watch band cracked and your paracord instructions are excellent. thanks.
mbonds1 made it!6 months ago

Thanks for the instructable! It made this an easy project!

tbraznell mbonds13 months ago

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.

cgoloby mbonds16 months ago

where did you get that type of clip and what's it called?

mbonds1 cgoloby6 months ago

I got it on eBay. It's a stainless steel shackle, usually in outdoor sports category.

tamas.varga.5817 made it!4 months ago

Done! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Fits perfect!

goodall975 months ago
good instructions but I used the king cobra knot
armbena6 months ago
esta super fácil!! muchas gracias por el aporte!!
Broberg6 months ago

Looks Awesome!!! Made one myself and used an old clip from an ACH!

WendyT72 made it!7 months ago

This is so comfortable! Thanks for the great Ible!

sfisher141 made it!7 months ago

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I made this band for my husband, and it came out awesome!

Lykastor8 months ago

Great, thanks!!!!

printrbot9329 months ago
What watch did you use?
Stormdrane (author)  printrbot9328 months ago

I used my Timex Reef Gear for the example shown in the instructable.

pzcshc9 months ago

Turned out fantastic....the for the great instructions!!

abates710 months ago

This was my first try and it was great! Very easy read, thanks. I have people constantly asking me where I got my watch. The also tell me I should sell them on the internet! Cracks me up, I forward them to your instructable. Thanks again, easy to do.

amanriquez-sandoval made it!10 months ago

This was a great tutorial. Thank you!

mbuseck made it!11 months ago

Great project completed it in about 35 mins looks great. Abit tricky to get the size just right had to do it twice. now for the watch band!

Really Loved this I'm going to do this with my grandkids as a group project. Thank You

Ryanoxpqz11 months ago
Thank you! I now know slightly more information than I did yesterday!
Ryanoxpqz11 months ago
I know I might sound stupid, but what is a fob?
Stormdrane (author)  Ryanoxpqz11 months ago
Here are some entries for 'fob' from wikipedia:

Fob pocket, a small pocket in trousers or waistcoats originally intended to hold a pocket watch

Key fob, a medallion used to identify a key ring, or position on the ring

Watch fob, a medallion or ornament attached to a pocket watch to assist in handling

So, a paracord 'fob', is usually a short, sometimes decorative bit of knot work added to an item, flashlight, keychain, knife, etc., to aid in identification, and/or grip in holding or retreiving the item from a pocket.  It differs from a lanyard, which is usually longer and secures an item, worn around the wrist/neck, or attached to a person or piece of gear by means of a knot or attachment clip/swivel/hook/carabiner/etc... Hope that helps. ;)
rsaltrelli made it!11 months ago

My first attempt. It came out OK, but not great. I'm going to try again but next time use a bigger buckle. This instructions call for a 5/8" buckle but I think that's too small. I'm going to use either a 3/4" or maybe even a 1" buckle next time. The band itself is 1" wide.

ninjacheese12 months ago
Awesome now I need to find a watch I can use
Anderson Pooper made it!12 months ago

I improvised a bit, used the dragon tongue weave. Good info.

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LynnAnderson made it!1 year ago

I have to admit, it was pretty easy, and looks great! Thank you for your great tutorials, I now have an awesome addictive new hobby :)

swnagle1 year ago
Knew I kept this watch for a reason. Thanks. 11 ft used. I fed the cord under the outside weave and over the watch pins.
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KnotFun1 year ago
Here is how I did mine, thanks guys.....
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KnotFun1 year ago
Always been a fan of your work Stormdrane. Very cool stuff. Appreciate those who shared ideas of their work, learned a lot from it as well. Thanks.
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