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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.

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.

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Dhouck8515 days ago

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

Hax2 Dhouck8510 days ago
Can i ask where you found some skull beads for paracord
Dhouck85 Hax210 days ago
Craft store near me A.C. Moore, pack of 3 beads for about $2.50
lawakisip made it!19 days ago

You guys inspire me. Thanks for this post!!!

Thank you Stormdrane.

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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 (=^*^=)
nudim22 days ago


Wow, now this is an awesome idea!

handlebarharlan made it!1 month ago

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

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I just finished the watch band for my Invicta after the band broke a few months ago . It is already more to my liking

amyers102 months ago

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.

nicbergero2 months ago

would it be possible to make this weaving over four individual strands, or does it have to be an odd number?

bardbard3 months ago

were did u get your watch face at

andomonir made it!3 months ago
Great instructable, thanks!
helmethedd made it!3 months ago
Easy peasy
TheGeek1984 made it!3 months ago
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.
alexzero13 made it!4 months ago

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!

BDP014 months ago
Hi, could you make an instructable / have you done one of these with a watch and a slip on button compass?
Stormdrane (author)  BDP014 months ago

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.

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.

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.

rmatsuoka made it!5 months ago


It is paracord 1.9m

Recoil Rob5 months ago

One more thing I did was to trim off the extra "keeper bar" 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.

D-hannah225 months ago
What kind of watch is that?
Stormdrane (author)  D-hannah225 months ago

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 County Comm model. ;)

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
Recoil Rob5 months 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 Rob5 months ago
Looks great! :)
Recoil Rob5 months 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!5 months ago
good pattern. I am planning on making a belt following the same pattern.
godzillatango6 months ago

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

110RPM made it!7 months ago
pot2.pogi10 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.pogi10 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!8 months ago

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

rsmigielski9 months ago
Love it! my Timex watch band cracked and your paracord instructions are excellent. thanks.
mbonds1 made it!1 year ago

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

tbraznell mbonds19 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.

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

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

tamas.varga.5817 made it!9 months ago

Done! Thanks for the detailed instructions. Fits perfect!

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