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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.
<p>I've made two of these over the last year or so. Thank you to Stormdrane for making this instructable and making it with great detail and pictures. If you follow these directions precisely and don't try to amend them or take shortcuts (I tried and the results were far less than perfect lol) you'll be able to do this easily and have it come out perfect every time. Sorry no pics, but I used a camo colored 550 paracord and made a 1 piece band for a Timex T45181 Resin Combo watch. It looks great because the watch has a drab green housing and a tan face, so it's a natural pairing. The other was a black, white and gray 550 paracord one piece band for a Timex T49828 Metal Combo watch. That watch has a steel housing with a brushed finish and a white face and is my personal favorite out of all 17 of my watches, regardless of which band is on it. Yes I have a watch problem lol. Either way all I have to do is remove 1 of the pins to change the battery. It only takes an extra 45 seconds or so to change the battery versus having the original bands, and that includes putting it back together and having the watch wearable and ready to go again. Also, it's extremely easy to change the bands back to original if need be. After you wear the watch for a while, the paracord band will hold its shape after removing the watch from it, so you don't have to worry about ruining the band by removing it. </p>
Hey stormdrane, I was wondering how wide the band is.
Width will vary by the actual cord you use, and paracord can vary in thickness/width of the strand from one manufacturer to another, and how tight or loose you tie the bracelet/watchband. The tan one in my photo has a tied width of about 7/8&quot; thick. <br><br>
Here is how I did mine, thanks guys.....
<p>This one is seriously awesome.</p>
<p>Hi, have you tried doing a band on those watches with very little space between the pins and the body?</p><p>Have a few of these sport watches and would love to replace the bands</p><p>Cheers</p>
I had to improvise, but like the other guy was saying it might be easier to make two separate bands, one for each side
For watches with thinner attachment sections, I've used gutted paracord, and done two piece watchbands to work with those type watches. You just have to experiment with different paracord designs and options base on the variety of watches out there.
<p>I put one of these on my pebble and it works great! great instructions! i like how its semi modular so if I were to get a new watch i could put it on and make few to no adjustments</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>Maybe try using micro paracord? I made a women's watch band with that and it turned out nice.Should work for smaller spaces between lugs. </p>
<p>Great. Thanks for you tutorial.</p><p>Best regards</p>
<p>Got it on the second try. I think I used a full 10' of cord. It took a bit of finesse to get the weave nice and tight, but it was well worth the effort. Thanks for posting this instructable! </p>
This instructable is spot on. The lengths and photos are exactly the ones you need if you want to do this as your first paracord proyect. Congratulations
<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>nice</p><p>]</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>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 (=^*^=)
<p>Wow, now this is an awesome idea!</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>
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>

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