Introduction: DIY Adjustable Paracord Bracelet
A paracord bracelet is a great accessory for use in survival situations and for everyday wear. In this Instructable, you will learn how to make your very own adjustable paracord bracelet.
Step 1: Measurements
Begin by measuring the circumference of your wrist. This will determine the amount of paracord you will need. For every inch of circumference, you will need a foot of paracord. However, for extra comfort, I recommend that you add 0.5 to 1 inch of extra length to your bracelet.
Step 2: Materials
To make the adjustable paracord bracelet, you will need the following materials:
i) 2 14 inch lengths of paracord for the inside strands
ii) Paracord for the actual weave
-If you have e.g. 7 feet of paracord, cut off 1 foot of paracord. If you have 8 feet of paracord, cut off 1 foot, etc.
-In the end, you will have two pieces of paracord, one of them one foot long.
Step 3: Tools
The tools you will need are:
i) A lighter
ii) A pair of scissors
First, find the halfway point of the longer piece of paracord.
Then, match up the two 14 inch strands of paracord and look for the 3 inch point.
Bring the halfway point of the long piece of paracord behind the 3 inch point.
Start weaving the cobra stitch. Bring the right strand across the two centre strands and under the leftmost strand.
Then, bring the left strand under the two centre strands, forming an 'e'.
Finally, pull the left strand through the loop from underneath and pull to tighten. You have woven the first cobra stitch!
Weave the same stitch again, but this time on the opposite side. Begin by bringing the left strand across the two centre strands and under the rightmost strand.
Then, bring the right strand under the two centre strands.
Finally, pull the right strand through the loop from underneath and pull to tighten. The second cobra stitch is complete!
Continue weaving until you reach the desired length (length of bracelet with 1 inch taken away).
Trim the ends of the excess paracord and melt the ends.
Trim off one of the strands on one end of the weave and melt it.
Bring the remaining strand across to the other end of the weave.
Trim off the strand that gets in the way.
-Be VERY CAREFUL not to trim off the wrong strand
This is what you should end up with.
Match up the bracelet on your wrist and take note of the length without the weave (this was hard to do and take a picture of so I used a drink can instead).
Remember the other shorter piece of paracord? Find the centre point of that and bring it to the top of the two strands.
Weave the cobra stitch all the way to the bottom. This weave doesn't need to be too tight so as to allow the inner strands to slide smoothly.
Check if the size is correct. If it is, trim and melt the ends.
Finally, trim the two adjusting strands to the same length and tie a simple knot at the ends.
Trim and melt the excess.
The DIY Adjustable Paracord Bracelet is complete! The bracelet is simple, functional and looks amazing. I made a watch strap using the same concept and it turned out great too. I hope you will be able to make one too!
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4 years ago
I was looking for a bracelet without a clip for a while and this is perfect.
5 years ago
This is a very well made Instructable! I've bookmarked this to try soon. Thanks for all your detailed photos! I think I'll be able to make this in a daintier cord for the girls in the family.