Intro: DIY Wrist Sling for Bow Part 1 Paracord Braid Steps, Part 2 How to Make Leather Part to Bow.
Items need to make paracord bow sling
(3) lengths of 30-36″ long 550 paracord
(1) piece of scrap leather at least 1 3/4″ wide x 4 1/4″ long and at least 1/8″ thick (thicker is better).
(2) lengths of 12″ long small thread or cord.
(2) lengths of 5/16″ heat shrink tubing 1/2″ long.
Thick card stock – an old cereal box.
Step 1: The Beginning Braiding
I braided the cord by first lashing them together with the smaller thread/cord. It was helpful to leave the ends long and hook them over a stationary object as pictured here in order to maintain tension. To braid follow the mantra, “Right over middle, left over middle, right over middle, left over middle….” Note that “middle” changes with each braid. I made the braids as tight as my hands (they rebel in just a short amount of time) would allow as that will make the resulting sling more rigid. If you don’t know how to braid see the photos below or go over to your mommy’s house with some flowers (or her good casserole dish she loaned you with the tuna and noodles) and ask for help. The finished length on the commercial version was 21 inches, but whatever length you desire should be fine. Finally, I lashed the ends together and applied the heat shrink tubing leaving about 1/16″ of it hanging over so when shrunk it covered the cord ends well.
Braiding, the beginning.
Step 2: Step 2, Right Over Middle
right over middle
Step 3: Step 3 Left Over Middle
Step 3 left over middle
Step 4: Step 4 Right Over Middle.
Step 4,right over middle.
Step 5: Step 5, Left Over Middle.
Step 5, left over middle.
Step 6: Step 6, a Few Finished Braids.
Step 6, A few finished braids. Repeat steps 2-6 to complete.
Step 7: Cobra Paracord Weave
Use the cobra weave to finish the bow wrist sling.
Step 8: The Template and Two Leather Pieces Marked Out.
I made an outline of the leather piece from the commercially made sling using an old cereal box as template material.
Step 9: Cut the Outline Shape of the Leather.
I was able to cut the shapes out of the leather with normal, but very sharp scissors.
Step 10: Drilling Holes in the Leather.
I didn’t have punches for the holes, but did have some brad-point drill bits that I thought I’d try. They worked surprisingly well. The smaller, internal five holes are 5/16″ and the larger perimeter holes are 7/16″. I saw where some folks said they used old aluminum arrows as punches by sharpening them. See what is available and what works for you.
Step 11: The Leather Was Dyed With Some Wood Stain
Step 4 – There wasn’t any leather dye hanging around the house so I used some wood stain. Turned out well, I think.
Step 12: Finish Paracord Wrist Bow Sling
Finish paracord wrist bow sling
This how you can create your own Paracord bow wrist sling and you can go to your local craft store and buy the Paracord for 8.99 for any color you what. Enjoy make it.