How-To Adjustable Paracord Bracelet





Introduction: How-To Adjustable Paracord Bracelet

About: Currently a sophomore at NCSU studying computer science. I enjoy making things, hacking things, building electronic circuits, and cooking!

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make an adjustable paracord bracelet. I got the idea of making it adjustable when my parents got me an adjustable bracelet from New York. I have never seen an instructable on how to do this yet, so here I go. I will be showing how to make a bracelet adjustable from 7"-9"

*** I will not show how to make a heart like in the first picture in this instructable. If I get any requests, I may make an instructable on how to add the heart, cross, or awareness ribbon. ***

I also have these for sale for those of you who do not have the time or materials to make these in my Etsy shop (They are custom-order, so you pick the colors and design in the middle (heart, cross, ribbon)): or more specifically here:

Step 1: Ingredients

What you'll need for this project :

Up to 3 colors of Paracord to make it with {Read on for lengths; I'm using white as the core, red as the middle, and black as the edge}
Lighter to burn the ends of things
Scissors to cut things
Ruler to measure things

Step 2: Cut the Core Pieces

First cut two pieces of your chosen color about a foot long each. I'm using white. After you cut it, you'll want to burn it a little to prevent fraying later on. Then, tie a knot on ONE side of each piece of cord as close to the end as you can. Put these pieces aside.

Step 3: Join the Two Colors

If you are using the same color cord for the outer and inner edges, cut a piece about 7.5 feet long and skip this step. If you are using two colors, read on.

Cut one piece of each color to about 3.5 to 4 feet long. Burn all the ends except for one end of one of the pieces. On the piece you didn't burn, pull the inner strands out about an inch. Then, take one side of the other color and put it into the other piece. (I know this is kind of confusing... just follow the pics) Then, burn all the little frayed pieces of the color you pulled the strands from to attach the two colors. Now go take a break and drink some root beer to clear your mind from all the confusing stuff.

Step 4: Starting the Cobra Weave

Ok, here's the tricky-ish part. Get your core strands and put them side-by-side on the table, with the knots on opposite sides. Put the burned part of the two colors (or the center of the one color) underneath the white strands. Take one side (the side you want to be the inner color) and bring it across the core strands, keeping the center (or burned part) directly under the white strands. Then take the other side (the side you want to be the outer edge) and put it on top of the first strand. Then take that second strand and bring it under the white strands and through the loop you made with the first strand. Use something (or someone) to hold the center of the strands under the white strands and then gently tighten the knot you made until it is nice and tight. Do this ONCE more, then go to the next step. You need to remember (in using one color) to always alternate the strand you bring across first, and (if using two colors) to always bring the same color over first.

The pictures are VERY helpful on this step!!!

A good  video on doing the cobra weave is here (Skip to 1:12):

Step 5: Fix the Core Strands

Now you should have two knots and it should look like the first picture. Now you need to get out your ruler and measure some stuff. The distance from the knot on one of the core strands to the beginning of your cobra weave should be at least 1.5", but no more than 2". Once you have this right, Take the strand that doesn't have a knot on it and pull it almost all the way to the start of your cobra weave. Cut a little off and burn it to prevent it from coming undone. You should now have one strand coming from the top of the cobra weave and one melted to the first knot.

Step 6: Continue the Weave.

Continue doing cobra knots until you reach about 6.5" or 6.75".

Step 7: Fix the Core Strands Again.

If you started out with the same size core strands, then one should now be a little longer than the other one. Take the shorter one and cut it close to the end of your knots and melt it down so it doesn't come undone. Now untie the knot at the end of the longer core strand. Measure about 1.5" on it and re-tie the knot there. The top and bottom of your bracelet should look about the same now.

Step 8: Finish the Cobra Weave.

Now, cut off the excess paracord from each side of the cobra weave, melt the ends down with the lighter, and SAVE THE EXTRA PIECES.
At this point, you can cut off any excess string on the end of the knots to make the knot all the way at the end.

Step 9: Make It Adjustable.

Here's how to make it adjustable:

- First, join the two extra pieces of paracord you cut off in the last step {Just repeat step 3 with the smaller pieces} , or if you were using just one color, you can use a piece of that one color about a foot long.
- Bend the bracelet back until the ends of the core strands are touching the opposite side of the bracelet. Have someone hold these strands in place.
- Begin a cobra weave in the open space over the core strands. Do only two knots, tighten them really tight, and then cut off the ends and melt them down.

Step 10: Admire Your Masterpiece.

Now your adjustable paracord bracelet is complete! Comment with any feedback or questions you may have.
Thanks for looking!

For those who do not have the time or materials to make one, you can go to my Etsy shop to purchase one:
or more specifically here:

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20 Discussions


1 year ago

Can you plz try to make a video or explain more briefly.

I made one out of Urban Camo and Harmony and adjustable from 7 1/2" to 9 1/2". Doesn't look too bad for my first attempt. Thanx again for the instructable.

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Not a great ible. Advertised as a heart design. Didn't show how to make the heart which I was looking for.

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I'm sorry you feel that way. I hope that single detail didn't ruin the Instructable for you, and I hope you found the vast majority of the Instructable useful (how to create the actual adjustable bracelet). The heart is very simple, and I'll try to explain it in words. You need a small length of paracord (1 foot will be plenty) and needle-nose pliers. You simply put the pliers through a loop on the bracelet (they're yellow in my picture) and pull the paracord through. Repeat this through each loop of the design you want. For the heart, you'll go through 4 loops at the top, and put both ends through a single loop at the bottom. then cut them fairly close and use a lighter to burn the ends and hold it in place.
Hope that helps! :)

I'm so glad you took the time in explaining that for me. Thank you. Helped a lot, I will post an "I made it!" comment and if you could tell me if it is good or not, that would be great! Thank you, AM1

I really like this style of Paracord Bracelet. I didn't want to use buckles and want to thank you for posting this instructable. Now - all I gotta' do is attempt it and see what happens, lol.

Great idea on the adjustability, I'm going to try this. Thanks!

Ok, so if you are interested in - this is my website, (i am administrator) - please register here. It's small network dedicated to paracord, later we will grow it with other additional relevant content, cause we just start it few months ago. But from the right now you can post any information about cord, instructions, photos, blogs and so on. If anyone has it's own site - we can exchange links.

Adambowker98 (author) says:
Ok, cool. I'll try to make an 'ible later today if I have some free time. You promised - where is result?
Hey, could you check the quality of this instructions?

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Sorry, forgot all about that! Besides, with school starting I haven't really had time. And I've seen that video before and it does a great job of explaining things.

Great project. You have really good pictures. The explanations are nicely detailed. Thanks! Keep up the good work.

Could you post a how-to on making a heart in the bracelet? I've followed your tutorial on the normal bracelet and it came out great, but I'd like to try one with a heart in it too. Thanks!

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Sure! I'll work on that once I get home on Sunday. (I'm on vacation right now, hehe.) And the heart is pretty easy to put on a bracelet or to add to a bracelet you've already made.


Just want to say thanks for the instructable brother. I've just completed my first paracord bracelet thanks to you. In my own opinion it turned out great.

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Nicely done. I would like to see a heart/ribbon -ible, I have thought about trying it but I haven't had the time to work it out.

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