Paracord Dog Collar




This is basically a paracord bracelet but with a metal D-ring in the middle and a plastic buckle. For this one i used 2 different colour cords a "welded aluminium D-ring" and a 25mm buckle i cut out of an old belt. (All are available from e-bay)

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Step 1: Step 1

Starting with one end of the buckle i chose the male end because the wholes are easier to thread the cord through. So take one end of each colour cord and thread them from front to back and then split around the side. I then placed one under and one over and used a simple overhand not to secure each end to the opposite colour (this is basically a fisherman's know with something in the middle) Then slide it down and pull it tight. Be sure to leave a small amount of tail end on each end.

Step 2: Step 2

My labradoodle pup needed a 15 inch sized collar so i measured it out. Then thread the other side of the buckle on to the ends and slide it all the way down to the right size. Then begin with a Cobra stitch, this is the process of one end under and one end over then threading each through the opposite loops.

Step 3: Step 3

Step 4: Step 4

Slide the D-ring between the middle 2 strands, then tie a knot but tie it over the buckle. Three or four and you should get to the other side of the buckle.

Step 5: Step 5

When you get to the end of the run tie one last knot loosely, then thread the two ends through the visible side of the fisherman's knot. The strongest way to do it is to then thread it back through the buckle and under the opposite side of the fisherman's knot. After this you can start the Cobra stitching again.

Step 6: Step 6

Once you get back to the buckle. Thread the knots back through the D-ring and continue, Make sure the D-ring is properly secured, if you come to clip a lead on here then you don't want it to come loose!

Step 7: Step 7

This step is much like securing the other end when you got to the end of the first run. Tie a loose knot and thread the ends over the buckle and out the other side. I then used a pair of pliers to pull up the last four knots. Thread both ends through the loops and then using the pliers tighten it all up. Then cut the ends close to the base of the collar. As usual with the last step of a paracord project, apply a lighter and wax the ends over, i found that if you over do it with the lighter and actually melt the ends back into the collar it makes it a lot smoother and more comfortable for your lucky pooch. Enjoy

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    14 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    The second layer of paracord on top doesn't look like it makes it stronger, but it makes it thicker. Is that correct? The strength is in the connecting cord at each end of the buckle, right?


    5 years ago

    How many feet of cord should I get if I am not certain of the size. I am making this for my teachers dog.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Not bad! I made a guide collection that also features this type of collar on my paracord dog collar blog. I think this is the best dog collar design and easy to make to boot. The only other collars that come close are braided ones.


    6 years ago on Step 7

    AWESOME job on the step-by-step, and the collar! THANKS!!!


    6 years ago on Step 5

    On a smaller dog, for example a tea cup poodle, do you have to go back over it with the
    Cobra stitch again?

    I was wondering, how well does the buckle hold together? My dog likes to pull on his leash, and I wouldn't want it to fall off.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Is there a way to figure out how much cord would be needed to make a collar? I have two 100 foot lengths and would like to cut it down to make it easier to work with.


    5 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    a very easy rule of thumb is 1 foot per every inch of collar. you will end up with a bit extra using this guideline but its better to err on the side of safety.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes there is. What i did, since i have been making so many of these recently for various other people is draw up a chart that tells you how many cm of chord you will need for a certain size wrist.

    I did this by doing the following:
    Take about 50ft of chord and fold it in half, then from the centre using a permanent marker, mark 10cm lines down each side of the chord until you get to either end. I marked the centre a different colour so i know where it is.
    Now tie the centre onto the buckle and start with a smallish number, i used a 10cm wrist, so shorten the end of the buckle to 10 cm and begin to tie. i tied a scrap of chord around each end in a simple overhand know, then slide this down to the next mark and keep a mental note of how many 10s of centimetres you have used.
    I did this for a single stitch and a double stitch, and also for a 15cm and a 20 cm. Recording the data as you go you will have six figures, 3 for a single and 3 for a double. Then using a clever excel spreadsheet i was able to make a fairly accurate prediction of how much chord i would need.

    So, tell me how big you want it to be and i will tell you how much cord you need for a dog collar (double stitch) it doesn't mean that you won't need to cut a bit off the end but it won't be a huge amount.



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I am thinking I would like to be 16 inch collar. Regardign the stitch, what is the collar in the attached instructions? I was going to make one similar to this.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    for a 16" collar you would need 11.6 meters or 38.057743 feet. this is if you had only one colour so for a two-tone one you half that and have 5.8 meters of each. I have noticed that the larger you go in size the more chord is left for some reason so you might have a few feet to spare on the end. also it depends how tight you tie it as well, you would't think it but cos theres so many loops and such if its loose it soon adds up. The colours i used are listed as Tan + Dark Brown. I have seen Tan listed as Coyote in some stores and Dark Brown is often called Chocolate. Hope this helps.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    how much cord did you use? how do you figure that? I have two collars that I need to make but am not sure of the length of paracord I will need.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the explanation of how to go back over the original and add another layer of knots to make it thicker. I wanted to do this for a survival wrist thingy (guys don't want to call them bracelets). Another intrust. did not make this clear. Much appreciated! Triumphman. 6-16-11