Paracord Watchband/bracelet With a Side Release Buckle




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This tutorial will show how to make a paracord watchband with a side release buckle using the alternate half-hitch. It can also be made without a watch for use as a paracord bracelet, or on a larger scale as a dog or cat collar. More projects, links, knot references can be seen on my blog page, Stormdrane's Blog.

Step 1: Supplies

Supplies needed: 10 feet of paracord, scissors, torch lighter, tape measure, a watch with the watchand pins, and a 5/8 inch side release buckle. The 5/8 inch curved buckles can be found at Creative Designworks or ITW Nexus brand ones on ebay, either will work fine. I use paracord with the 7 inner strands from the Supply Captain, but other similar types/diameter of cord will work as well.

Step 2: Measure Your Wrist Size

Measure your wrist size by taking the end of the length of paracord and wrapping it around your wrist. Take note of where the end meets the other part of the paracord and lay it out along a tape measure to find your wrist measurement.

Step 3: Attach the Paracord to One End of the Side Release Buckle

Attach the paracord to one end of the side release buckle by finding the center of the length of core and putting that end thru the buckle and run the free ends of the cord thru the loop. Because this 5/8 inch buckle is wide, you need tor run the free ends around the buckle one more time and back thru the loop again so you have four loops showing inside the buckle.

Step 4: Attach the Watch

Attach the watch by sliding the two free ends of cord over the pins, under the watch, and back out over the other pins. Slide the watch to about what will be the halfway point between the two parts of the buckle once the other buckle is attached.

Step 5: Loop Onto the Other Part of the Side Release Buckle

Loop onto the other part of the side release buckle, and loop it a second time so there are four loops filling the gap in the buckle. At this point you make sure the length is your wrist size and no more than a 1/2 inch more than your measured wrist size. The length tends to stretch out as you tie the half-hitches, so before you trim and melt the ends, try it on. You may have to untie it and reset the length making it longer or shorter depending on if it's too loose or tight.

Step 6: Now You'll Start Tying the Alternate Half-hitches

Now you'll start tying the alternate half-hitches by taking the working ends of the paracord, start with the left piece. Take the left cord under the two center cords and then back thru the loop of the left cord and tighten. Now take the right side cord going under the two center cords and back thru the right loop and tighten. Again with the left, under the two center cords and back thru the left loop, etc.. continuing alternating the left and right cords.

Step 7: When You Get About Halfway, Run the Working Ends of Cord Along Side the Center Cords Under the Watch

When you get about halfway, run the working ends of cord along side the center cords under the watch and slide the watch tight up against the finished portion before you continue the half-hitches on the other side of the watch.

Step 8: Keep Tying Until You Reach the Other Buckle

Keep tying until you reach the other buckle, then you can trim off the excess cord with scissors. Take your torch lighter and melt the ends and press them so they attach to the surrounding cord. *Be careful not to burn yourself on the molten cord, you may use superglue instead of a lighter if you prefer.

Step 9: You Can Make the Alternate Half-hitch Without the Watch

You can make the alternate half-hitch without the watch for use as a paracord bracelet, and on a larger scale as a dog or cat collar. You may also use two colors of paracord. If using two colors, instead of one 10 foot piece of paracord, use 5 feet of each color and melt or sew the two ends together and go from there.

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112 Discussions


11 months ago

Another watch... looks great!


11 months ago

Used #95 paracord for my daughters watch. It made it look petite for her small wrist.

the bull

7 years ago on Step 4

are the buckles pretty strong, how hard are they too break. i would like to see and use the d-ring shackle . has anyone used these.

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10 replies
Hawkeye300the bull

Reply 2 years ago

I have made several using the shackle. never had a problem

aesquivelthe bull

Reply 6 years ago on Step 4

The plastic buckles are strong enough for most applications. Keep in mind that you don't want something attached to your wrist that is stronger than your wrist itself: if it gets pulled it with enough strenght to break a plastic buckle you will always want the buckle to break first rather than your skin and flesh. That will not happen with a steel shackle.

kathyb910the bull

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

I have bought buckles and d-ring shackles from the supply captain and they are great.Very strong,Friend them on facebook,they have great sales around all the holidays,

i have used the shackles, no complaints, the buckles would probabley break if you fell on them. plus you can get the shackles at home depot.

Stormdranethe bull

Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

The plastic buckles hold up well, I've never had one break on me, but being plastic, they will eventually break if enough force/stress is applied to them. Some folks like to use the bow/D shackles for paracord bracelets, but they are more expensive, heavier, and harder to get on/off than using a side release buckle, it's just a personal preference to use them or not.


3 years ago

My first attempt thanks for the input


4 years ago on Introduction

didn't like the finish at the end so have modofied it by starting off with step 3 picture one and not taking the two turns around the buckle. When finishing run the ends from the back through the buckle to make 4 cords and bring down under the cord which goes across, then tuck them down through the bracelet, cut off and finish with a small soldering iron or a hot craft tool used for cutting plastic or leather. It is much easier and neater to handle


4 years ago on Introduction

With a little effort and improvisation, I made a watch strap using a common cord.

Thanks Master, greetings from Romania.