Wide Paracord Bracelet




This is my first instructable and I hope you enjoy it.
I will show you how I made a wide paracord bracelet with a side release buckle. This is also a good plan for a collar for you dog.

Step 1: Pick Your Colors

First step is picking your colors. The optimal types are 2 colors that contrast.

Also for your side release buckle I recommend a 1" size. This allows you plenty of room to insert the cordage. The 5/8" size I used just made it very tight to work with.

To figure out how much paracord you will need, measure your wrist where you want the bracelet to sit at. Take that measurement and multiply by 12 to get your approximate start length. You should have plenty of cord left over at the finish. It's better to have too much than not enough.

The color you want as the outside one should be your wrist measurement times 12. You should make 2 lengths of this. The color you have for the inside will be twice as long as the outside color or 24 times your wrist measurement.

Loop the strands onto your buckle using a cow hitch knot

One tip is to make sure you keep the same pattern going and not switch which cord goes over and which one goes under. If you do switch the order it will make the pattern look disjointed.

Step 2: Step 1

Take cord 4 and go under cord 5 and over the standing end of cord 6.

Snug up the half knot.

Step 3: Step 2

You are then going to take cord 6 and go over 5 and then under the standing end of cord 4.

Tighten the half knotup to the base of the previous knots.

Step 4: Step 3

Now take cord 4 under 5 and over 6.

Step 5: Step 4

Now take cord 6 and go over 5 and under the standing end of 4.

Tighten the entire knot up snug.

Step 6: Step 5

Now to start on the other side.

Take cord 3 and go under 2 and over 1.

Step 7: Step 6

Take cord 1 and go over 2 and under the standing end of 3.

Snug the knot up.

Step 8: Step 7

Now take cord 3 and go under 2 and over 1.

Step 9: Step 8

Take cord 1 and go over2 and under the standing end of 3.

Tighten up the knot.

Step 10: Step 9

You are now going to cross cord 4 over the top of cord 3.

This step connects the two seperate rows of square knots together.

When you repeat this crossing for each set of knots, remember to always cross the cords in the exact same way. It makes the resulting bracelet a lot more neater looking.

Step 11: Repeat Until You Get the Desired Length.

Step 12: Attaching the Other Side of the Buckle.

This is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just make sure it is secure.

What I normally do is use a cow hitch with cords 2 and 5 onto the bracelet and then as I am knotting the rest of the bracelet these ends are doubled back on themselves and knotted over so they stay snug and secure.

Step 13: Finished

When completed the bracelet should look like this.

One tip: When you are nearing the end, have whoever you are making this bracelet for try it on. If it is too tight or loose it is easier to make adjustments now rather than after you have cut off the excess cord and melted the ends together.

Here is a video tutorial done by Tying It All Together.  Leave a comment for him and let him know where you came from.

Step 14: Animated Steps

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5 weeks ago on Step 14

Thanks for the instructions. I haven’t done paracord braiding in a long time and my fiancé needs something done so I was practicing eight some girly colors to make a bracelet for my daughter so far so good. I really appreciate the pictures and help. Thank you. Oh, I was just using embroidery floss instead of paracord but it does work pretty well for learning (or relearning) in my case).


Reply 2 years ago

its simple. the way you start on one side is the way you do on the other and keep going all the way untill you finish.


3 years ago

I'm a newbie, but a suggestion just to clarify the beginning instructions a bit:

Cords 2 and 5 are really only carrier cords for all the knots. The 2 and 5 cords only need to be about 12 inches in length to tie to the other side of the buckle and adjust for bracelet length.

Maybe an experienced user would realize this, but this clarification would help us newbies.

And THANKS ... a great pattern.


3 years ago

I have the pattern memorized now. Very cool!


3 years ago

Has anyone tried to use super glue or laser bond to finish up the knots?


3 years ago

Awesome! I started making paracord bracelets and my favorite is the heart design but my husband won't wear that so this is perfect!


3 years ago on Introduction

this is awesome all ive made so far is some monkey fist lanyards and key chains looking for new ideas and this is one of them . thanks for taking time to share this with us


4 years ago on Introduction

Excellent! Made mine using OD Green paracord and some black cordage I had at home! Looks good to me :) I had some trouble with finishing off the strings, but I figured it out.. Thanks for the instructable! :)


I'm a beginner and it would have nice to show me and others on how to terminate the bracelet. Now, I've got to search for it.

Thanks anyway.

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Hey i know am a noob for asking this but does anyone know were i can buy the material....i keep gettin the other options...does this hv a particular name i can use or better a site i can check out

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Omar , your question is not crazy , you can order some paracord from ebay , amazon , any kind of army surplus which should sell some , or even walmart sells some and even the kits that help you get started on making them , then after you get the hang of it you can start trying different things with it hope that helps you .


4 years ago

I like the two color look and wider width.


4 years ago

I really need help finishing this.


4 years ago on Introduction

Awesome tutorial. I made a three color bracelet for my wife using this technique.


5 years ago on Introduction

Please can you clarify if I loop the outside paracord on the buckle do the both ends have the same length at the beginning?

Thanks, Doris


7 years ago on Introduction

I finally figured this out! I found a great way to end the bracelet....with out too many crazy knots. After you reach the desired length, pull the center 4 cords (2,4,3,5) through the buckle. Leave 1 and 6 out. Pull your buckle to the desired length + maybe a half an inch or so....flip the loose ends against the inside of the bracelet and throw a couple of cobra knots on there...(like you are doing a regular survival bracelet). That way you have doubled back on your cordage and tucked it in at the same time. Just cut and melt!
I can post pics if ya want!