How to make paracord bracelets

Paracord, or parachute cord, is extremely useful in emergency or survival situations. This nylon cording features an outer sheath filled with multiple strands, which combine to give paracord great strength and durability. People who spend time in the wilderness often wear a paracord bracelet. Putting a paracord bracelet around your wrist automatically gives you access to several feet of paracord for use in emergency situations. Follow these steps to make paracord bracelets to wear on your next wilderness outing.

Measure your wrist. Multiply this measurement by four. Cut two lengths of paracord to this measurement.

Hold the lengths of paracord together and fold them in half. Tie the paracords around the dowel in hitch knots, as shown. Place the hitch knots in the centre of the dowel. Line up the four weaving lengths of paracord under the hitch knots.

Grasp the cord on the outside left---this is the number 1 position. Working left to right, take the number 1 cord behind the number 2 cord, in front of number 3, and behind number 4. Pull the cord tightly upward to the right, so that it's now in the number 4 position. As you repeat this weaving technique, the cords will continue to rotate positions. Each time, you will grasp the cord in the number 1 position and weave it along to the number 4 position.

Repeat step 3 until only a few inches of each cord are left unwoven. Test the length of the bracelet by wrapping it around your wrist. When it encircles your wrist with 2 inches of excess, tie a temporary knot to secure the ends.

Slide the hitch knots off the dowel. This will result in four loops on this end of the bracelet.

Untie the temporary knot from step 4. Bring the four ends around to the loops so the woven paracord forms a circle. Separate the ends so two are on the left and two on the right, as shown.

Insert one of the left-hand ends through each of the four loops, from left to right. Then insert one of the right-hand ends through the four loops, right to left. Pull these two ends tight.

Insert the remaining left-hand end through each of the four loops, and repeat with the final right-hand end. These ends will be harder to push through the loops because there will be less room, but you should be able to do it with some effort. Pull the ends very tight once you've pushed them all through.

Clip the ends they're even with the loops. Don't leave any excess paracord protruding.

Use the lighter flame to melt the paracord ends on each side of the loops. This secures the ends to prevent them coming loose.

Work the paracord bracelet over your hand and onto your wrist. A new paracord bracelet should be slightly loose around your wrist. As it gets wet over time it will shrink, becoming quite formfitting around your wrist.


Remove the paracord bracelet by cutting it off. You can then unwind the paracord to use in an emergency situation, if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Paracord
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Dowel (1/2-inch diameter)
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