If you spend a lot of time camping, wilderness training or mountain climbing, a paracord belt is a handy tool that could literally be a life saver. You can use the paracord as a tool and as a tow line during emergency situations. They look like a regular belt, but when made properly, can provide up to 100 feet of cord. You can buy a paracord belt at an outdoors retail store, but making one yourself can save you some cash.
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Things you need
- Simple belt buckle with 2 or 3 prongs
- Strong long nail
- 100 feet of paracord
Attach a vice to a long table and secure the belt buckle to the vice.
Hammer a long nail into the belt far away from the buckle. For the exact mark, use the size of your belt and add 4 inches. For instance, if you want a 36-inch belt, you would hammer in the nail 40 inches away from the buckle.
Make three or four loops of paracord running from the buckle to the nail and tie securely at the buckle end. This will give you six to eight horizontal rows running through the belt. Use five rows for a narrower belt and eight for a wider one.
Weave the rest of the paracord through the horizontal lines. Make a loop around the outer most horizontal cord with one end of the paracord. Pass one end of the cord under the first horizontal cord and then over the next. Keep doing this until you reach the end. It is very important to push the line up tightly as you go so you will be able to get the maximum length of cord. When you reach the end, gently slide the nail out and pass the cord through the end where the nail was.
Tie the cord off by making a knot or tying the knot to one of the loops.
Tips and warnings
- Use a couple of colours of paracord to make it look interesting.
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