How to braid paracord reins

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How to braid paracord reins
Braided paracord can be used as horse reins. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Paracord reins are used as leads for animals and harnesses for musical instruments. Paracord is a flexible, yet durable type of nylon rope, also known as 550 cord. Like any type of flexible material, the paracord can be braided with the same technique that is used for braiding hair. Braiding will increase the strength of the paracord, and it will also create a pretty, interwoven pattern. Paracord reins come in a variety of colours, and braided paracord can also be used to create jewellery, such as bracelets and necklaces.

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Things you need

  • Paracord reins
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

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  1. 1

    Decide on the length you want for the reins. Cut the paracord into three equal-sized lengths of your choosing.

    How to braid paracord reins
    A tape measure will ensure you cut three equal-sized pieces of rope. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Line up the three pieces of paracord so that they all begin and end at the same place. Insert the ends of the paracord between your knees, and squeeze your knees together to keep the cord in place. Arrange the three cords so that one is in the middle, one is on the left-hand side and one is on the right-hand side.

    How to braid paracord reins
    A pile of books can be used to hold the paracords while braiding. (Jupiterimages /Polka Dot/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    While still gripping the paracords with your knees, pick up the paracord on the right-hand side and lay it over the middle paracord so that it now lies in the middle. Pick up the paracord on the left-hand side and place it over the middle paracord so that it now lies in the middle. Apply the same amount of pressure when interlacing the paracords so that you create a neat, professional looking braid. Repeat this braiding technique until the entire paracord reign has been braided.

    How to braid paracord reins
    The paracord reins will have the same pattern as braided hair. ( Images)

Tips and warnings

  • The ends of the paracord reins can be secured with a double knot or with superglue to prevent them from unravelling.
  • Attach a jewellery clasp onto one end of the braid, and tie a knot on the other to create a unique bracelet or necklace.
  • Experiment with different sizes and colours to create unusual paracord rein designs.

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