How to make a paracord bracelet with a button

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How to make a paracord bracelet with a button
Paracords come in a variety of different colours. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Paracord, also known as 550-cord, is a strong, lightweight rope that is made from nylon kernmantle. Paracord bracelets are created by knotting, weaving or braiding strands of paracord to create a pretty interwoven pattern. A button can be attached to the end of the bracelet to make a neat closure that will securely hold the bracelet around the wrist. All the materials required for making a button paracord bracelet can be purchased from craft stores or online retailers.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paracord
  • Scissors
  • Button
  • Tape measure
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of your wrist. Multiply this measurement by five. Cut a length of paracord to this measurement.

  2. 2

    Thread the paracord through one hole in the side of the button, over the button and back through the other hole. Push the button down to the middle of the paracord. Create a loop in the paracord that is approximately 1 inch larger than the circumference of your wrist. Position the button so that it is at the bottom of the loop.

  3. 3

    Pick up the end of the paracord that goes under the loop, and place it over and back through the loop. Place one side of the loop over the other side to form a small hole for the end of the paracord to fit through. Insert the end of the paracord through this hole. Repeat this process until the paracord has been braided right up to the button.

  4. 4

    Tie the loose end of paracord underneath the button in a single knot, and cut off any excess paracord. Tie the loose end at the top of the bracelet in a single knot, and cut off any extra paracord. Carefully light the ends of the paracord with a lighter for 1 to 3 seconds, until it slightly melts. Allow the paracord to fully cool. This will prevent the ends of the paracord from fraying.

  5. 5

    Manipulate the top hole in the top braid with your fingers, to create a small hole for the button to fit through. Place the paracord bracelet over your wrist and push the button through the hole to secure it in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a thickness of paracord that will fit through the holes in your button.
  • Lighters should only be used by responsible adults.

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