DIY Guy: Paracord Bracelet

What we used:

  • 550 Paracord
  • Paracord Bracelet Clips (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

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Step 1:

Measure out 7-8 ft of paracord. It doesn’t have to be exact. Having too much paracord is better than not having enough.

*Optional: melt and shape the frayed end so it’s easier to work with

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Step 2:

Fold the paracord in half and put the looped end through one bracelet clip

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Step 3:

Loop the loose strands a second time making sure they end up in the middle and under the loop

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*Make sure the clips are facing the right way (the clips have a slight curve, they should be facing down)

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Step 4:

Loop each strand twice through the other clip, this time making sure the loose strands are on the outside

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*here is another way to attach the other clip

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After both clips are attached to the paracord, try on the bracelet to make sure the size is to your liking. Keep in mind that the bracelet will get significantly thicker with the braids completed (close to double in size).

Step 5:

To start the cobra braid, take the right strand and cross it over the middle strands and under the left strand

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Take left strand and cross it under the middle strands and through the loop on the opposite side to complete one braid. Pull the loose ends to tighten the braid

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Step 6:

For the second braid, use the right strand and go under the middle strands then over the left strand. With the left strand, go over the middle strands and under the loop of the right strand

For each braid after this step, you will be alternating between which side you start on. If you start with the wrong strand, the braid will be uneven. You know you did it correctly if the middle cord is in a zig-zag

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Half way done!

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Step 7:

Once the braids are complete, try on the bracelet again to make sure it fits to your liking. (If it doesn’t fit how you want it, the only way to adjust the size is to start the braids over. It’s time consuming, but it’s also good practice.)

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Step 8:

Cut each loose end and leave about 1/8”

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Step 9:

Melt the frayed ends and smash/smooth it out with either the lighter or your finger (be careful! It gets hot). This will keep the paracord from unraveling

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Step 10:

Put the bracelet on, you’re done!

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If you decide to make a bracelet without clips, a loop at one end a simple knot at the other will work fine to connect the ends. You can also use a more decorative knot like a diamond stopper knot (see below)

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