How to Make Paracord Survival Bracelets | 16 Cool Projects

By on April 28, 2014
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A paracord survival bracelet is a great tool for any prepper to have around. Having several paracord bracelets around is even better.

Keeping your emergency paracord around your wrist and ready to quickly deploy in the case of a survival situation is a simple way of being prepared no matter where you are.

With all the different types of paracord bracelets on this list, you’re sure to find one the meets your needs. We think you will find several paracord projects you love.

This goes way beyond personalizing your bracelet with colors.

We have 16 options not only look different, but serve different purposes. Check out these different paracord bracelet weaves and pick one that works best for you.

 

1. Fishtail Paracord Survival Bracelet

This simple bracelet deploys quickly and is lightweight.

 

2. Law Enforcement Style Paracord Survival Bracelet

The law enforcement style bracelet is made for optimum utility and ruggedness.

 

3. Blaze Bar Quick Deploy Paracord Survival Bracelet

This weave is specially designed for fast deployment in the event of an emergency.

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Supplies you need:

  • 13 ft of 550 Paracord (makes 8.5″ bracelet)
  • 1/2 in side release buckle
  • scissors
  • lighter or matches
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Supplies for the Blaze Bar Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet

Step 1:

To get started, attach your paracord to one side of your buckle:
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Fold your piece in half and thread it through the buckle.
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Pull the ends through the loop you made and pull tight.
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When you start your bracelet, it should look like this.

 

Step 2:

Attach the other buckle and size it to your wrist:
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Thread the loose ends through the second buckle piece.
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Pull the buckle up along the cord until you are at your desired bracelet length.
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Loop the ends back up towards the first buckle.

 

 

Step 3:

Start weaving your bracelet:
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Hold the ends so the left free strand is on the left side of the buckle and the right strand is on the right side.
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Take the left strand around the front and loop it around all the pieces of paracord.
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Pull it back to the left side.

 

 

Step 4:

Start with the strand on the left that is free hanging:
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Starting with the left piece, thread it over the left core section.
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Take it under the right core section.
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Over the right free strand.
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Now, take the right free strand. Keeping it under the left free strand – pull it over the right core section.
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Underneath the left core section and up through the loop created by your left strand.
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Pull to tighten.

Step 5:

Now, start the second section with the free strand on the right…
For the rest of the instructions from DIY Ready, click here.

4. Super Strong Paracord Survival Bracelet

This weave will stand up to just about anything with its boosted durability.

 

5. Ladder Rack Knot Paracord Survival Bracelet

This weave gives you more paracord than the average weave, but not so much that it’s big and bulky on your wrist.

 

6. Cobra Paracord Survival Bracelet

This bracelet is nice and rugged, giving you a good amount of paracord and strength with this weave.

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Supplies you need:

  • 10 feet of Paracord
  • Side release buckle
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

Cobra Paracord Survival Bracelet - Supplies

Step 1:

Once you cut your paracord to the desired length (about 10 feet), seal the end using your lighter. You don’t want to be working with a frayed end. Now, measure your wrist size by taking one end of the paracord and wrap it around your wrist. Lay that section next to your measuring tape to see how many inches long your bracelet will be.
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Seal the ends with a lighter

Step 2:

Let’s first attach the male buckle to the paracord. To do this, fold your piece of paracord in half and pull the ends through the bottom slot of the buckle.
Then pull the ends through the loop created by your paracord. Pull them all the way through until the paracord is secured around the buckle.
Pull the ends through the buckle.
Pull the ends through the buckle.
Loop the ends of the paracord back through the loop.
Loop the ends of the paracord back through the loop.
Pull tight to secure around the buckle.
Pull tight to secure around the buckle.

Step 3:

Now let’s attach the other end of the buckle. Pull the paracord through the slot on the buckle. Using your measuring tape, slide the buckle along the paracord until you reach you desired bracelet length.
For this example, the bracelet is 6.5 inches. Be sure to include the center of the male end of the buckle up to the end of the female buckle in your measurements. (See picture below)
Pull on the second buckle to the length you measured for your wrist.
Pull on the second buckle to the length you measured for your wrist.
You will start your bracelet from the buckle you just threaded.
You will start your bracelet from the buckle you just threaded.

Step 4:

Now we are ready to make our bracelet!
Pull the left strand under the center pieces and over the right strand.
Pull the left strand under the center pieces and over the right strand.
Pull the right strand over the center pieces.
Pull the right strand over the center pieces.
Pull the right strand over then under and through the left strand.
Pull the right strand over then under and through the left strand.
Pull each strand outward to tighten your first knot.
Pull each strand outward to tighten your first knot.

Step 5:

You made your first knot! Now let’s do the same thing, but start with the right strand.
Take the right strand and pull it under the center pieces and over the left strand.
Take the right strand and pull it under the center pieces and over the left strand…
 For the rest of the instructions from DIY Ready, click here.

 

7. Extra Wide Paracord Survival Bracelet

This “dragon’s tongue” weave is extra thick, meaning that you have extra paracord on hand for emergencies.

 

8. Jagged Ladder Paracord Survival Bracelet

This is a compact weave that is sturdy but not bulky.

 

9. Tire Tread Paracord Survival Bracelet

This bracelet is woven for easy deployment.

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Supplies you need:

  • Two 9ft pieces of paracord
  • Side release buckle
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter

Tire Tread Paracord Survival Bracelet Supplies: scissors, measuring tape, buckle, lighter, 2 9ft paracord strands

 

Step 1:

For this tutorial, we are going to start with the green paracord. First, fold the green paracord in half to find the center. Take that loop and feed it through the slot on the female side of the buckle.
Pull the ends through and firmly tighten around the buckle.
Fold the green paracord in half and pull the loop through the buckle.
Fold the green paracord in half and pull the loop through the buckle.
Pull the ends all the way through the loop and tighten.
Pull the ends all the way through the loop and tighten.
Pull until the paracord is snug around the buckle.
Pull until the paracord is snug around the buckle.

 

Step 2:

Let’s go ahead and do the same thing with the black paracord to attach it to the male side of the buckle.
Take the black strand of paracord and attach it the same way to the other end of the buckle.
Take the black strand of paracord and attach it the same way to the other end of the buckle.
Pull it snug around the buckle.
Pull it snug around the buckle.

 

Step 3:

Now let’s prep our black paracord to attach it to the green paracord by making some bunny ear loops.
• First, you’ll want to measure the length of your bracelet using your measuring tape. Keep in mind that you want to include half of the buckle in this measurement. For this tutorial we are making a 7 inch bracelet.
• Using your finger to keep the length of the bracelet in tact, fold the two ends down to create two loops.
• Then take the right strand and pull it over the center and under the left strand.
• To finish it off, take the left strand under the center and up through the right loop. (See photos below)
Measure the paracord to the length you want your bracelet.
Measure the paracord to the length you want your bracelet.
Take your green paracord and fold the ends down to make two loops at the length you measured for your bracelet.
Take your green paracord and fold the ends down to make two loops at the length you measured for your bracelet.
Take the right strand and pull it over the center pieces and under the left strand.
Take the right strand and pull it over the center pieces and under the left strand.
Take the left strand and pull it under the center pieces and up and over the right loop.
Take the left strand and pull it under the center pieces and up and over the right loop…

 For the rest of the instructions from DIY Ready, click here.

 

10. Thin Soloman Bar Paracord Survival Bracelet

This is a great bracelet for those who don’t need a lot of paracord on and and want a thinner bracelet.

 

11. Slithering Snake Paracord Survival Bracelet

This is another relatively thin bracelet for those who don’t want the bulk.

 

12. Oat Spike Paracord Survival Bracelet

This simple weave feels good on the wrist and is easy to deploy.

How To Tie Oat Spike Paracord Survival Bracelet
How To Tie A Paracord Bracelet: Oat Spike

A paracord survival bracelet is a versatile tool that can come in handy for a number of emergency situations. Whether you are a survivalist, frequent hunter, outdoors person or just value the need to be prepared at all times, knowing how to tie a paracord bracelet is a great skill. Knowing how to tie several is even better- try making our Cobra Paracord Survival Bracelet and our Tire Tread Paracord Survival Bracelet

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make the Oat Spike Survival Bracelet.

How to Tie A Paracord Bracelet – Oat Spike Paracord Survival Weave

Supplies you need:

  • Two 8 ft pieces of 550 paracord
  • Side release buckle
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
Oat Spike Paracord Survival Bracelet Instructions and Supplies
Supplies you need when you make an oat spike paracord bracelet

 

Step 1: Get Started

In order to get started, make sure the ends of your paracord are trimmed and singed.
Then, fold each piece in half to find the center points.
Fold both piece of paracord in half to find the centers.
Fold both piece of paracord in half to find the centers.

 

Step 2: Put on the first buckle

Starting with the grey paracord, slide on the first buckle:
Take the grey piece and thread the two ends up the first slot of the male end of the buckle and back down through the second slot.
Take the grey piece and thread the two ends up the first slot of the male end of the buckle and back down through the second slot.
Now bring them back down through the second slot.
Now bring them back down through the second slot.
Pull the ends through the loop to fasten the buckle onto the paracord.
Pull the ends through the loop to fasten the buckle onto the paracord.
Pull to tighten.
Pull to tighten.

 

 

Step 3: Start weaving

Lay your blue paracord behind the grey to start:
Lay your paracord so the center of the blue piece is behind the grey piece.
Lay your paracord so the center of the blue piece is behind the grey piece.
Cross the blue strands around in front of the grey.
Cross the blue strands around in front of the grey.
Starting with the right strand, pull the grey strands up and under the blue loop.
Starting with the right strand, pull the grey strands up and under the blue loop.
Do the same thing with the left side.
Do the same thing with the left side.
Pull to tighten.
Pull to tighten.

 

Step 4: Continue on down the bracelet…

For the complete instructions from DIY Ready, click here.

 

13. Sawtooth Paracord Survival Bracelet

This compact weave gives you a surprising amount of paracord when you deploy.

 

14. 90 Second Paracord Survival Bracelet

This quick bracelet deploys in 5 second for the ultimate quick deploy!

 

15. Easy Paracord Survival Bracelet

This bracelet is a great one to start out with if you’ve never made a bracelet before.

 

16. Shark Bone Paracord Survival Bracelet

On top of looking really cool, this weave is great for keeping a good amount of paracord on hand without too much bulk.

 

 

Ready to make some of these cool paracord projects?

Here are our top picks for supplies:

Paracord:

1000′  550 7 Strand Spool Paracord

ParacordPlanet 1000′ Spool of Type III 550 Paracord – Black

Royal Blue Parachute Cord 550lb Nylon USA Paracord Spool 1000′

 

Tools:

Perma Lok Super Jumbo Lacing Needle For 1/8″, 5/32″ Or 1/4″ Lace

5” Paracord Knife

Accessories:

40 – 5/8″ (Whistle), 5/8″, 1/2″, & 3/8″ Black Side Release Buckles (10 Each) For Paracord Bracelets

Avler™ 1″ (25.4mm) Chrome Steel Bearing Balls for Paracord Monkey Fist Center (Pack of 10)

Cosmos ® 5 Set Silver Color Stainless Steel D Shackle + 4 Holes Adjuster for Survival Bracelets with Cosmos Fastening Strap

Jigs:

Multi-Monkey Fist Pro Plus Paracord Jig with Rotating Head Makes Monkey Fist From 5/8″ – 2 1/4″

Pepperell NOM054449 Parachute Cord Ezzy-Jig Bracelet Maker

Books:

Paracord 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Paracord Bracelets and Projects

Parachute Cord Craft: Quick and Simple Instructions for 22 Cool Projects (Design Originals)

 

For more paracord projects and learn about the history of 550 cord, click here.


 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Nice, fun website you have :-) Watched the paracord bracelet making with my 2children and they can’t wait to make their own. Thank-you.

  2. john

    How do you deploy bracelet after it is put together?

    • Stryker

      Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.

  3. Mike11C

    Keep in mind that all “Para-Cord” is not created equal. “Para-Cord” comes from the military where it is used as “suspension lines” for an actual parachute. On a military parachute, there are 32 suspension lines, 8 lines coming off of each of 4 “risers”. Each individual suspension line has a tensile strength of 550 pounds which gave it the alternate name of “550 cord”. I have, on many occasions, bet my life on this stuff. Now, with that said, I get a little bit angry when I see, so called, “Para-Cord” in stores and the label states “max load 80 lbs.”. “Para-Cord” and “80 lbs.” do NOT go together. The “quarter inch cotton webbing” that loops through the static line and is used to tie the pack tray closed has an 80 pound tensile strength, NOT the “Para-Cord”. That’s not real “Para-Cord”! In a survival type situation, I want the real deal!

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  6. Love it, always wanted to know how to make these.
    Thanks and be prepared.

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  13. Trish

    I’ve got several nice paracord bracelets that came free when I purchased survival DVDs. How do I unravel them when needed?

    I’m looking forward to building my own bracelets from your instructions because some of these are really attractive.

    By the way, paracord bracelets also make nice gifts — especially to the steel-toed boot workers who might need strong, heavy cord in a hurry. I sent one to step-daughter who wears steel-toe boots to work at DisneyLand to maintain attractions and am now sending her link to the various uses of paracord. Cool stuff!!!

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