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Learn How to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet

Paracord Braiding

Survival bracelets are turning up everywhere. They’re tough, trendy, and can be an absolute lifesaver. You truly never know when you might need a few feet of rope, and having it on your body and quickly accessible can prove to the difference between life and death. However, not any cording will work. When choosing the paracord for your survival bracelet, you want to know that the cord you use can actually get the job done, should you ever need it.

Our 550 cord is the exact same parachute cord chosen by the Armed Forces. It’s strong, durable, and yet incredibly smooth and easy to work with. It can be used for almost anything, and is an absolute necessity for your survival kit. The tensile strength is 550 pounds, so it can easily hold the weight of a person, and the nylon construction means that it can withstand getting wet, will dry quickly, and will not mildew.

The cord used to make a clever survival bracelet could come in handy for all kinds of camping uses from running a clothes line to securing a splint. It can be unwound and tossed to someone who has fallen into a lake, or it can simply be used to replace a broken bootlace when in the field. Maybe you don’t want to actually wear a bracelet. The survival bracelet can be shortened into a lanyard, or even lengthened into a belt. If you regularly go out with your dog, you can make a survival collar for your pet. The uses are limitless, the color selection is impressive, and the process of paracord braiding is incredibly simple.

Paracord bracelets are surprisingly easy to make. Adults can usually whip out an eight inch bracelet in a matter of twenty minutes or less. Even children as young as eight years old can create the bracelets in less than an hour.

Supplies Needed
550 Paracord – Your life might one day depend on this cord, so do not settle for any substitutions! You will need roughly one foot of cord for every inch of finished product. Tape measure or ruler
Lighter, torch, or matches

Determining the Size – Hold the 550 cord around your wrist, ankle, waist, dog’s collar or whatever you have decided to outfit. Hold the point where the cord overlaps to itself, and then measure the piece to see how much cord you will need.

Center the cord and insert the buckle. Hold the parachute cord ends together to easily find the middle. The center loop will be inserted through one end of the buckle, with the free ends being pulled through that loop to secure the piece.

The buckle should now be unclipped from itself. The other end of the buckle can be slid onto the free ends of the cord. Slide it up towards the other half; the two ends that are supposed to click together will be facing away from each other. Move the paracord survival buckle up until you have the desired length plus one inch between them. This means that if you need an eight survival bracelet, there will be nine inches between the buckle pieces. If you are making a ten inch survival dog collar, then you will have about eleven inches between the pieces, although it is recommended to leave a little more space on collars for comfort. The measurement should include the entire female end of the clip and the male end only up to where the prongs start. Do not measure the prongs as they will fit inside the female end.

Lay the entire bracelet down so the bracelet is perpendicular to your body, the free ends are on the side further away from you, laying directly on the work surface, and the clip is lying on top of the 550 cord. Bring the free ends back towards you. You will now have the two fixed strings running between the clips, and the two free ends that will actually create the braid. One will go to the left and one will go the right, they should all be roughly parallel to each other.

The free cord on the left will go underneath the fixed cords, and over the free end on the right. It should be perpendicular to the others. The cord on the right will come up around the perpendicular free end, over the fixed strings, and under the left free end on the other side. The knot will then be tightened. There will now be two fixed strings moving between the buckles, and the two free ends will hang roughly perpendicular to either side.

The next knot will begin on the right side. The cord will go under the fixed strings and over the other free end. That free end will then come up and around, over the fixed strings, and under the original side. This knot is referred to by several names, including the Portuguese sinnet, the Solomon bar and the cobra stitch.

As you work down the bracelet, tighten each knot and push it up firmly against the others. The closer these knots are placed, the more rope you will be able to work into your keychain, bracelet, or anklet. The knots should alternate from side to side for a pleasing, balanced appearance. If you make a mistake, it is very simple to undo the knots and make the necessary correction. Maintain the same tension level as you work for a consistent look and feel.

Once your piece is at the desired length, tie off a finishing knot, trim the rope ends, and fuse the cord with your lighter or torch. While one survival bracelet is handy, there’s no reason to settle for one. You can make paracord bracelets in different colors and lengths. They’re simple to make so you can whip some up for gifts. And don’t forget about these for your kids. Paracord braiding makes great projects and can even be done on campouts

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