DIY Ultra Paracord Bracelet

January 12, 2015 Categories Paracord

NOTE: What I sell on Etsy does not include the compass, handcuff key, or mini saw blade. The mini saw and handcuff key are too unreliable to acquire in reasonable time. I could add the compass if you really wanted one.


I’ve had a few people asking me how I made my paracord bracelet, which I have 22 unique items crammed into, so I decided to make a new one and break down all the details. Here’s a quick view of everything we’re going to put into this thing:

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The full list of components:

NOTE: This bracelet is designed for roughly an 8″ sized wrist. If you have a smaller wrist, you may not be able to fit as many components inside the center tube.

  1. 15′ 550 Paracord
  2. Reflective Tape
  3. Chlor-Floc Packet (Water Purification Powder)
  4. Handcuff Key
  5. Curved Whistle Buckle
  6. 6″ Heat Shrink Tubing
  7. 4″ Cable Ties (x4)
  8. 1 1/2″ Ranger Band
  9. 18″ Steel Fishing Leader (Doubles as a small animal snare)
  10. 20″ Jute Twine
  11. 18″ Brass wire
  12. X-Acto Knife Blade (cheaper version)
  13. 1″ FireSteel
  14. Quick Tinder Fire Starter
  15. 2″ Micro Saw Blade
  16. 30′ Braided Fishing Line
  17. Fishing Snap Swivel
  18. Fishing Hooks (x2)
  19. Split Shot Sinkers (x2)
  20. Safety Pins (x2)
  21. Needle
  22. Compass (optional)

I should also note that I prefer to use the extremely common Cobra weave when making these bracelets. It is an easy weave and allows you to make bracelets fairly quickly. There are several different types of weaves out there, just do a search on Google or Youtube for examples and decide what is best for you.

Required Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Masking or Electrical Tape (not required, but recommended)
  • Paracord Jig (not required, but highly recommended. I made my own, but you can just as easy buy one)

Step 1:

Take the fishing line, needle, and a small piece of electrical tape and tape the needle to the fishing line as shown in the picture below. Fold over a small portion of the ends of the tape so that it makes it easier to take apart. I recommend using the tape because it keeps the fishing line in a nice, organized spool and it keeps the needle in an easy to find place. However, if you’re afraid things might get sticky, you can skip this step.

Step 2:

Grab your fishing line, 18″ fishing leader, the 18″ of brass wire, and pull them into the heat shrink tubing using an extra strand of fishing line or some other string. Try to keep the entire bundle as centered as possible in the tube.

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Step 3:

Get your fishing hooks, sinkers, swivel, and safety pins and put them into the tube as shown below. I put the swivel on the side that doesn’t have the swivel from the fishing leader. (NOTE: You may have to use an object to push these pieces into the tube.)

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Step 4:

Using the needle nose pliers, grab the end of the tube leaving about 1/4″ remaining on the end. Take your lighter and heat the 1/4″ end until it melts a little. Using a regular pair of pliers, squeeze down on the 1/4″ end while it’s still hot to create a nice seal. Repeat the process on the other end of the tube.

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Step 5:

Attach your X-Acto knife blade, micro saw, and water purification packet to the center of the tube with a small piece of tape as shown. The knife and saw should be on top of the tube and the water purification packet should be on the bottom.

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Step 6:

NOTE: Skip step 6 and 7 if you are making a single color bracelet.

Grab one of the paracord ropes and pull the center strands out an inch or two while holding the outer shell in place. Now, cut off the strands that are sticking out. When you release the outer shell, the idea is to have it go back in place and create a hollow area inside.

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Step 7:

Insert your second colored paracord rope into the hollow area you created in the first one. Use your lighter to melt the outer rope a little, then rub your fingers on it while pushing down to “weld” the two ropes together. Once you’re done, give it a little tug to make sure they’re connected – but don’t pull too hard or you may break the bond.

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Step 8:

Set up your Paracord Jig with your buckle in place and everything set to the length you want. Then, begin looping your rope through your buckle. Some things to note here:

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1. The color on the left side of the picture will be the “stitches” on the outside of our bracelet; the color on the right will be the center color of the bracelet.

2. Loop the color on the left from the bottom of the buckle upwards, so that it hangs over the buckle like in the picture.

3. Loop the color on the right starting from the bottom and going upwards on the right side of the buckle, but when looping it on the left side, start from the top and loop it down underneath. Essentially, you want to create elongated oval shapes instead of crisscrossing the rope like a shoelace.

4. There should be three (3) complete oval loops when done:

Loop 1: This loop should go through one of the FireSteel holes.

Loop 2: This loop should go under the FireSteel.

Loop 3: This loop should go through the other FireSteel hole.

These loops make up the “core” of the bracelet.

5. Don’t forget to loop on the compass like I did.

6. When you are finished, it should look like this:

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Step 9:

Begin weaving. I use the Cobra weave.

Step 10:

After your first knot, turn the bracelet over and insert two (2) cable ties underneath the first knot. Ensure the rest of the knots cover up the cable ties.

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Step 11:

After three (3) or four (4) knots, slide your compass into place.

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Step 12:

Insert the inner tube into place between the upper and lower strands of the center core.

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Step 13:

Loop the ends through the compass and continue the weave. Be sure not to forget to add the twine at this point.

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Step 14:

Once you’ve completed half of the weave, insert the other two (2) cable ties into the last knot. They should stick out just far enough to reach the buckle.

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Step 15:

Keeping making knots until you run out of room.

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Step 16:

Cut off the excess rope, leaving about 3/16″ remaining.

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Step 17:

Melt the ends down with a lighter, then use the bottom of the lighter to smash the ends flat.

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Step 18:

Trace the buckle shape onto two pieces of reflective tape. Cut out the shapes and put one on each side of the female end of the buckle.

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Step 19:

Pull the ranger band over the entire female end of the buckle. Trim as needed so that it fits snug on the buckle, but doesn’t have excess beyond the buckle opening.

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Step 20:

Pull the ranger band up, insert the quick tinder underneath. It should fit nicely into the area the paracord wraps around the buckle.

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You’re done. Bask in your glorious results!

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47 thoughts on “DIY Ultra Paracord Bracelet”

K Norton · February 14, 2015

This is incredible! You should consider selling them! Ill take 2 🙂

Luke · February 14, 2015

Thanks. I’d have to charge $40 to $50 for each one and have quite a few people interested before I’d consider doing that. They aren’t that cheap to make (because of the handcuff key and mini saw) and take a good amount of time to put together.

Katie · September 23, 2015

I would definitely buy one, I’m trying to make them for christmas presents this year

Arlen Lott · April 8, 2017

Nice! A suggestion? Magnetize the needle. For use as a makeshift compass. Float the needle on a small piece of something “floatable” and you have a working compass. Note: before wrapping up, test which end is “north” and Mark that end with red paint (or luminous or any color that stands out).
And yes, I know you are including a compass.
Safe/sorry.

Tarisha · February 24, 2015

If you do start making these to sell, please update me to let me know.

Nina Mawby · March 2, 2015

If you do make these I would be interested in buying several. For self but also for my nieces and family!!! great gift for loved ones.

Mike Diaz · March 15, 2015

Please add me to you list of people one for my wife who loves camp and myself mikedia14@cableone.net thank you

Maya · March 24, 2015

Luke…sell them on Etsy.com they will sell like hotcakes especially around the holidays. I would buy one or two for sure!

Ed · April 30, 2015

Where did you find the small compass ?

Luke · April 30, 2015

The compass is available on Amazon. It’s linked at the top in the giant list of items, #22.

Ed · May 1, 2015

Thanks for the response. I will start gathering components this week to make a bracelet. Thanks again !

Dylan · June 18, 2015

How much did I cost to make one?

Luke · June 18, 2015

To only make one? If made with all 22 items, probably around $35 or more. If you buy in bulk and get enough material to make 100 or more, it reduces the price to make each one to around $27 each. If you don’t add the handcuff key and micro saw, it’s only about $8.50 to make each one (in bulk).

Dalton · October 1, 2015

Are you selling these?

Luke · October 2, 2015

Nope, I’m not. It would take A LOT of interest for me to consider even trying.

Evie · May 26, 2015

Really want to sell them? Think Kickstarter!

Ed · May 28, 2015

Evie, please share your thoughts and or ideas. Thanks,
Ed

Hannes M · August 10, 2015

Hi, i’m from europe and i love camping. Can i buy this bracelet?

eric · August 12, 2015

I’ll buy one for $50. Maybe more.

Píša Tomáš · August 30, 2015

You may also add two mini lightsticks which are enough for map reading etc. (they are normally used as a lure for fishing at night and they cost nothing)

Ed · August 30, 2015

Where do you get the mini light sticks ? Thank you !

Katie · September 23, 2015

What size swivel did you use?

Phil · November 3, 2015

I’d take two or three at least.

Garza · December 12, 2015

Just wondering if your selling these bracelets yet ?

Michelle · January 8, 2016

I agree with everyone here about selling them on etzy and perhaps using Kickstarter or some other crowdfunding site to help you get started. FYI – Wazoo sells a similar (though not as nice) bracelet for $89. wazoosurvivalgear.com/adventure-paracord-survival-bracelet

Randy Mears · January 10, 2016

You could also add a watch , by covering the watch pins with a piece of paracord and then use some 4″ zip ties pushed up through the band to secure it. Then add a P38 with the hook to the inside by the same method.

Amanda · January 11, 2016

I would buy 2-5! Please let me know if you end up selling 🙂

Sia · January 12, 2016

I would love one two for my son. Are they for sale?

Luke · January 14, 2016

Not yet… but maybe soon.

Bryan · January 13, 2016

I would buy 1 or 2 for $50. Just let me know. That is an AWESOME bracelet and looks good too. Thanks for all the time and detail you put into sharing your ideas.
Bryan

Juank · February 21, 2016

I’m in Europe too and in the waiting line for shop your product also.
Congrat’s this is amazing work!!!

Happy · February 24, 2016

Please consider selling on etsy and let us know. I would purchase at least two. I appreciate you sharing the knowledge.

Leonard Kimble · March 12, 2016

Hey those are nice I started selling survival equipment 5 yrs ago I would definitely buy these.

Adam · March 13, 2016

Are you selling these yet? I would love to buy one or two! Please get back to me!

Pam Epperly · March 16, 2016

This is the neatest thing I’ve ever seen. Was wanting to buy one for several of my children and my son n law. Let me know if you decide to sale!

Suzanne · April 4, 2016

Great project, thanks for sharing what is the purpose for adding the handcuff key ?

Kaylin · April 7, 2016

As soon as you start selling let me know I want like two or three

soso · April 28, 2016

Great job,do you have a video preapering this project?

Jennifer Fennerl. · May 2, 2016

I would buy a multiple bracelets for coworkers and family:) Id love to know if you decide to sell them:)

Luke · May 2, 2016

A modified version of the one here is currently available for purchase on https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bizurkur

tracy james · May 20, 2016

I thought the purpose of this was to show what was used and how to put it all together…..YOURSELF. I have made two so far. Thank you for sharing.

Amy · October 12, 2016

It is, but, if you read all the previous comments from over the last year you’ll see people don’t have time and would rather buy it. He even said at the beginning they weren’t for sale but so many people inquired that he sell them that he has a large demand for ones already made to sell. Thats how a good business starts. Good for the people who are handy and can make the bracelet themselves but also good that he sells them and people who don’t want to make them or can’t make them can buy them. Win win.

Patricia Teekell · September 13, 2016

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. This is perfect for my WEBELOS Cub Scouts. Lots of camping ahead this year. Thanks again✌🏼 < Cub Scouts Salute

Jolynn Y. · May 18, 2017

One thing though when I go to use this will it deploy quickly, or will I have to sit and untie it?
This one deploys easily, but it doesn’t have all the extras in the center. https://youtu.be/5bzdmJSQtvc

I like the idea of all the little extras never know sometimes when they will come in handy.

Luke · May 21, 2017

You’d have to untie it if you ever wanted to use it for anything. That video is pretty cool. If someone ever needed an emergency tourniquet, I could see that being very useful.

Jakada · August 3, 2017

Ready to buy 5 right now

Mike · August 31, 2017

add me to your list

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