If you are a keen explorer or adventurer, then the paracord survival bracelet is a must-have item when out and about. It could potentially save your life!
What is a Paracord Bracelet?
Survivalists wear it. It’s made by intertwining paracord to make a bracelet. A paracord is a lightweight, nylon rope that has been used in parachutes for many years. This is where the word ‘para’ came from. A paracord or parachute cord is also referred to as a 550 cord.
Paracord Bracelet Uses?
You will be surprised at the number of uses a paracord bracelet has. It can help you construct a sturdy and vital shelter when you use it to join branches, creating a strong frame. If you need to find food in a survival situation, you can untie this bracelet and use it to go fishing. Simply put a hook at the end of the paracord.
If fishing isn’t your thing, you can use the paracord to make an animal trap instead.
Another life-saving use for the paracord is by using it to make a tourniquet if you injure yourself to reduce the amount of blood you lose.
The uses are endless, and – you never know – while you are exploring, you may think of a genius new way to use it.
How to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet
If you’re going to make a paracord survival bracelet, this guide below will help you to make it correctly. Plus, if you’re out on an adventure or surviving in the wild, you will need to know how to remake it once you’ve used the paracord – you should never leave anything useful behind if it’s still intact.
There are various ways you can make a paracord bracelet. You can do a cobra knot, a blaze bar, and even make a bracelet that incorporates a clock face to turn it into a handy watch.
The steps below will help you to make a paracord bracelet that includes a clasp. This way, you can easily clip it to ensure it doesn’t fall off. You never know – the clasp could even come in handy for any other survival needs.
Here are the steps to weave yourself a 6-inch paracord bracelet:
Step 1: Grab yourself 12ft of paracord, a small clasp, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.
Step 2: First, you need to hold out your paracord and then fold it in half. Make sure each half 6ft long.
Step 3: You now need to get your clasp. Make a girth hitch with your paracord by pushing the folded end through the clasp to create a loop. Then, place the open ends through this loop. Pull the paracord through until the loop becomes attached to the clasp.
Step 4: Now, get your ruler. You will need to measure 6-inches down from the clasp along the paracord. At the 6-inch mark, fold each length of paracord upwards towards the clasp again. This will create two 6-inch long loops. If you require a longer bracelet, please change the measurements of these loops and use a longer piece of paracord.
Step 5: You now need to make two knots – these will help form the bracelet. First, take the long right side paracord end and run it behind the cord just under the girth hitch and then behind the left paracord side. This will create a loop on the right half of the 6-inch paracord. Then, thread the right side of paracord, which you’ll still be holding through the loop on the right side and thread all the cord through. This has now created your first knot.
Step 6: To create the second knot, repeat step 5 with the left side of the paracord.
Step 7: Both sides of the cord now need to be pulled tight. Adjust the knots so that they sit under the clasp.
Step 8: Now, the continuous knotting process begins.
Step 9: Grab the cord on the right side. You’re going to create a loop by placing it over the middle cords and then wrapping it around the back. You should see that a loop has been made on the right side. Now pull all the cord through the loop to tighten.
Step 10: You can now push that knot up towards the claps. Ensure all the knots made so far are tight and pushed up.
Step 11: It’s now time to repeat the same process with the left side of the cord. Bring it over the front of the cords in the middle then around the back. Pull all the cord through the loop. Tighten and push the knot up.
Step 12: The process is going to be reversed. Take the right side of the cord and, this time, wrap it around the back of the middle cords first, then around the front to create the loop. Pull the cord through the loop, tighten and push the knot up.
Step 13: Do the same with the left side of the cord. Go around the back first and around the front after. Pull the cord tightly through the loop, and push the knot up.
Step 14: You now need to continue the same knotting process to create the bracelet. Remember: over the top first, then around the back. Pull through, repeat both sides, then around the back and over the top. Repeat both sides, making sure the knots are pushed up at all stages. Please refer to steps 9 to 13.
Step 15: Keep knotting. Stop when there is just under an inch left of the middle cords.
Step 16: Now, you need to make a slipknot. Take the right cord to fold it to create a loop with the end going over the top first. Then put the end of the rope behind the loop. Weave the end over the top, then back of the head of the loop, and it will tighten, leaving you with a loop.
Step 17: Now make a slipknot on the left side of the cord.
Step 18: You need to put the middle cords into the right slipknot and pull them through tightly. Now do the same process to the left slipknot. This has now created the closure of the bracelet.
Step 19: Ensure all the knots are pushed up towards the clasp and are neatly bunched.
Step 20: Now, take your scissors and cut any remaining string at the end. You will also need to burn the new ends to prevent them from fraying.
Step 21: The bracelet is now finished. Open the clasp and clip onto the end cords, and you are ready to go.
Step 22: When you need to use the paracord, it’s very easy to unravel the bracelet. Simply unclasp, then push all the knots downwards. For quicker release, once the middle cords are visible near the clasp, push the knots from the top down. Unloop the paracord from the clasp, and you now have 12ft of handy paracord. If you don’t need to cut the paracord, then you should remake and continue your journey. Good luck!