DIY Paracord Bracelets {how to}

How to make Paracord Bracelets is a fun craft, and a great boredom buster!  We recently made paracord survival bracelets at a family reunion WHILE camping, and they were a HUGE hit.  Youngish kids (my 7 year old weaved his own) can learn how to weave the bracelets and they can be done quickly during down time.  This is a super fun craft for all ages because it’s useful, it’s great for both boys and girls, young and old, and there is quite a bit of versatility with color combinations.

paracord bracelets


paracord bracelets

The great thing about these bracelets is that they are meant to be useful and can help one survive!  They can be unraveled when one needs rope for a variety of purposes like securing things, flossing one’s teeth (ha),  lashing together poles, fixing broken things like straps or belts, assisting with rescues, or even used for first aid as a tourniquet.

Supplies Needed for Making PARACORD BRACELETS:

paracord bracelets

  • Paracord.  We used 550 Reflective Paracord Parachute Cord.  (purchased on ebay)
  • 3/8″ Bracelet buckles for paracord bracelets.  (purchased on ebay)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Lighter (to burn the ends of the cord so they don’t fray)

Directions for Making PARACORD BRACELETS:

paracord bracelet

Step 1:  Measure wrist.  Make sure to leave a little space so that the bracelet isn’t too tight.  Measure out paracord length.   You’ll need about 1 foot for every 1 inch.  So, if your wrist is 7 inches, cut 7 feet of paracord.  Now, if you are doing two colors, then you need 3.5 feet of each color.  I would even recommend adding an extra foot or a few extra inches for your first few bracelets until you get the hang of it so that you have room for error.
Step 2:  Thread the buckle.  Here’s how: (how to thread buckle)
Step 3:  Start weaving.  This is the tutorial that we used to figure out how to weave.  They use an apparatus to weave, but you don’t need one.  We certainly didn’t use one while camping.  Follow directions for finishing the bracelets found in the tutorial above.  Here’s a great tutorial for doing two colors.
HINT:  If you are trying to achieve two colors, the color you want in the middle is the one you always start with.
HINT:  If you need to wash the bracelet, let it air dry.  Ours got pretty dirty while we were camping. {{smiling}}.  You can also make this on a larger scale and it makes a snazzy looking dog collar!
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Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. How super cute and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  2. i have tons of these… sent from different military members…
    I have already said that if marc does deploy, i want to make some and sell them, to have the money go towards sending him things while he is gone…

  3. Cute! I wouldn’t have the patience! I’d probably buy one on Etsy.

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