Paracord Survival Bracelet Instruction

Posted by Stacy on 2/4/2013

There are possibly hundreds of videos on how to make a cobra paracord survival bracelet, we've even produced four ourselves!  I wanted to get this one up on our blog because it was done by a professional educator, who does a very clear demonstration of how to create the bracelet.


Today what we're going to be doing is we're going to be making a survival bracelet. We're going to be doing a, spirit bracelet. We're going to do Wiki colors, purple and black. What we're going to be using is 550 paracord to make this survival bracelets. Whenever we're done, they look like these.

The supplies you're going to need, each of you, each student will need approximately four foot of each color. This is probably a little bit more overkill. Each student will need one buckle. You値l need scissors and then your teacher will use a lighter to burn the ends. Whenever you get your paracord string, you値l see that sometime the ends are little frayed. You want to go ahead and just do a quick burn on them. Again, it is nylon so you don't want to really touch it. It will burn your fingers. If it's on a desk, take the end of your lighter and just push it down; cools off fairly quick. This has a top and a bottom to it. If it's put together correctly, it has the curvature so it fits the curvature of your wrist. If it's not put together correctly, I don't even know if you can get it together. You want to make sure that that curvature goes down so that it fits on your wrist like that.

Okay the next thing you're going to do is you're going to take your two pieces of paracord. Like I said before, we're going to be using black and purple. You're going to go ahead and feed them through your buckle. Make sure your buckle is together, it keeps it nice and easy. If you can't get one of your ends through your buckle, try the other end. Otherwise, you値l have to cut and reburn it if the burned end is too long.

Okay you値l notice that once I get in through the buckle, I have two ends. I want to continue with one of my ends so that it's the opposite. Let痴 see here. One of them will be on ... one long end will be come through the top of the buckle and the other color will be the short end, okay. Whenever you hold this, you want to hold the short ends and you want to make sure that it fits around your wrist. You want to approximately eight to ten inches to go around your wrist, and you want to have a little bit extra for cut-off and for tying the rest of your knot. This will fit around my wrist. I知 going to go ahead and go on with tying the bracelet.

Okay, when I知 tying the bracelet, again I知 holding just the short ends. My long ends are down here. They're away from me right now. You値l see that the blue string is my shorter string, comes out on top. My gray string is on the bottom. I知 going to do ahead and start with my gray string. You can start either/or. It値l vary on which color will be in the middle and which color will be on the sides. You値l see that here in just few minutes.

Okay and the know itself; we're going to start with the knot. I have my two short ends. I知 holding them with one of my hands. I take my gray piece; I知 going to go under both pieces of my short end. I then take my blue piece; my other long blue piece and I go under the gray piece and I just went under these two. I go under my gray piece over my two short pieces and through that loop. Whenever I pull them tight, want to put even pressure on them, even tension and make my knot. Okay, don't worry about tying it so tight right yet. We're going to do one more knot. Again, I started with the gray on the last time. I知 continue to start with the gray. Start with your ... whatever color you used everything. Again, it's under both short pieces. It makes this little loop. Okay, under the short pieces, my blue string, my long blue string is going to go under my long gray string, over my two short strings and through this loop. Okay, again, keeping nice even tension on it pull it tight.

Now, this is where you're going to adjust your tension on these. Hold your buckle in one hand; pull these short strings nice and tight. Pull the short string nice and tight and that should stench it up nice and tight to your buckle. Okay, now you're going to start pulling everything nice and tight. Take both of your long strings pull it tight. Again, I make my loop and I go underneath my two short strings, take my blue string, go under the long, gray string, over the two short strings and through that loop again. You値l find that once you get the hang of it, you can go pretty quickly. I知 just about down here to the end of my string. I got about probably three inches left on my shorter strings. I致e got plenty left here. How do I finish this off?

Again, you値l see that my buckle is still together. This is where it's gets a little tricky. You're going have to measure yourself. Measure your wrist, you're going to take your wrist with the buckle still on, and you're going to take your short strings and see if you have enough. Hopefully, you should have enough left over so that you have some ends to tuck in to the buckle and bring back through. Okay, you're going to incorporate all this into your knot so it's nice, neat, and clean. I have about to here, measuring with my fingers. I have about to there so I致e got plenty of string left. I take my buckle; my buckle is going down again. I知 going to take my leftover strings, tuck them into the top of the buckle so they come out the bottom. Make sure you go through the top of the buckle. If you go through the bottom it's just going to ... it's not going to turn out correctly, maybe.

At this point, I can undo my buckle because I know I知 going through the top of it. You can see that when it gets put together, okay, the curvature of the buckle is the same. I have my leftover pieces. These are going to be wrapped into my knots. I want to go ahead and undo my buckle. I知 going to turn it ... now it's upside down. Remember last time we started with the gray string first. Now because we're working upside down, gray痴 in the center now. We're going to start with the blue, only because we're upside down. Now, my leftover pieces have overlapped into there. I want to wrap everything into those ... to the knots. I know I知 right here on my fit so I make my loop same as I always have. This time I知 starting with the opposite because it's turned over. Take my gray string; I知 pushing my two short strings down. I知 going to cover everything with my gray string. As I pull it through and I make the knot, you値l notice how these are tucked up in here. You値l want these up in here because that値l whenever we cut these off later, it値l hide them nice and neat.

Okay, now that everything's nice and secure in here I can go ahead and continue with my knots. Again, because it's upside down, I知 doing the same knot because it's upside down, I知 have to do the opposite so I知 starting with my blue string. Again, it's going underneath everything. My gray string痴 coming up and over and through and I知 going to continue on my bracelet. Go ahead and do a test fit. Make sure that it fits right and go ahead and continue it on down to the end. Again, I知 on the bottom side so I知 going to use my opposite strings. I知 going to do one more knot in it. Just so that I can have it, clear down to the end of my buckle and we ... I知 making my knots clear down to the end of my buckle. Pull the last ones tight.

Now, from here your bracelet is essentially finished. Now it's just take your scissors. We're not going to cut super duper close. We're going to leave roughly an eighth of an inch, hang on it tight. I cut this right here. This gives me a little bit of extra. Now, this is where your teacher痴 is going to have to help you. They're going to take the lighter and we're going to fray these and/or we're going to burn the frayed ends again. I hold my lighter on here. You値l see that it starts to melt. This is what you want. You want to hold it up at an angle. You want to make sure that you don't burn the actual bracelet itself. You just want to fray these ends. You値l see that it gets ... turns black. It smokes a little bit and bubbles.

Okay, you can press these down. You can leave them humped up. I like to press them down just a little bit. It takes that melted plastic and binds everything together. Okay, I press down with my lighter, not with my ... again, I知 going to leave about an eighth of an inch or so. Take my lighter and I知 going to burn these ends with black and purple it doesn稚 look so bad. With our lighter colors, it turns it dark. That's all right. Again, you can see just holding it there. This one made a nice little puddle on to my other one. This is good. It won稚 come unraveled.

Okay, so I知 let them cool. I知 going to go ahead and do these tag-ins down here. Again, I知 going to cut these ... I知 cut these pretty tight, so tight to my string, take the whole thing, bend it over and taking my lighter, blow the flame out, take the side of my lighter and I知 just going to press down so that's nice and flat area. Otherwise, it's going to irritate your wrist whenever you wear it. Everything is nice and cooled off and now you have the finished paracord bracelet.
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