Lighting Bolt "Boxed In" Paracord Bracelet How To

Posted by Stacy on 2/19/2013

If you like paracord bracelet designs that make contasting colors stand out, take a look at the video below.  The lighter color alternating within the darker gives a lightning bolt look to it.


Steve: Hello. This is Steve with ChaoticThinking.com. Here today to show you an instructional video on how to make this paracord bracelet. This design is called the Lightning Bolt. This is a 2 in 1 bracelet. The back of the design creates a unique pattern, and this is called Boxed In.

How I make my bracelets, are with a 5/8’’ inch, slightly curved buckle. I do not have the benefit of using mine as a reversible bracelet but if you were to use a knot and loop system, you could use the bracelet as reversible or if you used a non-curved buckle or a D shackle buckle, it would also perform as reversible.

This bracelet design was posted on the Parachute Core Crafters group on Facebook by Benjamin Swanson. Benjamin Swanson is also the proprietor of Swanson Survival and has an Etsy group. I’ll put the link to his Etsy page in the description down below, where you can stop over and visit.

Speaking of that, the Parachute Core Crafters group is a very good group, if you’re into creating things with paracord, looking for a place to show your designs, see other people’s designs and just talk about the craft as a whole. It’s a very good group, very active. Multiple posts every day, pitchers with new design and ideas and people asking for names and what designs are called. A very good group to take a look at and join.

I have my jig already laced up. At the bottom here, that you can’t see, I have the [inaudible 00:02:22] head come on all the way up looped through my top buckle. My joint for the two colors is here. I’m making a 7 inch bracelet and I have my jig set at 8 and a ¼ 8.5 inches in between. I’m using 5 feet of the blue, the dominant base color and 4 feet of the gray on this side.

Before we get started, there is a pattern to this weave with one color being on top, the same color and the same color again, giving the zigzag pattern and the lightning bolt. As we go through, you’ll see the pattern, and you’ll get to fill for the pattern but as we start out, we can’t start out with the initial pattern so we’re going to start in the middle of a pattern and then we’ll start in with the tradition three weave pattern.

At the end of the video, after the credits, I will place still images of each of the three steps, that way give you a spot to pause and look at, as you attempt your first bracelet. Once you get to kind of know the pattern, you won’t need it anymore but it’ll be there in case you do need it.

To get started, we’re going to do a basic under and over knot, and tighten. The color on the right side, we’re going to come over, under and through and that finishes out the first half of the pattern to start up the bracelet design. Now, we’ll start over with the pattern and repeat, in its entirety with the second color. We’re going to come under, over and through, tighten. Now I’m under and over with the current color that we’re in the pattern with on top. The third step in the pattern with the color that we’re on top over, under and through, and tighten.

Right our joints, so we’ll pay attention there, to make sure that’s nice and tight and covered. Now you have your lightning bolt. Now the pattern repeats with the second color, under, over and through and tighten. Now, the basic over and under with the second color on top. The final step in the pattern with the second color, tighten. Now, we’ll just repeat the pattern over with the first color again. Under, over and through. Over and under with both and finish out the pattern. Now, as we’re going, we can stop and take a look at the back and see if we have the boxed in design with the single back surrounded by four of the other. Single color surrounded by four, single color surrounded by four. If it doesn’t look like that, then we’ve messed up on one of the steps and we need to back up. Additionally you may see two loops with the single color here, two smaller loops. That means that we’ve messed up on one of the steps. We need to undo and come back. Go ahead and do a little bit more. That finishes our bracelet. The next step is to snip and [inaudible 00:08:11] the ends or, if you prefer the tuck method, come underneath these final three, right there in the center.

I have went ahead and tucked in my in and cut them off. Now, we have our finished bracelet. This is your Lightning Bolt paracord bracelet or your Boxed In paracord bracelet. Whichever you fever or if you’ve made a reversible.

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