A guide to making a paracord bracelet

Have you ever found yourself wondering what object MacGyver would use as a makeshift rope? Well, now you can forget about MacGyver and get directly to the action when it comes to cumbersome situations involving a need of tying means. Paracord, in this respect, is almost like duct tape! Here is an illustrated guide with a list of supplies needed.

  • 3 meters (or more) of paracord
  • Scrissors
  • A lighter or matches
  • A measuring chord
  • A string (to fasten the beginning)

1 - measuring the paracord

Cut 3 meters of paracord and burn and melt the ends to prevent shredding. Put the excess paracord aside.

3 meters of paracord
If this step was a success, you should have a sufficient amount of paracord (as is shown in the picture).

2 - measuring your wrist

Locate the center of the paracord and fold the cord in two. Measure the length around your wrist by bringing the paracord (folded in two) around your wrist. You want to make it tight. Grab the point(s) of the cord that meet the loop that goes around your wrist (indicated with yellow in the picture) and preferably mark it somehow. Marking is not neccessary but facilitates maintaining the size of the bracelet when weaving.

Measuring the wrist

3 - the first knot

Now it is time to tie the the first knot. It is supposed to be tightened to the part of the chord which was measured in the previous part (pt. 2 of the tutorial). The knot is made by taking the left end of the cord and bringing it under the loop to the right side and then again back to the left. Then you take the right-side end of the cord through the loops as is indicated in the picture.

Left side under
Loops get formed by the left-side end of the cord.

The first knot
Take the right side end of the cord through the loops and tie them to the place measured earlier.

4 - Weaving

From now on the work is repetitious: you continue making knots until most of the cord is woven into the bracelet.

Red under the loop
Bring the end of the cord (indicated with red colouring) under the loop.

Green through the loop
Bring the other end of the cord (indicated with green colour) through the loop as shown in the picture.

Tighten the knot
Tighten the knot right next to the previous one. Now comes the magic part: the next knot starts from the opposite side. With this technique, the side of the loop on which you operate changes after each knot.

5 - Finishing up weaving

Now the whole loop should be covered with knots. Do not tie it all the way to the end. The end of the loop should ihave sufficient space to accomodate both ends of the cord. Extra info: If the ends have different lengths, you did not succeed in tying the knots evenly.

Fully woven
Fully woven bracelet.

Ends through the loop
Both ends of the cord should be brought through the loop. Each end should end up on the opposite side of the chord.

In progress

In progress
Bring both ends through BOTH of the loops made with the first knot (see the picture). The loops in the knot will be too tight for the ends. You can stretch the loops with a pen or similar.

If the loops in the knot are too tight for both of the ends, you can do with less. The main concept is friction. Sufficiently tight loops will create enough friction to keep all of the chord interlocked. Otherwise the bracelet will start falling apart by itself.

In progress
Ends pulled through the initial knot.

In progress
Now the ends must be tied. Now you have to measure the final length of the bracelet. You want to tie in time unless you know what you are doing. Now you have the bracelet with some extra ends hanging from it. You may do what ever you want with the ends, but it is preferable to cut the ends and then to melt them to prevent threading.

Paracord-bracelet complete
The paracord-bracelet is now complete.