Patterns and Instructions How to Make Paracord Bracelet

patterns of paracord bracelets

I bet you will agree with me that there are hundreds of various patterns how to make your own paracord bracelet.

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They are getting more popular each day and people all around the globe love to create and wear these!

With plenty of paracord colors and simple video instructions of various patterns (see below) you can make one yours easily. Just stay with me until the end of this article to discover the best designs you will love!

Making a Basic Paracord Bracelet Under 15 Minutes

You don’t have to buy bracelet from paracord to just enjoy having one. You can also make your own very easily. Here, we’re going to provide step by step instructions to help you learn how to make your own bracelet — without having to actually spent fortune.

By the way:

If you have changed your mind and have decided to buy one instead of making your own, then read my article listing 5 best paracord bracelet brands and models on the market.

5 Things You Will Require

All you will need are just following supplies:

  1. Rope – Paracord, 550 lbs. This is tested to lift and handle at least 550 pounds when in use.
  2. Shackle – A curved plastic side-release buckle. There are other types available to get, though the side release is much easier to clasp and remove.
  3. Sharp stuff – Scissors.
  4. Source of heat – A lighter. Heat can help burn the edges of the rope, which prevents fraying.
  5. Weaving stand – An apparatus to hold the bangle in place for weaving. This is more or less a weaving loom, which you can find at many stores.

You can use as much of the rope as you want to make your bracelets. Most people end up using at least 8 feet. Generally, you want to use 1 foot of this special rope to every 1 inch of length you get out of the bangle when it’s woven.

Single Color Cobra Pattern – 11 Easy-to-Follow Instructions for Perfect Fit!

Here is my step-by-step (not so perfect) guide how to make one for yourself:

  1. Measure the para-cord, cutting at least eight feet of the material. Hold up the cut rope and match up its opposing ends to find the center of the piece.
  2. Thread through the side-release buckle. Look at the very top of it to locate the seam where both pieces connect together. The seam is usually placed to the right of its parts. From there, insert the loop’s apex (your para-cord’s center) over the top-left side and right down into the open.
  3. Continue threading the loop and when you’re done, open the buckle. Pull the loop over the female part and pull it tight.
  4. Loosely loop the bracelet around your wrist to find your measurement; attach it by buckling it secure. It’s best to add at least an inch to make sure it is comfortable to wear. Unbuckle it and keep both parts separated.
  5. Attach the female part at the bottom of your weaving apparatus or setup. Place the male piece at the top of the loom; when both ends are attached to it, pull on the loose ends to start preparing for the process.
  6. Tie a knot onto the bracelet’s vertical ropes. Pull on the free ends again to tighten them in place. Once you do that, one end will end up pointing down (usually the right) and the other up (the left). These positions will essentially alternate when you weave them together.
  7. Begin weaving with the cord that points down; you should always start with that particular one. Cross the right rope over the left one. Take the top-left one and pull it right down over the bottom, and then tuck that underneath the vertical ropes, pulling through the right loop. Pull the free ends to tighten the weave.
  8. The rope on the left should point down, while the one on the right points up. Start the next weave by crossing the left over the vertical cords on the right. Repeat the same process, as in Step 7, though alternating both ropes in the place of the other.
  9. Repeat each weave, until you reach a satisfying length for your wrist. Detach the bangle from the loom and turn it over, keeping the buckle’s female part on top. Tuck in each rope to its underside.
  10. Trim the ends of the cords to about a half-inch. When that’s done, press them to open and expose its inner strands; take out as much of those as you can, since the outer shell will melt easier without them in place.
  11. Burn them using the lighter. When they melt, take the side of the lighter and press both ends to it, so that they meld. Turn it away from the bangle to remove the melded ends when they cool.

Worth having one!

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You can essentially wear a paracord bracelet and use it in the case of an emergency. In case you are wondering if it can be completely unraveled while you’re using it, it can.

Keep in mind!

Even if you’re not using yours in a survival-related situation, they’re also a great way to show support for first responders and the military.

Top 15 Patterns from Bored Paracord You Will Love

Pattern #1 – Corkscrew

Pattern #2 – Jagged Ladder

Pattern #3 – Advanced Solomon

Pattern #4 – Basic Cobra

Pattern #5 – Fiasco

Pattern #6 – Cobra King

Pattern #7 – Paralix

Pattern #8 – Back to Back Crooked River Bar

Pattern #9 – Slithering Snake

Pattern #10 – The Single Genoese

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Pattern #11 – Fishtail

Pattern #12 – The Cabbie

Pattern #13 – Armadillo

Pattern #14 – Crown Sinnet

Pattern #15 – Saw Tooth

3 Great Resources You Should See for Further Instructions

I know the guide that I have written below is not the best, so here I am providing you with three top resources I was able to discover that will teach you to make bracelets with various patterns.

1. – Here you will find some great video guides how to make 7 patterns.

  • The Crown Sinnet
  • The Caterpillar Sinnet
  • The Wide Soloman Bar
  • The Saw Tooth
  • The Snake Knot
  • The Fishtail
  • The Cobra Knot

2. – This is great post that will show you step by step image as well as written guide for making simple Cobra pattern.

3. – On this page you will be faced with many types of custom made knots, patterns and color design ideas that you can later implement yourself! This source is very useful for your inspiration.

Paracord – Special Anatomy & What to Do with It

This material can be found and made in a variety of different colors, though it’s not just the colors that are versatile. These can be used in practically most applications that require some type of rope.

The most common uses include attaching that same cord to harnesses and strapping to secure small and/or larger items. Its seven inner strands also have their own individual uses. They can be removed when you need a finer string to take care of a specific job, such as:

  • Repairing gear
  • Use in emergency
  • During survival-related situations

Be always ready!

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The usually nylon sheath can be used alone, particularly when its outer strands are already removed from the core. Since it’s thinner and less elastic than the other, it can be used in situations where you might need a stiffer cord—like if you need a replacement shoe lace. You can even burn the ends to meld them together, preventing fraying.

About Jim Worthersky

Hi, my name is Jim and my motto to live by is: Hope for the best while prepare for the worst. My hobbies are swimming, hiking, hunting, scouting & crafting.


  1. I’ve seen these paracord bracelets in a few stores here and there, but I never knew exactly what they were for. And I really never knew that there was 8+ feet of rope woven in to one of them. The Pinterest link here has a lot of resources for making your own. These would make excellent handmade gifts for the outsdoors men and women I know.

  2. We love fishing in my family. One Saturday morning I surprised my sons by teaching them how to make fishing lines using paracord. I’d never tried it before, so we bought several different hooks to see which one would work the best.

    By the end of the day, we had actually caught three fish. And yeah, it took all day! That’s not a lot, but it did show the boys how to be self sufficient when and if they need to be. Every little skill helps, but actually getting out there and practicing is even better.

    • That is great Frankie. Teach your kids as much practical skills for survival as you can. They will definitely thank you for those sooner or later.

    • That is great Frankie. Teach your kids as much practical skills for survival as you can. They will definitely thank you for those sooner or later.

  3. A couple of years ago we took an overnight survivalist hike. Everybody in our group was given a paracord bracelet and taught how to make different things. I always remembered the tourniquet and the splint method because my wife is rather clumsy (but don’t tell her I said that, lol). After the hike I started keep a couple of them in the car. Haven’t had to use them yet, but you never know.

    • I would say that it is always better to be prepared for a situation that will never occur as be in a situation that you have never prepared on.

    • I would say that it is always better to be prepared for a situation that will never occur as be in a situation that you have never prepared on.

  4. If I were going to be put on an island, and could only bring 10 items with me, paracord would be one of the items I’d have in the bag every single time.

    Need to build shelter, use paracord. Need to catch some fish? Attach a makeshift line or undo the strands and fashion a net. I’ve seen others use it when trying to make a fire. I’ve also seen it used to make traps. That might be a bit advanced for most folks, but it never hurts to know you can use it for that purpose.

    • I would like to create some article full of tips for creating traps with paracord. Hopefully it will be done soon.

    • I would like to create some article full of tips for creating traps with paracord. Hopefully it will be done soon.

  5. I always bought my paracord, but I like the idea of making my own so I can decide on the length. This stuff is like the Swiss army knife of outdoor material. It has dozens of uses that you can’t even imagine until you’re in a dire situation.

    Mrs.Woodsy used it a few weeks ago to sew up a hole in the pack. She surprised me with her skills! Just make sure you’ve got plenty to go around. I’d rather have a few bracelets rather than just one.

    • Sure, it is always better to have more than less of these bracelets as they are easily portable and compact.

  6. I’m the type of person who goes into a camping store like Wild Rock, or Cabalas and see these paracord bracelets and never know what they are for. I thought it was neat that they came in a whole bunch of different colours, but didn’t know that they really had all that many uses! Now I am intrigued to head out and pick one up, or possibly attempt to make my own and see what I could do with it. I am looking into camping more, so it may come in handy in the future!

    • It is a definitely must have tool that is not expensive and can help you out a lot! I highly recommend investing some money into it.

    • It is a definitely must have tool that is not expensive and can help you out a lot! I highly recommend investing some money into it.

  7. I was actually out on an overnight camping expedition/hike in Algonquin Provincial Park a few years back and was slightly nervous about how we were going to go about trucking along all of our supplies, especially if something broke. We would be way to far into the hike, in the middle of nowhere, and it just wouldn’t be good. So we brought along these paracord bracelets, just in case one of us got hurt, or we had to repair something. That’s when I first learned about them, and I think they are a wonderful tool to have and know how to use.

  8. I never knew that these things had so many uses! I knew that they were used out doors in survival type of situations, but they can definitely be a tool that could potentially save your life. I have a few laying around at home for when I need them, or when my family heads out camping in the summer. But I only really got into them after I learned what you could do with them. I am currently learning how to make a sling out of one of the ones I made! Super useful!

    • Maybe you could share with us some good resources on other practical uses of these bracelets. That would be great!

  9. I’ve always been huge into being out in the wilderness and taking photographs, hiking and camping. I’ve done overnight portages, hikes, expeditions and even weekly survival camps. The number one thing I would recommend is to bring at least two of these things along with you. My girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to do our own overnight portage when we were young and didn’t really know what we were getting into. We did a lot of research beforehand and took some courses on surviving in the wild, but when it came down to it the paracord definitely helped us with a number of tasks. Even used to to help brace my arm when I sprained it after taking a fall with the canoe we were portaging.

    • Getting injured in wilderness is really dangerous. As you say, it is better to have two of these in case you need one rope for fixing your injury and other for rest of the tasks.

  10. I worked at a provincial park for a few summers and we had to take some courses on surviving in the wild in case of bear attacks and whatnot and one of the things that we learned how to do was use these paracord bracelets. Who knew that you could have an 8 foot long suspension/sling/repair kit in one bracelet? Absolutely amazing. I’d definitely recommend learning how to make your own, and the instructions are actually pretty damn close to how I make mine.

    • Sure, these bracelets are amazingly practical! If you have any ideas for new patterns, just share them with all of us.

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