How to Make a 550 Cord Bracelet


550 cord is also called paracord or parachute cord. This nylon cord is lightweight but can hold up to 550 pounds. A bracelet made out of this cord can be decorative or used as a survival tool, as you can unravel the bracelet if you need a piece of cord to repair a piece of equipment, make a tourniquet or secure an item to your vehicle. Paracord comes in numerous colors so you can customize your bracelet to show your support for a military unit or sports team.

Step 1

Tie a knot two inches from the end of the short piece of paracord. You can tie an overhand knot or a lanyard knot.

Step 2

Lay the long piece of paracord horizontally on your work surface. Lay the short piece of paracord vertically on top of the long piece of paracord, so the two pieces resemble a lower-case letter t. The loop of the short piece of paracord should be about one inch above the longer piece.

Step 3

Make your first knot by taking the right arm of the t from the longer length of paracord and folding it over the short length of paracord. Both arms of the t are now on the left side of the short piece of paracord, with a loop on the right side. Take the original left arm of the longer piece of paracord and pass it under the shorter piece of paracord and through the loop you created. Pull firmly to tighten the knot. You have just made a cobra knot.

Step 4

Place a ruler in the original loop above the cobra knot so your knots will not slip off the end of the short piece of paracord.

Step 5

Make a second cobra knot, this time starting with the long length of paracord on the left side.

Step 6

Continue making knots down the length of the short piece of paracord, alternating the starting side each time.

Step 7

When you are about one inch from the knot on the short piece of paracord, you are done making knots. You now have four loose ends from the paracord. Cut each end off to 1/4 inch.

Step 8

Place each cut end in the lighter flame for a few seconds to burn and melt the ends, then use the flat tool to flatten the ends into a mushroom shape. This will stop the paracord from fraying and secure the ends so the knots won't come undone.

Step 9

To put your bracelet on, place the knot on one end through the loop on the other end.

Things You'll Need

  • One piece of 550 paracord that is 10 feet long
  • Once piece of 550 paracord that is 2 1/2 feet long
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Flat tool, such as a butter knife or craft stick


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Stacey Schifferdecker has worked as a professional writer since 1989. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Schifferdecker has written and edited user guides, newsletters, brochures, curriculum, proposals, web copy, and ebooks.

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