How to Braid Paracord Bracelets


For any adventurer, carrying a length of parachute cord is a must. This light-weight cord is very strong, and can be used for many tasks, from replacement shoelaces to fishing line. It can be a hassle to lug around a coil of cord, but luckily, parachute cord knots can easily be untied, making it practical to carry a long string of cord as a bracelet. One knotting technique that allows you to carry a lot of cord in a little space is the cobra stitch.

Step 1

Fold the cord in half and tie a basic knot about 2 inches from the fold.

Step 2

Pull the cord taut 6 inches from the knot. Fold the ends back up toward the knot. Tie one of the strings around the bottom fold, about 2 inches up. This string should be wrapped around four cords.

Step 3

Pull the cords back up to the knot. Tie the other string around the four cords at this point. You will begin knotting the bracelet just below this string. Turn the bracelet so the original knot is at the top.

Step 4

Knot the cobra stitch while being careful not to move the string or pull any of the cords out of place. Wrap the loose cord on the right around the back of the bracelet, beneath the knotted string, and over the left cord. Leave a loop on the right side. Cross the left cord over the bracelet center and down through the loop on the right. Pull the knot tight. Do the opposite for the second half of the knot. Tuck the left cord under the bracelet and over the right cord, leaving a loop on the left side. Cross the right cord over the center and down through the left loop. Pull it tight.

Step 5

Knot down to the bottom string. Remove both strings.

Step 6

Work the needle-nose pliers under a few stitches and grasp the ends of the cords. Pull them both back through the stitches. Trim them close to the bracelet and secure them with a dab of superglue. Tie the bracelet on with the loops at either end.

Things You'll Need

  • Parachute cord, 12 feet
  • Scissors
  • Two 5-inch strings
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Superglue


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A recent transplant from Boston to Los Angeles, Elizabeth has been writing craft features since early 2010. However, her first love is fiction: she has contributed to "Stork Magazine" and "Gangsters in Concrete" and published her first collection of short stories in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College.

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