How to Make a Parachute Cord Wristband

Overview

Make a fashion statement with your survival gear. A parachute cord bracelet is easily fashioned using a knot known in macrame as a square knot and can be unraveled for use as a rope in an emergency. As a general rule of thumb you will get about 1 foot of rope for every inch of wrist measurement. Parachute cord comes in a wide range of colors so you can easily co-ordinate with your apparel.

Step 1

Measure your wrist

Step 2

Cut off 10 feet of parachute cord

Step 3

Place the two ends of the parachute cord together and fold it in the center.

Step 4

Run the center fold through one end of the buckle.

Step 5

Thread both ends of the cord through the loop you just made with the center fold of the cord and pull the resulting lark's head knot down snug.

Step 6

Open the buckle and thread the two ends of the cord through the other end of the buckle.

Step 7

Slide the buckle down the cord until the measurement of your wrist exists between the two ends of the buckle.

Step 8

Lay all four cords parallel leading toward the other end of the buckle. Take the left cord under the two center cords and over the right cord.

Step 9

Take the right cord over the two center cords and through the loop between the left cord and first center cord. Pull the cords up to make a snug knot.

Step 10

Take the right cord under the two center cords and over the left cord.

Step 11

Take the left cord over the two center cords and through the loop between the right cord and the second center cord. Pull the cords up snug.

Step 12

Repeat process until you've covered all the center cord.

Step 13

Cut the cord close to the last knot

Step 14

Use the lighter to melt the end of the cord and press it against the knot to fuse it together.

Tips and Warnings

  • Melting parachute cord can drip and burn anything it touches. Work on a protective pad or mat and beware of burning your fingers.

Things You'll Need

  • 3/8-inch side-release buckle
  • 550 parachute cord
  • Lighter
  • Scissors or utility knife

References

  • Paracord Bracelet: How to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet
  • Beading Daily: Lark's Head Knot
  • Beading Daily: Square Knot

Who Can Help

  • Wilderness Survival Expert: 550 Parachute Cord
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