Learn how to make a paracord bracelet in fun colors! These bracelets work up quickly and make a fun craft activity for older kids. In this post, I will show you methods for making both single color and two color bracelets.
- Paracord Buckles (15 mm for 550 cord and 12 mm for 325 cord)
- OR Bracelet Kit
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
- Lighter (For use by adult only)
- Masking Tape
How to Make A Paracord Bracelet- Single Color.
For a single color bracelet, you will need to first cut one length of cord. For a 7 inch long bracelet, you will want about 8 feet of cord.
Step One. Attach Cord to Buckle.
Start by folding the cord in half and slipping the folded end through one end of the buckle. Pull to tighten. (This is called a larkshead knot) Next, thread the tails through the other end of the buckle and pull until the buckles are spaced as far as you want them spaced for your finished bracelet. (See images below.)
Use a ruler to help space your buckles to the desired length. I found it helpful to tape the buckles to my table with masking tape.
Step Two. Tie Square Knots.
To make a square knot:
- Cross the left hand strand over the two middle strands.
- Pass the right hand strand over the left hand strand, under the two middle strands, and up through the loop formed by the left strand.
- Pull to tighten.
- Repeat this process on the opposite side: Cross the right hand strand over the two middle strands.
- Pass the left hand strand over the the right hand strand, under the two middle strands, and up through the loop formed by the right strand.
- Pull to tighten.
You can also check out my video tutorial for the square knot right HERE. Continue making square knots down the length of the bracelet until you reach the other buckle.
Step Three. Finish Bracelet.
To finish the bracelet, thread your tails back through the buckle to the back side of the bracelet. Then, I like to secure the ends a bit by pulling them under a couple of the knots on the back side of the bracelet. You can use pliers or tweezers to help you with this or I found a crochet hook works well too.
Finally, melt the ends of the paracord by holding a flame close by and then carefully pushing them into the bracelet (use something besides your fingers to push the melted ends down to avoid burns). This is an adults only job!How to Make A Paracord Bracelet – Two Color.
There are different methods for making a two color bracelet, but I am going to share my favorite way to do it. This bracelet is made using a very similar method to the one color bracelet with just a couple differences. For the two color bracelet, you will need at least four feet of each color of cord.
Start off by tying each of your cords to one end of the buckle using larkshead knots. Fold the cord about one foot up the length of the cord, and thread that folded end through the buckle, pull the tails through the loop, and pull to tighten. Attach both cords in this way, keeping the shorter, 12 inch ends of cord in the center and the long ends of the cord on the outside.
Next, thread the shorter tails through the other end of the buckle and pull them up to tighten the bracelet to the desired length (see photo below).
Next, tie square knots in the same way outlined above. With the two colored bracelet, you will always want to start your knot with the colored cord that will be in the center of your bracelet.
Once you reach the folded up ends of the center strands, simply knot over them as you continue to work square knots down your bracelet. This allows you to secure your ends as you work.
Finally, finish the bracelet just as we finished the single color bracelet.
And that’s it! The bracelets are ready to wear and share. The buckles that come in the paracord bracelet kit, have built in whistles, which my kids thought were particularly fun. Have you tried making paracord bracelets yet?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.