The easiest way to make your paracord bracelet (and not screw up, or miss a step) is to follow the step-by-step instructions in this video.
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But if videos aren't your thing, here are some great instructions with pictures to help you create your rad wrist strap. Big thanks to Instructables for the images that we borrowed.
Step 1: Measure Your Wrist
Actual amount of cord used for the bracelet is about 1 foot of cord for every 1 inch of knotted bracelet length. So if your wrist is 8 inches you'd use approximately 8 feet of cord.
Wrap the paracord around you wrist and make a note of where the cord meets. Hold this point next to your ruler or tape measure and that's your wrist size.
Step 2: Find the center of the cord
old the ends of the cord together and find the center of the loop. Take the center of the cord and pull it thru one end of the buckle (either side of the buckle, it doesn't matter). Now pull the cord ends thru the loop until it's tightened up and attached to the buckle.
Step 3: Finding the bracelet length
Take buckle apart and and pull the free ends of the cord thru the other part of the buckle, sliding it up towards the attached part. Now you're going to measure the distance between the two buckle ends for the bracelet size for your wrist.
Add about 1 inch to your measured wrist length, this will make the finished bracelet a comfortable fit. You're measuring from the end of the female part of the buckle to the flat part of the male end of the buckle (the part with the prongs, they don't count for the measurement because the fit inside the female part of the buckle when the bracelet is closed).
Step 4: Start making the knots
Take the cord on the left side and place it under the center strands running between the buckle ends.
Now take the cord on the right side under the left side cord, over the center strands, and thru the loop of the left side cord.
Tighten up the cords so the half knot you just formed is next to the buckle.
Now take the right side cord under the center strands. The left side cord goes under the right side cord, over the center strands and thru the loop of the right side cord.
Tighten up the cords (not too tight, just until they meet the resistance of the knot) and now you have a completed knot.
You will continue doing this alternating the left and right sides as you go. If you don't alternate, you'll quickly see a twisting of the knots, just undo the last knot and alternate it to correct.
Step 5: Continue knotting
Keep tying the knots until you have filled the space between the buckle ends. The knots should be uniform from one end to the other. Tie each knot with the same tension to keep the them all the same size.
Step 6: Trim the excess cord and melt the ends
You can now use your scissors to trim off the extra cord close to the last knot that you tied. I trim one at a time and use my lighter to quickly melt the end I cut.
Wait a second for the melted cord to cool just a bit and then use my thumb to press the melted end onto the surrounding cord so it hardens as it attaches.
You must be careful with this step. The melted cord is extremely hot, and it's possible to get burned. You might also try using a soldering iron or wood burning tool for the melting step if you wish. Or even use something like a butter knife, the side of your lighter, or the knurled section of a tool to flatten out the melted end of the cord to finish it.
An alternative to melting the ends, is to tuck/pull the ends under the last couple of knots (I have used hemostats to do this on the inside of the bracelet) then trim them to finish. It does work, and is just barely noticeable as the cords add a slight bulge at that end of the bracelet.
Step 8: You're finished
If you did everything correctly, it should look something like this finished one. Once you know what you're doing you can vary the amount of cord used by making the knots tighter or looser and pushing the knots closer together as you go.
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