If you never heard of survival bracelets, your first question might be “How does a bracelet relate to a survival situation?” Your question would be completely legitimate, since we all know that bracelets are more of a fad than a survival accessory. Even hikers, soldiers and outdoor adventurers use at least one in every adventure they have. Actually, one of the first things you learn when you prepare for an adventure is how to make a paracord bracelet. To clarify things, you must first find out what a paracord bracelet is and why it is so popular.
First you must know that the paracord is actually a parachute cable (or a 550 cable as people call paracord type III) specially made to withstand high forces. Initially, this type of cable was used only for parachute lines (for what is called parachute cable), but lately soldiers and civilians learned to use it also in other activities. It is so versatile and resilient that even astronauts use it in space (they used it to secure the team on a mission to repair the Hubble telescope). In addition to the high resistance, the paracord is also quite elastic.
The paracord bracelet is nothing more than a paracord bracelet that could save your life in an emergency situation (that is why people also call it a survival bracelet). The bracelet contains several paracord feet woven into a bracelet that can be easily worn on the hand.
The fabric is made in such a way that the paracord would unravel easily, giving you quick access to a powerful rope. The uses of a bracelet of this type are innumerable and we will discuss them a little later. For now, let’s talk about the story: how the idea was born and who is the genius behind this incredible trick.
It all started (like almost any great idea) from a kitchen table in Florida where passionate outdoor people started a family business, selling bracelets that were more than a fashion statement. The idea was surprisingly well received by the public (both civilian and military), a fact that quickly transformed the small business into an industry leader in terms of survival bracelets. The small company is called Survival Straps and continues to produce high quality paracord bracelets among other equipment.
Basic DIY instructions for everyone.
The beauty of this survival bracelet is that if you know some tricks and have a paracord, you can make your own bracelets. They are not expensive, but you must make sure you buy quality Paracord and not some cheap imitations.
Also, making a paracord bracelet could be a fun DIY afternoon project to try with your family and friends. Since using one became a trend, you can find paracord bracelet kits for sale so you only need to know how to weave the bracelet.
There are some different types of patterns that you can use to knit the bracelet and each allows a certain length of string to be inserted into the bracelet. For example, King Cobra fabric is the pattern that allows you to enter the largest amount of paracord in the bracelet (up to 25 feet). Of course, you can create other things by weaving the paracord like belts, pet collars, bags and more. The versatility of this piece of string is quite amazing!
There may be many different styles to weave the paracord, but according to the way it secures them in your hand, there are only two types of survival bracelets:
- Paracord bracelet without buckle.
- Paracord bracelet with buckle.
As you can see by their names, the only difference is the presence or absence of a side-release buckle that makes the bracelet easier to remove your hand. The paracord bracelet without buckle must have two different colors of rope and is usually fastened with a special knot that ties both ends. In both cases, you will need some additional items to make the paracord bracelet that can be easily found in any home. Will need:
- A candle
- A lighter or matches
- Scissors or a knife.
- The paracord
- Measuring tape
Option # 1 – a bracelet without buckle
Now, after gathering all the necessary elements, you can start making your survival bracelet. If you are a beginner, do not expect to succeed on the first try, this can be complicated, but once you have the knots and the weaving style, you can do them forever.
As we said before, you will need two paracord pieces of different colors (if you want the bracelet to look good and easier to do). Take the measuring tape and place it around the wrist to measure the length of the bracelet. You want it to be a little loose, but not too loose, so you lose it while you walk. It is recommended to add one paracord foot for each inch around your wrist and one or two feet for the backup.
Once the measurements are finished, you will know the length of the paracord that you will need. Divide the total length in half and take two pieces of paracord of the same length. Of course when they are put together, the length of these pieces is equal to the total length of the necessary paracord. Now you can start the real bracelet. These are the steps you must follow:
- Merge the ends of the two paracord pieces keeping them at the top of the candle flame. The nylon on the rope will melt and merge the two pieces. Make sure the fuse is strong enough when trying to separate them.
- Now you have a paracord piece with two different colors. Take the paracord for the place where you merged the two pieces, fold it in two and smooth it side by side. Wrap the paracord around your wrist so you know how long the bracelet will last and add about an extra one and a half inches. Now you have the beginning of the bracelet.
- The next step is to make the first knot. For this model, you will use what is called a cobra knot, which is extremely simple once you learn. Take one end of the rope and make a loop underneath the whole thing and then take the other end of the rope and, even under everything, go through the loop. Remember to always use the same color for the same actions. For example, if your paracord is green and orange, you can use green to make the loops and orange to knit the bracelet through the loops. Do not change color!
- After making your first two knots, you must create a loop by stretching the original knot. After the loop is done, you can keep everything in place and tighten it.
- Continue weaving until you reach the end. Make sure that what is left behind is firm and clean.
- Once you have reached the end, you will have the paracord bracelet with a loop at each end and a little more paracord on the left. You can use this to make a nice and cool closure. There are many possibilities of closing and you can play with it, creating something unique, especially for you. If you are not in the mood to think about this, most people use the knot to loop the system. This type of paracord bracelet can be made so that it can be adjusted in different types of dolls.
As we know that a picture is worth a thousand words, we found a short and useful video on how to make a paracord bracelet without a buckle.
Everything is explained in simple, simple steps and, as an added bonus, you can see how to really close the loops.
Option # 2 – a bracelet with buckle
For this type of bracelet, you will need (extra to standard items and materials) a side-release buckle that you can find at any equipment store. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to use two different colors of paracord that are fused, as we mentioned in the bracelet without paracord buckle. The choice of colors and the number of pieces you will use is yours.
You also need to measure the paracord and your wrist to make sure you have enough for the entire bracelet. Keep the same rule: 1 paracord foot per 1 inch of your wrist with one or two extra feet. It is always better to have more than not enough.
- Fold the paracord in half, take the ends and slide them through one of the halves of the buckle. When you almost reach the other end, make a loop and pass the ends through the loop making a knot to secure the buckle.
- Place the free ends through the other half of the buckle and measure them in your hand to make sure you get the correct length for the bracelet.
- Bring the ends that went through the second half and start making the cobra knot (use one side for the loop and the other to cross and weave the bracelet). Do it like this until you reach the end. Do not forget to press everything.
- Cut the additional paracord and use the lighter to melt the ends, thus preventing the paracord from separating. Put the ends in the braid and that’s it, you have your own survival bracelet!
Of course, we also have a video for this type of paracord bracelet, so you can see how easy it is to do it.
In this video tutorial you can see step by step how to make a paracord bracelet with a buckle.
Different types of patterns
In the previous examples we talked about how to make a paracord bracelet using a Cobra knot. This is really one of the easiest styles to do, especially for a beginner. We also said that there are many other styles and the only difference is the style used to weave the paracord. So, if you do not feel comfortable using the Cobra knot or want something more advanced, you can always use one of these styles:
- Snake designs: Viper, Sidewinder, King Cobra, Rattler, Copperhead, Boa and Mamba.
- Fishtail fabric
- Corkscrew design
- Broad language of dragons
- Stitched center
There are as many designs as weave styles and, from time to time, a new design can appear. Still, the basic is the same: the paracord is woven in a special way so you can unravel it quickly when you need it.
How to wear a paracord bracelet in the desert
Well, now that we have a new, beautiful and pretty bracelet that we really made, let’s see how and where we can use it. At the beginning of this article, we talked about how you can use paracord in many different outdoor activities because of its versatility and strength. These are the exact characteristics that will be useful when you are in the middle of nowhere and need a bit of rope (extra).
Let’s say you get lost in a large wooded area and you can not find the exit. All you have with you are the items in your backpack, very little food and the paracord bracelet on your wrist. The scenario is quite dark and it may seem that you are destined to live with berries until the rescue teams find you. Well, if you have some survival skills, a pocket knife or a multiple tool and your paracord, you can get some meat on the table.
- You can make a bow and an arrow. to hunt small animals (if you know how to use this type of equipment). To make the arrows you will need a flexible shoot, feathers and some tree shoots. Find the right wood for the staff and use an intact piece of paracord to make the bowstring. You will also need a strand from the core of another paracord piece to add feathers to the arrows. After trying it for a while, you’re ready to go hunting, just make sure you do not lose your arrows.
- Paracord is also very useful for cheating.. Using the paracord you can make a loop and catch your food instead of hunting it. In case you think someone or something is following you, use the bracelet to make a travel cable that lets you know when something is approaching your resting place.
- Use it to stop severe bleeding by doing a tourniquet.. Tie the paracord over the injured area and stop the bleeding with a twig to tighten the tourniquet.
- When in the forest or outside it happens sometimes slips and falls, breaking up like this One leg or one hand Well, we all know that if you look around you, you will find some stiff branches to improvise a splint, but there is nothing to bind them to fix the wound in place. Using your paracord bracelet you can get enough rope to make a good splint.
- You can use it to Replace cords, belts or braces on broken shoes.. It also works pretty well to tie your backpack if you need additional compression.
- If your tent was attacked by wild animals (raccoons, ferrets or others) during the night and now has a large hole in its tarp, use your paracord bracelet to get the amount of stitching Wire using the core.
- Improvise a tent Using only a tarp and your paracord bracelet. Tie each corner of the canvas to a tree with a piece of paracord and enjoy your new home.
Of course, these are just some examples, but a paracord bracelet can be useful in many other situations. When you need to tie or sew something, the paracord will be there for you. It is always useful to have that extra rope with you when you are in nature.
Lately, the paracord bracelet became a trend and people use it both for fashion (it really looks good) and for survival. Of course, people who use it as a fashion statement have almost no idea how useful the thing around their wrist really is. Once you go out and try some outdoor adventures, you will learn all the uses that a survival bracelet can have and who knows, maybe you will discover some new ones.
Ingenuity and passion for outdoor activities lead to this simple but incredibly useful invention. It has everything a nature lover needs: simplicity, ease of use, endurance and versatility. It is always very easy to reach and you can not forget it at home because you really use it. As you can see, it is also very easy to do and does not require a lot of time, especially after doing some.