How to make a paracord combat bracelet

How to make a paracord combat bracelet
How to make a paracord combat bracelet

In some military units, it is a tradition to make what is known as a "combat bracelet" using paracord ties from the ties of a soldier's pants and a button on their uniform. Each soldier makes a bracelet for another soldier so that everyone has a bracelet made by someone else. These are then worn during the mission and removed only when the battalion returns in full.


Step 1. Obtain about 3 m of paracord (parachute rope)

You can use a tape measure to properly measure.

If you don't have a tape measure, it can be measured using your two outstretched arms (the distance between your hands is about 1.5m, so you need to pass it between your two hands. times). You can also use a tape measure or anything else so that the length is about 3m

Step 2. Find the middle of the paracord and fold it in half

Step 3. Wrap the looped end

Wrap the part that was folded in half around your wrist to get the circumference of your wrist. To have a tight bracelet, pass the end of the thread through the loop.

Step 4. Tie the long end with a string

You can use something else, it doesn't really matter because that link will be removed later.

If the cord is slated to fit around a button or anything else you will be using as a clasp, you can add it directly to the cord now. Place it at the top end, where the knot you just made is located

Step 5. Check that the bracelet fits your wrist well

You now have a loop with 2 different lengths. These 2 lengths are what we will use to braid the bracelet. Check that it fits well on the wrist, otherwise adjust the buckle as in the previous step.

Step 6. Start braiding

Pass the number 1 end under the loop, then the number 2 end over it.

Step 7. Continue

Pass the number 2 end over the loop between the number 1 end and the loop. Ends 1 and 2 must have changed position.

Step 8. Tighten by pulling on the ends

Step 9. Repeat this step

Repeat using the number 1 end, but this time it will go right to left instead of left to right. This will make the bracelet look straight.

Step 10. Repeat the second part of the knot on the other side

Pass over the initial loop and through the opposite thread.

Step 11. Continue the process

Continue to tie knots until you are about an inch from the end of the loop, then cut off the excess cord.

  • Now is the time the lighter comes in handy, you will need it to melt the cut ends of ends 1 and 2 so that they merge with the braid to keep everything from coming undone. You can now also undo the rope that you used to tie the loop in the initial step.

Step 12. Sew on the button

On the other end, you need to sew your button on. Position the button depending on how tight you want the bracelet to be.

  • If the bracelet is small, sew the button closest to the end. If the bracelet is loose, put the button higher in the bracelet.
  • Check the size of the button before you sew it. If it fits easily into the loop, you need to choose a bigger button. However, if the button cannot be inserted at all, you should leave it blank.

Step 13. Remove the temporary clip you installed

You can cut it if you want.

Step 14. Wear the bracelet by putting the button through the buckle


  • Try to include beads or other elements in your weaving.
  • If you have reversed steps 1 and 2 when braiding (or if you made one of the knots on the same side as the previous one), the bracelet will be twisted. If your bracelet looks twisted, undo the braiding up to the previous step and start over. It is advisable to keep an eye on your work so that you don't have to go too far back in case you make a mistake. You should be able to tell after tying a knot or 2 if something is wrong.
  • If you don't have a paracord or want something a little smaller, any kind of rope or string will do. If you're using anything other than paracord, you might call it something other than a battle bracelet.
  • Bracelets and other paracord items (such as belts) made in this way are often used by people who believe they may need a certain length of rope or strong rope in a situation of emergency.
  • The length of cord required will differ depending on the diameter of the cord or cable used; a 1.10 m belt will require about 14 m of rope.
  • Make sure you don't make a mistake, it's very difficult to untangle.
  • You can use carabiners, tape, safety pins, or whatever else you have on hand to connect the two ends.

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