A survival bracelet is very important in the daily lives of survivors because it will provide you with a much-needed extra piece of rope. The usefulness and popularity of paracord in survival situations is promoted by its incredible versatility as paracord can be used for almost anything. But we’ll discuss this a bit later. Today we’ll focus on paracord bracelet instructions that teach you how to make one from scratch.
But first, a bit of history: the origins of survival bracelets stem back from the US army. When servicemen wanted to make sure they’ll have an extra piece of rope regardless of the situation, they started to turn paracord into the famous survival bracelets which it actually turned out to have a wider range of functions.
For instance, when a soldier was injured he could use the survival bracelet to prevent the loss of blood. It also came in handy as a weapon when a soldier wanted to strangle an enemy silently. Thus, the paracord bracelet got to be called the survival bracelet and today is extremely popular among civilians.
It has actually been proven that survival bracelets are very useful for any explorer, from catching fish to making a shelter. The survival bracelet is simply the most necessary and charming artifact a wilderness survivor can actually have.
Uses of The Survival Bracelet
A survival bracelet is crafted from the same type of nylon used to make parachutes in World War 2. And, we can say with confidence that paracord covers almost every basic need a human being might have in the wilderness.
- The most simple and common use of a survival bracelet is holding things together. Actually this is one of the main reasons why you should use a paracord that can hold 550 pound without breaking.
- If you don’t have a hook to catch fish for food you can always count on your bracelet to help you around with that. The interior strands of a survival bracelet can always be used to make a gill net.
- If you want something different as a source of food you can make a snare trap with your survival bracelet. Survival bracelet snare traps are good at catching small creatures such as hares and rabbits.
- If you caught your meal and you want to cook it, paracord can help you start a fire. It’s true, this is an advanced trick, and involves a string a paracord, a wooden bow, and a lot of friction.
- You can use the paracord in your bracelet, to stop the loss of blood. The best example was set by a US soldier in Iraq who used paracord to stop the flow of blood after he got injured in battle. This medical use of the survival bracelet has made it very useful for survivalists.
- A survival bracelet can even keep you from getting lost in the woods. You can simply unwind the bracelet and use the strings to mark every place you visit, so that you make sure you are not going in circles.
- Furthermore, a survival bracelet helps you improve the grip on various items from tools to bags. Some small blades have a skeletal grip so having a survival bracelet is a good idea.
- Hygiene is a very important part of our human life. In the wild it is important to have something to clean your teeth with and a string of paracord is great dental floss.
- Survival bracelets actually serve other uses such as a replacement for a shoe lace and mending your gear.
Different Types of Paracord Survival Bracelets
Although there are different types of survival bracelets, the general process of making these bracelets is actually similar. The difference usually stands in the weave pattern you are going to use, and this is what we are going to discuss here. There are many weave patterns out there and each will allow you to include a certain amount of paracord.
However, some of the very basic ones are these:
- The Crown Sinnet pattern is the bracelet pattern which is fun to make and uses different types of paracord. The cords are supposed to have different colors. This type of weave is an all-time favorite for children and the bracelet can be used for decorative means as well (the result is quite beautiful).
- The Caterpillar Sinnet pattern is probably one of the first kinds of weaves used. The caterpillar is one of the easiest models to take apart so you can see why people like it. The result has a chain-like structure and looks quite interesting. So, if you’re not going to use your bracelet for survival situations, you’re still going to have something stylish around your wrist.
- The Cobra weave pattern is among the most popular ones and can be done with two or one color cord. The most important part in making a cobra weave is to get the pattern right from the first time. The rest is just repetition of the same tread.
- The King Cobra weave is the same thing with the Cobra weave, but it goes over itself. It allows for more paracord and it comes in handy when you’re in desperate need of some rope.
Instructions on How to Make A Survival Bracelet
Step 1 – gathering materials
You need to acquire all the necessary equipment and material before you begin making a survival bracelet. You would need 6 basic items to make a simple survival bracelet:
- 5 feet of paracord
- a lighter,
- a pair of scissors,
- a side release buckle (if you’re making one with a buckle)
- a marker
- a tape measure or a ruler.
It should be noted that you can use decorative items such as metal tags, watches and bullet casings to make the survival bracelet look more appealing.
However these items are not necessary in the making of the survival bracelet.
Step 2 – Measuring
Now the part of creating the survival cord begins. Wrap the paracord around your wrist. Using your marker, make a line directly across the strings. This will ensure that the paracord is divided into two equal pieces.
The next step is to straighten out your paracord and measure each mark with absolute precision. This is one of the most important steps to do right if the survival bracelet is going to come out perfectly.
Also, when measuring the paracord make sure to precisely measure from the middle point of the male part of the buckle to the female part of the buckle. If your wrist measures 6.5 cm then make sure that you measure the cord to be at least 7.4 cm. This will help so that the survival bracelet doesn’t become too tight, or even worse, doesn’t fit.
Step 3 – burning the ends
You probably noticed by now that the paracord has internal strings or guts. When they are exposed at the end of the cord, you need to use the scissors to cut off a centimeter in order to enable a clean burn. Whilst rotating the cord use your lighter to burn off the end of the cords. Remember to apply the flame for four to five seconds to get an even burn.
Next, using your hand or any other tool such as pliers, squeeze down the burnt area so that it becomes flat. This flatness will help you when threading the cord through the buckle.
Step 4 – Securing the buckles
Fold the pieces of paracord into halves. This is to make sure that you are working with both ends together. Also, make sure you have a buckle that has two slits in it. You have to put both buckles on each end and you have to thread the cords through the lower slits of the buckle.
Now you have to pull the entire cord through the buckles. Remember that the reason the ends of the cords were burnt perfectly was to allow you to thread them through the buckles easily. Once you put the cord through, a knot will be formed at the end of the buckles.
Remember that the cord should come from underneath over the loop from the other side.
Step 5 – Threading the chosen pattern
At this stage you have to make sure that you have followed the steps above with absolute precision.
From this step forward we actually start weaving the bracelet. You have to position your paracord in such a way that you can weave easily without having to move the bracelet too much. If you’re a beginner, start with an easy weave, like the Cobra. An experienced reader may try something fancier like the King Cobra or even a new braid.
Regardless of the weave you choose, make sure that throughout the process you have to pull tight in order to create the weave.
Step 6 – Finishing up
This step is the beginning of the end, so to speak. After you finish threading pull the cord up to make a loop. To do this, you will also need to find the last diagonal braid on the inside of the bracelet. When you find the last braid you need to pull it out a little. Pulling the cord of the braid will form a loop that allows the survival bracelet to be stronger and firmer.
After this step, you would notice that there are loose cords, which you have to take and thread through the slit of the remaining male buckle. Make sure that you thread the cords from the outside to the inside. To know which side is the inside or the outside of the bracelet you should observe the arching of the buckles. The inside of the bracelet is the place where the buckles are arching downwards.
Step 7 – Tightening up loose cords
Using your thumb to hold the last diagonal cord, pull the loose cords in order to make the bracelet tighter. This will tighten everything, making the bracelet ready to cut and melt.
A piece of advice: pulling one cord at a time is easier to do, however you can pull all the cords at the same time.
Now, the final touch is to cut the remaining cord off the bracelet with scissors. Still, make sure to leave a small amount of cord which will be melted so that the cords do not fray. Check out our easy instructions on how to make paracord knots to help you in your craft.
You should also remember to spin them around the frame for an even burn and squeeze them with pliers to flatten them. This will help you with the deployment and use of the survival cord when the time comes.
Important Things to Know
In our world, the survival bracelet is used as both a fashion device and a device for survivalists. We can even say that it’s the ultimate tool for an outdoor enthusiast of any kind from hunters to adventurers.
The steps that are taken in the making of a survival bracelet may seem difficult and they can take a bit of time to master. But, with the right equipment and tools, you will learn pretty quickly. However, the one step you must really be careful about is the one where you make the measurements. Why not check our instructions on how to make a paracord lanyard to give you more ideas on your next project.
People usually make mistakes when it comes to this. Basically, if you want to get it right, always measure twice and leave room for error.
We’re hoping our tutorial was useful and if you have any recommendations and additions, please let us know it the comments. To know more about the different kinds of paracord uses, see our must-read article for reference.