Step-by-Step on How to Make a 550-Cord Bracelet

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A 550-cord is able to hold up to 550 pounds of weight.
A 550-cord is able to hold up to 550 pounds of weight. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A 550-cord bracelet, also known as a paracord bracelet, is a type of accessory that is knotted out of nylon cord. The 550-cord is a very strong and flexible material that is often used by the military to create parachute ropes, suspension lines and safety harnesses. The bracelets serve a dual purpose: they are visually attractive and make a great fashion statement and the cord can be unraveled and used in a survival situation. Store-bought 550-cord bracelets can be costly, but you can make your own bracelet for a fraction of the cost.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • 550-cord (15 feet long)
  • Pen
  • Tape measure
  • Lighter

Fold the piece of 550 cord in half and lay it vertically on your work space with the two loose ends farthest away from you. Measure and mark the spot that is 7 1/2 feet below the top of the 550-cord. Tie a single knot on this spot.

Arrange the two loose cords so that one is positioned to the left-hand side and one on the right. The two middle cords are called the central cords. Place the left-hand cord underneath the two central cords. Place the right-hand strand underneath the two central cords and back through the loop in strand one. Pull the ends of strand one and strand two tightly to form a knot.

Pick up strand one (which is now on the right-hand side) and place it underneath the central strands. Pick up strand two and place it underneath the central cords and back through the loop created by strand one. Pull the ends of strand one and strand two tightly to form a knot.

Repeat this knotting technique until the desired length of bracelet is knotted.

Place the bracelet around your wrist. Insert the two loose ends through the two holes in the top of the bracelet. You may need to manipulate the holes with your fingers to create a hole that is large enough to fit the cords through. Measure and mark a spot on the cords where they touch around the wrist. Remove the bracelet and tie each loose strand in a single knot about 1 inch above the mark.

Cut off the excess thread after the mark. Carefully burn off the frayed edges of cord with a lighter.

Place the bracelet over your wrist. Push the knots through the holes to secure the bracelet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lighters should be used only by responsible adults.

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