How to Braid a Watch Band Out of Paracord

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Paracord, also known as 550-cord, is a strong and durable rope that is made out of nylon kernmantle. Paracords are used to create harnesses for adventure sports, but thin paracords can be braided to create jewelry pieces, such as bracelets, necklaces and watch bands. This braiding technique only uses one strand of paracord instead of the traditional three, which will create a neater and thinner braided that is more suitable for a watch band.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cut two pieces of paracord that are each 15 inches in length.

  • Lay the paracord horizontally on your workspace. Leave a 2-inch piece of loose paracord to the left of the paracord, and create a loop that is approximately 3 inches long.

  • Pass the long loose end of paracord through and under the loop. Twist the loop 180 degrees to form another hole that is big enough for the end of the paracord to fit through. Pass the end of the paracord through the hole. Repeat this process until 3 inches of the paracord have been braided. Pull the end of the paracord tightly to secure the braid.

  • Insert the short end of the paracord through the top of the hole located on one side of the watch face. Tie the paracord around the hole in a knot. Trim off any excess cord after the knot.

  • Repeat steps 2 to 6 with the other piece of paracord.

  • Place the watch around the wrist. Secure the watch band by tying the loose ends of paracord together in a single knot.

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