In this tutorial we will make the basic paracord dog collar.
This design is the so called “king cobra” or “double cobra”. It is an attractive and simple dog collar that can be made fast.
We have already used this style of knots in our cobra knot bracelet tutorial, so I highly recommend trying to make a bracelet before you scale it up to a collar. And yes, a dog collar is basically just a large bracelet with a ring to attach a leash.
The double cobra collar features the basic cobra, as well as an overlay that gives it thickness and a more decorative look.
So, what will you need for your collar?
The items you will need are:
- paracord 550 in two colors (you could do a single tone if you so chose). You will need about a foot per inch for the basic cobra core. For the overlay I’d take a bit more than a foot per inch just to be safe.
- a buckle. Plastic ones work, but for heavier, stronger dogs, a metal buckle may be a better option. 5/8 inch buckles are a good bet for starting out.
- a D-ring to attach the leash onto
- a bracelet jig to hold your collar in place- it makes things easier (optional). Learn how to make one here.
With all these items ready, let’s move on to making this collar.
Paracord dog collar instructions
Start by attaching your cord to one side of the buckle.
Then the other end.
Start making cobra knots. Take the left cord and pass it under the core to the right (over the right cord as well).
With the right cord go over the core and through the loop made with the left cord. Then tighten.
Now make a loop to the right side by placing the right cord under the core and over the left cord.
Take your left cord and go over the core and through the loop on the right. Tighten up.
You can line up a few more knots by alternating your loops to the left and right. But first we need to attach our D-ring.
Make a loop like you would in a cobra knot.
Place your ring on top of the collar and tie a cobra knot through the ring to secure it.
Just imagine that the ring is not there and make cobra knots.
After a few knots simply continue with the cobra knot technique until you reach the other buckle end.
At the other end cut and melt the ends or tuck them under the collar.
You can end your collar here, or add an overlay as shown below.
We now start our overlay by basically using the first layer as the core and line up a second row of cobra knots.
Make a loop to the left.Feed the right cord over the core and through the loop.
Make a loop to the right.
Go over the core with the left cord and into the loop. tighten up.Simply continue the same technique, one knot to the left, one to the right.
Continue over the entire core, then cut and melt the ends.
For video instructions see this video: