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How to make a survival bracelet?

Paracord survival bracelet

On this page we will take a look at what is a survival bracelet, why people use it as well as how to make a survival bracelet out of paracord.
A survival bracelet is a common piece of jewelry used by campers, hikers, army men and many others who appreciate what a durable piece of cord can bring to the table in terms of utility.
If you want a glance of the utility provided by paracord, see our paracord uses page.
The bracelet itself is made out of a single piece of paracord 550, so you have the maximum amount of cord available to work with. The reason people love using these bracelets is that it is versatile, easy to make and look great when done!

Let’s take a look at what you will need in making a survival bracelet.

  • paracord 550- length varies, but usually around 7 or 8 feet should do
  • a knife or scissors to cut the cord
  • a lighter to melt the edges
  • a buckle (3/8″ buckle is usually used) or a metal shackle, or simply a button to finish off the bracelet (personally I suggest using a metal shackle with adjustable length setting, which is not only handy, but also looks great)
  • utility supplies such as a compass, a fire starter or any other items you would like to incorporate into your survival bracelets
  • optionally a contraption for holding your bracelet in place while you work (simply using a few nails in a plank should do, I personally use a door knob). Some professional contraptions exist in the form of bracelet jigs (found on Amazon for example)

How to make a survival bracelet:

If you prefer video, try this one:

For other bracelet designs, try our paracord bracelet instructions page.

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